Oz coach admits series against Proteas has been his worst nightmareDecember 29th, 2008 - 2:44 pm ICT by ANI
Sydney, Dec 29 (ANI): Australias cricket coach Tim Nielsen has called it the stuff of nightmares, after South African young batting prodigy J.P. Duminy steered his team to a 61 runs lead on the third day of the Boxing Day Test.
Duminy transformed Australias overnight lead into an alarming deficit, as one of the most exciting young batsmen in the world, but also inflicted on Ricky Ponting, his team and the selectors a national crisis, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
It is something your worst nightmares couldnt come up with. It didnt go to plan but I suppose thats the way the whole series has gone so far, Nielsen said.
It was the debacle unfolding around Duminys nerveless 166 in his second Test that defined proceedings at the MCG.
Meanwhile, vice captain Ckarke said: Its definitely one of our most disappointing days for a long time in Test cricket, admitting that the Australians ran out of ideas as they struggled against the Proteas tail.
In saying that it is another example of how quickly things can change in Test cricket. Weve got a big day tomorrow. Were going to have to come out and bat really well and then well wait and see what happens. I still believe if we bat well tomorrow we can get ourselves into a position to win this Test match, he added.
South Africa began the day 196 runs behind, but Australias advantage was eroded by Duminys partnerships with tailenders Paul Harris and Dale Steyn, the latter developing into the third-highest ninth-wicket partnership of all time.
But Clarke and Nielsen said that all was not lost.
If we can bat well tomorrow the game is very much on for both sides and its there for the taking, Nielsen said.
Clarke added: Weve just got to play positive, aggressive cricket. That is how Australia has been successful for a long, long time. (ANI)
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