Obviously not the South African fans who promised a swift end to Australia dominance. But in general quite a number of people were surprised.
An Aussie mate of mine said, don’t listen to all the hype and buildup bullshit, all that’s going to happen is that SA are going to turn up and choke again. At the time I believed him.
But if you really look at the two teams, was it that hard for us to predict the outcome.
Australia were a team that had lost all their big names and the remaining ones were either out of form or in the middle of a form dip.
Hayden, Brett Lee, Hussey, all giants just about an year ago were all having a mid life crisis, or in the case of Hayden an end life crisis.
Husseys average was rocketing down faster than a straight man penis that saw a bit of gay porn.
Brett Lees mind was thinking about the guy rooting his wife.
Hayden had completely talked himself into being a robot of sorts that couldn’t score a run.
And Pontings captaincy had been exposed more and more as the year went on.
Then you had SA, under Graeme Smith, who were all balls and metal.
The only weak link may have been the openers slot where Mckenzie was iffy and Smith with a bad record against Australia.
But Smith was having a great year just as the rest of the team over the last 18 months. When you run through the SA team, you cant find a single player who had not made some impact through out that time period.
Steyn, Morkel, Ntini, Harris were a good line up, Sure I made fun of them but they were always going to be a big threat if they got it right. And then did.
This was also a new SA, a team with balls, a team with a bit between their ears and a big beating thing in their chest that ran at a steady pace, and a team that was adamant about shedding that ‘chockers’ tag that have haunted them for 16 years since coming back.
So you had a team on the way down, and another on the way up, at high speed.
Could there have been any other outcome ?