Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Brisbane, 5th day November 13, 2012

The angry Australian

Plays of the Day from the fifth day of the first Test in Brisbane

Duel of the day
It started when Graeme Smith pulled out of a delivery in James Pattinson's eighth over. A bird was flying past and Smith's line of sight had been crossed. Pattinson delivered the ball - he had run too far up anyway - and was unimpressed with Smith's late withdrawal. He gave Smith an earful but the batsman wasn't interested. Smith waved Pattinson away but that only irritated him more. Pattinson had more to say the next ball and got the ball to talk too. For the rest of that over, he beat Smith and had him playing false strokes. In his next over, Pattinson induced a thick outside edge and Smith was caught at gully. Still, Pattinson was not done and he followed up with the fiercest send-off of the match, pointing to the dressing room and yelling.

Delight of the day
While Pattinson reacted with anger at having to restart his run-up, Ben Hilfenhaus was unfussed when the same happened to him. Hashim Amla made Hilfenhaus run in an extra time when he pulled out after being distracted by a butterfly. Hilfenhaus remained expressionless as he saw Amla move away and chose to chase the butterfly instead. He followed it through the leg side and returned to his run-up clearly amused.

Thin edge of the day
Michael Hussey has been one of Australia's most consistent performers over the past few years but his recent record against South Africa has been distinctly indifferent. Until this innings, Hussey had faced South Africa 23 times in Tests since he had last scored a hundred against them, stretching back to the Melbourne Test of 2005, the same match in which he was the most recent victim of Graeme Smith's bowling. So Hussey must have been nervous when he was on 99 and the South Africans appealed vociferously for lbw off the bowling of Vernon Philander. The appeal was turned down by Billy Bowden and South Africa's review showed Hussey was plumb in front. But the thinnest of inside edges showed up on Hot Spot, reprieving Hussey and allowing him to score his first Test ton against South Africa in nearly seven years.

Missed milestone of the day
Michael Clarke has scored so many runs and raised his bat so many times this year that he could be forgiven for missing the occasional milestone. When he lofted Dale Steyn over mid-on and then straight back over his head for consecutive boundaries it brought up his 250, but Clarke appeared not to realise until the ground announcer mentioned the achievement. Clarke celebrated with an understated raise of his bat, and returned to his crease to keep on batting.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent. Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Andrew on November 15, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    @ zenboomerang on (November 14 2012, 05:11 AM GMT) - what is it with you wanting to know my stats? That is a bit disturbing! Here's one stat I can tell you - I don't bat that way!!! Points of order; 1 - nowhere have I ever claimed to have played FC cricket. 2nd grade club cricket is as far as I ever got. 2 - I have never claimed to be a CEO of any organisation. I have however been a director of NUMEROUS companies, both Private Ltds & Sports incorporated. 3 - No way will I ever put on an Internet website my personal dealings.

    cricinfo - pls publish - right of reply!

  • abhijeet on November 14, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    My theory on Pattinson sendoff and no penalty is that the refs and umpires from subcontinent are more lenient thannon-subcontinent ones. This is why Shahid Afridi got a meagre 2 match ban and eating a ball bcoz referee was Ranjan Madugalle. Harbhajan Singh in Sydney got a 3 match ban for an unproven offence because ref was Mike Procter. Chris Broad is a lot more strict than Javagal Srniath. Daryl Harper/ Buchnor are a lot stricter than Asad Rauf and Aleem Dar. I guess it is because small crimes are not considered crimes in subcontinent. PS. I am from India.

  • mitch on November 14, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    lol So many Indians and old farts complaining about Pattinson. You play hard on the field, and if your "feelings" are hurt, then well i'v got some news for you, the real world is a lot tougher.....

  • faraz on November 14, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Anyone remember Shoaib akhtar giving a send off to Mathew Hayed ? He was just pointing towarads the pavilion and was fined for that. If Australian does it, its aggression.... Thumbs up ICC

  • VINODK on November 14, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    These kind of verbal abuse by mediocre bowlers without the ability to back it up are pathetic to say the least. Just see the great West Indian fast bowlers of the 70's and 80's who didnt have to say a word, their actions would speak. This is a well known Aussie trait but at least Mcgrath and Warne could bowl unlike this lot who just look idiotic dishing it out

  • Rakesh on November 14, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Loved the way Pattinson bowled and the aggression he showed.

    JP could temper it down a little but not much,

    His send off of smith was not bad at all. In fact even from non australians we have seen worse than that.

    Also Batsmen like Trott M Hayden Smith etc all do things to upset a fast bowler.

    the rule is that the batsmen should be ready when the bowler is at the top of his run up. This was pointed out by Benaud on commentary.

  • Andrew on November 14, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    @Buggsy on (November 14 2012, 03:01 AM GMT) - well there is a little bit of a conjecture as to what happenned. I was not ther, but there seemed to be something said - IF he hasn't faced any ramifications, maybe what he did was within in the tolerance of the umpires. I don't think Rauf drops his standards for anybody. I wonder if the circumstances of Smith pulling out of deliveries late was considered a contributing factor? Dunno - but I do love seeing a Pace bowler having a crack!

  • Peter on November 14, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas_Statchin_Selfishkar Sledging is not abuse. Abuse crosses the line, sledging does not. Again I will repeat, Pattinson to my knowledge did not point to the sheds, I was watching him when he took the wicket, he ran down to the slips area with his arm held high, never once pointing to the sheds. Bowlers know what happens if they do that.

  • Roo on November 14, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    @Buggsy... Fair call on Pattinson mate - though I did comment last summer that Pattinson was a bit over the top & should take a bit more notice of Hilfy's rather than Sidds on field attitude... One also has to take into account the time wasting by Smith that was getting up everyones noses at the ground with many in the stands calling for the umps to get on his case... Didn't hear one complaint when Patto raised his finger to indicate that he got another wicket...

  • Roo on November 14, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    @FC_Meety... Glad you think I am every poster that doesn't agree with you... lol... Can you let us know about your FC record or which cricket club that you brag about being the CEO of?... Surely if you are truthfully claiming these things you should be proud to acknowledge them publicly as all others do... Still waiting :P ...

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