Monday, December 29, 2008

There's Always a First

Following the downfall of the big 3 and the resurgence of 2 of them, I wondered if Ponting's return to form will have any bearing on Australia's fortune.

Apparently not.

Despite scoring almost 2 centuries in the match, Ponting finds his team staring at a 2-0 scoreline, which will make it a first series loss to the South Africans since eons I believe.

Not only that, it will also be the first series loss at home for the Aussies since I don't know when.

If the retirements during the Ashes series last year was not an end of an era, if the loss to India was not an end of an era, this loss will definitely be the end of an era.

Unless ofcourse tomorrow the Aussies can somehow pick up 10 wickets and concede less than 153 runs.

With 3 and a half frontline bowlers, that is highly unlikely when you're up against the team that chased 414 against you in the previous match.

South Africa will win tomorrow and Australia would have lost a series at home after a long long time.

For every member of the Australian team and squad tomorrow will be the first time they ever experience anything like that.


Wonder how they'd feel.

There's always a first they say.

Sadly for this Australian team, tomorrow might be the first of many such days to come.

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  1. Srini said...

    It's obviously the end of Australia's dominance....the fight for the first place will be between India and South Africa..

  2. David Barry said...

    a first series loss to the South Africans since eons I believe.
    Heh, that's a funny stat. It'll be 38 years since South Africa beat us in a series, which at the moment is longer than any other Test side has gone without beating Australia in a series.

    Obviously it's not entirely fair, given their isolation, but still.

  3. Anonymous said...

    This series loss will be their first one at home after 1993.
    They need to make some quick changes, if they have to retain their # 1 position.

    Neither India nor SA will have that undisputed champ status as Australia enjoyed for so long, however India and south Africa are definitely the two best team in the world right now with South Africa having a little edge over India.

  4. Q said...

    Sri, Wasim - Ind vs SA right abt now would be a cracker of a series!

  5. Q said...

    Wasim, 93 was the loss to the Windies?

  6. Q said...

    Haha.. sorry DB I was too lazy to check how long it exactly had been. Thanks for the stat.

  7. Anonymous said...


    1993 Frank Worrel trophy WI beat Australia 2-1.

  8. Gaurav Sethi said...

    nobody talking rain, dry humor.

  9. Q said...


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