[Discussion Thread] South Africa in Sri Lanka 2014

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Not good enough

Hate to say this folks but the reality is we had 110 over at the opponents on a snake pit of a fifth day wicket but werent good enough to knock them over. You can talk about the rain, the decleration and what ever else you desire but the reality is if you cannot knock over on that wicket in 110 over, its just not good enough.

Credit to SA which is why they are the number 1 team in the world. Lets face it we rolled over in Galle on a much easier wicket while SA were good enough to hold out at the SSC - which is why they are the best team in the world.

Ok here's the curved ball - for me the difference in the series was Vernon Philander! Yes he did nothing with the ball but he did a mighty lot with the bat. At Galle, his partnership with Duminy, after SL had knocked over the batters, was critical to SA's bigh first innings score and eventual dominance of the game. Yesterday Vernon survived longer than his top order players - he simply cost us the series. In both tests, SL were able to get past the powerful top order and make an opening but Vernon hung in there.

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