WICKET! Marsh c de Kock b Rabada 22 (26 balls), Australia 66-2
WICKET! Head lbw Ngidi 8 (7 balls), Australia 12-1
South Africa win the toss and bowl
Get set, everybody. We’re on our way. So said the band Taxiride in 1999. Whether they were talking about a record Australian losing streak in one-day cricket we’ll never know. In fact it’s already a record for Australia, the streak standing at seven losses. That’s part of 10 losses in 11 matches, and 19 losses in the last 21. But the streak could become eight today. Or can they snap it?
South Africa is the opponent, Adelaide is the venue. Australia won here against England earlier in the year but looked very ropey doing it, nearly bowled out chasing a paltry target. That tells the story of the past couple of years: the bowling has been decent (aside from conceding a world-record score against England in June) but the batting has been frail. There are no overnight solutions to that.
As we wait to start, let’s consider why no one can watch these games on normal television. Or on current form, whether that might be for the best.