South Africa ‘choke’ against England
England could have beaten India and Ireland, but beat neither. They’ve a far better claim to being chokers than South Africa at present.
In the last 12 months, Australia have lost a Twenty20 international off the last ball to England; lost a one-dayer by one wicket to Sri Lanka; lost a Test by one wicket to India; and lost a one-dayer by one wicket to England. Chokers.
Pakistan have lost matches to all sorts of people down the years, but their ‘mercurial’ reputation takes precedence, otherwise they’d be chokers.
Generally, one of the two teams playing a given match will lose. Quite often the match will have been close. Yet it seems that only if a group of people wearing the same colour clothes lost a close World Cup semi final in 1999 will the losing team be accused of being chokers.
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As Ireland demonstrated very well the other day, all matches are ‘winnable’ when chasing.
My definition of a close game is linked to Daisy’s behaviour.
If she leaves the room because she cannot bear to watch the TV and becomes convinced that she’ll bring her favoured team bad luck if she stays, the game is close.
The England v South Africa game today was close.
Which one of you is Andy Bull from the Guardian?
It was a nice try, but I feel that you may be over-intellectualizing the South-Africa-are-chokers gag:
“For a brief while it looked as though Dale Steyn was going to pull off the Heimlich manouevre on his team.”
It is a cruel but fair point though, that South African cricketers with a close match on their hands are much like the late Queen Mother with a fish bone in her mouth…
..or Dubya with a pretzel. ..
They almost choked again today against India
They can’t lose on a March 12th