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December 3, 2009 at 6:45 pm Leave a comment

Thus far, the England-South Africa series has resembled a roller-coaster. There have already been a number of twists and turns and one can only wonder, how many more there will be between now and the end of the tour.

One team puts in a bad performance, but the next game they follow it up with a great one. Or vice versa. As far as cricket betting goes, the series has been a nightmare. You never know which of the two teams is going to turn up.

This began with the Twenty20. England won the opening match by one run, but then lost the second game by a whopping 84 runs.

Then in the 50 over games, England had a polished seven wicket win. This was followed by a 112 run drubbing.  Just as you thought England were a mess, they bowled out South Africa for 119 and then chased down the runs in 31 overs for the loss of just three wickets.

There is still one 50 over game and four Test matches to go.

One thing which might be a concern for England is the form of Kevin Pietersen He missed a lot of cricket in 2009 due to injury and might be a bit rusty. England coach Andy Flower isn’t being too concerned about it.

“I wouldn’t be too worried. I think he’s going to take a little while to get back in form,” Flower said. “Being out for four months – when he’s used to playing all the time – I think is a challenge he’s going to have to overcome.
“He’s a high achiever, an outstanding sportsman – and he will be very impatient to get back into his dominant ways again. I think we should be patient with him, because it’s not easy just to walk back in and dominate straight away.”

The thing about Pietersen is that when he fails and England wins its ok but if England don’t win, he is going to be put under the microscope as he is the one whom everyone looks to. It might be unfair but he is expected to deliver every time he goes out to bat. Maybe he is saving himself for the Test series.

One person who has taken up the slack is Jonathan Trott who is having a fantastic series. He is a quality cricketer and one who has already established himself in a short period. England will be looking forward to seeing him bat together with Pietersen.

David Wiseman writes for this blog. He also writes about soccer betting


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