Proteas can still contrive to beat themselves, says RoebuckDecember 13th, 2008 - 3:45 pm ICT by ANI
Sydney, Dec 13 (ANI): The South African cricket teams woeful record in Australia of not having won a single series since 1910, suggests that they may still end up beating themselves notwithstanding their potent pace attack and run-filled batting machines, says noted commentator Peter Roebuck.
In an article for The Age, Roebuck says that even if the forthcoming series is half as eventful as the previous eight, then followers of the game are in for a treat.
The rivalry between these nations has long been keen. On the surface, they have much in common; farming, fires, hunting, burnt meat, rugby, cricket and so forth. Neither has been comfortable with the comparison, says Roebuck
As far as cricket is concerned, Roebuck says the matches have been close, with the Australians usually winning or, rather, their opponents contriving to lose.
Since 1992, when they returned to international cricket, the South Africans have spent the time almost beating the Australians only to falter in the critical hour.
The South Africans have not beaten the Australians in a series. Perhaps they have wanted it too much, worked themselves into a lather only to lose focus when the moment arrives, Roebuck says.
Maybe, the new generation will be more relaxed. After all Ashwell Prince, A. B. de Villiers, Hashim Amla and company come from a different tradition. Yet, the feeling lingers that these tourists can still beat themselves, he concludes. (ANI)
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