"How shit you must be if I got you out twice!"
-Paul Harris to Andrew Symonds, Perth 2008

Friday, September 18, 2009

The return of the Saffa spinners

That's right. They are Saffers and they are spinners. GOOD spinners. Impossible you say? Well check out the evidence:

20.6 Botha to Sammy, no run

20.5 Botha to Sammy, no run

20.4 Botha to Sammy, no run

20.3 Botha to Reifer, OUT

FL Reifer lbw b Botha 1 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

20.2 Botha to Reifer, no run

20.1 Botha to Reifer, no run

19.6 Van der Merwe to Bernard, no run

19.5 Van der Merwe to Dowlin, OUT

TM Dowlin b van der Merwe 5 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

19.4 Van der Merwe to Dowlin, no run

19.3 Van der Merwe to Reifer, 1 run, driven to mid on

19.2 Van der Merwe to Reifer, no run

19.1 Van der Merwe to Smith, OUT

DS Smith lbw b van der Merwe 17 (27b 2x4 0x6) SR: 62.96

They may not be able to bowl a doosra or have straight elbows but they are fast becoming a spinning duo to reckon with. I was worried that it was a seasonal thing...but it clearly is not. And with effective spinners being such a rarity these days (*cough*Australia*cough*) it makes me very happy that the Saffers have found their very own.

Of course, it also makes me happy that my BD boys Mahmudullah, Shakib and Enamul have formed their own spin mob. I call them the Sweet-faced Gangsters. They look so innocent that even when they are taking your wicket it's like they are giving you a gift. 'Here, you look tired. Please go have a rest in the dressing rooms'. LOVE IT!

Also, excellent news for both my teams with regards to WC2011. Speaking of which, how many ways do you think Australia, England and West Indies will embarrass themselves in the World Cup?

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