Tides of Fortune

February 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

The South Africa India series would be a good reminder for England about how quickly things can change in Test cricket. After being hammered in the First Test, India fought back to win the Second. It all looked so good for South Africa. They were coasting at 1/218 only to collapse dramatically and be all out for 296. In turn India posted a massive 6/643. This was a world of difference from the First Test when they could only manage 552 in both innings. Both the public and cricket betting doesn’t know how to react to these ups and downs.

India had four centuries in the first innings. South Africa had two and the next best score was 12.

The same thing happened in the last Ashes series. Australia dominated at Cardiff but then lost at Lords. England dominated at Edgbaston but lost at Headlingely and then won at The Oval.

Momentum is a big deal in Test cricket. If you don’t have it, you have to work hard on getting it and if you do have it than you have to make the most of it.

The itinerary for the next tour has already been set. A one-day game, a three day game and a four day game precede the first Test at the Gabba. The second Test at Adelaide follows and then a three day game against Victoria. The last three Tests are all back to back to back.

Then there are two Twenty 20 games and seven one day games. Sydney is the venue which receives two of them.

It is a pretty comprehensive tour which lasts from early November to early February. Because of this, man management on the tour is important. You want to have as few as injuries as possible. This has been a particular problem for the English in Australia in recent tours. The three in the 1990s were especially horrific.

It is important for stability if the same team can stay on the park for the majority of the tour.

At this stage the Australian side seems quite settled. The doubts about Nathan Hauritz and Michael Hussey have both been put away. Shane Watson is revelling and everyone seems to be playing well. Again the only issue is going to be injuries. Will Ben Hilfenhaus be able to force his way back into the side?
What about Peter Siddle?

All in all it is looking like it will be a great series.

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


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