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Predict the Series Score: England v South Africa (3 Tests)

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Post by Duty281 Tue 03 Jul 2012, 7:23 pm

Just over 2 weeks now, I'm gonna say 2-0 to the Champions.

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Post by ShankyCricket Tue 03 Jul 2012, 7:27 pm

1-1 seems the safe bet to me.

Though if I have to pick a winner, I might go for Saffers as I believe they've got better players.

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Post by ShankyCricket Tue 03 Jul 2012, 7:27 pm

1-1 seems the safe bet to me.

Though if I have to pick a winner, I might go for Saffers as I believe they've got better players.

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Post by skyeman Tue 03 Jul 2012, 7:50 pm

Gonna go for 1-0 to England, just can not see SA beating England at home going by recent home series, they have looked to be unbeatable at home.
SA didn't look too flash against NZ, they got knocked over cheaply for a couple of low scores in the first two Test's. Only drew with Aus and then lost a Test at home to SL.

England to cement the No1 spot.

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Post by LondonTiger Wed 04 Jul 2012, 8:16 am

I think it will be close - especially if the current weather patterns continue.

England could be vulnerable in the first test as they will have had little "proper" cricket in recent times.

However unlike Shanky I think England have marginally the better players (and the Saffer batting is starting to look fragile) so a series win for England.

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Post by Duty281 Fri 13 Jul 2012, 7:40 pm

Only 5 people have voted? Come on, get the votes in.

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Post by Gregers Fri 13 Jul 2012, 7:44 pm

1-1 with the other being rain affected. Although I wouldn't be surprised for it to be 2-1 either way.

First test 1-0 Saffers (If we play 4 bowlers + Bopara)

Second test - 1-0 Saffers Rain affected

Third test - 1-1 (Big hundred from Cook to win the match and tie the series)

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Post by Duty281 Fri 13 Jul 2012, 8:41 pm

Two England batsmen are getting back into form. Strauss made 127* in the second innings for Middlesex on top of the 50 posted in the first innings. KP made an even higher score of 234* off of 190 balls including 30 4s and 8 6s for Surrey against Lancashire, quite incredible!

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Post by Corporalhumblebucket Sun 15 Jul 2012, 9:39 pm

I predict SA to win one match fairly comfortably, one match to be drawn with no side getting close to victory. England to be on top in the other match, but I can't quite work out whether England will be able to win it.

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Post by guildfordbat Sun 15 Jul 2012, 9:47 pm

Corporalhumblebucket wrote:I predict SA to win one match fairly comfortably ....

Corporal - you have picked up Rudolph is in the team? Shocked Wink

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Post by Corporalhumblebucket Sun 15 Jul 2012, 9:53 pm

Guildford - quite so. It is axiomatic that any overseas batsman who has done diddly squat batting for Surrey will miraculously look world class when face with international class England bowling.... Erm

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Post by guildfordbat Sun 15 Jul 2012, 10:06 pm

Corporalhumblebucket wrote:Guildford - quite so. It is axiomatic that any overseas batsman who has done diddly squat batting for Surrey will miraculously look world class when face with international class England bowling.... Predict the Series Score: England v South Africa (3 Tests) 57983

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Post by Fists of Fury Mon 16 Jul 2012, 8:40 am

Admirable patriotism, fellas, but I have bucked the trend and become the first person to vote for a South African win. I feel we are the more liable of the two sides to have one disastrous session, and thus feel we will lose the series 1-0 with two Tests affected by rain.

However, I hope I am wrong and that we stick it up those arrogant toads.

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Post by liverbnz Mon 16 Jul 2012, 9:00 am

If it wasn't for the weather I'd predict all 3 Tests being a result as I think both batting line-ups have vuneralbilties. However, it's Britian, it's the summer and it's raining. It will be tight (obvious) and I think the series could be decided on one vital win of a toss. 1-0 England.

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Post by Biltong Mon 16 Jul 2012, 9:01 am

I picked 1-1, but SA will have it all to do to catch England as I fear in the first test we will be woefully underprepared and not hitting form.
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Post by Fists of Fury Mon 16 Jul 2012, 9:21 am

Liverbnz, I think I agree. The toss may prove more crucial than it ever has.

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Post by mystiroakey Mon 16 Jul 2012, 9:24 am

gotta go for a 2-0


thats the optimist in me(not so much for the England win but more for the weather holding out to complete two tests!!!!)

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Post by Biltong Mon 16 Jul 2012, 9:27 am

Fists of Fury wrote:Admirable patriotism, fellas, but I have bucked the trend and become the first person to vote for a South African win. I feel we are the more liable of the two sides to have one disastrous session, and thus feel we will lose the series 1-0 with two Tests affected by rain.

However, I hope I am wrong and that we stick it up those arrogant toads.
We are nothing if not humble. Wink
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Post by Fists of Fury Mon 16 Jul 2012, 9:28 am

Haha! It wasn't a generalisation, just to clarify! More specifically aimed at Smith and Steyn.

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Post by Biltong Mon 16 Jul 2012, 9:38 am

Yeah, yeah, are you guys getting nervous?

That number 1 spot is in danger.
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Post by Fists of Fury Mon 16 Jul 2012, 9:49 am

Of course it is, but so is your number three spot Laugh

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Post by Biltong Mon 16 Jul 2012, 10:44 am

Meh, we're not worried about that, it is only the NUMBER 1's that get nervous.
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Post by Stella Mon 16 Jul 2012, 10:45 am

2-0 England
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Post by Mike Selig Mon 16 Jul 2012, 11:16 am

I don't know what to think (or predict). Everything tells you it should be a tight, closely contested series. But then we all thought that when India were in England and look how that turned out.

Certainly England seem to have extra gears at home (in all formats). Equally certainly SA seem undercooked, their bowlers in particular haven't performed all that well in the warm-ups (and no centuries?).

Then there is the weather which will play a major part for sure, and could help negate England's main trump card Swann; on the other hand we saw what happened when Australia produced green tops to negate Swann - Anderson loved it.

I take Fists point that England are probably more likely to have a poor session. But equally England have the more balanced and consistent bowling attack (Morkel bowls the wrong length for England, and for some reason Steyn has never done too well there - don't be surprised if Philander ends up South Africa's chief destroyer), and the saying is "bowlers win matches".

I shall sit firmly on the fence, I can't see SA winning convincingly, but anything else is possible.

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Post by Shelsey93 Mon 16 Jul 2012, 11:55 am

Mike Selig wrote:I can't see SA winning convincingly, but anything else is possible.

Agree. I retain my 1-1 prediction, but the closer we get to the series, the more I feel England slightly have the upper hand.

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Post by ShankyCricket Mon 16 Jul 2012, 11:57 am

2-0 Englamd, if the weather holds up. But I dont think it will. So maybe 1-0

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Post by jbeadlesbigrighthand Mon 16 Jul 2012, 12:35 pm

I think this will either be 1-1 or 2-1 England. The two teams are very close, but injuries may push things towards England.

While I think South Africa possibly have a little more class in their line-up in the form of Kallis and AB, England have men in form. That's pretty much even. The quicks are pretty much even too, especially given Anderson's skill in English conditions.

Where I think the teams can be split is with their respective spinners and their keepers. I think most people would agree that Swann is far better than Tahir. I also wonder how effective AB will be behind the stumps. He's not kept in Tests very often. I also wonder what impact it might have on his batting - which will be very important for SA.

The final factor that may come into play is strength in depth. While neither team have great batsmen waiting in the wings, I think that England's pace reserves are noticeably better than South Africa's. De Lange is good, but inexperienced, and Tsotsobe is average and was rubbish in county cricket.

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Post by LivinginItaly Mon 16 Jul 2012, 1:43 pm

Have gone for 1-0 but can't decide who will win. I think that with the bad weather set to continue at least two tests will be sufficiently interrupted as to cause two draws. Why o why couldn't we have had a four or five test series instead of those rather pointless one dayers against the aussies? Three tests is too short for such an important and tight series.

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