Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Brisbane, 2nd day

Incessant rain forces washout

The Report by Daniel Brettig

November 10, 2012

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South Africa 2 for 255 v Australia
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Heavy rain delays play, Australia v South Africa, first Test, day two, Brisbane, November 10, 2012
The rain did not allow any play at the Gabba © Getty Images
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A nation keen to spend Saturday on the couch had to find other things to do as day two of the first Test between Australia and South Africa was washed out in Brisbane.

Play was formally called off at 4pm local time after a final inspection by the umpires Billy Bowden and Asad Rauf took place with drizzle still falling at the Gabba.

Having lost the services of JP Duminy due to a freak Achilles injury during a warm-down exercise on the first evening, South Africa have now lost a day on which they had hoped to press home the advantage won by reaching 2 for 255 on the opening day.

It is the first time a full day's play has been lost to rain in a Brisbane Test since the final day of the 1983 Test between Australia and Pakistan was washed out. The last day's play in a Test match to be completely washed out in Australia was Boxing Day in 1998, when Australia and England met at the MCG.

The rain arrived on Friday evening and barely abated throughout Saturday, leaving the Australian players to sign autographs for those fans who still ventured to the ground.

South Africa's squad returned to their hotel soon after an early lunch was taken, and were ultimately to remain there.

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Posted by Greatest_Game on (November 11, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

@ Marcio. I'm puzzled as to why you are 100 percent INCORRECT. I've checked the records & you are WRONG! In that match South Africa were at 3/49, NOT 9/49. SA were 9/83, and 96 all out, but NEVER 9/49. Don't take my word for it - check the match figures. It's the smart thing to do before making such claims: http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-australia-2011/engine/match/514029.html

What is the "context" you refer to? That before Oz were 47 all out, they lost 9 wickets for 21 runs - the now infamous 9/21? Is it that SA won the test by 8 wickets? Is the context that you don't know what happened in that game, or that you were making things up to disguise how awful Oz's 2nd innings was, 47 all out being their lowest score since 1902, and lower than the records of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe! The West Indies lowest innings total is, would you believe it, 47 all out!

Let me know what the context is - I'm very interested to know.

Cheers mate

Posted by Agila on (November 11, 2012, 2:23 GMT)

@Ross_Co, thought we're talking SA /Aus at this time! Good try though.

Posted by Paulk on (November 11, 2012, 2:09 GMT)

AB is a terrific batsman, potentially the best in the world, but the way he has played so far with the dual role gives perspective to what a legend Gilly was. Kept wickets superbly throughout a 96 Test career and batted with a strike rate of 80+ and an average close to 48. In fact for most of his Test career his average was in the mid fifties until the consistency started declining. I hope AB carries on the baton from Gilchrist and becomes a legend himself in the dual role if that is what he wishes.

Posted by disco_bob on (November 10, 2012, 23:00 GMT)

@ballonbat "What a pity the rain ...[has]... put a dampener on things." This is due to the inherent wetness of water.

Posted by Marcio on (November 10, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

@Greatest_Game, neither did AUS didn't need a spinner to take 9/49 in the SA innings immediately before that 47, on the same day. They just needed Watson's medium pacers and the trigger happy umpiring that typified the day (compare that to the umpiring in this game, where the LBW seems to be an outlawed term - that's fine by me as long as it remains consistent). A little context might be required with your reference, no? There might be a little in the Gabba surface in the first session this morning, but I expect at least two days of fairly easy batting conditions after that. If SA win this game they will certainly deserve it. Good luck.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (November 10, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

Marcio. Do you wake each morning feeling so passionate about cricket? I can't recall an unambiguous post of yours, & wonder how you keep up the intensity of your commentary? Cricket is clearly something you take very seriously, & convey that with fervor. Good on ya!

You asked " (Do) you think (SA) are going to ... bowl Australia out ... twice in two days without a spinner?" I wouldn't predict that, but there exists a clear historical precedent that this SA team IS capable of dismissing this Oz team twice in 2 days.

Exactly a year ago, November 10, 2011, Steyn, Morkel and Philander took 95 minutes to dismiss Australia for 47 runs, bowling just 108 balls, or 18 overs. They did not require a spinner.

Given this precedent, here's the scenario: SA declares first thing tomorrow, knocks Oz over for under 50, enforces the follow on, & mops up after lunch.

Of course, if SA WERE playing Zimbabwe, this idea would be delusional. Zim's lowest total is 51 in 28.5 overs!

Cheers mate

Posted by Rabbito on (November 10, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

the worst part about it is, because its only a 3 test series, it a fairly large chunk of cricket taken out, because a draw is basically a certainty now, which leaves it to a 2 match shoot out, but if it was 4, we would still have a good series left, although in saying that, nothing againts a draw, but when its washed out....i mean, far out, were in aussie not pommie land!!.....

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 10, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

Oh don't tell me the weather CONTROLS a game of cricket, I mean... TEST cricket !!! Come on... we are in the 21st Century !!!! There should be indoor stadiums built. These so called rich boards should work with the BCCI to build indoor cricket stadiums so that people can bypass the weather constraints and have a good time. I know test cricket is boring and all that but some people love it irrespective. This is doubly disappointing to those people who would have been pumped after day 1. Now this game is likely to be a dull draw, that is if we even get any play tomorrow.

Posted by Saffie1987 on (November 10, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

Well to be honest, people might find it irritating that some Sa fans like myself go a bit overboard about Sa's Chances, and of course i know it's going to be difficult! But i have heard so many people downplay this South-African Test Match Team, and act as if Australia is invincible, but they arn't! Looking at the first day, althought it's still early days, it must be quite evident that South-Africa is by far better than Australia at the moment, and you will understand what i mean once the series has finished!

Posted by   on (November 10, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

Ross are you feeling ok? An aus victory more likely than a SA victory? HAVE YOU SEEN THE SCOREBOARD? We dont need a spinner to win a test. We went 15 years without a spinner and did pretty well thank you. Draw is most likely, and then a SA win. We already have 250 on the board, with essentially 3 wickets down. Your comments are mind boggling.

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