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

The angry Australian

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

Firdose Moonda and Brydon Coverdale at the Gabba

November 13, 2012

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Michael Hussey celebrates his century, Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Brisbane, 5th day, November 13, 2012
Michael Hussey celebrated his century after surviving a close lbw shout © Associated Press
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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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Posted by Meety 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!

Posted by JohnnyRook 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.

Posted by derpherp 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.....

Posted by roXen-e-eXpresS 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

Posted by VivtheGreatest 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

Posted by raj_24 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.

Posted by Meety 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!

Posted by Chris_P 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.

Posted by zenboomerang 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...

Posted by zenboomerang 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 ...

Posted by valvolux on (November 14, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

hah mikey76 - james anderson and sledging. throw stuart broad in there, and KP - its like being sledged by a british boy band. I can only imagine their sledging, it would be something like "whatever I said, whatever i did, I didn't mean it, I just want you back (in the shed) for good". You cant blame people for getting out to that, they would have jelly arms from laughter. Having said that Pattinson still doesnt have the years behind him to sledge a class act like Smith. The thing is though, Smith always takes tha bait - and so far its 2-0 Pattinson.

Posted by mikey76 on (November 14, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

Vishnu27. Unlike you guys I deal in the here and now. Currently we have the urn and three innings defeats trumps anything in the past. Or we can talk about Botham destroying you in 81 if it makes you feel better. Our grip on the Ashes is anything but tenuous. Are you gonna bowl us out with trundler Siddle and pie chucked Lyon? Don't make me laugh!

Posted by Buggsy on (November 14, 2012, 3:01 GMT)

@Meety, fair call - it was over the top and he should have been warned or even fined but it's still entertaining despite being immature. I know cricket is supposed to be a gentleman's game but the occasional spark is fair go with me, as long as it's not too derogative. Can you imagine rugby without the occasional brawl?

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (November 14, 2012, 1:49 GMT)

@Kolpak1989, send-off is not part of the game. Sledging - may be. Go figure. Send-off is breach of ICC Code of Conduct. Breaching a code doesn't hurt anyone??? hmmm...interesting!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (November 14, 2012, 1:46 GMT)

@Scott Jones, sledging is between the players as they give each other an earful and they can stay on the field. But send-off is where you are breaching the ICC Code of Conduct. It's no more a matter of what happens on the field stays on the field. I wonder how sledging and send-off are the same! Ishant Sharma gave a send-off to Andrew Symonds and he was penalised. But Pattinson gets away with a send-off. Double standards.

Posted by Vishnu27 on (November 14, 2012, 1:41 GMT)

Gee mikey76! That's an exceptionally short or selective memory. Have you erased & rewound 20 long years of Ashes drought pain? England's grasp on the Ashes series is as tenuous as England's very very brief time as the top ICC test team. Not quite as embarrassing as '06-07 Ashes though, eh mikey76? That was just pure test cricket humiliation from ball one through to 5-zip. Lets not forget there were some absolute test cricket drubbings in that lot, too. All that from a team that thought it was on top of the world (until that)...

Posted by Meety on (November 14, 2012, 0:35 GMT)

@HycIass on (November 13 2012, 12:20 PM GMT) - so sorry fake Hyclass, for a second there you sounded like a boomerang! For what it's worth my views are that banter is all fine in trying to get in the batsmens head, but once he is out - it is bad sportsmanship to give him a send off. It is also against the Spirit of cricket. @Dravid_Gravitas_Statchin_Selfishkar on (November 13 2012, 13:58 PM GMT) - don't know, but he at least should of been warned.

Posted by sirviv on (November 14, 2012, 0:00 GMT)

Lets go Proteas. Obviously theres too much love for the Aussies in this skit

Posted by cricketfannik on (November 13, 2012, 23:57 GMT)

what happened to shefield top player Mr. ponting. Clarke will soon kick him him out if he wont score runs. Clarke is clever player like he did in ODIs. he is good on face to ponting but not behind him.

Ponting score some runs dude and Well done Clarke he shld have gone for 300 again.

Posted by mikey76 on (November 13, 2012, 23:31 GMT)

Jonesy, just like the famous Mitchell Johnson sledge to James Anderson. Got him fired up and the next minute stumps went flying. 1 of 24 wickets in that series of embarrassments for the mighty Aussies! When you've actually won an ashes series you can slate our bowlers, now get back in your box.

Posted by Kolpak1989 on (November 13, 2012, 23:26 GMT)

@cdublew, Dravid_Gravitas and all the others whinging about the Aussie quicks, suck it up. It's part of the game and it certainly isn't new. The fans love seeing the tearaways get fired up anyway. James Pattinson isn't the first to point to the dressing room after dismissing a batsman. The great Dennis Lillee was doing it in the seventies and I'm sure even he wasn't the first. Seeing that sort of passion and aggression is good for the game. It doesn't hurt anyone so stop moaning about it. Dale Steyn behaves in a similar way and that is part of the reason why he is one of my favourite fast bowlers to watch.

Posted by Chris_P on (November 13, 2012, 23:15 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas_Statchin_Selfishkar. I agree if that is what he did. Not sure what the writer was watching, but I was at the ground, & although Pattinson was joyous at grabbing the wicket, he only raised his hand up, finger pointed UPWARDS (like the umpire) and raced to his skipper. There was no pointing to the dressing room. And yes he got fired up, but that is what fast bowlers do, the thing is, he bowled far better when he did. Still scratching my head on why the writer wrote this? cricninfo, please publish.

Posted by cricmatters on (November 13, 2012, 23:12 GMT)

Screaming at the face of the batsman like an animal should not be part of sports. Like Ian Chappel said in the commentary, Batsman needs his peace and quiet too. We have to remember that lot of young impressionable children watch this sports with keen interest too. Getting under the nose of the batsman after each delivery is very annoying even for the spectators. Sports should be played hard but with common decency as many sports persons are looked up as role models and ambassadors for their country. Well done South Africa for setting a good example of how to play good cricket without blowing your gasket. Hope you win the series and show this ugly uncouth and rude aussies how to play the game.

Posted by Mary_786 on (November 13, 2012, 23:06 GMT)

@Hyclass so much for you being positive, have you ever posted anything positive about Clarke, Cowan or Khawaja

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

Those banging on about the send-off by Pattinson have no idea. Smith was clearly trying to delay the game as he knew South Africa were in trouble, no wonder the Aussies were annoyed with him. And as for the nimrod who said that the Aussies were 'saved' because Hussey was given not out, what planet are you from? He added one more run before being dismissed and the Aussies declared half an hour later. And I would bet my house that Smith or the rest of the Saffers couldn't give a rat's a*#e about the verbals. They play teh same as the Aussies - what happens on the field, satys on the field, unlike some of the teams to tour here as recently as last summer.

Posted by smacca on (November 13, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

I don't understand why you lot are so uptight about the bowlers. It's the batsman's job to be ready and if the reason for pulling out is genuine then no big deal, point it out.

However, if it's a continual game by the batsman then he deserves a massive earful. That's why the commentators are on the bowlers' side. They can hear everything. It's a test match, not a garden party.

Just a thought......cricket's a gentleman's game ? since when ? since rugby was ? I can't see the point in being nice to anyone on a sports pitch.....be the first to buy beer in the bar afterwards.

Posted by jezmondo on (November 13, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

jonesy2, welcome back! We missed you for the frst couple of days of this test. Would that be the broad (for sturt read stuart) and anderson that have turned your boys over repeatedly?

Posted by sticket on (November 13, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

South Africa will only get better.This was Australia's best chance.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

With all the might that Ausssis have its shame that they have to use that kind of tactics. The bowler should have been kicked out from the game. if it would have been a player of indian or sirilanka and Australian umpire he would have been either kicked out or fined. Shame on you Patisson

Posted by jezmondo on (November 13, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

jonesy2, welcome back! Didnt here much from you after first two days. Is that the same broad(for sturt read stuart) and anderson that have helped england win and retain the ashes in recent years?

Posted by Marcio on (November 13, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

Smith was deliberately and continually trying to unsettle the bowlers by fiddling and shuffling around while they ran in, and pulled out a few times. That's why Pattinson got annoyed. Even Ritchie Benaud pointed this out. It was gamesmanship, and personally I think he got the earful he deserved. It is always fascinating to note that when Australians say something they are 'sledgers', but when opposition players say something it is because they are "being provoked". We saw the same lame excuses whenever Indian players mouthed off or got cited for racist remarks two tours back. Aussie fastbowlers are not going to be "nice" to anyone. Just let that fact sink in, because it won't change anytime too soon (unless George Bailey takes up being a quickie).

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 13, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

thank god for james pattinson. cricket needs the likes of him. with him and steyn there are the two best fast bowlers in the world. brilliant today was jimmy and throughout the test match. what a bowler. proper bowlers are steyn and pattinson, if a player like james anderson or sturt broad got fired up you would just laugh as a batsman and smash then away for four but with pattinson or steyn you would know youre in for it.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (November 13, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

Pointing to dressing room and send-off, that's breach of ICC Code of Conduct. Was he punished by the match referee?

Posted by cdublew on (November 13, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

The manner in which Pattinson and Siddle behaved on the field should not be accepted as part of the game, as it falls outside the realms of sportmanship. Pace bowlers can get fired up and say a few words at certain moments but continuous aggro towarsd batsman, as these two exhibited today, is not how the game should be played. Cricket has always been thought of as a gentlemen's game but it appears that there are players today who cannot fit the bill. These guys are expected to be role models...what will youngsters following the game do when they see behaviour like this. More importantly it is sad that this behaviour is seen as acceptable by commentators and administrators of the game. Is winning and money now more important than acting in a gentlemanly manner?

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

What a performance by Micheal Clarke in 2012, two double centuries and a triple century in the calendar year. Can any one tell me a similar record by any batsmen in the last two decades, Sachin, Lara,Richards and Mathew Hayden included ? Clarke's achievement is greater than Tendulkar, Lara and any other contemporary cricketer. except of course the incomparable Don Bradman. No body scored three double centuries in successive test matches. Hats off to Micheal and he has come a long way, since he made 153 against India in his debut series.

Posted by Dubious on (November 13, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

It's funny how some people here are getting riled up about the Smith and Pattinson exchange. Smith was just getting some of his own medicine--they obviously didn't see Smith abusing Cowan while he was batting.

Posted by hycIass on (November 13, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

@Meety cummon mate, lets not go easy on sledging, you have no consistency in your comments, one minute you are talking about playing hard and the other you are saying that bowlers can't give batsman a send off. Stop trying to please everyone and come up with your own views.

Posted by hycIass on (November 13, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

The indian fans can't handle sledging, Indians should learn from the Aussies how to sledge, we never break the line but do just the right amoung of sledging. Other nations can learn from us. Today we showed that Amla can't handle sledging niether can Smith.

Posted by Meety on (November 13, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

@Posted by Buggsy on (November 13 2012, 09:27 AM GMT) - mate, I love a fired up pace bowler, BUT - giving a send off to a dissmissed batsmen is not good. The batsmen has no right of reply when dismissed. A bowler has every right to be joyous & excited when taking a wicket, I don't mind them doing a celebratory jig, lap of honour, the Afridi-Flintoff rockstar pose, maybe even a soccer-like pull ya shirt over ya head - but telling a batsmen off after he is out doesn't sit well with me.

Posted by dunger.bob on (November 13, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

I can't get the thought of Hilfy chasing a butterfly about out of my head. :) @ Devmanus. He may yet be fined and a penalty applied. Probably deserves it too. However, I would like to add that as far as I can remember, that was the only fractious incident in the entire match. We are actually making a real effort to be good and one little outburst isn't a bad effort over 4 days for a bunch of Aussies :)

Posted by challagalla on (November 13, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

Nothing wrong in a bowler getting riled up , but you can certainly do without the yelling and finger pointing at the dressing room door. Still cricket needs characters and it makes the match that much more interesting to see. Here is something for opponents of DRS to ponder. Hard to believe Billy Bowden spotted that " thinnest of inside edges" . Probably thought it was missing the stumps [ height maybe , since he was plumb in front ] and gave the right decision. My point being, what if there was no inside edge, for argument sake. The decision would have been overturned and Hussey given out and rightly so. All the more reason to intriduce DRS uniformly all over immediately , so obvious howlers are eliminated and not so obvious ones given in favour of the batsman. Its generally accepted the batsman gets the benefit of doubt. Without DRS, the Saffas would have argued for ever they had Hussey out and that Bowden saved the Aussies.

Posted by eyballfallenout on (November 13, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

@devmanus, not true, all australians posting here thought the send off was bad, myself included, fired up is good, send off not good.

Posted by Buggsy on (November 13, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

Seriously, who cares about the Patto send off? It adds character to the game and besides fast bowlers are supposed to be angry. It's why I love Steyn so much, full of fire.

Posted by Meety on (November 13, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

"...but Clarke appeared not to realise until the ground announcer mentioned the achievement..." - says a fair bit! == == == I like to see Patto fired up - could do without the send-off though! Hopefully he & Smith will have a beer after the match & it will be forgotten.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

I think someone needs to mention Nathan Lyons 'doosra'.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 13, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

Thought Darr did a super job smoothing the lol ruffled feathers after that bird crossing fired up Pattinson and Smith. Also think the headline a cash in on stereotyping. Young Pattinson may become a GREAT fast bowler and clearly "fires up"a bit - not only Australian young fast bowlers do so ...... and it's damned good to watch :)

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

i thought those days were over ,we have to get nasty to do well very dissapointed

Posted by Devmanus on (November 13, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

Pattinson was not done and he followed up with the fiercest send-off of the match, pointing to the dressing room and yelling.

its ok for Australians.. they are allowed to do that.. for others definately fine and penalty + additionally lot of criticism... welcome to the world of harassment..

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