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The Proteas are the No 1 Test side in the world at the moment after steadily building a quality squad and winning series after series, culminating in a thrilling and comprehensive victory in England earlier in the year. Job well done and all that but their place at the top of the cricket mountain of awesomeness could be short-lived should they fail to beat the Aussies in their own backyard. Tricky times ahead and no mistake. I love Tests between these two sides. Especially when the Aussies lose. The Aussies have had the measure of the Proteas historically but are in a bit of a re-building stage with a few new comers to the side. The Proteas won the series when they last toured Australia back in 2008/2009 and for the first time in a long time go into this as favourites for back to back away series victories. Test victories in Australia are like humble Aussie players, hard to find but pure fried awesome to see. Having said that the chance of beating SA teams seems to lift every Aussie side. Here are some reasons they could win: Ricky Ponting: The old war-horse is now 87 37 years old [&hellip

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So it must be said, massive congratulations to the Proteas for one of if not the most comprehensive victories over England in England everrrr. A superb performance by all and sundry but extra special maverick respect to Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla in particular. These senior players all played exceptionally well and none more so than that bearded maestro, Hashim. [thanks Charlie] Sheesh, this soon to be cricketing legend is incredible. He ended on 311 not out, the first South African to amass over 300 runs to put the Proteas in what turned out to be a unassailabe posish. The Proteas are now 1-0 up in the three Test series and well on their way to over taking England to become the number 1 Test side in the world. Glorious. For the full stats, quality opinion and insightful commentary, visit cricinfo.com An excellent cricket site worth bookmarking for those day when you are stuck at work with no way to watch the cricket. Hashim, we salute you! rennton

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Man I have been looking forward to this series for a while now. It is not often that the two top sides in Test cricket go head to head with the winner of the series being declared the top dog; Numero Uno; best team in the world; current kings of Test cricket… you get the idea. It is always enjoyable watching England lose but watching them lose to the Proteas in their own backyard is sheer fried awesome. Will they lose though? They are the current number one ranked Test side and have not lost a home series since they lost to the Proteas in 2008. They recently dominated West Indies at home and have a settled and experienced squad with all-rounder Ravi Bopara coming in to strengthen their side. The Proteas on the other hand have had little Test cricket recently and have only played two rain delayed warm up games. They did thankfully attend a 3 day team building exercise in the Swiss Alps though so at least we know their yodeling will be tip-top

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Yesterday it was revealed by the Times that Andre Nel, former Proteas fast (mostly medium paced) bowler had been having an affair with 34-year-old Londoner Jelena Kultiasova. When approached for comment Nel seemed honestly shocked and denied any wrongdoing. “This story is quite invalid. We spent time together as friends – well, so I thought – this is not true,” he said. “We did all these things as friends, so I thought at the time that it was just a friendship.” Unfortunately Nel had not banked on Jelena sending  incriminating pictures to the press and when informed of this little titbit of information admitted to some wrongdoing, sort of&#

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A couple of weeks ago, we suggested a few changes to the SA cricket team and even went so far as to mention names CSA should look at to the future and beyond! Last night they took our advice on one of the players and he top scored. BOOM. David Miller, we salute you

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Swear words and anger. Disbelief and embarrassment. Also later, a fight with the girlfriend over who’s turn it is to wash the dishes. This is what the performance by the Proteas did to supporters on Tuesday night. Let’s be honest we never actually looked like winning this “world cup” (is it a world cup if it happens every year?). From the very first game we looked flat and dis-interested. Also Smith has obviously abandoned any sort of training/ fitness program and taken on the KFC sponsorship with more gusto. When asked for comment he had this to say “nom nom nom”

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