kumble hasnt done zilch for the last 4 test matches or soMalikBrother said:That's crazy. No point of making flat track if Kumble is not playing. Atleast quality pitch would have supported Ishant for sure. Seem like South Africa will win easily with the absent of Kumble who usually upset opponent in Day 4 and Day 5.
Murad said:No change for South AFrica??
If this pitch is for spinners then why the hell SA going with only 1 spinner?
I hope their Fast bowlers can take wickets in this spin track.
Their batsmen getting better against spin day by day.
OZGOD said:Because they don't have any quality spinners (in fact 1 is probably too much).
In any case, this pitch looks like it will start to break up and crumble on Day 1. That will make guys like Steyn and Morkel very dangerous.
Its not about Steyn being lethal or not, the pitch is clearly sub-standard, the footmarks are already visible on the pitch. I am all for creating a spinning wicket but this pitch is just aweful and not upto test standard in my opinion. Too much has been left on the toss.saffer said:Steyn will be lethal in that case with his skiddy faster stuff .
actually i heard he didn't perform well in domestic cricket ranji trophy.. hence he wasn't really being picked was was being given nod more in odi's then in test..W63L35 said:Chawla will certainly excel on this pitch. BCCI should play him ahead of either Harbhjan or Kumble.
Its not about Steyn being lethal or not, the pitch is clearly sub-standard, the footmarks are already visible on the pitch. I am all for creating a spinning wicket but this pitch is just aweful and not upto test standard in my opinion. Too much has been left on the toss.
saffer said:I agree ..pathetic from india . May they be taught a lesson here by losing the toss .
The last time i remember a pitch like this when India lost the semi-final to Sri Lanka in 1996. I don't know what ground it was but the top tier of pitch completely wore off by the time India started batted and they collapsed badly. Guys like Jayasuria & Aravinda DeSilva were turning square and bowling people round their legs. Needless to say that Indian crowd started burning the stadium and pelted the outfield with all sorts of refreshments. Anyways I hope the pitch plays better this time.
Robin Peterson can stand in as the pitch guard, thats the least he can do to contribute in this testsaffer said:Not me ...let it stay true while S.A bat and crumble on them. Don't worry though...now that they lost the toss the curator will be up all night wetting it and rolling it flat . Something he'd never have done had it happened vica versa .
South Africa: 1 Neil McKenzie, 2 Graeme Smith (capt), 3 Hashim Amla, 4 Jacques Kallis, 5 Ashwell Prince, 6 AB de Villiers, 7 Mark Boucher (wk), 8 Morne Morkel, 9 Paul Harris, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Makhaya Ntini.
Sehwag, W Jaffer, R Dravid, SC Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, S Sreesanth, I Sharma, PP Chawla
Random Aussie said:Sri Lanka. I can't comment on the Pak pitches because Australia never tours Pak.
Random Aussie said:Please tell me exactly what Yuvraj has done to deserve being picked
Disgraceful selection (unless he has made a heap of runs domestic which I doubt cos he is SupaStar!)
Milroastnescafe said:Pak pitches are generally too flat to give advantage/disadvantage to either home or away team. I guess the low bounce is the only real distinct factor there.