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South Africa is the No. 1 Test Team in world cricket

India is a close no. 2 and these two  teams look set to dominate the next decade in cricket. Both have recently defeated Australia in a test series 2-0.

In winning the Test in MCG, Graeme Smith’s men become the first South African side ever to win a series in Australia, dating back to Percy Sherwell’s 1910/11 tourists. It’s been a long wait – and was thrillingly set up by their remarkable six-wicket win in the first Test in Perth last week.

I think Symonds and Hayden can go on a permanent fishing trip now. Ponting now learns that he isn’t a great captain but a mediocre one who had great players like Warne, McGrath and Gilchrist.  To be a great captain you need to mould your mediocre side into world beaters – something Border and Taylor did for Australia and Shane Warne did for the Rajasthan Royals. Steve Waugh too simply inherited a great team from Mark Taylor.

Ponting is over-rated. The best captain for Australia would have been Shane Warne and its a shame Cricket Australia refused to make him captain. Now they are paying the price.

Australia also benefited hugely from 50-50 umpiing decisions going 9 to 1 in their favour in recent years, and the moment those decisions started going 5-5 (which is the right thing), they started losing. They should have never won the SCG test against India and would have lost that series too had umpires been fair.

Shane Warne, Gilchrist and McGrath didn’t need umpiring help to win as Ponting does, and that is the difference between the great Australian side of the last decade and this bunch of pretenders.  One shudders to think that after Ponting, the captaincy will go to the immature Michael Clarke….and the slide will get worse. It is time to make Huseey vice-captain now and bring youngsters like David Hussey, Shaun Marsh into the side intead of the inept Symonds and out of touch Hayden. And the Bowling? sorry…no talent there anymore. Max they can do is bring Nathan Bracken back and hope Watson recovers from injury.

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Harbhajan Symonds Microphone Transcript

Below is the transcript of the recording from the Channel Nine stump microphone, which was used as evidence in Harbhajan’s appeal (in the Justice Hansen hearing):

Symonds walks towards Harbhajan at the end of an over and says something …(inaudible).

Symonds: “Go and yell at your teammates …. You called me monkey again.”

Matthew Hayden: “Twice. You’ve got a witness now champ.”

Hayden then walks towards Harbhajan.

Hayden: “That’s the last time.”

Harbhajan: “No listen he started it.”

Hayden: “Doesn’t matter mate, it’s racial vilification mate. It’s a shit word and you know it.”

Soon after, Michael Clarke approaches umpire Mark Benson.

Clarke: “It’s not the first time. He done it in India and got into strife. That’s the second time he’s done it.”

Ricky Ponting then walks up to Benson and gestures towards fellow umpire Steve Bucknor.

Ponting: “Go and tell him. Go and tell him straight away.”

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After abusing cricket players worldwide for decades, they can’t take it. I think Harbhajan should’ve told in a press conference openly, “Yes, I called that idiotic Symonds a monkey.” After dishing out for years, why are the Aussies acting like weak kids? They can’t take a word like “monkey”????

I think after going through the above transcript, one thing’s for sure.. Ponting and his bunch of merry men really acted like school kids complaining to their class teacher!!! Are these the “tough World Champs”??? no way… Chimps? 😉 Maybe.

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My linup for the Adelaide Test

1. Virender Sehwag

2. Saurav Ganguly (Yes..Ganguly must open, and Jaffer sent back to refine technique)

3. Rahul Dravid

4. Sachin Tendulkar

5. VVS Laxman

6. Irfan Pathan (Pathan in better form, must bat ahead of Dhoni).

7. MS Dhoni

8. Anil Kumble

9. Harbajjan Singh

10. RP Singh

11. Ishant Sharma

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