Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Brisbane, 3rd day November 11, 2012

Steyn gets bounced, Kleinveldt gets reprieved

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the third day at the Gabba

Hit of the day
Peters Siddle has given up meat but that hasn't stopped his blood-lust. With complete disregard for the unwritten warning about what will happen if you bounce a fellow quicky, he banged one in short from around the wicket to Dale Steyn. It was aimed at the body but Steyn couldn't get away in time and had to duck awkwardly. He was caught on the glove and then struck high on the arm as the ball looped high over Matthew Wade. No doubt Steyn would have noted that for future use.

Reviews of the day
Hashim Amla was thinking about reviewing his lbw decision and even chatted to Jacques Kallis about it before walking off. Had he asked for it, he would have batted on because Peter Siddle's delivery hit him too high, as replays later showed. When Dale Steyn was given out lbw to Ben Hilfenhaus off Asad Rauf, he did not make the same mistake. Steyn asked for the review immediately and was correct in doing so. Again, it was too high and Steyn batted on.

Ball skills of the day
One of the most interesting side-shows in Australian cricket are the beach-ball games that take place in the stands. A blue-and-white ball made its appearance at the Stanley Street end and helped entertain the crowd while South Africa crept along. Michael Hussey, who was fielding at third man, got involved too and kicked the ball over the boundary twice. He wasn't in place on the third occasion and the ball was taken away by security amid a chorus of boos.

Drop of the day
It was hard not to feel for Nathan Lyon late in the South African innings, when in his 25th consecutive over - a spell from the Stanley Street End that started before lunch and finished after tea - he should have claimed his third wicket of the innings. Rory Kleinveldt skied a miscued slog and Ed Cowan at midwicket tried to position himself under the ball, but whether it was a swirling breeze or the glare of the sun, he started staggering around like a drunk as he struggled to judge the catch. Cowan never really looked like taking the ball and it bounced out of his hands and denied Lyon further reward for his monumental spell.

Poignant moment of the day
After the umpires called for drinks in the first session, the players and officials came together and lined up for a minute's silence. It was 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month - Remembrance Day, recognising the end of World War I on this day in 1918. An Australian Army bugler played The Last Post and for a short period, players and fans from both sides were united. It was a reminder that cricket might be a contest, but it is not a war.

Real Morne Morkel of the day
Two days ago, Siddle did his Morne Morkel impression and had Kallis caught at mid-off off a no-ball. Today, the real Morne Morkel showed up. With Australia scoring at close to six runs an over towards the end of the day. South Africa were searching to stem the flow and make one more break before the end of play. Graeme Smith seemed to ask his three frontliners to throw their all at it at the end. Morkel followed instructions and in his last over, thought he had Cowan caught behind. Asad Rauf didn't budge and Smith reviewed. Replays showed Morkel's foot a fraction over the line and that Cowan had gloved the ball. What should have been a wicket was just another reason to ask why Morkel doesn't take a step back before he runs up.

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  • khadeer on November 12, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    Vinay Kolhatkar.. mate I reckon there are three ways to look at it. The Aussie way, the S.Af way and the Umpires way. You obviously looked at it the S.African way.

  • khadeer on November 12, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    I think Warner confirmed my fears that he is a misfit in tests.Sad but true, Ponting seems to be back to his old ways and in his short stay confirmed that he is past his best and should hang his boots soon. I would have loved to see him play like he did against the Indians. Quiney played like there was no tomorrow and in the one day mode. Cowan looked the best of the lot and played with real authority. Clarke too seems to continue his good form and played real good. But with this team we cannot hope to get the Ashes back.We need to get players like Usman in and give him an extended run. Our bowlers who seem to have forgotten McDermott's mantra need to re-think their strategies. They cannot hope to get the opposition out with the way they bowled so far in this test.

  • Steven on November 12, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    I'm just gonna put it out there, it was Rob Quiney who kicked the blue and white ball over the second time, Hussey only did it once. Just saying.

  • disco on November 11, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    @SurlyCynic, unless you are privy to your own private camera you would have seen the same freeze frames that everyone else did, namely that before the heel was grounded it appeared to be slightly over the line, in the next frame when the heel is grounded it is clearly NOT over the line. Nuff said.

  • Athol on November 11, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    I still find it amazing that almost all commentators refer to the fact that there is no fast bowlers club, almost as if it has just happened today and they are totally amazed to find that it has gone. Stop referring to the supposed club, it is dead, just like the dodo.

  • Peter on November 11, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    @SurlyCynic. The no ball rule is very simple. At the point of release some part of the foot MUST be behind the line. This was not the case with Morkel, whose heel came down AFTER the point of release. While it was close, it was evident no part of the foot was behind the line at point of release, hence why it took a while for the decision, they studied it hard & long. It was the correct decision, move on.

  • Dummy4 on November 11, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Siddle bowled no-ball in getting Kallis as when his foot landed nothing was behind line. Morkel was hard done by 3rd umpire not knowing the rule that when the foot lands if a piece of the foot is behind the line it is not a no-ball Morkel lands with his toes first like a spinner and there fore part of his foot was behind the line unlike Siddle.

  • Raza on November 11, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Get your facts straight. The picture, taken after Steyn was hit on the shoulder, was off a Hilfenhaus delivery. Siddle did bowl a short one earlier, which took the glove and flew over Wade's head, out of reach. But that's not what the picture shows, and Hilfenhaus got Steyn caught behind off the last ball of the same over. So if the Proteas compete in quality aggressive bowling, that is fine. I am sure they will be more concerned about wickets and results, rather than revenge and drama. That they will likely leave to the romance writers of the media.

  • Dummy4 on November 11, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Morkel's boot was behind the crease as he landed and it lifted in his delivery stride before he bowled the ball. Siddle's foot did not land behind the crease. Terrible decision. Hope not, but could cost SA the whole test.

  • des on November 11, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Have seen a freeze-frame which shows Morkel had some heel behind the line when his foot grounded. The problem is he is unusual in grounding the front of the foot first, the judgement should be made then (by the laws) not later when the heel comes down and the foot has slipped forward. SA robbed of a wicket.

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