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Better believe it!

Posted: December 21, 2008 in Uncategorized
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South Africa’s cricket team shrugged off the ghosts of the past to record a fantastic victory in Perth today when they chased down a target of 413 to win the first test by a margin of 6 wickets.

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The thing that has everyone talking is the way that the team held onto a belief that anything was possible and didn’t give in to the doubts that have so often in the past defeated their inherent abilities, particularly when playing against Australia – the number one side in the world. It was as though, in the past, they were afflicted by a nagging voice that told them they weren’t actually good enough (despite so much evidence to the contrary) and that ascent to the very top of the ladder would only expose them, not confirm them. In this case, everyone is saying, there were no signs of that.

There is a part of me that thinks the magnitude of the task (the second highest target ever set) might have helped – nobody anticipated that they would win from that situation and it’s often easier to perform when there is no pressure of expectation. But perhaps that’s being churlish, because I would agree that the team is different in terms of the way they perform in the pressure moments, the captain leading the way. It’s certainly a striking illustration of the difference that self belief makes, and it’s something you need to go with into a situation, not something you need to rely on finding once you’re in it; true of anything, I think.

If you want more coverage, visit the match reports at Cricinfo. As for me, I’m going to sit back, savour the moment and enjoy the deafening silence from all of my Aussie friends…