Well done to South African cricket

December 30th, 2008

South Africa have just won the second test and clinched the series against Australia. It also means that South Africa will be the number one ranked side in the world if they win the third test. A ranking that is well deserved.

In this series South Africa have done something they haven’t been able to do in the past against Australia – hang tough and win the vital moments in the test match. In the past they have crumpled under the pressure and fallen short. Thanks mainly to the bowling of Glen McGrath and Shane Warne. Without MaGrath and Warne the Proteas were able to play to their very best.

So where to now for the Aussies? Well I think there will be some changes. I think Matthew Hayden will seriously be looked at. He has been a great player for Australia for a long time, but now might be the time for a younger player like Hughes from New South Wales to have a go or Phil Jacques when he is fit again. Likewise I think Andrew Symmons might get looked at and saved for the shorter one dayers or Twenty20 games. But the long term injury to Shane Watson might just save him for the time being.

Our Aussie bowling attack is still looking pretty good long term. I think when Brett Lee regains full fitness along with fellow fast bowler Stuart Clark recovers from an elbow injury they will be able to lead the attack for a few years to come. Add to this the much improved Mitchell Johnson and the likes of Shane Watson, Peter Siddle, Jason Krejza and/or Nathan Hauritz we should be ok.

I think the key now for Australia is to make some minor changes to the batting lineup and then continue to develop players in the Sheffield Shield. I believe that when our front line blowling attack is back on deck we can still remain in the top three nations and then build to pressing in for number one position again in a few years time.