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Perth, Australia – In a poignant moment at today’s Perth Test, Ricky Ponting led players from both sides in forming a guard of honour to recognise the long and distinguished career of the ‘South Africa are chokers’ jibe as it finally entered retirement.

The jibe, which has been an ever-present in discussions on South African cricket since their readmittance to the international stage in 1991, is perhaps best known for its dominance on cricket internet forums following South Africa’s disastrous World Cup semi-final appearance at Edgbaston in 1999.

Since then it’s become a reliable performer in cricket discussions as South Africa periodically managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, performing particularly strongly in debates about One-Day Internationals where it was regarded as an expert ‘finisher’ (of arguments).

But with South Africa retaining their crown as number one ranked test nation following victory in a hard fought series in Australia, time has finally caught up with the ‘South Africa are chokers’ jibe.

“We’ve been monitoring its performance in our articles comment section,“ explained a spokesman for Cricinfo, “Sadly it just hasn’t been effective since South Africa toured England earlier this year. The time had come for it to retire and be replaced with the younger, fresher, ‘South African spinners will be mauled in Asia’ jibe.

But do Cricinfo really think this is the last we’ll see of the ‘South Africa are cokers’ jibe?

“Well, given the ease with how Starc and Lyon managed to put on 87 for Australia’s final wicket today I suppose there’s always the chance that South Africa will revert to type. If they do the jibe will make more comebacks than Sinatra.”

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