Itís going to be a tale of three series and several cricketers. Some are big stars, some flirting with stardom, while a few are waiting in the wings, eager to grab the opportunity. Winter is here and so is big-time cricket. Australia and South Africa are fighting for the number one Test spot Down Under. India are ready to take on England on their home turf and after that series, the Aussies are coming for another high profile Test affair. We have our plates full and the connoisseurs are relishing.
In Brisbane, worldís top fast bowlers are in action. Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Peter Siddle and James Pattinson are making the ball rear on a typical Gabba wicket. Itís a war out there and some of the finest cricketers in the history of the game are involved. Ricky Ponting is at the crossroads of his career and his performance in the series will determine if he will have any further part to play in Australian cricket. Out of the teamís limited-overs scheme of things, Ponting is walking a tightrope. A mind-boggling 13,346 runs in 165 Tests notwithstanding, the 38-year-old needs to perform to prolong his Test career. If he fails, the world will see the exit of a master.
Jacques Kallis, however, is getting better with age. He has started the
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