Oh how disappointed I am with what Peter Siddle did today. We were so close to seeing Australia totally humiliated at Newlands, at 21/9, I was convinced that Australia would set the lowest ever test score in the history of cricket.
For a few brief few moments the dream was alive, but just like he did in the 1st innings, Peter Siddle dug in and hung around for long enough to a job for his team just when they needed it most. Ok, so 47 all out is nothing to write home about, but it is better than 26 (lowest test score ever, by NZ) or 36 (Australia’s lowest ever test score).
Skipper, Michael Clarke called the batting “disgraceful,” I would ask was it really that good?
Brad Haddin played a shot when the score was 18/5 that, I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say, he should be dropped for.
It was scandalous, the only thing I seen that was more shocking today (and there was some shocking stuff), was Billy Doctrove’s decision not to give Shaun Marsh out lbw to Vernon Philander.
It was so out it was unbelievable, Philander (who was making his debut) didn’t even consult his skipper over the review and was celebrating with high-fives long before the decision was overturned, such was his confidence it was out.
On top of that Shane Watson got another five wicket haul, and in just 21 balls. He now has 3 five-fors, which is the same amount as Andrew Flintoff got in his whole career. Another person to have a bad day at the office was Jacques Rudolph, on his return to test cricket he suffered the ignominy of being out twice in a day.
After all that, if Australia can get off to a good start tomorrow morning, they could still win the test. Will there be any more surprises in store tomorrow? I wouldn’t bet against it.