The Channel 9 guys have some of the best callers of all time, in Benaud and Chappell, but to hear Lawry, Slater, Taylor, Healy and Greig all summer when Australia is at the height of their powers is to behold truly breathtaking sycophancy.
Here though, with history mere minutes away they sat in stony silence, uncharacteristically struck dumb as South Africa closed in on a most momentous victory. Anyone wondering how voluble they’d be here if it was Australia chasing down the second highest fourth innings score OF ALL TIME?! It’s terrifying to imagine the cackles and wheedling praise.
It was a truly amazing effort by South Africa, raw belief and hunger, and a determination to see exactly how far this Australian side can be pushed. Johnson aside, the cupboard looks frighteningly bare, and you know if Ponting’s caling some of his side “passengers” then blood will be spilt before long.
This series could be an all time great. We’ll be watching.