England Just Survive – Again!

January 8, 2010 at 7:46 am 3 comments

Once again a Test match in this series ended with South Africa heading into the final over of the match requiring just one wicket for victory. Yet again, Graham Onions took care of that last over by himself. Instead of being 2-1 down, England have a 1-0 lead and will be confident heading into the final Test of the series.

In many ways, this series has mirrored the Ashes. The first Test at Cardiff was a carbon copy of Centurion Park and then in both instances England won the Second Test. The first half of this Test was like the Third Ashes Test at Trent Bridge and the second half of it was like the Leeds Test.

While South Africa might have been moral victors that doesn’t amount to anything and they could even be feeling down for not having won one of those two Test matches. The only place it has really made a difference has been the cricket betting

Batting first in Test cricket is a huge advantage and there is no point in sending the opposition in unless you are going to have at least a 125 run lead on the first innings. By virtue of England being basically level after the first innings put them under huge pressure for the final three days of the match.

Although having said that, who knows what would have happened had England batted first? They could have been bowled out for 130 and the Test match would have been over then and there. Or South Africa could have scored 500 in their first innings and the same thing.

For England, their big trumps heading in are the ones who are letting them down. If Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott can all deliver at Wanderers then England will win the series. As it is, they haven’t been getting much from any of them. It has been Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood with a little help from Alastair Cook who have been batting well.

For South Africa, they have some choices to make. Ashwell Prince looks to be the most under pressure to retain his spot. Apart from that, everyone has been contributing in some way.

Will England be able to hold on or will South Africa finally be able to get over the line? Either way, it shows the resiliency of Test cricket and why it will always be the ultimate form of the game.

David Wiseman writes for this blog. He will also be covering the upcoming Australian Open.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. caughtintheslips  |  January 8, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I watched the final over of this and the first test match, and it is incredicle how England manage to do it!
    I never realized how similar this series was to the Ashes until you mentioned it in this article…..pretty interesting

  • 2. bennymay  |  January 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    a story with a difference http://bennymay.wordpress.com/

  • 3. Dean @ Cricket Betting Blog  |  January 12, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Can only see the weather making the 4th test a draw, as apparently they get a lot of afternoon thunderstorms at Wanderers.

    The South Africans have already let it be known that they want a result wicket, if as expected there is a lot of grass left on the surface then that will also suit the English bolwers.

    SA are prepared to lose the series 2-0 in an attempt to draw it, so unless England totally slow it down or the rain intervenes it should be entertaining.


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