Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Brisbane, 3rd day

Advantage South Africa after hosts' top order stumbles

The Report by Daniel Brettig

November 11, 2012

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Australia 3 for 111 (Cowan 49*, Morkel 2-25) trail South Africa 450 (Kallis 147, Amla 104, Pattinson 3-93) by 339 runs
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Jacques Kallis reaches his century, Australia v South Africa, first Test, day three, Brisbane, November 11, 2012
Jacques Kallis proved hard to dislodge once again, going on to make 147 © Getty Images
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A day that meandered through its first two sessions after the fashion of South Africa's batsmen became positively lively as Australia's batsmen first stumbled then counter-attacked against Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

The vulnerability of the Australian top three had been widely noted, and they were guaranteed a torrid introduction to this series from the moment Ben Hilfenhaus deigned to pitch repeatedly short when bowling to his opposite numbers.

Replying to 450, a tally reached with less aggressive intent than might have been expected after the second day was lost completely to rain, Australia were in all kinds of bother at 3 for 40 as Steyn and Morkel took advantage of flawed judgement from David Warner, the debutant Rob Quiney and Ricky Ponting. But the opener Ed Cowan and the captain Michael Clarke then responded to their adverse circumstances with plenty of verve, ensuring an unhappy entry to Test bowling for Rory Kleinveldt and leaving the hosts in better shape at 3 for 111 when stumps arrived.

They had one major reprieve in the day's penultimate over when Cowan's glove tickled a Morkel delivery angled down the leg side from around the wicket. The umpire Asad Rauf was not convinced by South Africa's appeal, and their referral of the decision failed to pass the first hurdle when the third umpire Richard Kettleborough deduced a no-ball. It was a desperately close call, and may yet prove a critical one for Cowan and Australia.

South Africa had earlier had a chance to shut out Australia from the match, but from an imposing 3 for 374, the visitors had lost 6 for 76 in the face of improved bowling. Jacques Kallis' innings was astute and efficient until its final ball, but his departure stripped South Africa of the batsman who struck the best balance between attack and defence. AB de Villiers, Jacques Rudolph and Vernon Philander all soaked up a lot of balls for few runs, allowing Australia to feel more confident of their bowling even as the tally crept towards 450.

Facing up to a second new ball that had been due since Friday, Hashim Amla and Kallis began carefully, as Hilfenhaus and James Pattinson found a far better length than they had on the first morning. Amla was particularly reserved, but on 99 lashed out at Pattinson and the boundary sliced through gully had him saluting a third hundred against Australia in as many Tests.

Amla's celebration was muted, his intent to go well beyond the century mark, but on 104 Siddle pinned him on the crease with a delivery seaming back. Australia's appeal was beseeching, Rauf's finger was raised, and Amla exited without calling for a review. Had he done so, the decision would have been reversed, as ball tracking showed a path going over the stumps after Amla was struck on the knee roll.

Kallis reached his century by pushing Hilfenhaus through midwicket, and continued to bat with unhurried insouciance. At one point he shaped to avoid a Pattinson bouncer before waving his bat at it as he crouched, but it was a rare lapse. Nathan Lyon delivered a teasing spell in the 45 minutes up to lunch, finding turn as well as bounce, and encouraged Clarke to keep him on for an extended residency through the afternoon.

Kallis' progress to 150 seemed straightforward when the day resumed, until Pattinson extracted some extra bounce to force an airborne forcing stroke that skewed to an alert Rob Quiney at gully. In his next over Pattinson struck again, de Villiers playing another over-eager forcing stroke that was pouched at point by David Warner.

Rudolph and Philander then engaged in a diffident partnership that reaped only 26 runs in a little more than 12 overs, leaving many to wonder what South Africa's innings goal had become. Philander ultimately fenced at Peter Siddle and snicked the first slips catch of the match, before Rudolph was done in the air by Lyon and collected at cover.

Steyn might have joined them in falling lbw, but unlike Amla his decision to refer Rauf's verdict from Hilfenhaus' bowling found the ball passing well over the top of the stumps. His and Morkel's exits after tea followed a lively 15 minutes in which Kleinveldt struck a pair of sixes and Hilfenhaus did his best to discomfort South Africa's spearheads.

He peppered Steyn with short balls, including one that struck him a painful blow on his bowling shoulder. Morkel received similar treatment, and it was soon apparent that this passage had largely served to add fire - if any more was needed - to the South African bowlers.

Presented with a little less than a session to bat, Australia's initial response was poor. Warner never convinced, as he could make very little of his first few deliveries from Philander before pushing at a swift Steyn offering angled across him and edging into the slips cordon. Quiney's first ball brought an unflustered pull shot, but his second brought an edge at catchable height through a vacant fourth slip, and his reluctance to let the ball go was clear.

Morkel was brought on for Philander, and in his first over Quiney hooked unwisely, arrowing a catch to Steyn on the fine leg rope. Steyn tossed the ball in the air while he ensured he would not step over the boundary, and completed the catch before pumping his fist as though the wicket was his own.

Ponting's stay was briefest of all. Pushing out firmly at a Morkel delivery that could have been left alone, he offered a chance happily accepted by Kallis to drop Australia to 3 for 40. It was the sort of scoreline that had threatened to come to pass given the fragility of the hosts' batting, and had Clarke in to face a still-new ball despite his reluctance to expose himself to it at No. 3.

Through this period Australia's major source of sustenance came from Cowan. A target of much speculation before the match, he showed a simple but effective method, leaving the ball well, eschewing front-foot drives and leaning heavily on the pull and cut strokes. He showed a better balance between attack and defence than he managed at times in his first seven Tests, taking a particular liking to Kleinveldt's shortish length, and showed himself capable of matching wits with the bowlers who had so inconvenienced the rest of the top four.

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Posted by Greatest_Game on (November 12, 2012, 1:59 GMT)

@ Meety on (November 11 2012, 11:21 AM GMT) You wrote " at least our batsmen showed up, same can't be said of ALL your top 7!" What does that mean? Not sure what you are getting at? Only SA player who did not show up is Duminy, but he's in the hospital, & can't walk!

Oz no 2, 3 & 4 all scored less than EVERY SA player, except SA's no. 11. SA's top 6 - remember Duminy can't play - scored 396, which suggests that they must have been there @ an ave of 66 ea. In comparison, Oz's no. 2,3 & 4 averaged 4.33. They might as well not have turned up.

SA's first innings total was not bad at all for a 10 man team, and it certainly keeps them right in the game, so I have no idea what you are saying - it just does not make sense.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 0:04 GMT)

To all the "bedroom selectors" who bag Ed Cowan's inclusion in this side...a two fingered salute t you all! Go ED!!

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (November 11, 2012, 23:50 GMT)

With regards to the comment on why the crowds are so low for this game the answer is obvious. The bulls are top of the table in Shield and defending champions, yet we don't have a single player in the Aussie team. What happend to rewarding performance. With the familiar batting collapse today we need the likes of Khawaja and Burns in there sooner then later. Khawaja now has 2 man of the match performances in the last 2 games against quality bowling attacks on green tops and needs to be seriously considered for the number 3 spot. Selectors need to reward perfomance.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 11, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

@ thruthecovers on (November 11 2012, 22:09 PM GMT)

Ohhhh ..... ? Hogwash that SA comes onto field today sledging and setting a defensive field (hope you're watching") Obviously need a defensive field with world's best fast bowler crawling all over a team 3 down and 337 behind ? If that isn't stats oriented and overly defensive, please give me a better definition of what it actually is .................

Posted by HARCOURT_CUMBERBACH on (November 11, 2012, 23:18 GMT)

I liked how Cowan went about his work. Also liked the look of Quinney, he looked like he believed he should be there. @Bone head. I think 100 behind outs too much pressure on misfiring attack, squaring it up and putting a bit of pressure on the Yarpies to decide to attack or bat time might give us a chance, we might not win but if they play for a draw they will cop a lot of stick and we may see the cracks appear.

Posted by Ross_Co on (November 11, 2012, 23:03 GMT)

@64blip - why stop at some meaningless training jaunt - what about beach cricket? Figures from respective 1st innings at home v S.Africa: Swann - 0/151 Lyon - 2/136 & unlike Lyon's, Swann's figures flatter to decieve - bowled much worse than that :)

Re - whoever is spinning for 'England' in the next ashes - maybe the team (sorry - franchise) will pick someone up whilst in India.

Posted by one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on (November 11, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

@Big_Maxy_Walker, I like your test team. I agree Warner should be a test number six, not an opener. I think the same of Watson. I believe an opener needs to be consistant (Watson) but also contribute big hundreds (not Watson). Where I really like your side is the bowlers. They are all, at the very least, as good as the bowlers already there (I believe they are all better, faster, and more varied). They are all much better batsmen and fielders than the people that they would replace. Every one of them is capable of scoring a test fifty. None of them are plodders. We need to find some quality right handed batsmen to add to balance.

Posted by crh8971 on (November 11, 2012, 23:01 GMT)

Mitchell Starc has a great opportunity to push for selection in the second test with a Shield game between NSW and Vic starting at the SCG tomorrow. If he performs well and if either of Hillfenhaus and Siddle don't bowl much better in the second dig then he just has to come in. I think there are a couple of advantages. We have seen that the WACA has the perfect breeze for left armers to bowl in swing to the right handers. He will also make some nice size 15 foot marks outside the right handers off stump for Lyon to bowl into. I think we have seen this year and last that both Siddle and Hillfenhaus are very good test bowlers when they are bowling at their best but if they are a bit below that they are not a major threat. Steyn on the other hand is so good that he can afford to be a little below his best and is still a threat. Lyon will be better for having got some decent overs in. 4 overs in his last Shield match was not great preparation.

Posted by bonobo on (November 11, 2012, 22:54 GMT)

2 early wickets or a draw i reckon. I was very sceptical of Cowan, but yesterday was really impressive. agree with everyone on leaving out Tahir.

Posted by mrmonty on (November 11, 2012, 22:38 GMT)

A fantastic day of Test Cricket. Smith lost a few tricks (including leaving Tahir out) by not asking his batters to go for quick runs in the second session. May head for a draw unless Saffer bowlers can make stuff happen.

Posted by thruthecovers on (November 11, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

Stats orientated game...over-cautious. All hogwash! I bet if SA were to show the intent you all wanted and were all out for 300-odd, the choker tag would've been branded about like there was no tomorow. I like to think that, given Duminy's injuyr, Smith wanted to get a good score batting normaly without any rash shots. Batting once. From what I saw, that is not an easy wicket to bat on, unless you pitch it short when it just sits up and asks to be hit. I've never seen Kallis or Amla go the aerial route over point that much as in this Test. Says something about the wicket imo and the fact that Clarke got his field placings right accordingly. Smith, has the runs on the board so naturaly is a bit more attacking. Aus, going @ 4/ ovr scored alot of runs through there already. Right about now he realises what a big mistake it was to leave Tahir out though. This will only be accentuated should Steyn and co not find the right length consistently enough. Btw, Morne's boot was behind the line...

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 11, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

:)))))))) @ meety - the attitude of people brought up in households with pre-1970's Aust cricket values stand out like dogs .... in this sick modern world. (thank you Bobby Simpson for being at Wests when Clarke started) 100 behind at tea would be just perfect !!!! :)

Posted by disco_bob on (November 11, 2012, 21:19 GMT)

Does anyone else think Steyn looks a little like Pee Wee Herman?

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 11, 2012, 21:16 GMT)

I hope Pup ends up with pie on his face by the end of this series. A thoroughly un-likeable chap off the field, I found during the English summer. Mitch Johnson was the nicest bloke amongst the Aussies. I hope he's able to make a comeback in the near future. Mind you, the way Hilfenhaus and Siddle combine to let batsmen play themselves in for a day or two, it might be sooner than later!

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 11, 2012, 21:13 GMT)

Matthew Wade. I thought I'd throw that name out for folks to discuss. He doesn't look like a keeper, comes across as someone who is uncomfortable with his surroundings. As a batter, he's been exposed as someone who enjoys one dayers but hasn't grasped Tests. Oh I know, he got a debut ton in the Windies, sneaked one in there, I reckon, cuz he was painfully out of his depth during the whole tour.Can't wait for him to come out to bat in this innings, I'll be burning the midnight oil to watch him struggle.

Posted by funkybluesman on (November 11, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

Would love to see Clarke and Cowan build a big partnership. Unfortunately it's no Monday, so back to work...

I do have one problem with the no-ball checks when wickets fall. It seems as if Umpires are calling less of them on the fly, relying on the replay if a wicket falls. But if you are letting the bowlers get away with no-balls the rest of the time then it increases the likelihood of them bowling a no-ball when a wicket falls, while, if they'd called all their other no-balls the bowlers may well have fixed it up and not been pushing the crease as much.

They have a permanent camera on the crease. Surely we should have the technology to be able to just about automatically notify the umpire any time there is a no ball and then all no-balls are called correctly, not just when a wicket falls.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 11, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

@ Shaggy076 - you saw EXACTLY the same game as I did..... I suspect that anyone watching closely saw the same too. Interesting to note on over rates : not only were Sth Africa terrible ..... Smith is on a warning from England tour... If Gabba clock wasn't 30 seconds slow he'd already be out of 2nd test ! With 5 quickies in side.... good chance he still will be.

@ Disco_Bob .... sadly I don't believe Aust can win this match despite being only team showing any intent to try to. If however, they get all out or declare about 100 behind at about tea time... what will the world's fans make of Sth Africa making no attempt to win at all (especially if it's a declaration) ? I would bet my house and more that the idea of we take 80 overs to score 250 and leave you 60 to score 350 would not occur to Greame Smith (it's possible to lose if try that)........ The whole side plays a stats oriented rather than results oriented game.... hence becoming No1 by not losing rather than winning...

Posted by Chris_P on (November 11, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

I like the way Cowan does the job. While not possessing the talent of most others sheer hard work & determination is used & guys who put in the effort always gets my admiration over the show ponies who don't want to do the work.

Posted by Meety on (November 11, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

@ Marcio on (November 11 2012, 11:36 AM GMT) - yep, Sth Africa effectively were 8 (or 7)/195 for the day. Sth Africa tried to attack on a few occassions but Oz bowled really good containment lines. A lot of outside edges went thru vacant areas. When you've been in the field for a couple of days (& Day 3 was a very long day), it is not uncomon to lose a couple of wickets early. First session tomorrow will be the key. Worth noting that Oz scooted along at over 4rpo, keep that up & bat the whole day, (hard to maintain for 100 overs with 7 wickets), but Oz could end the day with a lead - it would be interesting if Clarke would consider a declaration from behind - say Tea-time tomorrow??????

Posted by Chris_P on (November 11, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

@Spelele. A blunder by the 3rd umpire? Even though just about every commentator (mostly former test players) agreed, while close, that it was. Interesting. Whether it is 1cm or 1 metre over, the rules state if it's over, it's a no ball. Very simple to comprehend and to see, especially in slow-mo. And let's not forget how many runs the Siddle no ball cost Australia shall we?

Posted by jb633 on (November 11, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

@England fans, please stop with the outrageous comments moments before we embark on a very difficult series against India. We have proven in 2012 how fallible we are. I must admit that without Starc the Aussie attack looks ordinary but they are up against the best batsmen in world cricket in Amla/Kallis. South Africa have made a huge selection blunder with Tahir and Kleinvedt looked garbage. I thought Tahir bowled pretty well in England and certainly contributed to the series win. I feel over the next two days SA will come to regret having no spinner in their side. The argument that Tahir was not selected due to the high numbers of left handers is rubbish. Tahir mainly bowls toppies and googles and is more effective against the lefties as 3/6 balls will be spinning away from the bat anyway.

Posted by JG2704 on (November 11, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

What short memories - or should I say selective memories - some folk have. Yes Australia are way behind in this game but even if they lose it (and my money would be on the draw) then surely it's not the end of the road. I seem to remember Australia getting bowled out for around 50 in the 1st test about a year ago and losing that one and can anyone recall what happened in the next one? Another thing I will say is that Australia are not in AS bad a position as it might initially look. So Ponting is gone but Watson is not there anyway , Warner is very inconsistent in this format and many of Aus runs in recent years have come from the lower middle order with Clarke (who is still there) and Hussey (still to come in) and the tail have wagged several times too. Being that this game is 3 days old now , I'm not sure if SA will get through Aus twice in 2 days and the only way I see them winning is if they force the follow on

Posted by JG2704 on (November 11, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

@ Moppa on (November 11 2012, 08:35 AM GMT) Decent response there bud

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (November 11, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

I think bank after day 1 at the oval test. We english crowed that South African bowlers could not stand up to the nightly batting lineup we had imported from Ireland and South Africa. 3 days later and we had lost by an innings at one of the most batsmen friendly pitch in the county circuit. Our bowlers took 1 wicket for the entire match! If English fans crow about Australia losing here, it's only because they too know what it's like to lose regularly, and lose regularly to this awesome South African unit.

Posted by 64blip on (November 11, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

@Ross_Co Direct comparison, Lyon versus Tredwell (England's third choice spinner) same pitch, same conditions, in two matches last summer. Lyon 3/210; Tredwell 7/160. Perhaps you could argue that 1 English wicket = 2 Australian wickets. We'll be more than happy to see him back for the Ashes and confident whoever is spinning the ball for England will come out on top.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (November 11, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

Ponting was always poor against spinners Now this guy can't play even seamers also. Only god can save ponting and AuS

Posted by warneneverchuck on (November 11, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

Ponting and Australia's time is over now

Posted by vxttemp on (November 11, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

There is no difference in ponting's batting skills. It was just becoz of and under the cover of McGrath, Warne and Gilesspie, ponting and co flourished in the previous decade. Others were lucky to leave along with them but not ponting. You don't know the strength any bowling unit will give to their batsmen.

Posted by SoverBerry2 on (November 11, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

Steyn looks like he is 35! What happened to face?

Posted by nilesh91 on (November 11, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

@R_U_4_REAL_NICK well said, randy was busy commenting on article related to SRT, then again his "Watson is best all-rounder in world" will not get sold today as kallis has given him answer already.

Posted by stormy16 on (November 11, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Aus failed to keep SA down and now are chasing the game to save it and have lots of work to do just to save it and not alot of batting to come. The two at the wicket and Huss need to do the work. Ponting played an awfully poor shot to a ball he should have left and played it like a novice on Aus wickets. I think SA will regret not playing Tahir but guess they didnt know they would be in this position at the begining of the test. How good is Kallis the batter - another class act and only a handfull of hundreds behind the great Sachin and most importatnly still scoring big hundreds. What a player what a star and he hasnt even bowled yet.

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 11, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

Clarke didn't handle Nathan Lyon well. Maybe, he should take tips from Michael Klinger.

Lots of spin and bounce on offer but Oz failed to capitalise.

Posted by Spelele on (November 11, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

I hope the absolute blunder by the third umpire to call a no-ball when none existed does not cost SA. The umpiring has been unfortunately weigh below Test standards so far.

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 11, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

How long before James Pattinson breaks down again? I'd get rid of him and Hilf + Siddle. Replace them all with Hazelwood, Starc and one other non-NSW youngster.

Then again, there's still "Doug the Rug".

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 11, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

So Ponting has failed in his very 1st innings of the series and many have written him off already. Wow. Talk about ignoring past history. I mean, he's not exactly David Warner, is he?

I'd wait till the series is over before announcing his demise. Me thinks he will call it a day after next year's Ashes in England, ie. he should get enough runs before the Ashes to keep his place in the team for the squad to England in 2013.

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 11, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

@Clive_Dunn: Normally, I like to reserve my thoughts until I've seen a fair amount of cricket in a series but I have to agree 100% with your comments on Warner.

What really annoys me about him is his high arrogance. He thinks he's cracked the batting code and will hit a run a ball (or better) centuries every time he goes out to bat. I agree that he's better off just swinging and hoping he gets away with it, esp in the early part of his innings. Once the shine has worn off and the ball is softer, he's good enough to take advantage but he's VERY VERY vulnerable against a decent attack at the top of the innings.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (November 11, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

Australia's slide continues, they cannot find a test quality player anywhere in that country of theirs. And lets not bring up their infamously bad spinners. Yesterday, Australia continued their long and proud tradition of being saved by rain. Today. they continue their proud tradition of being thrashed in their own back yard, this time not by England as is par the course, but by South Africa. They are being taught yet another lesson on their own turf.

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 11, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

I'd get David Miller in for JP Duminy but I know I'm clutching at straws, Faf will be the most likely replacement.

Posted by Ross_Co on (November 11, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

@64blip - Are the Lions the 'England' test team now? It's hard to keep up with exactly what passes for 'England' nowadays.

Even if Lyons doesn't bowl another ball in this series he'll still have a better average than Swann had against SA in the recent series in England. If Lyons ends up with the same average he got in the last (drawn) series against SA it'll be more than 60% lower than Swann's. Not that I'm claiming Lyons is the best in the world, just the best in the games he's played. Oh, and better than Swann is now. I suppose Ajmal & co might be the best but the problem there is that their figures are pumped by a recent whitewash against rubbish opposition - what was the name of that team again?

Posted by Spelele on (November 11, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

Yet another illustration that Kallis is weigh ahead of the overrated Ponting who scored almost all his runs when there were great batsmen around him.

Posted by MWaqqar on (November 11, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

I have two points to make. SA lost review due to no ball of Morne Morkel. I think it is unfair, if Asad Rauf had called no ball earlier there would not have been need for review. So umpires mistake lead to penalising SA. Secondly why cant Hawk eye technology being used in tennis for line decisions be used in cricket for line decisions like no balls, instead of subjective decisions by third umpire. In todays Morne no ball he appeared to have some heel behind the line.

Posted by 64blip on (November 11, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

@Ross_Co Yes, Lyon's 0/47, 2/101 and 1/62 against the England Lions this summer made us all sit up and take notice over here. BTW, there is no "unlucky" column in either a bowler's or a batsman's stats.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

@discobob, are you actually listening to the drivel coming out of your mouth, oz bat all day, proteas 70 run lead, if we do bat again it will be more likely a 270 run lead, be realistic

Posted by Jaffa79 on (November 11, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

As an England fan, I really want Cowan to stay in and get some runs to keep himself in the team. The rest of the top order are a joke and will fold like a pack of cards all summer. I'd also be worried that Siddle and Hilfenhaus were bowling military medium. Who was quicker? Hilfenhaus or Hussey? An innings defeat to a 10 man team is looming, although the Aussies must be used to that by now.

Posted by bumsonseats on (November 11, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

warner should never be a Australian test opener. his state new what he was like hence his non selection of that for a long time. his 100 against NZ last year were he could have been out a dozen times but he rode his luck. the guy who batted 3 what was he thinking, well if warner can get in the side as a T20 player then thats how i will play. the days were there were a plethora of batters have gone they all seem T20. cowens did a very good job but hes old school which i believe you need at test level. the bowlers did ok and the aussies do have what i believe good backup their but batters are extinct. to the guys who just troll for the sake of their team i ask them this. when would the aussies have 2 guys batting over 38 it was a given thing in australia that all cricketers have a sell buy date and even if that player still thought he was still producing the goods he was sent packing not these days. theres no backup in state cricket these days, if so were are they.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

Obviously Australia can't win. They need to avoid the follow on and see if South Africa can force the win. There is still plenty of time left. The weather forecast is good and the next 2 days can be 7 hours each. They will only be down 3 hours of playing time in the end.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

When NZ's attack bundled Oz out, Warner made a century. Did you guys forget already? Warner can bat in tough conditions. Punter's gone though. In the last 3 years, he has struggled against Kemar Roach, Morkel, Philander, Tremlett, Anderson and even Kiwi seamers. The Indian pace battery was farcical, so everyone made merry.

Posted by Ross_Co on (November 11, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

@Bonehead_maz - he certainly bowled much better today but he also looked like getting more wickets than he did on Friday. On either day he bowled better than Swann did at any time in the demolition in England.

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (November 11, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

my test team would be rogers, cowan, khawaja, clarke, hussey, warner, wade, okeefe, cutting, starc, pattinson

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (November 11, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

@rabbito. I think warner has had enough time, played more than 10 tests already. but i guess being from nsw he will get another few years of chances. Chris Rogers has years of consistency opening yet like brad hodge, dave hussey, martin love etc the selectors for some reason dont like him. QLD has the best shield team yet not one player in the team. I would bring in khawaja in for ponting as a steady batsmen perfect for test cricket, cutting in for hilfenahus for his consistent pace and aggressive batting. i am not convinced with lyons spin i would bring in steve okeefe.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (November 11, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

Amla is real steel stuff.......what a player

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 11, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

When Autralians themselves have to play really good pace bowling they are exposed. it's not India's dibly dobly attack. And talking about technique, DAID WARNER is a JOKE!

Posted by Sobhan_Sachinfan on (November 11, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

I doubt Aussies are in Trouble. When can Warner score good against decent bowling attacks?? Disappointed to see Ponting fail! Well played Kallis and Amla. Few more wickets, SA on top. Go ahead.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (November 11, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

Clarke and Hussey still there, and Cowan I suppose too... Shame about Ponting, and no surprises with Warner - Aus. already 1-down as they walk onto the field when he's in the test team. Looks like the bowling has been good throughout (apart from Kleinveldt...). Don't know why people here are saying SA's middle/lower order failed, when even Steyn outscored Aus's 2, 3 and 4 combined... If Clarke gets out early tomorrow he'll have fared no better than AB and Rudolph either. Match is well poised, and I'm guessing we'll hear nothing from the likes of RandyOZ/Jonesy2 until something significant happens tomorrow. Advantage SA, but I'm not predicting result just yet!

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

SA missed JP Dominey but we have not seen the old war horse Jaques Kallis bowling..SA are poised to strike but its easy to see why the Aussies are no 3 innocuous attack and brittle batting. The pitch could do something tomorrow. Its set up for an intriguing two days. A smarting Steyn is poised to attack.Exciting times ahead.

Posted by Coolgye on (November 11, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

C'mon guys we have got 2 full days of play. Tomorrow's play will decide the winner. I'm cheering for the South Africans but i can't say anything right now as it still looks like a draw after the second day washout. Will Australia counter-attack them by playing it as a 50-50 Over game and then it might look a bit interesting. However, if South Africa dismiss them on within the first half then they will have a mighty chance. SO let's wait and watch and then comment on anybody.

Posted by pat_one_back on (November 11, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

Pondering what excuses all the Aust detractors might have to post after Aust chalk up a competive 1st Innings score tomorrow! Patto looked far more dangerous than Steyn today. plenty of great signs for Aust. Punter will come good, he's been fishing at those ones early in his innings throughout his career, he'll soon get a start and crack on.

Posted by maddy20 on (November 11, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

@ disco_bob Amazing that some of you optimistic OZ fans are still thinking that OZ can win this. Got bad news for you pal. The question is whether Aus can make SA bat again. Just two more wickets(one of the two currently batting and Hussey)means curtains for Aus. All we need is another hostile spell from Steyn gun tomorrow.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (November 11, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

I went to the game today and Cowan batted well. Our top order woes need to be resolved and selectors need to get Khawaja in the team. He has 2 man of the match awards against NSW and Tasmania on tough pitches from the last 2 games, the last of which included 138 while Tasmania got 95 as a team. The bulls are top of the table in Shield and defending champions, yet we don't have a single player in the Aussie team. What happend to rewarding performance. Get Khawaja in and also have a good look at Burns who is a future batsman.

Posted by Marcio on (November 11, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

Agree, @shaggy076. Clearly many posters here didn't watch the game. It was a strong performance by Aus in the field. They never let up and stuck to their guns. At no stage did the SA batsmen dominate the bowling - they had to fight all the way. There were so many edges and misses, and not one went to a fielder or keeper - for 8 hours of play! Then there were the Amla and Kallis let offs which cost 200 odd runs. Many teams woud have thrown in the towel. Add to this the great fightback by Cowan and Clarke, and you have something to be proud of. But they will need to keep it up, as SA are still in with a chance, although a draw is most likely.

Posted by Meety on (November 11, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

@Greatest_Game on (November 11 2012, 06:31 AM GMT) - at least our batsmen showed up, same can't be said of ALL your top 7!

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

Dont know how many times i have stated this before...please do not go by any batsman's record against India..they are a reluctant test team..and proper test cricketers are almost out of their side(except Sachin and Zaheer)...If India were bowling Warner would have scored 150 and Punter also would have made merry.BUT Saffers OR any serious test nation for that matter do NOT carry Vinay Kumars and other trundlers just for the name sake....but i wont say its all doom for Australia just yet.The way Pup and Ed counter attacked was awesome.Aussies obviously are working to a plan..ie never allow SA bowlers to dictate terms...if you manage to attack them you may get pleasant surprises!!!is there a test match at Perth??God save Warner bro...and i am from India

Posted by Devmanus on (November 11, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

Amla, after seeking the opinion of Kallis, decided not to opt for a review although replays later suggested that the batsman would have survived had he opted for the DRS as the ball was going over the stumps.

DRS in use but still ineffective...sad

Posted by nilesh91 on (November 11, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

2 -3 wickets in early morning and SA are on track to force follow on.

Posted by Rabbito on (November 11, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

all you warner bashers have seriously no idea, the guy just needs a little time, admittedly hes pretty edgy for the first 20 or 30 balls or so he faces, but once hes over that, hes seriously good. give the guy a few more tests, and his consistency will only improve and he could quite easily be the next hayden, only more destructive on his day, its just the first spell he needs to get through better...

Posted by Shaggy076 on (November 11, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

Proteas 13th man - not sure what you are talking about 38 overs in the first session followed by 28 in the second session. South Africa then bowled 26 overs in 2 hours and 10 minutes. It seems to me if you want to watch test cricket you should point the finger at you r own team.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (November 11, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

I've watched a different game to everyone else as I saw Amla and Kallis both make good scores with a fair slice of luck and none of the other south african batsman being dominant. This would be a lot different game if Amla was given out for 0.The aussies bowlers bowled well today and the slow scoring from the South Africans have made it much harder to win. Can t see Australia not getting past the follow on now and Clarke and Cowan looking great. At current scoring rate the Aussies will pass 300 before the next new ball arrives. Unfortunately not enough time for Australia to win but it certainly isnt the one sided game that everyones comments on here suggests.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (November 11, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

Shame for Quiney that he got out. He was looking quite good. If the Aussies can get about 300+ we might be alright. It seems to be a new ball wicket.

Posted by ian45 on (November 11, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

@discobob you already 3 down , another 2 and its tickets for you

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 11, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

@ Fourworldcups: Do you remember the last two tours of Aus to India? 0-2 and 0-2 Ha Ha.

Posted by screamingeagle on (November 11, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

As I said before, Ricky might struggle. Started with zero, lets see how much he makes.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

@disco bob, just like last time when we chased down 400 in a day and half ha ha ha, you will follow again and if you dont we will give you 450 to chase in 1 day

Posted by Aussasinator on (November 11, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

two things happened today, one unexpected and one expected. No Australian pace bowler broke down with an injury even after an entire innings, that was unexpected. The expected of course is Ponting's duck. He continues to live up to expectations.

Posted by popcorn on (November 11, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

At last! Ian Chappell, who did not think Ed Cowan would make a good opener,is a convert,and is full of praise for him. Ed Cowan knows how to graft in timesof adversity,put the bad balls away.Rob Quinney was unlucky to get out,but his style of play is mature,like Ed Cowan's. David Warner,has two centuries to his name,but is as undependale as Phil Hughes.

Posted by disco_bob on (November 11, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

Australia can still win this, bat all day tomorrow, SA all out and 70 ahead with 25 overs left on day 5 for Australia to wrap up an extraordinary reversal.

Posted by Mary_786 on (November 11, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

Aussie top order again showed that they need a steady hand on the top. Surely its time to consider Khawaja at the top of the order after his recent man of the match performances against NSW and Tasmania which has bulls at the top of the table. Lets reward performance.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 11, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

Agree with Buggsy ! Never seen an attack so overrated.

Steyn bowled slower than and like Hilfenhaus (his shoulder must hurt?) Morkel got 2 wickets by bowling trash that should be 6 or left. Philander looked totally nonthreatening (watson bowls better) and Klienveld was simply rubbish. By a whole hour and a bit Smith had to bring Steyn back to contain! .... because everyone else had failed to. I was surprised Kallis didn't bowl because he can at least be relied upon.

What happens to "the greatest attack seen" when Steyn gets blunted by no longer be hidden from work and has to work himself ?

Anyone who didn't think Pattinson best bowler on field today must have been watching something else !

Posted by dinosaurus on (November 11, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

@ Proteas-13thman

The Aussies were pretty much on schedule - 66 overs before tea (I make that 9 balls short after 4 1/2 hours!! Saffers needed an extra half hour to complete their assignment!

Posted by disco_bob on (November 11, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

@Fourworldcups, "...do you remember last summer?..." Northern or Southern hemisphere? <chortle>

Posted by nthuq on (November 11, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

Predicting rapid centuries by Clarke and Cowan by lunch tomorrow to pass the follow on point and a typical attacking declaration 200 runs down, followed by Lyon ripping out the South African batting lineup for 46 runs. A sensational win will then be powered by Warner and Quiney inside of lunch day 5.

Posted by disco_bob on (November 11, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

Lets see if the mighty SA'ers can make Australia bat a second time. Somehow, I doubt it. Looking forward to Lyon bringing up some classic SA choking on a 5th day wicket.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 11, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

@Ross_Co :) thought he bowled worst I'd ever seen on Friday, but by refusing to attack Sth Africa bowled him into a bit of form :). Looking MUCH better after being allowed to find rhythm !

Posted by Fourworldcups on (November 11, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

To the indian fans who can't help making negative comments on the aus team, do you remember last summer?

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

Go Ed Cowan. Silence your critics mate and go on and get your century!

Posted by Buggsy on (November 11, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

Well now that the shine is off the ball, the SA attack is looking very poor. Kleinveldt is way out of his depth, Philander is finally coming back down to Earth. Steyn can't carry the attack forever. Still, not as bad as Ponting and Warner, these two seriously need to give up Tests.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

@ Jason Bray, I agree on Ed. He looked every inch a test cricketer today. Footwork, judgement, technique, focus, it was all there. His record is just going to keep improving to match his ability, i'd say. I hope he goes on and gets a century tomorrow, if he can do it against this South African attack he'll have full confidence that he can make runs against anyone.

Posted by tokoloshe on (November 11, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

Good days cricket. Kleinveldt looks ordinary and looks like he could loose a few pounds. Must be the "munchies" getting the better of him! Go the Saffers.

Posted by Ross_Co on (November 11, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

@64blip - Australia have had the better spinner in every match Lyons has played in. He's even been the better spinner in a few matches he didn't play in - 'England' v SA for instance. While he didn't get as many wickets as he deserved, his performance was another order up from Swann's.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 11, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

@Greatest game - anyone can get a 5 ball duck. Amla took 6 to miss a straight ball hitting top of middle (and there's been a bit of talk about his batting prowess too).

Game would look a bit different if 2 outs were correctly adjudged by umpires and will still if Cowan also gets 100 more after getting out off a no-ball ?

I think on batting "roads" great batsmen against poor attacks don't score less than 3 an over when dominant. Likewise poor batsmen when in trouble against great attacks don't score more than 4.2 ?

I suspect people are reading more than watching. *tongue in cheek - I see so far SA all out for 225, Aus 4/111 and umpires so far (batting team always benefits) 225 for Sth Africa and 1 for Aus.

Posted by cooldxve on (November 11, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

Australian team is no more THE MIGHTY AUSTRALIANS!!!

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (November 11, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

10 wickets fell today - 3 of them were Australian. The Aussie bowling performance was improved, but I think the game slipped when Kallis and Amla were given second chances (costing 150 runs). Warner didn't look up to the task, and did Quiney think he was playing t20? Ponting pushed at a ball that was about 7th stump, why was he playing at it? Overall, not a bad effort by the Aussies but they really could have easily been one less wicket down at the end of play.

The pitch will flatten out tomorrow and Tuesday, so can the SA's take 17/338 to win the game? I think the Aussies need a century from either Clarke or Cowan and some runs from Hussey or Wade to save the game.

Posted by 200ondebut on (November 11, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

This is not surprising at all. England gave the Aussies a pounding last time round and SA are a better side. Ponting needs to bow out while he still has some dignity left and Aussie fans need to start to accept that they will have to look at series against WI and Bangladesh for their wins.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

Cowan has shown again that he has all the ingredients of a good test match opening batsman, but he MUST go on and get a century. Hopefully after that it will be like Steve Waugh and the century drought will be broken with a saturation of tonnes. Go Ed!

Posted by Clive_Dunn on (November 11, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

If I was a cricket journalist I'd create a macro saying "Warner...uncertain poke to 2nd slip" to save time. He just doesn't look like a test cricketer, seems slow to pick up the length and doesn't know where his off stump is. He's probably better off just trying to hit through the line and hoping he gets away with it early.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (November 11, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

Sorry for the pun (intended) after this game (likely a dull draw) the S Africans will likely call him..... 'sorry' Kleinveldt -why didn't we give the spot to a spinner?- would not have made any diff with Tahir the only spinner and being not having the ability to trouble Aus batsmen who play spin well anyway.Will miss Duminy who for me is a better spinner than Tahir .

Posted by tintinmalik on (November 11, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

well, this would be last series for ponting.... time to leave the centrestage for others..., mate

Posted by Moppa on (November 11, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

Fair go, @Hammond and @Rajesh_india_1990 - you obviously weren't in one the bars near the Gabba yesterday, as I was, waiting with hundreds and hundreds of cricket fans for a glimpse of sunshine. Test cricket is alive and well in Australia - it's just a bit much to expect fans to flock to a game that has been ruined by weather as this one has been.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (November 11, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

SO PONTING GET A DUCK . AS IA SAID EARLIER THAT THESE DAYS HE CAN MAKE RUN ONLY AGAINST CLUB LEVEL INDIAN BOWLING ATTACK , AGAINST QUALITY BOWLING ATTACKS LIKE ENGLAND , SA , PAK HE GETS OUT IN SINGLE DIGIT.

Posted by 64blip on (November 11, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

Australia did well to limit the Saffers to 450. They could make that the target for the rest of the series. It's a little premature to be saying that Ponting has been worked out and is now a walking wicket, I predict by the fourth test he will have found a way to score runs. Wow, Kleinveldt! When was the last time Australia had the better spinner in a match? All two results still possible...

Posted by SICHO on (November 11, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

The fact is Aus bowling attack is nothing once you take Pattinson out. Shame that Kallis and AB got out trying to score quickly. Anyway 2 quick wickets tomorrow and Aus are in tatters. Nothing is more satisfying than Ponting getting a duck after all his talk before the series started. Our bowlers have to stop bowling short and making bloks like Cowan look like a good batsman, especially Kleinveldt. Come boys, do it the Pure Proteas' way!!! Bring on day 4.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Only saw the last 90 minutes or so of play, so i'll stick to that. Ed Cowan, you little beauty. Batted beautifully. Clarke too looks in good form, though i was a little perturbed at times with some of the wide stuff he was chasing. Morkel looks like a huge threat with the ball as I imagined he would be after watching him bowl many fine spells against England. I'm calling him now as leading wicket taker in this series, as I feel all three tracks suit his style of bowling perfectly. Warner, trapped on the crease, that is going to happen with him early on, i'd like to see what he may have done had he stuck around though. Ponting... well that was a typical Ponting dismissal, again, doesn't really indicate poor form, it's just the way he plays. Quiney, perhaps unlucky but should he have been playing that shot so early on? Can't see this being anything but a draw.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 11, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

As i said earlier david warner was the walking wicket once again...PONTING is like a sitting duck who scores another duck..@hammond hahaha..

Posted by pat_one_back on (November 11, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

So so many here so quick to put down Aust, couple of new ball wickets but nothing too menacing from the no1 bowling attack in the world, Aussies are now settled into a match evening innings. I mean if the much maligned Cowan can tap around fifty so briskly then how hard can it be out there?? Clarke was almost completely untroubled, put's Amla & Kallis into context, SA aren't that great or Aust aren't that poor, can't both be true so which is it?

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (November 11, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

SA are ahead after a day and half of facing aussies pop-gun attack and as predicted Aus top order folded like cards. Quincy looks like a T20 player with a shot a ball. First nail in the coffin for Punto retirement after the series with his 5 ball duck - lets not forget his big talk before the game. Wish SA took 1 more wicket to make it 4 down in an hour, unfortuntely Morkel no-balling. Amla robbed of his wicket umpire Rauf has had a shocker on a number of decisions. Kleinveld looks rubbish and what a mistake leaving out Tahir. Still SA to beat Oz with 10 men and in 4 days.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

Another day of rain is needed for Aussies to escape from a humiliating defeat. Aussies should replace Khwaja instead of warner. Warner is well suited for T20 and ODI format but not for Test Match that too against good bowling sides. Warner looks extremely unsettled to face opening bowlers in such tracks.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (November 11, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

a good days cricket IMO the saffers may have been a bit slow, only time will tell, but the Aussies kept them to 7 for 195 today and only need another140 to avoid the follow on

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (November 11, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

@Hammond-Glad you enjoyed the spectacular pile up of wickets once the Big 2 of SA went after 100s. But it has been common sight for the past 2 years the damage the Aus pace battery inflicts when given a sniff- Class,pure class. Test cricket would do well if more sides possessed such 'quality' alas barring SA and Pak's (spin) the trash dished out called 'bowling' should have a few people worried ....Test cricket? As to the 'carnage' -the real one begins tom from the bats of Clarke(don't he love SA!) nd company carry on unfinished work- wat you saw today -just a teaser. If Aus get to bat 2nd time on this beauty (subject to rain ...) the top 3 have a nice session of batting practice ahed of game 2....and a (little) sack full of runs ....

Posted by Adoh on (November 11, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

Warner was out to a good ball. Quiney played an irresponsible shot, Ponting played a poor shot. South Africa is playing a full grade above Australia, in both batting and bowling. South Africa deserve to win this game, they are executing their skills like seasoned professionals.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

The Saffas deserve credit for bowling so well. As for writing off our batsmen such as Warner and Ponting - one innings doesn't tell us anything. This is the finest bowling attack in the world and even the best will be found out early in their innings against Steyn and co. We will find the going tough but then watch out Sri Lanka......

Posted by Simoc on (November 11, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

I'de have to agree that there seemed to be very few spectators at the cricket today once again demonstrating how out of touch the anti T20 commentators are. We didn't learn to much but by Monday night we should know who has ascendancy. The biggest surprise has been Ed Cowhans confidence in taking on and beating the Saffers bowling to date. The Oz bowlers have gone back, post McDermott, to their short of a length shield bowling lengths, providing Amla and Kallis with their easiest ever, test hundreds. They proved they are nothing exceptional but being young Pattinson may learn better habits.

Posted by disco_bob on (November 11, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

Has Kleinveldt already been hit out of the attack? He completely released the pressure and went for 9 an over, that's not even good for T20. Flanders is yet to take a wicket including the tour match. With Kleinveldt failing so spectacularly the omission of Tahir looks like a terrible blunder.

Posted by Pratchett on (November 11, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

Well done Australia! I was beginning to think that this will be a terribly skewed series! Phew! Loved the counter attack. It's on! Shaping up for a draw. SA will have their work cut out for the rest of the series. Go Proteas!

Posted by Mikecricket on (November 11, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

Come on Aussies, lets get back into this!

Posted by Hammond on (November 11, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990- no Rajesh, Australians are fair-weather fans, we only like watching when we are winning. If the opposition is doing well, we go to the beach instead.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

357-3 n 450 all out , its s africa or pakistan team lol

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (November 11, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Aus bowling showing true menace and striking a spectacular collapse.SA batting letdown by their own frailities -Except Kallis and Amla(with quite some 'luck'-some of it 'gifted' by Aus themselves) this SA batting has not much in it to tackle high class pace attack and Aus arguably has the best in the world and getting better with young lot of outstanding talents getting better with exp.Sure, they plundered a club level Eng 'attack' of 80 mph trundlers but that is no practice for taking on the best.Credit due but, Kallis n Amla's negative defensive play on flat pitch has left only 1 result poss- draw, and that if SA doesn't collapse totally in 2nd inns.SA bowling (thou good) will find v hard take 20 Aus wkts on this 'G' strip. Expecting a few big ones from the home bats themselves and fill the boots before the 2nd test ! The local crowd have a nice Aus batting fest comin up ovr the wk-end. Get in ..soon!!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (November 11, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

There was a lot of talk about Ponting being the leading domestic batsman this season. What does his 5 ball duck then say about the quality of the Shield bowling, and batting, if he is the in-form player? Is the cupboard really that bare? Hard to believe!

Posted by disco_bob on (November 11, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

Ponting out for a duck. This doesn't look good, will Smith end up regretting not declaring 10 overs earlier. An extra 10 overs tonight seem a lot more valuable than the extra 30 runs they got.

Posted by Mervo on (November 11, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

Watching David Warner stand like a rabbit in the headlights against the SA bowlers was both sad and annoying. How could a - once in form - T20 player get into the Australian Test team as our regular opener? There have to be better options around the nation, even if we have to go to Chris Rogers and stay with Ed Cowan for a couple of years. There is no substitute for technique. And our bowlers should all be asked to stand the whole innings on the boundary and watch Stein and Co., and see what line and a full length means. Since Mac Dermott left they have gone back to their old short of a length stuff with little menace for set batsmen.

Posted by ProteaMan on (November 11, 2012, 5:55 GMT)

Yah Micky, so Steyn can't bowl to lefties huh?

Posted by Hammond on (November 11, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

Enjoyed watching the carnage today, shame I have to work tomorrow, still I can always listen to the wickets falling on the radio :)

Posted by Crazy4cricket40 on (November 11, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

come on ausies, I thought u guys will show some spirit and heart and will allow 11th player to bat.

Posted by Proteas-13thman on (November 11, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

I seriously hope that the australians get fined for slow over rates~! I want to watch cricket ....not slow disgusting tactics~! PLEASE PLEASE FINE THEM

Posted by disco_bob on (November 11, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

Where is SA's confident declaration show they can show us what they've got?

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 11, 2012, 2:56 GMT)

Australians are always saying that they like test cricket like any other country...today is sunday and the stadium is full empty...seems like cricket is dieing in Australia..

Posted by crh8971 on (November 11, 2012, 2:19 GMT)

I missed the first two hours or so but watched all of Siddle's spell before lunch. Last year against the Indians he bowled fast (consistently 140km plus) and full and the ball did a bit. In this test so far he has pitched it about 18 inches shorter and is about 10km slower. If he doesn't get back to where he was last year he will not trouble this outstanding SA top 6.

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