We Know What England Did ‘Last Summer’

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We are going to be focused for Durban and will go for a 2-0 win - Graeme Smith

Scary, aye!

But India, still licking their wounds from the Centurion drubbing, can watch a DVD of the England vs South Africa match here and say "We know what England did last summer."

England produced a sensational innings and 98-run win over South Africa at Kingsmead in the second of the four-Test series. The series ended in a 1-1 draw with South Africa saving the series in Jo'berg.

Attention Bhajji: Graeme Swann took nine wickets on the famed Kingsmead's fast and bouncy wicket to trigger a South African collapse and ran away with the man-of-the-match prize. My boss will say, "Why is he still talking about Harbhajan?" But the fact is that he is still there in the team and he will play. God knows why.

Beware Durban jinx, SA!

In March 2009, Australia achieved a series-clinching win over South Africa in Durban. The visitors thrashed the Proteas by 175 runs in the second Test to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. They couldn't handle Australian pace.

South Africa enjoy the cushion of 1-0 lead going to Durban, and India need to come good after their lopsided show in Centurion. Cheteshwar Pujara should replace Suresh Raina who is clearly struggling against pace and bounce - and yeah, we know he is still very young, and has time to rectify his technique.

India under pressure

A fit Zaheer in place of the clueless Jaydev Unadkat and Pujara for Raina is enough for the No. 1 team to counter the ammo of the No. 2 team. You may not agree but Yuvraj Singh could have been a much better choice than Raina on bouncy wickets. Just a thought!

I still don't get it. What is Jaidev Unadkat doing in the Indian dressing room?

The seven batsmen and four bowler combinations will not work against South Africa in South Africa.

Moreover, our bowlers did not look even close to taking 10 South African wickets; forget 20. In places like South Africa/Australia, you need to play with five quality bowlers and six batsmen.

The batting has saved India on many occasions but our bowlers have spoiled the show most times (away from home) and our think-tank has done little otherwise.

Anyway, India should not be disheartened by their winning (or rather, losing) record at Kingsmead but capitalise on the fact that South Africa have lost their last two matches there.