How the Proteas dismantled the Poms attack
In a modern day heavyweight battle of Test Cricket, the South Africans landed a telling first blow against England.
Despite an average pitch and gloomy conditions, Graeme Smith and his men managed to put on a clinic of some sorts by taking victory by an innings and 12 runs.
Even after losing veteran wicket-keeper to a career ending eye injury and having not much cricket in the lead up to the first Test, the Proteas systematically took apart the all conquering English bowling attack.
The key in the eyes of many experts on a dry and dusty was Graeme Swann. South Africa’s three century makers all used a precise plan to counter the best spinner in world cricket.
Graeme Smith used a a very patient game plan at first against Swann, but once he reached his half century he began to open up with sweep shots.
Triple centurion Hashim Amlan used the age old technique of getting right across to off-stump and playing with the spin of the ball to the leg side.
Legendary all-rounder and number four batsman Jacques Kallis used his trademark technique and aggression to seemingly bully Swann into submission.
After seeing the way South Africa handled Swann, surely more teams will take notice, as it is crucial to beating England.
What do you think Roarers?
The Ashes journey begins
The Australian cricket team have left Australia to begin their tour of England, with a mission to reclaim the Ashes.
Australian captain Michael Clarke and his teammates were optimistic about their chances before jetting off.
Click here to hear the thoughts of our Australian cricket team as they left for England.
Looking to join The Roar team? We're searching for an experienced Group Sales Manager to lead our team in Sydney. Yes, this does mean you get to work with the site all day long! If you're a digital media sales star, we want to hear from you. Apply now.