Hits and Misses – Australia v South Africa ODI Series 2018/19

Hits

1. Marcus Stoinis.

While his 63 in the last match ended a run of outs, as the leading wicket taker for the Series, Marcus Stoinis is fast building a reputation as one of Australia’s most important ODI players. Clearly disappointed with his dismissal when his team needed him to go on with the job, at 29 years of age and entering the peak of his powers, he will have plenty of future opportunities to bat Australia to victory.


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2. Dale Steyn.

The last time we saw Dale Steyn on our shores he was being assisted from the WACA with a series ending injury back in 2016. Despite being a long-time thorn in the Australians side, fears were held that it might prove the last time we saw him in action here. Fortunately (or unfortunately if you ask the Australian batters) he has come back from this setback as good as ever. While we might have hoped that Aaron Finch had men found a way to blunt his effectiveness, it was a pleasure we to see this champion of the game strut his stuff in Australia one last time.


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3. Alex Carey.

Just six matches into his ODI career and already a vice-captain of the team, Alex Carey provided much needed stability to the Australian batting lineup against South Africa while many of his contemporaries struggled. Tidy behind the stumps and solid at the batting crease he looks set to be a feature in the team for a long time to come.


Misses

1. Australia’s Toothless Attack.

There was a great deal of outrage when a great number of Australian Cricket fans realised that this series and all home ODI’s going forward would be telecast behind a Foxtel paywall. Immediately taking a step back from our outlandish claim however, it is ridiculous to suggest this represents the beginning of the end for ODI’s. That actually occurred when the 50 Over Domestic competition was relegated to a meaningless one month tournament a couple of years ago.


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2. Foxtel Commentary.

When it was announced in April that Foxtel would partner with Channel Seven to cover cricket in Australia, they promised us a broadcast revolution. In their first attempt at covering Australia’s International Summer of Cricket they fell some way short of this grand promise. While the likes of Isa Guha and Kerry O’Keefe were a welcome addition, the patriotic approach to the coverage however feel more like a pale imitation of Channel Nine’s coverage than a new and improved approach.


3. Australia’s Use of the DRS.

Having been on the receiving end of some terrible advice from Chris Lynn during the First ODI, Aaron Finch gave Travis Head an equally shocking nudge in Adelaide. After the South Australian opener was hit with a delivery that appeared to be smashing into the stumps, Finch burned the Australians review by suggesting his partner challenge the decision. Shane Watson would have been proud. Not that the South Africans were much better, the review that Quinton de Kock coaxed Faf du Plessis into making in response to a denied LBW appeal might well be the worst ever made.


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