The Proteas rise from the ashes like a phoenix

2014-02-24 08:36

The Proteas rose from the ashes like a phoenix! Few gave them a chance, but those that kept their faith in the best team in the world, were duly rewarded over that past four days. The Proteas showed why they are the best of the best and the reigning kings of test cricket.

True champions rise up against adversity and conquer their adversaries. That is a trait that all the great teams possess. A mark of a great team is one that can rise in up to victory when their backs are against the wall. The Proteas where thoroughly outplayed in their defeat in the first test and most of the scribes wrote them off, the criticism was deafening. The pressure was on, the team played dismally and with only four days to recover few had faith. I asked the question whether will they recover in time for the second test and Biff and the boys answered with an emphatic yes!

This was a beauty of a test match; it was never clear sailing for the Proteas, not at all. There were difficult moments in the match that could have turned into catastrophe, had the Proteas not showed the resolve that made them the best in that world. At 11 for 2 in the first innings the top order could have collapsed and nightmares of the first test could have haunted them. The same goes for when they were 200 for 5 after 2 quick wickets fell.

The dropped catches and the missed reviews could have dealt the Proteas a psychological blow that could have deterred them from attaining victory. It took some serious resolve and character to come back after all that and manage to get the victory. Considering the fact that the first wicket only fell at 126 in the second innings, with the 5th day of play expected to be abandoned due to the weather forecast. Victory looked bleak but magical bowling from the best bowling unit in the world (and yes I said it) miraculously pulled a rabbit out the hat and took 9 wickets in one session!

This test match proved the caliber of the team; it showed how good they are. With their backs against the wall and luck seemingly not on their side, they still managed to pull off a resounding victory. We outplayed the Aussies both with the bat and the ball and it was fantastic to watch.

Michael Clark summed it up pretty well when he stated "South Africa deserves credit. We were outplayed and you have seen a class spell of reverse swing from all three of their bowlers but especially Steyn,” I wonder if he still believes that Aussies have the best bowling unit in the world. I believe 9 wickets in a session settleded that debate.

I hope Morne cracks Johnson's rib cage once more at Newlands (thoroughly enjoyed watching Johnson get hit). Now they know why Steyn is the best out there!

Few teams could have responded the way the Proteas did, hence why they are the best in the world. The momentum has shifted and the Proteas are brimming with confidence. With the 3rd and final test match only 7 days away the question that needs to be answered now, is can the Aussies mount a comeback or will South Africa ram home the advantage and state for all to see (once again) that they are the best in this format.

If you have followed my blogs by now you know that I always wear my heart upon my sleeve. I say Proteas will ram home the advantage and finally put to bed that they are best team in the world! Not that it was ever in doubt.

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