Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Brisbane, 4th day

Cowan's nervous lunch, and Taylor's gaffe

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

Brydon Coverdale and Firdose Moonda

November 12, 2012

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Rory Kleinveldt went close to dismissing Michael Clarke more than once, Australia v South Africa, first Test, day four, Brisbane, November 12, 2012
Almost nothing worked for South Africa today © AFP
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Silliness of the day
After Graeme Smith himself had already sent down some overs, things got silly when in the 108th over, Hashim Amla was handed the ball. Amla had bowled four overs in the tour match in Sydney and said he had "been in the captain's ear" about bowling more. Now he has had two chances on this tour. He only cost South Africa nine runs but entertained the crowd with his curious action.

Summing up of the day
South Africa did not have much go their way but had themselves to blame for that. When Ed Cowan pulled Rory Kleinveldt mid-way through the afternoon session, they were presented with their best chance to take a wicket but Dale Steyn squandered it. Steyn ran in from fine leg and Jacques Rudolph from deep square leg and a collision was on the cards until Steyn called for it. Rudolph hopped out of the way and Steyn reached forward but the ball slipped through his fingers. Kleinveldt raised both hands to his face and buried it away in disappointment to illustrate the feeling that dominated South Africa's day.

Nervous meal of the day
Cowan started the day one short of his half-century but would have been far more anxious approaching lunch. Searching for his first Test hundred, Cowan began the last over before the break on 98 and did not have the strike. Michael Clarke picked up three from the second ball, leaving Cowan with four deliveries to avoid a nervous lunch. The moment nearly got the better of him when he pushed to point and took off for a run that wasn't there, but both batsmen were able to scramble back safely. After that, Cowan's cool head returned and he played out the over, content to resume on 98 after his sandwiches. It was a wise move; a pull to the boundary from his fifth ball after the break brought up the milestone.

Near run-out of the day
Cowan was lucky to survive on 106 when he pushed to leg and took off for a single, only to be sent back by Clarke. Steyn ran in from mid-on and collected the ball. Cowan was so far down the pitch that Steyn had time to stop, steady himself and aim for the stumps at the striker's end. He missed, and it was another moment that summed up South Africa's day.

Techno-gaffe of the day
If you've ever wondered why Mark Taylor isn't on Twitter, the answer became clear today. Commentating for Channel Nine, Taylor elicited mirth when he asked Brett Lee how much it cost to send a tweet. Taylor's confusion even amused Kevin Pietersen, who tweeted "Tubby Taylor to @BrettLee_58. How much does a tweet cost.. Hahahahahahaaa.. What a beaut!!" Now that he knows it's free, perhaps Taylor will join the digital age.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo; Firdose Moonda is the South Africa correspondent

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Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Don't see why KP is laughing, tweeting cost him dearly

Posted by fifth_ump on (November 12, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

Well KP's tweets have cost a lot already. What's the big fun he sees?

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

Hey, I just found out it's FREE to post comments here too! Wow...

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

i sympathise with tubby i am not a tweeter either.whats wrong with the old email or posting status on facebook.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

LOL HOW MUCH DOES IT COST PER MONTH TO OWN A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT?

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

lol... that last one of the article is very funny, good ol Tubby Taylor!!

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Brydon Coverdale Assistant Editor Possibly the only person to win a headline-writing award for a title with the word "heifers" in it, Brydon decided agricultural journalism wasn't for him when he took up his position with ESPNcricinfo in Melbourne. His cricketing career peaked with an unbeaten 85 in the seconds for a small team in rural Victoria on a day when they could not scrounge up 11 players and Brydon, tragically, ran out of partners to help him reach his century. He is also a compulsive TV game-show contestant and has appeared on half a dozen shows in Australia.
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