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Firsts things first. I know it has been said by plenty of media and sports personnel that are far more travelled than myself regarding seeing cricket and or sports stadium around the world, but Adelaide Oval… WOW…
On arrival, the ground is every bit a stunning as its reputation says. Once in the ground, it goes to the next level. The facilities, food, service and design are easily the best I have seen in Australia.
I grew up in New South Wales, and such have a deep connection to the SCG. I think they have done an incredible job at keeping so much history with the member and ladies pavilions.
I have been one of many punters that have suffered going to the WACA to enjoy getting smashed by 40+ degrees with little to no shade and terrible service.
The MCG is a coliseum but lacks a soft touch.
In my opinion, Adelaide has set a standard that is close to perfection.
Enough of the back pats for the redevelopment team, onto the cricket.
As it currently sits at ‘dinner’ on day one, Australia are in a good position. They have played well, and there’s a feeling that just maybe a few things are starting to go our way.
South Africa are 7/165 and du Plessis is in the middle of a captain’s knock.
The two question on most peoples minds would be: How many overs will Australia face tonight and how bad could it be with a three, under lights against a bowling attack with their tail up and conditions to suit?
My first thoughts are, this could be mayhem.
Its not uncommon for Shield captains to declare with and hour or so left in the night with the aim of scoring cheap wickets. And from memory, the results show that its not a bad tactic at all.
I’m certainly not expecting South Africa to declare, but the prospect of an hour under lights gets me on the edge of my seat for two reasons.
The first has already been touched on. This could end up pear shaped. The second is that Handscomb, Maddinson and to a lesser extent Renshaw have probably been exposed to more pink ball cricket than any other players at international level.
So, does this give us a reason for hope? I think so.
It would have done Renshaw the world of good to snap one up at first slip to get in the game, but his real test could be an hour away.
There’s a great chance for him to make a name for himself. If we bat tonight and Renshaw is still there at stumps, it will make the selectors seriously scratch their head at bringing Shaun Marsh back in. A conundrum i would be happy to have.