As the dust settled on a South African demolition of Australia in Perth, the Channel 9 commentators predictably grasped for excuses as to why their side were on the wrong side of a thrashing.
“DRS,” says Warne.
“Lacked that little bit of match sharpness,” said Clarke.
But the best was to come…
“They didn’t have the rub of the green” says Taylor!
THE RUB OF THE GREEN!!??
As anyone that watched the cricket and isn’t an amoeba can tell you, South Africa were the team with the bad luck.
Forced onto the back foot through bad decision making on the first morning, and a predictable Warner assault late in the evening, they then lost their talisman Dale Steyn early on Day 2 to a fractured shoulder. He will miss the entire series and could be out as long as 6 months.
At this point Australia were less than 100 runs behind, and had nine wickets in hand. A handy lead seemed guaranteed and an insurmountable one seemed likely.
The tourists had other ideas, and by the time the day ended they’d rolled Australia for 244 and conceded a paltry 2 run lead. They were 2/100 at the close of the day and the game was back in the balance.
Days 3 and 4 belonged to the Proteas, and by the time we got to the morning of Day 5 all hope was lost for the Aussies (except in the Channel 9 commentary box of course).
Make no mistake, this was an embarrassing performance from Australia who have now lost four tests and nine games of cricket in a row.
Stripped of their best bowler, and with their best batsman on the tour (their best is sat at home injured) making the grand total of one run, South Africa won by a massive 177 runs.
They look miles better than Australia and as we move to Hobart, the weather looks to be their biggest obstacle in amassing a series clinching 2-0 lead.