Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 1st day

Another Clarke double-ton deflates South Africa

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

November 22, 2012

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Australia 5 for 482 (Clarke 224*, Warner 119, Hussey 103) v South Africa
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Michael Clarke celebrates another century, Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 1st day, November 22, 2012
Another day, another Michael Clarke double-century © Getty Images

Pwnage. That's the only word for it. Either that or Michael Clarke has been playing in god mode. How else could one explain Clarke scoring his fourth Test double-century this year, a feat that nobody, not even Bradman, has ever achieved? How else could Australia have piled on 482 runs, the most they have managed in a day of Test cricket since 1910? But this was no video game. Graeme Smith couldn't switch off and start over, no matter how much he wanted to.

Clarke finished the afternoon unbeaten on 224. That's two innings in this series for two double-hundreds. David Warner struck a highly entertaining 119 earlier in the day, at better than a run a ball. Michael Hussey scored his second consecutive century, an innings that ended only when he played on to Dale Steyn from what became the last ball of the day for 103. If that wasn't enough for South Africa, they also spent most of the day one bowler short after Jacques Kallis left the field in the first session with a hamstring injury.

Kallis was in his fourth over when he pulled up while running in to bowl. He already had two wickets. That Australia's monumental performance came after they stumbled to 3 for 55 was remarkable enough, but the most notable aspect of their day was the rate at which they scored. They finished with a run-rate of 5.55. They struck 66 fours and nine sixes, helped by the short boundaries square of the wicket, but also by some insipid South African bowling, especially from the legspinner Imran Tahir.

Tahir just couldn't land the ball where he needed to. On the occasions that he did, he built no pressure because the next delivery was likely to give the batsman a release. He finished the day with 0 for 159 from 21 overs, reminiscent of Bryce McGain's horrid analysis in his Cape Town debut in 2009. But one thing to say about McGain is that he didn't once overstep; Tahir's effort was punctuated by five no-balls, unforgivable for a slow bowler.

Against Clarke, Hussey and Warner, he didn't have a hope. The Australians racked up 202 runs in the final session. As stumps approached, Hussey brought up his hundred from his 122nd ball with a slog-swept six off Tahir; the previous delivery Clarke had reached his double-century from his 226th ball with a nudge behind square for a single. It was the 82nd over of the innings. Smith could have already taken the second new ball, but instead he took it in the next over. Go figure.

It was one of those days where, after the first hour, nothing went right for South Africa. Steyn left the field with hamstring tightness, although he was at least able to return late in the day to remove Hussey. The prognosis for Kallis is unlikely to be good, and the South Africans had already lost Vernon Philander, who woke up with back soreness and was replaced in the line-up by Rory Kleinveldt.

In truth, it didn't much matter who was bowling, the way Clarke and Co were batting. Morne Morkel, who picked up two wickets earlier in the day, could not contain Clarke once he was well set. Clarke took 20 runs off one over from Morkel, driving down the ground, cutting hard, and bringing up his 150 with the fifth boundary from the over, a majestic straight drive. Clarke also pulled with confidence; after a couple of early bouncers rattled him, he was untroubled by the short stuff.

South Africa created few opportunities as the day wore on. On 64, Hussey was given out caught behind off Morkel, but asked for a review and Hot Spot showed no touch on the bat, giving him a reprieve. On 73, Clarke had edged Kleinveldt, but the ball flew between the two slips. Nothing was going the South Africans' way.

The Clarke-Hussey partnership was worth 272. They had come together after Warner, on 119 from 112 balls, edged Morkel to slip. Warner had done his job. He brought up his century from 93 balls with a six and a four off Tahir, a clean drive back down the ground and over the rope, followed by a confident cover-drive through the gap.

As he had done all innings, Warner trusted his attacking style, flashing at anything wide and enjoying the short square boundaries - he struck 16 fours. He also enjoyed some garbage from Tahir and Faf du Plessis straight after lunch, as both men sent down full tosses that he dispatched over the boundary. Those overs undid any of the pressure South Africa had built in the first session.

Kallis had been very impressive with the ball during his short spell, removing Ed Cowan and Ricky Ponting by attacking the base of the stumps. On 10, Cowan was beaten by a Kallis yorker that struck him on the toe and at first appeared to have been given out lbw by Billy Bowden, but it later became apparent that he was caught and bowled. After the ball hit Cowan's foot, it ballooned off the bat straight back to Kallis, and under the laws of the game, a catch takes precedence over lbw in deciding how a batsman has been dismissed.

Kallis also accounted for Ponting with an outstanding delivery that was full and accurate, and swung away from the bat just enough to beat Ponting, who suffered the indignity not only of being bowled but of falling onto the pitch on his hands and knees after trying to keep the ball out. Ponting avoided another duck but only just - his only scoring shot was a clip for four off his pads.

In between the dismissals of Cowan and Ponting, the No.3 Rob Quiney fell for an eight-ball duck when Morkel came around the wicket and forced Quiney to play a ball on off stump. Quiney's edge was well snapped up by Smith at slip and after his 9 in his only innings at the Gabba, Quiney was left hoping desperately that he would get another chance in this, his second Test

But South Africa rued the loss of Kallis and Australia dominated the rest of the day. South Africa were pwned.

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Posted by Sinhaya on (November 24, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

@maddy20, ha keep talking fantasy stuff. England can win in India by all means. Aussies have an even better chance of winning 4-0 in India early next year. Hilfenhaus is enough to run through your batting lineup.

Posted by cricket_craze234 on (November 23, 2012, 23:42 GMT)

its a good sign clarke is playing as gud as he is and he may well have replaced ponting jxt hope his form continues to make ashes a bit more interesting

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (November 23, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

Oh Ponting, what's happened to you? Embarrassing comments from certain posters as usual. Match quite evenly poised - could go down to the wire again.

Posted by JG2704 on (November 23, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

@maddy20 on (November 22 2012, 23:11 PM GMT) RE "We are way better than England any day" - So long as that day isn't in an English summer right?

Posted by Abul.Hasan on (November 23, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

I think Cleark will take more double century against India team. He delivered too professional match always and can count every single bowling delivery deeply know best how to face it.

Posted by tony122 on (November 23, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

@scottstevo- I watch way more cricket than I should! You are just parroting what Ponting has been saying in media over the last 1 year. He is not batting well at all. It is almost embarrassing to watch a one's outrageously gifted batsman reduced to a weakling. He had long lost the hook,his mainstay. But over the last year and more he has lost his drives off the front and back. All he is still good at is the flicks off his pads.

Posted by   on (November 23, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

@dinosaurus: We know all about "crybaby stuff", we get it in bucket loads when these kinds of decisions go against Aus. Thankfully it doesn't happen as often against Aus as it does to some other countries.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (November 23, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

An amazing day of cricket. Kallis tears into the batting with 2 stunning deliveries, & then Oz come back with a murderous assault on SA's now humbled attack. Wonderful cricket. Even more astounding, incredible, unbelievable etc is the depth of ignorance & xenaphobia displayed by so many commenters here. I can only wonder, why do you follow cricket if you don't enjoy the game, enjoy the contest?

As examples: the pitch is NOT doctored - records show that. A Saffer & cricket fan I'm embarrassed to see such accusations leveled at Oz. @ Kentheavenonearth. Kallis is not past it. Since Jan 2010 he has the world's best test bat ave - 73.68, & the wickets of Ponting & Cowan show he is a bowler to be reckoned with.

Those predicting 650 to 750 runs for Oz will inevitably be proven wrong. There are 4 days to go. Tests turn around in a heartbeat. Always goes like that! Oz could be out before lunch, and SA could post 750+ Be prepared to eat your words!

Posted by Meety on (November 23, 2012, 2:36 GMT)

Lunch on Day 2, great fight back by the Saffas. To be any hope of winning (or drawing) this Test - they needed to be batting by Lunchtime. Still a massive task ahead of them - they did well to get thru the 3 overs before Lunch. Saffas need to bat for 2 days & get some sort of lead. Funnily enuff - that should leave more than enuff time to win it, & IF they bat for 2 days, they'd be in a situation where it would be hard to lose. IF they were to do that, that word momentum would be with the Saffas! Big ask.

Posted by Moppa on (November 23, 2012, 1:28 GMT)

Yep, 338 comments and counting. The Australia-haters, excuse makers and aimless whingers are out in force. Having said that, it is FANTASTIC to see positive comments from @JG2704 (IMO the most thoughtful and consistent commenter on this site, both on partisan (England) and non-partisan games), @Dravid_Gravitas and others, and well-informed comments from @shrikanthk amongst many. Gentlemen, we are all passionate about this great game and entitled to our varied opinions, but I criticise many commenters here because the game would be even greater if we could appreciate great achievements from all nationalities (GREAT effort from Morkel in this Test) whilst still passionately supporting our own team, and without resorting to bizarre conspiracy theories to justify our own pre-conceived opinions. This game is eternally surprising! Your comments will often be wrong. Players you bag will succeed and those you love will fail. Embrace it! Give credit where it is due, and enjoy the whole game!

Posted by crh8971 on (November 23, 2012, 1:22 GMT)

What a load of rubbish about the pitch. Yes it was good for batting but Adelaide always is on the first day. But the batting still had to be good as there was pace, bounce, seem, swing and some spin for the bowlers. The bottom line is that it was a terrible bowling performance and some great batting. There will definitely be a result in this match with Australia wrapping things up around lunch on day five.

Posted by Bicazian on (November 22, 2012, 23:55 GMT)

It seems that everybody forgot that Kallis is of injured and it had a profound effect on bowling of South Africa, not taking anything from Aus but would both test be the same if Sa where not playing with 10 men.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 23:39 GMT)

Lots of BS here from all fans, regardless of where you're from. Facts: 1. Pitch is good, typical Adelaide pitch. Doctored...please, grow up. 2. The batting was incredible. Clarke, Warner and Huss were brilliant 3. SA bowlers were not at their best. Kallis looked good tho until injury 4. Smith appears to have lost his confidence as captain. Some decisions are really hard to understand. 5. Leave the indians alone...both teams play on the same pitch in the SC. And they really are lovers of the game and appreciate real greatness

Enen tho I'm a mad aussie fan, I really hope to see SA bounce back and show why they are the No 1 team in the world.

Footnote: its really sad to watch Punter going out like this. The ball was very good, but he made it look better with poor footwork. He's a champion and deserves to go out on top. C'mon mate, get a ton in Perth!!

Posted by the_blue_android on (November 22, 2012, 23:38 GMT)

Wait till Amla bats on this bed of roses. I bet he can bat for 5 days by himself!

Posted by maddy20 on (November 22, 2012, 23:11 GMT)

@jb633 Buddy you obviously have no clue as to what you are talking about. This is not how test wickets should be.Perhaps you are being frustrated by our team thumping your clueless little club team every time they com here. We are way better than England any day. Before 2011 we have lost only one overseas series in about 2-3 years(vs Aus in Aus 2-1). We are rebuilding now and we will soon be back to our best. Unlike you worlds no.1 test team, we have beaten Pak in Pak, Eng in Eng, Nz in Nz etc., When was the last time Eng won a test series in Asian conditions? Aus has not won a test here in 8 years and Eng won 1 test in the last 10 years in India! Now thats what you call tripe.

Posted by dinosaurus on (November 22, 2012, 23:06 GMT)

This crybaby stuff about Clarke "really" being out below 50, except that SA didn't appeal or call for a review, is just rubbish. Yes, teams do have to "manage" the DRS. Wastiing a review trying to get a wicket you are not entitled to is a bowler crime not unduly different from getting a wicket (particularly that of a top batsman) on a no ball. There's a natural tendency to go up with an appeal when something marginally favourable occurs, but you don't want to waste a review on those, better to keep reviews for when the umpire really does make a mistake. I get the feeling here that some of the comments here on the DRS are at the level of "we really needed a wicket, and hotspot got it wrong in not finding a spot!"

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (November 22, 2012, 23:05 GMT)

If Kallis wasn't injured, this could be a different story. Australia are up against 10 men, as they were in Brisbane. Kallis took 2 wickets in 3 overs, and had Australia on the ropes with 3 down for not many before he limped off.

Posted by leggetinoz on (November 22, 2012, 22:55 GMT)

Can anyone tell me how this Adelaide Oval pitch differed from the one India played on only 12 months ago? If it isn't different than surely the whole pitch doctoring nonsense can be put to rest as making a flat, batting paradise pitch is hardly going to benefit Australia against India. I know why this is coming up and it is not Australias fault that India keeps getting flak for trying to prepare pitches that suit them. If Dhoni and other players were not so overt in asking for it in press conferences than it wouldn't be as bad. As much as you will likely completley ignore the facts and go down the conspiracy routes, the Australian pitches have behaved the same way for a while, they have been getting flatter for years but every now and agaion weather spices them up. As much as it will pain most of you to do so, Australia just deserves credit for how well they played. If South Africa do the same we will be the first to say so.

Posted by Johnnnno on (November 22, 2012, 22:44 GMT)

Ok Clarkey we know you are in stellar form..... lets not talk dead track. How bout being a real captain and showing the balls to bat at 3 and stop try to protect yourself batting at 5. Ponting is clearly not up to it anymore and needs to retire. Quiney, well he needs more practice. Not sure what you are still doing at 5 now you have clearly asserted yourself as the best in the world at the minute.

Posted by log211274 on (November 22, 2012, 22:43 GMT)

thanks @keithMillersHair I was hoping I had missed a few innings In Australia otherwise it is an insane average. Yeah the windies tour just brought him down what a shame 140 average for the year just dismal.(hahaha, I wish I could do it)

Posted by dunger.bob on (November 22, 2012, 22:41 GMT)

@ dsig3 on (November 22 2012, 12:33 PM GMT) .."I just want to see Amla bowl again. Is it too much to ask Smith? Faf is good to watch bowl but Amla is in a class of his own. Sort of makes you forget your watching international cricket when he bowls." : right with you on that one buddy. It truly is a sight to behold. Sort of reminds me of my uncle Ben after his stroke. .. The man (Amla) can bat a bit though, and thats good to watch as well but for very different reasons. .. did Smith have a bowl today? Don't think he did. .... @ Ragav999 on (November 22 2012, 16:27 PM GMT) "Love them or hate them (Aussies), one can't ignore them looking at the sheer number of comments flooding this article." .. That's the way I look at it. Kind of a back-handed compliment I reckon. The cut & paste salute I call it. .. they just pick an issue and pound the hell out of it.. it's funny if you don't let it get under your skin which is actually what they want, being juveniles & all

Posted by dalboy12 on (November 22, 2012, 22:41 GMT)

i watched a lot of yesterday's play and the pitch wasn't that flat, there was a bit of life in it. South Africa just bowled terrible. Like I've said I'm a kiwi so I'm use to watching bad cricket - the amount of 4 balls was terrible - there were at least 1-2 wide short deliveries an over, on a ground with short as boundaries, and this by what is meant to be the best attack in world cricket. And even if the pitch is flat - where were the yorkers (remembering Kallis got two wickets with fully pitched up balls before he got injured) and changes of pace that are effective no matter what the pitch is like. And as for Tahir - well to be positive at least he can only get better from here, it's not possible to get any worst. Clark and the Aussies were great, but my biggest surprise so far this whole series is just how bad South Africa has bowled --- they need to fire and use their brain a little and stop bowling 1-2 four balls an over. I think you will see a different pitch when the Aussies bo

Posted by funkybluesman on (November 22, 2012, 22:37 GMT)

Everyone stop blaming the pitch! The pitch has already shown some seam movement, spin and the bowlers have been getting swing with the new ball, plus Adelaide is well known for getting reverse swing with the old ball (though the Saffa's never bowled a pace bowler with the old ball to try it).

South Africa bowled rubbish on a reasonable pitch that offered them something. Hussey was dismissed on the last ball of the day by a beautiful inswinger rather than because he played a reckless shot, and that is a dangerous sign for South Africa as it shows there is something there for the Aussie bowlers to exploit.

Posted by AnoMaLy on (November 22, 2012, 22:36 GMT)

To all the haters calling this a flat track..Morkel was getting decent bounce n way can u call it flat..clarkey is just too good and is in the best form of his life. Should get his triple today. SA bowlers tried but the aussie batsman were just too good. All credit to aussie batsman.

Posted by one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on (November 22, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

Clarke, the flat track bully (read raw nerve touched by true flat track bullies) has scored 20 test centuries, prior to the current one. 15 of those (75%) were decided test matches, that is, enough wickets were taken for a side to lose. 12 of those matches have been won by Australia. In a couple of those tests lost play (Brisbane this series) was the major factor in the draw. I wonder how those figures stack up against some other flat track specialists. Most of his centuries have been scored post McGrath/Warne. He is a fantastic fieldsman, a capable slow bowler (sans back injury I am sure we would see more of it), and an astute captain. Regardless of some of his gen Y antics, he is not a selfish cricketer, he is not afraid to up the ante and score quickly nor to give up a record to chase a win ( or even risk a loss). Should our young brigade of bowler achieve there potential Australia's future looks good under Clarke.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 22:29 GMT)

Since any team can apparently score 500 in a day on a flat track, then why are they holding back? Come on, guys, entertain us like the Aussies do!

Posted by funkybluesman on (November 22, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

The extra scary thing for the South Africans is that you could clearly see that there is actually something there for the bowlers. The pitch has good pace and true bounce, but there was a good amount of swing around, and definitely some lateral movement, Tahir was getting the ball to turn when he occasionally landed it on the pitch.

In my time of playing much lower level cricket, I've found that against some very good bowlers if you attack them and smash a few good balls to the fence they can completely lose their line and length and start feeding you lots more rubbish to hit. You don't expect that from the #1 ranked bowling line up in the world, but that seems to have been what happened.

It's also a bit scary for them that by far their best bowler of the series so far has been Jacque Kallis. But he's getting older and his body is starting to break down under the bowling load as seen here.

Posted by JG2704 on (November 22, 2012, 22:22 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge on (November 22 2012, 15:59 PM GMT) Have to say as an English man I'm embarrassed by your comments. It could be the flattest track in the world but it (200 in a day) still takes some doing

Posted by Leonb on (November 22, 2012, 22:20 GMT)

Prior to this test starting there have been 12 tests in Adelaide in this century with just 2 draws. The average per wicket is significantly higher (37) than the overall average in the same period (32) suggesting that the Day 1 run fest is consistent with Adelaide and that it is not a 'road'. If you are good enough you will score runs and if you are a good enough bowler - you will take wickets. Sounds like a venue that offers a genuine contest - if you are up to the challenge.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 22, 2012, 22:15 GMT)

@pat_one_back: So you mean to say Indian pitches are not 'worthy' of test cricket ? So you mean to look down upon spinners as wicket takers ? Why don't you come outside your little LALA land and have a look at cricket played outside Australia ? The English do the same mistakes. They simply cannot comprehend the kind of test cricket played in India or in Asia for that matter. This Adelaide pitch is a flat track and it offered ZERO to SA's bowlers. It's frustrating to see you claiming SA did not try cause they did. Even good balls were put away for fours and sixes. I will take a dust bowl on DAY 1 compared to this highway. No wonder test cricket will die out in a few years. I have a big celebration lined up to mark that day.

Posted by RandyOZ on (November 22, 2012, 22:14 GMT)

Australia are absolutely dominating and we are on our way back to our rightful poisition at number 1. How boring does this battle the battle of the minnows in India look?

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 22:14 GMT)

ozycriketfan not sure what you are looking at 3 drawn tests in the last 20 odd tests in Adelaide, can't complain about that. always good for batting early then t comes to the bowlers and you get a result usually day 5.

Posted by wellrounded87 on (November 22, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

Wow a lot of ignorant haters posting on here with this flat track bully nonsense. Apparently whenever australia score runs it's because the pitch is a road. Well why doesn't the other side score more runs?? Furthermore this is exactly the same Adelaide pitch as it has always been, not doctored at all and it's hardly a road like people are suggesting.

Watch the game instead of reading the score and ASSuming things. There was bounce, swing and turn all in the first day. SA bowled a lot of rubbish and Clarke/Warner and Hussey batted superbly. SA were really hurt when they lost Kallis he was ripping them in and despite the figures i actually thought Kleinveldt bowled pretty well compared to Brissy and he actually found the edge of clarke's bat quite a few times and was unlucky not to have him out.

In closing, nothing wrong with the pitch. Australia batted very well and SA lost their way after losing Kallis and bowled a lot of rubbish from there on.

Posted by Mitcher on (November 22, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

Did any of these armchair experts see Clarke's 150 on a South African minefield? No... no, I didn't think so... Instead of actually watching one of the best knocks of a generation they were no doubt coming up with their next 'zinger' for an internet forum.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (November 22, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

I like India and think at times they can be a great cricket side. However, looking up a score and accusing Australians of doctoring a pitch (when the pitch is normal) is whinging. You didnt complain about the flatness of the Adelaide pitch when you were bundled out twice last year. Everyone saying how can they do it against the greatest bowling side - well the greatest bowling side is bowling rubbish backed up by very poor field positioning. Australia attacked them the field was spread there was plenty of edges but no fielders to catch them. This wasnt quite your typical Adelaide wicket there was more pace and bounce than usual. South Africa bowled absolute rubbish just after lunch went for 100 of 10 overs and just couldnt get back in the game.

Posted by warnerbasher on (November 22, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

Extraordinary cricket from Australia however we can only judge the pitch when the other mob bats. I think with alot of the cricketers that the financial windfalls that 20/20 brings them means we are going to see alot more days of test cricket like the ones we saw yesterday. The players will play with more freedom with the 20/20 safety net behind them. Great for the future of the game.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

Unfortunately, a batsmen never bats the same way the second day as fatigue sets in eventually after a while.

Posted by ozycriketfan on (November 22, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

a spectacular knock from Clarke, it's typical Adelaide pitch,... let's wait and see who else can make another big hundred or double in this flat track, SA has batsmen capable of achieving that feat...looking back to recent tests played in the Adelaide it's very likely we will see a result in this test.

Posted by pat_one_back on (November 22, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

Stop this flat track whining it's just poor sportsmanship. ALL good cricket pitches offer consistent bounce early, Aust survived quite a few close ones that seamed sharply and swung, you'd know if you'd seen more than the scorecard... Note Indians friends that S.Waugh commented on captains pressuring groundstaff, Dhoni called for Day 1 rank turners just last week! This is unacceptable in Australia, Steve Waugh was right to call it out. it's not part of the game. Spin bowlers taking the new ball day 1 is not good cricket. Australian pitches reward good slow medium & fast bowling, they reward batsmen who get set, they don't reward undisciplined bowling! Look at what Asian style wickets have done to WI bowling options over recent years. Now go cry to your curators and learn to recognise good cricket tracks where all bowlers & batsmen are tested and the good ones rewarded!!!

Posted by Mervo on (November 22, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

A stunning day for Australia, and Clarke. SA had no idea and to concede that many runs is incredible. On another note, I am equally stunned that Australia made Starc carry the drinks again. So have to watch Hilfenhaus trundle his harmless looping out swingers again? A very illogical selection.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (November 22, 2012, 20:23 GMT)

Hats off to Michael 'RESPECT' Clarke. Flat wicket or not, it's a real shame that people can't appreciate this rare piece of history. Did anybody ask the other players not to achieve this feat? Can't wait for Michael Clarke to grace our shores and enthrall us on our pitches and grounds. A fan from India.

Posted by srriaj317 on (November 22, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

It makes all the 'flat-track' accusers look really silly and foolish when you consider the reality is that the curator left 6mm of grass on the pitch! For folks who don't know math, that is 2mm more than usual or 150% of the regular Adelaide Oval standard! And the pitch was spinning right from Tahir's first ball to go with the extra bounce! Take your tripe somewhere else folks...

Posted by Stan_Sarkies on (November 22, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

Impressive stuff from Clarke. He only needs two more runs and his average after becoming test captain would be 80! Before becoming test captain it was 45.16, what a turn around. Hopefully he can keep this fantastic batting display up.

Posted by Newlandsfaithful on (November 22, 2012, 20:07 GMT)

The blackest day in recent South African cricket history. Worse than that terrible ending world cup in England. This is the first time South Africa have literally disintigrated on the field, showing the mental toughness of kittens. Were they properly prepared for this match? No. And there is not a hope in hell that they will win a game in any format against Australia this summer.

Whats the bet they take another break from the game after this test match - after all, coach Gary believes that fixes everything. The team must have a nice holiday. The Aussies meanwhile mean to play cricket and win....

Posted by one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on (November 22, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

Funny listening to the people whinging about doctored pitches. A raw nerve has been touched. I think they call it the "naughty boy syndrome" - when you get caught ....deflect. Adelaide has always been closest to a subcontinental pitch. Win the toss, bat first, score big in the first innings, and you should not lose - most matches are decided in Adelaide. Clarke, a flat track bully (raw nerve again) who should have been out before 50? In the last 18 months he has been in sublime form. Remember his 150 on a track that both sides could not surpass in the next two completed innings? Luck in decisions I've seen a lot of that in cricket (especially in the subcontinent - just watch the last WI tour of India for a gleaming example) at least the DRS is available here. This is the same side that was bowled for <50.. It's not, but then, over a freaky two over period during that match 19 wickets were lost for 96 runs. sa lost 9/47. Perhaps, any side in the world could have been dismissed cheaply.

Posted by jezmondo on (November 22, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

english fan here and its clarkes score that i look at first when turning to cricinfo in the evening. hes on fire! may well be a flat but youve still got to score the runs. well done him.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

Well I saw some of the highlights and even as a viewer you can instantly tell judging by the way the bowlers were bowling that the wicket was a batsman paradise. Once South Africa achieved those 3 wickets, the ball didn't seem to trouble the batsman throughout the rest of the day. Won't be surprised if South Africa notched up a big score as well. You need to work extremely hard as a bower on these sort of surfaces otherwise the batsman will just play around with you all day long which seemed to be the case.

Posted by ratspeed on (November 22, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

Two great teams granted, and Clarke is something else, but as some have said much to the disagreement of others: Flat Pitch Flat Pitch Flat Pitch Clarke would look far more respectable for me if he got 100 on a difficult pitch. SA have batsmen too don't forget, and Aus mostly the same kind of pace attack, which means we will soon see another flood of overly congratulatory centuries on both sides. And for those like me who expected to see a dynamic series between two excellent sides, well, we can only expect a draw -- another "I don't want to lose" situation thanks to those who set the pitch.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

Does anyone else feel that it's best to leave Internet colloquialisms like "pwnage" out of official reports on a professional website like Cricinfo?

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

Someone really needs to ask why Smith kept giving Imrahn the ball when he was bowling like that. I know he didn't have Kallis and was preserving Steyn, but even a part - timer would have been better than the rubbish he was hurling down the pitch.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

What a wonderful run Pup is having, simply fantastic. But its time to punt punter, that was just embarressing...

Posted by mixters on (November 22, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

Every time the flat track bully makes runs australia win! Wait a minuite if that is true they must have bowled the opposition out twice. How can that be right if its a flat track? Is it great australian bowling? Adelaide seems to always provide two things lots of runs and a result late on day 5. I live here and have been enjoying 5 day thrillers for years. Real test cricket by real test cricketers. As for the run rate it will start to happen all over the world soon. That is the only positive thing about 20/20. It brings about more test results

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (November 22, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

You can never really rate the pitch till both teams have batted, Australia were certainly impressive on the first day Clarke seems to have flourished as captain (4 double centuries in a year, incredible) ala S. Waugh (I hope A. Cook will replicate this). I note references to India being No1 for 2 years- irrelevant and false but standard. Clarke could get a massive score as only one day has elapsed and thus their is no benefit in declaring ? world record.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

I hope Clark is a bit selfish today and goes for that milestone. The way hes batting, he can certainly get close to 400 on day 2.

Posted by saadfarrukh on (November 22, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

great performer clarke.he is so commited to the tean

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

Firstly, this is not a dead flat track of the ilk of what is seen in the subcontinent. There has been great carry and bounce, and swing and sideways movement on offer whenever the bowlers have pitched it up and actually landed the ball on the pitch. They have been bowling absolute rubbish all day, they can't take the heat when it's on which unfortunately seems to be a recurring South African cricket theme. As for Michael Clarke being a flat track bully, do you people even watch or follow the game? Do you forget his great knocks on difficult pitches in Sri Lanka and the West Indies recently? I don't see the other world class batsmen scoring the runs he is on the exact same pitches. Can't wait to see Clarke carve up India on their dead slow pitches next year when we defend our number one test side ranking. As for Marcio, weren't you saying at the start of the day that Warner is out of his depth, not a test opener, and having a lucky innings? Now you defend him like his staunchest fan

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

@Vikas Goel, what more does Clarke need to do? He has scored runs in England during a difficult Ashes campaign and pulverised this very South African attack in Newlands on a seamer friendly wicket which claimed 22 wickets in a single day. He scored 151 if I'm not mistaken. The reason Australia scored at such a rate today is simply because the South African bowlers were rubbish, I mean proper rubbish. When your front line spinner concedes a third of the days runs at 7 an over then I'm afraid the pitch cannot be blamed and to make matters worse Clarke has taken a liking to Morkel whether it is short or pitched up.

It also doesn't help that Steyn has been well below his best.

Posted by WC2011Champs on (November 22, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

Magnificent! Absolutely Magnificent!!

The guy is coming in at 50 for 3 and under pressure, playing against supposedly the best (fast) bowling lineup in the world and back to back double hundreds. And has a huge impact on the games over and over again in past year or so. Wow!

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

SA facing the same problems with injured players and depleted attack just like India faced during their Tour of England in 2011.

Posted by Valavan on (November 22, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

@phunny game, get it right, it was only 20 months. btw how many away tests did India play out of India - 3 tests in SA, 3 tests in WI and ye a few tests with hapless NZ in India. so get it right, cricnfo please publish

Posted by jango_moh on (November 22, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

great innings by clarke, looks to be in scintillating form.... i dont bemoan the pitch, as an indian i see ppl commenting about flat pitches, flat or not, u still gotta score... so well played(esp against the "best" bowling attack)... just shows there's not really much between atleast 3-4 teams rite now... no one's pulling away from the pack yet..

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Great batting display by Clarke and company...while clarke has been great this year but the bulk of scoring has been on flat tracks - Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane...would look forward to see the similar stuff from him in some tough conditions like Melbourne, Perth, Hobart....once he does that, then we can surely call him a great.....

Posted by SnowSnake on (November 22, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

Here is how the match will progress. Australia will get all out for around 600+ and then Amala and Kallis will grind Australia for 3 days at a strike rate of 2.5 rpo to draw this test :). Get ready of incredibly boring batting and few more hundreds and may be another 200 by an SA batsman or even a 300 by Clark!

Posted by phunny_game on (November 22, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

And people used to call India undeserving of the no.1 title... At least they held on to that position for more than two years. See England now... And now it seems the no.1 position is too hot to handle for even the best team in the world, SA. Btw, the track was as flat a track as u'll ever see in Australia. Adelaide has always been... Waiting for the SA reply. People expecting Amla, kallis, smith and de villiers to fire, but don't be surprised if Alviro petersen scores a big one.. just my gut feeling

Posted by MMZCric on (November 22, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

The pitch being flat has nothing to do with Clarke scoing so many at that rate. He is simply a great batsman and fine form. Ricky Ponting was humiliated on the same flat track, Ed Cowan and Quiney had no idea on the same flat track. Good bowlers can make things happen regardless of how flat the track is. Gazi and Edwards are making things happening on a flatter track in Bangladesh. Well done Clarke and company.

Posted by spiritwithin on (November 22, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

so Aus r producing flat pitches(read HIGHWAYS) to nullify Saffa maintain a run rate of almost six for 90ovthat too against SA attack who just month back beat Eng proves CA's intention,a pitch where batsman r scoring centuries at SR100+ or almost 100(hussey,clarke & Warner) it makes a true jingoists to call the pitch as great and start pointing fingers at SA & Indian fans here,this is what we call as DOCTORED pitch to stop opposition,infact CA is one step ahead-they produced a pitch for a draw,atleast in SC curators produce pitches to aid spinners which r not roads,yes they r also forced to produce flat tracks when non-subcontinent teams starts crying and moaning that they cant play in spinning tracks..keep producing these ROADS and we will see Michael Clarke scoring 10 triple centuries and Warner scoring centuries at SR 200,last but not the least-Clarke averages a mediocre 43 away from home,such a flat track home bully(scoring occasional centuries abroad wont hide this fact

Posted by Marcio on (November 22, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

@Smith Robertson, please watch a game before commenting. Your comments are way off. The pitch was good (bounce and pace, some movement), but the batting was exceptional, the bowling awful at times. It will probably flatten out on days 2 and 3. SA will need early wickets with the relatively new ball tomorrow. It would be hard to chase down 600+

Posted by binojpeter on (November 22, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge Clarke has 151 at Bangalore in his first tour in 2004 and 112 at Delhi during the second tour in 2008. So what is your point? Both Clarke and Cook have proven that they are class acts. This pitch might be a flat track. I don't know. Only after SA bat, I can say that for sure. But you don't have to diss one player in favor of another when the records clearly shows otherwise.

Posted by abhyudayj on (November 22, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

Australia has a very big total on day 1 and that advantage for south africa if south africa battong clicks and make score more or less then aussies total and aussies fails and bowled for less than 200

Posted by Test_Match_Fan on (November 22, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

True SA bowlers suffered injuries, but Aus batting was helped by poor captaincy. The boundaries should have been cut off by setting defensive fields. No excuse for giving away so many runs. SA bowlers were not this bad.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

I think the problem is pretty clear. The SA team is unfit and/or the heat is getting to them. 3/40 and 3/55 followed by demolitions of the bowling attacking including multiple injuries. Steyn claiming that he will bowl faster at the end of the day's play but struggles to bowl over 135 come later in the day and he gets injured. The Aussie team is undeniably fitter and with pretty equal strength in batting and bowling they are a much better as much as I hate to admit it. I am hoping that we have a major turnaround starting tomorrow but lack of fitness cannot be fixed overnight....

Posted by Ragav999 on (November 22, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

All the Aussie haters out there falling over themselves giving all sorts of reasons,excuses and conspiracies to explain the utter ruthlessness of this Australian team. Love them or hate them (Aussies), one can't ignore them looking at the sheer number of comments flooding this article.

Posted by CutHis_ArminHalf on (November 22, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

@FFL - I know you only say these things as a wind up as no other things you say show you are not that ignorant.

For others that might be fooled by your humour and Clarke being a flat track bully.... lets find an example.. even when clarke was a bit rubbish...

Would the 2009 Ashes do? Everyone is unanimous in agreeing England is not a flat trak paradise right?

Two players with most runs by a long way that series...

Strauss - having a rare moment in the sun - 474 runs Clarke - attempting to live up to potential - 448

The rest were miles behind with the next englishman almost 200 runs behind..

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (November 22, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

Looks like Aussies got real scared of stern and co....hence the dead pitches. Yet Waugh claims dhoti is wrong in asking for spinning tracks. Mr Waugh pl look at the pitches in your backyard b4 commenting on what India needs to do. These pitches r as dead as they can get. If stern and morsel can't do anything then no one else can.

Posted by CutHis_ArminHalf on (November 22, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

I politely remind you.


Thanks for your co-operation. One of these teams will be coming to dominate your team soon enough so you can save your banter until then.

Currently easily the best two teams on the planet.

Still loads of fight left if the saffas can stay healthy. Its only day one. But the aussies are playing out of their skin... can it be maintained for the rest of the series, year, next year? I hope so.

One thing we know for sure... as much as people do not like it.. A STRONG Australia forces everyone else to lift their game. Everyone seems to have gone to sleep during the last few years of australia being a tad rubbish.

Some great battles coming up I hope.

Posted by PGSGimson on (November 22, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Does this prove that there is currently no real no1 side in the world?

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (November 22, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

Love the comments whipping up a fervour about the most notorious flat-track bully in the world (Clarke), and his ability to whack full-tosses to the fence on one of the flattest pitches in the world. What a contrast between one flat-track bully, and those batsmen around the world like Alistair Cook who score runs on crumbling minefields of a pitch like what we witnessed last week. Tennis-ball cricket (flat tracks) and spinning dust bowls like in India should evoke no comparison among seasoned cricket lovers. But a nice knock all the same.

Posted by cric_fan123 on (November 22, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

And no one complains about the track being flat. What with one of the best attacks going for over 5 runs. Ah! I get it. So that is what is called hypocrisy, isn't it?

Where arth thou ICC, not sending notice to the groundsmen?

Where arth thou Steve Waugh, who is now being ungentlemanly?

Posted by gregjones on (November 22, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

@samincolumbia Seems like another Indian talking trash. Mr. Columbia, Australia are still a superb team even though they have lost almost all of their supermen players. We have Clarke who is easily the best batsman and captain in the world. Australia have not lost much in the last year and half and are improving every series. Regarding India, atleast we don't fix world cups or other matches to win like India usually do. Whatever Australia win, they win 'Legitimately'.

Posted by OzWally on (November 22, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

Why oh why every time OZ makes a score the a) pitch is doctored.. b) got favorable decisions... or perhaps it's c) the people making the comments are ignorant. Their was something in the pitch all day for the bowlers, but you have to hand it to Clarke & team that they didn't allow the bowlers to get into a rythym by taking the initiative away from them. Was it a batting paradise at 3/55? And just because 1 team makes 500+ doesn't mean the next team will. The Australians are in their heads and chasing 500+ is not an easy assignment. Plus, this pitch begins to spin later into the test, which is why there is usually a result every year in Adelaide.

Posted by mikey76 on (November 22, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

Getting to No.1 seems to be the worst thing that can happen. All that time invested in Tahir looks to be completely wasted. I'd be surprised if he plays again for a while. Back to the holding spinner for SA. Clarke is indisputably the best batsman in the world right now and CA will hope to prolong Hussey's career as long as possible. Ponting looks done. Could see another triple ton from Clarke tomorrow. Lets hope he gets all this scoring done before the ashes.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

So its sure dat SL will Lose 3-0 dat too after losing to aussies even at home last year... anyways India is better we might get whitewashed away but we atleast win at use in preparing fast pitches at pallekele and hambantota and lose spin advantage..beating India in India is like Federer,Sampras,Becker winning at the Roland Garros, only Federer won dere once just like the grt aussies of 2004..So India is like Nadal who never lost a French Open final but won all grand slams...

Posted by disco_bob on (November 22, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

When Clarke made his 329 in Sydney with cap donned and timeless poses against the late afternoon sun, was when he stamped his style on this new era. When Australia swaps captains, you've go to admit they know how to capture the nostalgic theatricality.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 22, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

@ log211274 on (November 22 2012, 12:10 PM GMT)

Yep - you are missing the Perth Test against India where he failed. So his home Average this year is a bit more than half that :)

Posted by krishna_cricketfan on (November 22, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

I cannot believe that you can make 482 in one day. What is going on here? This is true Aussie way of handling situation. They will always fight and fight and then overtake you. With this kind of performance, it will not be long before Australia becomes No 1 side again.

Posted by Sulaimaan91 on (November 22, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

To think that Clarke's innings would be regarded as one scored in tough Aussie conditions against the best bowling attack in the reality Sehwag/Pujara scored in much tougher conditions. When batsman score on tough slow/turning subcontinent pitches, they are called flat track bullies with an inflated record but when the Aussie/SA or Eng batsman score runs on batting paradises where the ball does nothing, it is supposed to be great!!

Posted by shrikanthk on (November 22, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

All those guys who're saying this was a dead track didn't watch the game! There was enough assistance there for all types of bowlers to bowl a side out for 250 if enough balls were bowled in the right areas.

If anything it seemed faster and bouncier than a typical Adeleide wicket.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 22, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

@ Unomaas on (November 22 2012, 11:44 AM GMT) ... "Thought Steyn bowled rubbish" agreed - eventually couldn't protect him any more.

Posted by Malret on (November 22, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

@ GRVJPR: Clarke scored a hundred and fifty plus on debut in Bangalore. As much as I hated that, I have to say you do not know your cricket well dude. I think he is one of the best players of spin outside of the subcontinent.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

The wicket isn't playing any differently from what was expected before lunch.

It is just that SA dropped shoulders too soon and any fight left in them evaporated soon after lunch in the hot sun. May be the Kallis blow was one too many.

Shell shocked were the South Africans. No indication whatsoever of trying different approaches to prise a wicket.Smith stayed rooted to his spot in the slips. Might as well have walked down wicket once in a while to say something to a bowler. But, no. None of it came. Tahir needed it.... badly. He does not seem like a test quality bowler at all. So there you have it.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (November 22, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

Definitely a flat track I mean you don't see these South African bowlers being dominated by the batsman most of the day. But honestly it makes you feel bad for the bowlers who making so much effort with so little reward not easy bowling on these wickets unless the batsman gives it away. No doubt the momentum is with Australia.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

Well done to Australia, great performance. Great batting from Clarke & co. Some people are blaming the wicket, it does not matter how good a wicket is ,scoring at 5.5 an over for a day of test cricket against what is supposedly(emphasis on supposedly) the best attack in world cricket is unbelievable. Good performance too from Warner who was under pressure coming into this match, the momentum he gave to the innings is not to be underestimated. Being a Saffa very dissapointed, lets hope SA can turn out a better performance tomorrow.

Posted by SnowSnake on (November 22, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

Ponting should have retired in 2008. He is really out of form since then. He managed to score an occasional 100, but that was too little and tentative. He bats like #10 now-a-days. SA can say good bye to its #1. Worst #1 ever. Steyn is becoming more like Ponting. Just wait till he plays in sub-continent and he will make sub-continent bowlers look good. SA batsmen should look at strike rates Australia, India and England score because most likely SA will start batting at 2.5 rpo. Ironically, this is what they need to save this test because a win is out of their reach. A loss is more likely. Australia go for the kill and then replace Ponting with Watson. Good job by Warner as well.

Posted by jb633 on (November 22, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

@6pack, don't fear dear Sri Lankan fan. Yes you guys will be going into this series as massive underdogs but unlike India you have the fighting spirt and determination to compete wherever you go. Sri Lanka are the most impressive side from the SC and I have long been a great admirer of their people and their cricketers. Although I think you guys will probably come unstuck in Aus, without some genuine pace, I am sure that you will give a good account of yourselves. I am expecting big things from Kumar (best bat by a country mile from the SC) and MJ. Hope your tour goes well England are backing your countrymen. Just think it can be no worse than the last SC that toured there. I am sure you won't concede 700-4 or the like anyway.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

Yes the first session probably had a bit of moisture which is why South Africa picked up 3 wickets but once that eases up then batting becomes much easier for the rest of the day. No doubt a track for batsman flat as a pancake at Adelaide especially when your best bowlers like Dale Steyn is being taken care of by the batsman.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

I'm happy Australia are doing well but you shouldn't really get carried away because its a batsman paradise the track they're playing on. I'm sure had South Africa batted first, they too would've notched up a mammoth score. But what I'm seriously frustrated about including the other series involving West Indies is that these wickets are unsporting for the bowlers which for fans sake can be boring as you want good battles between bat and ball. We all know the South Africans bowlers have probably the best attack in the world but the if the pitch is not offering anything for the bowlers no matter how good you are then its going to be hard work for them.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (November 22, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

Records galore..Another FLAT track double for Clarke..He was out LBW..when he was under 50,,SA did not take the review.neither they appealed...SA played like lowest ranked team..

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (November 22, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

@ VivGilchrist,agreed aus scored at good run rate but u can't deny that the pitch had nothing to offer for the bowlers which enabled aus batsmen to score easily......this is the same team that got bundled out for below 50 last year in sa...aus overseas record is pretty decent but they aren't the same aussie team that used to dominate others.

Posted by CutHis_ArminHalf on (November 22, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

For those of you who wish to compare Clarke to the "greats".

Being a great cricketer is more than just being exceptionally skilled in one area and focusing on that incapable of delivering more than that skill. Its about delivering more to the team, putting everything on the line and removing "self" from the equation....

There are not that many greats with which to compare clarke with. Bradman, Richards, Gavaskar...? Punter, maybe Dravid, Waugh... There are so few - which is good because the bar is so high....

There are a few second tier greats - i.e those that only really did one thing really well. Some of those are modern players who are like false prophets, others could have been the greatest but are tarnished. Tendulkar, Warne, Murali, etc. go in here and can never really be considered the greatest.

But even before getting there. Clarke has at least 5 more years of delivering on this scale before we can truly call him great... or even the greatest.

Posted by colossalcricketer on (November 22, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

SA has the best bowling lineup...Eh?LOL Its just those extra green tracks which make batting hell for the batsman otherwise its all mediocre bowling..!!Even the Indian bowling(supposed to be bad ) lineup did not concede more than 400 in a day...LOL Innings defeat in the reckoning for SA..Australia might pull it off on the 4th day itself!!

Posted by 6pack on (November 22, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

I hate to think what the Sri Lankans are going to run into later this summer... playing against Australia is a as much mental as physical.. if you don't come with at least a semblance of confidence, you'll probably get creamed.... I hope against hope that they will do well.

Posted by samincolumbia on (November 22, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

@Fitzsimmons - First let Australia win a series at home, then talk about touring...lolz. Aussies have yet to win a test in this series. If Australia can score 1000 runs, then SA with Amla might end up scoring 2000 runs. What a great advert for test cricket!!

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

The Aussie batsmen not only have destroyed the SA attack, they've thrown a little demolishing what's left of the old!!! Maybe they should ask the contractors for a little cash in hand for their help!!! lol

Congrats to the centurions and a massive congrats to the best batsman and captain in the world, Michael Clarke!!! Proud to be a NSWelshman!!!

Posted by JG2704 on (November 22, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

It almost defies belief that folk are trying to downplay/belittle another magnificent performance by Clarke and team Australia. I'm no Australian but surely you have to appreciate an individual scoring a double century and a team scoring near on 500 in a day's play. I'm sure those would be frothing had their team managed such an achievement. And it's hardly like it's against a minnow side. Well played Australia. Majestic Clarke

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 22, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

think the aussies cant lose it from here. Amla holds the major responsibility with Kallis already suffering with hamstrings.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (November 22, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

47 all out was bad, but 482 runs in a day is even worse.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

Congrats Aussie fans. Amazing display from Australia and especially that man Clarke. Unfortunately (if you are a Saffa like me) it is same stuff, different year. If one is an optimist, which I am not, we could see some great batting from SA but they will need to wait for Aus to declare because at this stage it does not look they will be bowled out. Oh well, perhaps there is some lawn bowls for me to watch on the telly.

Posted by sawifan on (November 22, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

@GRVJPR... 151 on debut in India doesn't do it for u? Would all these so called fans, who continue to make ill-formed comments on here, do everyone a favour and learn how to look at stats and use Statsguru, on this very same site! It's not hard. You might actually learn something. Clarke HAS proven himself overseas, and his 151 last November in South Africa was one of the best knocks this decade! Please, stats, looks them up!

Posted by screamingeagle on (November 22, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

Good stuff from Aus, pathetic from SA. But what I said before it started is still going well as far as predictions go. Punter is gonna have an awful series, I said. And he is doing just fine. 0,4, next is 8? Maybe a 100 somewhere, but looks like he is on his way out.

Posted by austentayshus on (November 22, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

What a superb performance Come on boys get quick 150 and put saffas in

And take a bow for Michael clarke 4 200's in calender year sensational

Kickass performance and Mr cricket never tired of watching his fabulous batting

Posted by maddy20 on (November 22, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

@Bollo No denying that they were unable to improvise once they were under fire. But 5.5 Runs per over? Are you kidding me? Surely we all know an attack comprising Steyn, Morkel and Philander is not that bad. Don't you agree? @Jerry Fitzsimmons Goes double for ya pal! Forgot the last two 2-0 drubbings in India so soon eh' mate? This summer, its gonna be hattrick of blankings for yer' team. Forget double hundreds, many of the Aus top order will consider themselves lucky to score double digits. Warner, Ponting, Quiney will be like ducks in a shooting range! And you know what, it gets even better- You were even thrashed at home by Eng and Saffas. Atleast India did not lose to anyone at home in more than 8 years!

Posted by Kaze on (November 22, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

@ GRVJPR Are you serious, when he was smashing Kumble and Harbajan on debut where were you ?!

Posted by KeithMillersHair on (November 22, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

@log211274 You missed the Perth test where he was dismissed for 18, and also he was dismissed in the second innings in Adelaide. So Clarke's average in Australia this year is merely a paltry 359! He didn't do quite so well in the Windies, bringing his 2012 average down to 140 odd. But then he did take a match winning five-for with the ball in the 3rd test over there, so we can probably forgive him. (I'm not a genius, I'm just a nerd and looked it up.)

Posted by jb633 on (November 22, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

@Maddy20- it is so funny how bitter you are that India are utter tripe away from home. Griping about the pitches in Oz being dull when we see the wickets in India where the ball never gets past knee height. India have a population of over a billion people and cricket is their first sport. They have no other sports they are actually any good at. You should dominate all cricket wherever you play. Fact is you don't. It's a shame.

Posted by ozwriter on (November 22, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

prediction, australia get 800/8 declared an hour before end of play with clarke on 401*. then they have 3 days and an hour to knock smith and co over twice.

Posted by InnocentGuy on (November 22, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

Fantastic data for Australia but I have a feeling that scoring this fast is going to come back and haunt them. Remember India series down-under 2004. I think it was the 2nd test, they scored 400/5 on day 1. We all know how that series went.

Posted by mondotv on (November 22, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

Lots of people are saying this wicket is flat but I actually thought there was plenty of pace and bounce when the ball was new - Morkel looked dangerous hitting Clarke in the helmet. No it was the triumvirate of Warner, Clarke and Hussey that rattled the SA attack with a superb display of controlled aggression (well except for Warner - that was uncontrolled aggression!). Unless you've played cricket and bowled regularly you have no idea how difficult it is to bowl to guys in that mood. It was relentless from both ends - batsmen were prepared to take risks and they just never let any of the SA bowlers settle. Tactically flawless and brave - I'm surprised that Steyn with all his experience didn't bowl better even under duress. Morkel was unlucky in Brisbane and here but so was Siddle - the Test is how you stand up to that pressure and SA caved today. Tomorrow's a new day though.

Posted by aahahaa on (November 22, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

bashing, to put it mildly. the SA think tank is all messed up sending Kliendvelt and pietersen on tour any other committee would have got rid of Tahir already Tsolikele this is SA's problem. before you even start you have 4 that don't belong. shooting in the foot, look no further thann SA and to top it all Donald as a coach.. better they wriggle out of the mess they have gotten themselves into otherwise they will have only themselves to blame Now i know its only 1 test but if the thinking process isn't right you will soon be found out one thing that separates the Aussies from the rest is ruthlessness in selection and thats what have served them well.. i wouldn't be surprised if ponting is dropped before the series is done with

Posted by Munkeymomo on (November 22, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

Clarke is in immense form since taking over captaincy. He really is. Good to see, Clarke was always one of my favourite Aussie cricketers because of his great attitude.

Posted by Bollo on (November 22, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

@maddy20 - if you can`t enjoy that day`s cricket, you`re not a cricket fan - plenty in the pitch for decent bowlers, as there usually is in the first session and a half at Adelaide. As others have mentioned, there was spin, bounce and seam. South Africa were shocking - and the bowling changes/field placements were abysmal. I`ll be very surprised if there is not a result in this match - another(?) dull, boring draw? See you here on Day 5 hey...

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

This is just another typical Adelaide Oval pitch. It has always been a batters favourite.

maddy20 India is the definition of a flat track bully. And we all know how they handle touring.

Posted by log211274 on (November 22, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

@ MEETy I just said In AUSTRALIA I know there was a tour of the Windies but I am sayiny the last 4 test on Australian Soil no including the Windies tour. But If he hadn't of bat a little worse then he has the rest of this calander year. But I just mean in Australia this year he has scored 1022 runs and only been dissmised once. Again If I missed an Australian test On Australian soil please correct me.

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 22, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

What a Flat track Bully. Couldn't score a run on Indian Soil as he struggled to play spinners. He might score double or tripe on Australian flat tracks but he won't be called a great

Posted by Guthers007 on (November 22, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

Guarantee there will be no draw in this match, Digger. Put your money where your mouth is!!

Posted by liz1558 on (November 22, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

As a Saffa - well half Saffa like KP - I have to admit we have taken a beating today. This is an innings defeat staring at us. Choking on the number 1 tag? wot is die nuus!

Posted by Shaggy076 on (November 22, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

Lancaster Park - THe game between Australia and SOuth Africa has a lot more class than NZ vs Sri Lanka. having watched this game both Steyn and Morkel are not bowling consistently enough. The south African attack which I have seen bowl like they are the premier attack in the world just are not bowling well at the moment. THe Michael Clarke batting was just class today and has been that way for sometime now. I think right now he has just passed Amla as the worlds best batsman.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

mate for a team with a reputation of pace they make the indian look quick , put your tail between your legs and go home before you do more damage to the game

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

Great innings and great consistency by captain Clarke. But SA attack seems ordinary. This couldn't be the bowling attack of No.1 Test team. I think Kleinveldt as a third seamer is not a good option. And more so, Tahir has been a disappointment. He hasn't bowl a single match winning spell since his debut. Neither he takes wickets nor can he contain batsman. Maybe Robin Peterson can be a good option for 3rd test with his left arm spin and his batting lower down.

And time to plan for post Kallis era soon.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (November 22, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Although I am of the opinion that Australia are a rubbish side with only 4 proper international players, 2 of them keep doing the business. It is interesting to note that the top ranking spot did more than just affect England as Sa seem to be supernovaing big time. Seriously, they were far better than that in the UK summer.

Posted by SuperSharky on (November 22, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Well done Michael Clarke. Stunning performance. The Saffers will be brilliant if they can manage a draw out of this one.

Posted by CutHis_ArminHalf on (November 22, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

Looking back now to just before Clarke became captain, I tihnk it is a measure of what we expected from arguably the most gifted australian batsmen ever that we considered him a failure. He was averaging 47.

I am beyond delighted that he is starting to live up to his potential, tempered slightly with a tad bit of disappointment that it has seemingly taken him 7 years to start delivering to his potential.

If he playes enough tests he should easily exceed 15k runs. However, knowing how the game has been ruined and the reduced number of tests played, I would consider his potential fulfilled if he finishes his career with about 10k-12k runs @60+.

I do hope he can keep delivering for the next 5 years but fear the weight of expectation and test captaincy will drag him back down again. Lets hope the past 7 years has turned him into a man with a will like steve waugh and that he shrugs off this weight with aplomb.

Well done Michael.

Posted by maddy20 on (November 22, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

Another dull boring draw on a super flat wicket in the making. What promised to be a fantastic series between two sides with great stocks of fast bowlers, has turned into a damp squib. Is this the best, the Australian groundsmen can conjure? And then all this nonsense about BCCI trying to kill tests. Take a good hard look at yourself before pointing your fingers at others! The average cricket cant possibly be more disappointed. We will see how good these fast track bullies really are in India!

Posted by Bollo on (November 22, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

From a position of strength at drinks 1st session, that is the most humiliating slaughter of a test attack that I have seen. Morkel tried hard, but the rest, Steyn included, looked impotent. Very very tough to come back from that and get anything out of this test. A draw would be a significant victory from here.

Posted by ScottStevo on (November 22, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

@tony122, That comment re Ponting shows just how little you watch cricket. He's been hitting the ball beautifully, he's just not putting up the big scores we're used to see after his name...

Posted by Shaggy076 on (November 22, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

akpy - Dont worry we know India arent flat track bullies we saw them bat at the MCG, SCG and Adelaide last year on three flat tracks. YOu only perform at home because it is the greatest chance your players have in getting more money through IPL deals and sponsorships.

Posted by lancaster_park on (November 22, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

5 for 482? Sth Africa currently have the best pace bowlers in the world in Steyn and Morkel and they ARE bowling extremely well. 5 for 482 on the first day of a test???? please. It wouldn't matter which bowler you bowled today...I've just seen SL and NZ bat their respective 1 st innings and score 468 over 180 overs. But fans and and statisticians will gush over the feats in Adelaide- what a farce. This test proves you cannot compare games of test cricket, unless the conditions are identical

Posted by Meety on (November 22, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

@ log211274 on (November 22 2012, 12:10 PM GMT) - you missed the tour of the WIndies! @sobersfan on (November 22 2012, 12:08 PM GMT) - you need to follow Baseball! @Unomaas on (November 22 2012, 11:44 AM GMT) - another great comment by a Saffa. I can see the funny side to Punter's dismissal, I wasn't laughing at the time that's for sure. There is a photo mid-slip/trip on the match pictures, it'll be something someone will bring out on his 60th birthday - he won't want to see it before then! It would of been bizarre going to bed with Oz # 3/55 then seeing the stumps score! @Andy Plowright - I hate those type of spinners, but you are 100% right. That said I wonder if he would of been allowed to settle today??? @Chris_Howard on (November 22 2012, 11:32 AM GMT) - I agree, all the posters who would constantly snip about him any chance they got, silence is golden! @Marcio on (November 22 2012, 11:28 AM GMT) - seriously, I think Smith was totally shell-shocked!

Posted by whoster on (November 22, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

Hats off to Michael Clarke. Not only is he a dynamic captain who's always attacking and trying to make things happen - but the runs he's scored this year is phenomenal. He's a terrific advert for the game, and he's making Australia a real force again. I just hope his runs dry up by the time he gets to England next year!

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

I love how people are blaming the pitch! This is a CLASSIC Adelaide Oval pitch, flat as a tack, great for batting, but with rewards for disciplined bowling and plenty for the spinners on day 4 and 5. Same as last year, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that....

Posted by jplterrors on (November 22, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

fathertime is not being to kind 2 Punter at the scene of his greatest triumphs hes now humiliated and on all fours..Quiney has been batting well all be it for no runs yet. NZ really need Jesse Ryder back to do the job Clarke is doin 4 the Kiwis imagine our lethal seamers with runs in the bank. NZ favorite for 2015 WC!!

Posted by dsig3 on (November 22, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

I just want to see Amla bowl again. Is it too much to ask Smith? Faf is good to watch bowl but Amla is in a class of his own. Sort of makes you forget your watching international cricket when he bowls.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (November 22, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

@Chris_Howard unfortunately touring teams to any country always have difficulties with those sorts of things. You're right about Clarke, many people pictured the Australian captain as being a Steve Waugh look-a-like. But you shouldn't judge a man by his appearance, judge him by his actions.

Posted by Haleos on (November 22, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

@ Meety - will be here meety. Never run away from confortation. Also I will be more than willing to eat my words if proved wrong unlike u folks. See u then.

Posted by sawifan on (November 22, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

why are Indian fans still harping on about 'roads' for SAF/ ENG etc, and 'green tops/ juicy' pitches for IND here in AUS. The truth is, the 'greenest' pitch IND got last year, was MELBOURNE, and that was the closest test! Sydney, Perth and Adelaide were all quite flat in comparison. And this test is in ADELAIDE! Always flat 1st up. Today SAF were just insipid, and they ran into a man who is in sublime touch!

Posted by akpy on (November 22, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

if same score gets scored in mumbai tomorrow by india, we will be labelled flat track bullies...

Posted by jb633 on (November 22, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

Yes Australia, this is absolutley class. I am absolutley delighted to watch Aus smash the Saffas everywhere, this w shut all the Indian and Saffa naysayers up. I am English but would much rather watch a dominant Aus side than an Indian or SA one. The curse of number one looks like it will continue. I had a go at the gabba pitch but today is different. The ball did swing and seam and the SA bowlers were really poor. Michalel Clarke is a class act and his desire for big runs is great credit to him. Clarke IMO is the best Aussie captain I have seen, considering the resources available to him. If he had the side of Steve Waugh there is no way anyone would have beaten them. Please some of my fellow fans keep queit. Appreciate this performance as it is something we failed to do. I said throughout our summer that Smith was a poor skipper and Clarke et al have proved me right. SA's lack of depth has been rutlessley exposed here. Long may it continue. Can't wait for the next Ashes series now

Posted by simonviller on (November 22, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

Australia cashed in on their luck when SA did not make the decision to apeal or review ,an LBW off Tahair's bowling before Clarke was 50 . Replays showed that he was hit pad in line first, then bat contact , which would have been out . SA can only blame themselves for that costly error ;for Clarke good for him ,luck is part of the game and even he needs it sometimes with all his talent .

Posted by PrasPunter on (November 22, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

@ Percy_Fender , i really feel sorry for what ever you said. You know what, we have been Number 1 for a small measure of almost 10 years, winning tests everywhere from Bangalore to Brisbane, to Barbados, to Basin Reserve Wellington - and hence it is not really required on our part to become No1 by employing those cheap tactics . May be you had some other team in mind but slipped and ended up pointing at us ?

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

New BRADMAN of modern era has arrived.

Posted by log211274 on (November 22, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

I have a question for all of you satistical wizards. I have just been trying to work something out and I may be wrong but as far as I can see Clarke made 329* in the new year test in Sydney then made another 210 in Adeliade at the begining of 2012. Then from what I can see the next test he played in Australia was Brisbane 259* and then today in Adeliade again 224* which gives him an average in Australia this year of 1022. is that correct or have I missed something

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (November 22, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

australians are scared of sa bowlers that's why their curators made a flat pitch.....shame on aus

Posted by disco_bob on (November 22, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

I actually have empathy for SA, I wouldn't have minded had their luck been better however I am thoroughly enjoying the squirming, denial of reality, delusions of grandeur and torment of the SA supporters.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

The way Clarke has been batting since he became captain . . . makes you think whether he was deliberately underperforming when Ponting was the captain? I mean Clarke is very political we all know that (remember what he did to Andrew Symonds and Katich??)

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 22, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

Must say that so far this series, the concept having been pushed hard by Arthur & Clarke that it's a batsman's job to get a big score if they get a start, is working to perfection ...... Please Note Watson !!!

Other than whatever score by Wade at declaration (18 ?). Six batsmen into double figures has meant 6 into triple figures.

Just hope Ponting gets past 10 soon :). Page of the "secret dossier" that spoke about 3 revolving bunnies in top 4, was lost in the Hieist lmao. Surely The bunnie shoot must revolve away from him soon ?

Match is nowhere near over and I hope it gets really hot there soon.

Posted by BG4cricket on (November 22, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

As good a team as SA are I find it hard to think how they get out of this one without a loss. Masterful batting from Huss and especially Clarkey with great support from Warner who looked good after luckily surviving the first hour. Today was a massacre and Aus will be 600 by lunch which gives heaps if time for the result. To all the English supporters I hope you are ready to bring the Ashes back to Oz where they belong as you can clearly see our batting is better than you thought and we can see yours us not as good as you think and when we get down to it you will be playing against the number one team in the world

Posted by Essex_Man on (November 22, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

Wow, what an extraordinary day for Australia and Pup in particular - superbly well played!

Feel a bit sorry for Tahir. He's simply not good enough to play Test cricket; I can't understand why Saffers keep selecting him?

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

A great day of cricket for the Aussies. A result for the Aussies is looking likely at the end of either day 3 or day 4 if we continue our amazing form

Posted by VivGilchrist on (November 22, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

@sobersfan, Australia's last three away tours were 1-0 over SL, 1-1 v SAf, 2-0 over WI. Doesn't seem that woeful, does it? Why is it only a doctored pitch when Australia bats? The fact is the rate which Australia scored. Most teams would've only scored @300 on that pitch today. If other teams took Australia's attacking mindset into games, we would see a resurgence in the popularity of Test cricket.

Posted by WillyTheWhale on (November 22, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

Amazing batting from clarke, if australia are to win they need to make some serious inroads with the new ball. South Africa were terrrible today and the aussies made them pay. I will reserve my opinion on the pitch untill having seen SA bat. Its worth noting that the gabba pitch was a so called road however if rain had come than Australia would have won SA only took 5 wickets Australia was looking like taking 20. Maybe just maybe SA's bowling attack is not effective in australian conditions. On the pitch i actually love it when a pitch helps the home team it makes it more exciting. India turns SA and England seam Australian pitchs bounce why do people want to change these characteristics if you wanna be number 1 you have to win in ememy territory in their condictions it makes it so much more challenging and rewarding when you do win. It only becomes a issue when matches are boring because bowlers cannot take 20 wickets adelaide is a pitch were if you bowl well you will take 20 wkt

Posted by disco_bob on (November 22, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

Interestingly, Flanders hasn't taken a wicket since he arrived here, and Clarke hasn't been dismissed.

Posted by Meety on (November 22, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

@Percy_Fender on (November 22 2012, 10:36 AM GMT) - you obviously didn't see Warner's maiden test century, the greenest pitch since covers were used! @Wesley Lazerus - nice optimism, but basically plausible. Scoring the runs as quickly as Oz have done, does give your mob a chance. It would be different if it was 5/480 at Tea on Day 2. I think for any chance of winning this match - you have to take 5 wickets before Lunch & Kallis must be fit. Trouble with Kallis is, unless he comes out to field on Day 2, he won't be allowed to bat in the top 6 tomorrow. That MIGHT create some chances for Oz (changed Saffa batting line up). == == == Interesting factoid - whilst Sri Lanka hold the record for most runs in a days play (against Bangladesh in 2002), they did it off 104 overs! Assuming Oz maintained their 5.5 rpo & faced the same amount of overs - 600 was probable!!!!

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 22, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

@ Stuart Davy on (November 22 2012, 08:36 AM GMT)

*raises hand... it was the getting out just before breaks that I always hated about him. Seems to have corrected it by not ever getting out :) I'm happy with that !

Posted by Unomaas on (November 22, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

Somedays its hard being a Saffa supporter :=(. Was watching the cricket at 2AM this morning. When AUS had three wickets down, I thought we had the Aussies on the rack. That was at Lunch and that prompted me to go back to sleep only to wake up 6 hours later to turn on the telly to the horror! Utterly devasted Saffa suporter here :=(. Anyways, we'll have to bat out of our skins to avoid a loss here!

Very impressed with Clarke and Hussey! Very impressed with Kallis's bowling spell. Absolutely laughed my head off on the way punter got dismissed. Thought Steyn bowled rubbish. Still wouldn't pick Kleinveldt. Tahir was rubbish. Faf should stick to batting. Morkel looked threatening but still erratic.

Clarke is gonna delcare at 600-ish. If I was the saffa's, I would make a plan to bat for 3 days, make 800 and let the aussies sweat to death in the heat. Heat exaustion should curb aussie enthusiasm going into 3rd test (thats is we don't have a monumental batting collapse.)

Posted by doubtingthomas on (November 22, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

Demons in the pitch, in my opinion.

Posted by Okakaboka on (November 22, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

We shouldn't get to ahead of ourselves. On this feather bed, I think this match is fairly evenly balanced. Only if Wade or Siddle make a fifty will this match have Australia on top.

Posted by Meety on (November 22, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

@Mitcher on (November 22 2012, 09:06 AM GMT) - imagine what Oz will be like when we start playing good cricket!!! LOL! @Shaun742 on (November 22 2012, 09:45 AM GMT) - great comment. I would prefer your mob had no injuries as it takes away the gloss IF we were to win. Duminy's freak injury had me happy the Gabba was a draw, I can accept a win here @ Adelaide, as I (rightly or wrongly) believe Kallis was not fit before the tour started & that is an unlucky break, he possibly should not be playing (see the millions of articles on the Watto debate). I am hoping it was "just" a back spasm (not a hammy), as they can often sort themselves out overnight. @Haleos on (November 22 2012, 09:49 AM GMT) - could you please come back when it is Oz's tour of India, until then - nick off! @dunger.bob on (November 22 2012, 10:03 AM GMT) - I think Smith had combat fatigue when he didn't take the new ball. Huss on 90 odd, Pup on 190 odd - you bowl a part timer?????

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

Many doubted the value Paul Harris brought to the SA team but how they would have liked him yesterday. A man to hold up an end, exert some control, allow the quicks to rotate, and chip in with the wickets, just as the oft-derided Ashley Giles did.

Posted by WonkyFNQ on (November 22, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

What is particularly pleasing about the series so far is that each of the Aussie players whose spot on the team has been questioned (leaving aside Quiney, who has not established himself yet to really have a "spot") have put in a performance to answer the critics. First Cowan, then Lyon bowled quite well at the Gabba, now Warner. Clarke has backed each of them and they have responded - a good sign. Australia will bat on for now, and probably look at 650. Whatever they end up getting from here, thanks to the fast scoring rate Lyon will have a golden chance to bowl his team to victory on his home ground. Mind you, if things continue to run as they are, Hilfy will probably get wickets....

Posted by Chris_Howard on (November 22, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

It's a shame that RSA keep losing players mid-Test. They must have really upset the cricket gods. It's a shame we don't get to see the ass-kicking at Clarke's former bat sponsor. It's also a shame that we don't get to see all those people eat humble pie who so vociferously attacked Clarke and his appointment as captain. Australia has been a transformed team under his leadership.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 22, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

@ OneEyedAussie on (November 22 2012, 08:23 AM GMT)

"The Australian tactic seems to be to attack until Smith goes on the defensive. Everyone saying Clarke is lucky doesn't understand what's going on - Clarke gets away with edges because Smith moves 3rd/2nd slip out in an attempt to stop the bleeding."

Exactly right..... and I must admit to chuckling when 4 or 5 went straight through no second slip, and he put one at 3rd and was bisected. *shakes head ... field setting 101. Point is the ONLY way to stop any rot is to attack....yet that's when a 3rd man appeared.

I hope this attitude is not just for proteas but a revived, (back to days of IM Chappell and earlier) Aussie must for all matches. The intent Aust have showed right from lunch on day one at Gabba is outstanding !!! I call it the Warne legacy because it feels like he's captaining :)

No doubt the SA batsmen will score here in 1st innings, but as we all know in Adelaide if you don't move it forward you're digging your grave.

Posted by Marcio on (November 22, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

SA do have a chance if they get AUS for 550 odd. The problem is that they look mentally shot. Chappelli is right. Smith made a big mistake in letting Australia dominate the last 3 days of the Gabba test. That's like throwing a bucket of blood at a pack of wolves. Now it's up to SA to get that momentum and confidence back. They have the time to do it here. Best case scenario they post 700 in 2 days and Australia scrable for a draw on the last day on a deteriorating track. Unfortunately this pitch is not quite the road many commenting here seem to think it is. There pace and a little movement there, and so far there has been swing and some turn (when Tahir actually landed the ball). There were lost of edges which didn't make slips (or there were only 2 slips as AUS were smashing it everywhere). So it may not be easy for SA if Australia do get 600+ runs on the board. And G Smith? Godness. He is a v good player, but he has to be the worst captain in international cricket. Bizzarre at times

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

100 runs in each hour of the day against world's best bowling attack. If it happens in Australia, it is great batting. If it happens in subcontinent, it will be flat track bullies showing off. LMAO.

Posted by shwet14 on (November 22, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

This is simply awesome batting from Clarke and Hussey after the initial burst by Warner. Tahir just dished out club level stuff on a batting paradise to a batsman who's probably enjoying the best phase as a batsman- one which Ponting enjoyed from 2005-08 and Sachin in 2009-2011. At such times one cannot put a foot wrong. It's unfortunate SA has run into MC in such a form when their own bowling is lacking teeth. Difficult for SA to come back in this game. It'll be a victory if they're able to save this game. They can only hope they can turn things around at WACA

Posted by Shaggy076 on (November 22, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

PercyFender - australian pitches are always good for batting fof the first three days. THe same pitch Australia scored 600 against India last year. There is good pace and bounce in this pitch more than usual, it was just a very poor bowling display. Too much width, incorrect lengths and abundance of full tosses. The Brisbane pitch didnt seem so flat when South Africa lost 12/350 after day 1 and this pitch is a good pitch but not a 5/480 in a day pitch. A lot of credit to Clarke and Hussey but the bowling was average.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

What has Test Cricket Come into ?! 482 run in one day and that too against a team like South Africa. Having Steyn, Morkel !!! Sad to see SA bowling as ravaged as the Adelaide Oval which is being renovated ! And what does Michael Clarke upto, 4 th Dbl Ton in the year of which Two in a Row against the Team which is World No. 1 in ICC Test Ranking ! Kallis, Steyn both have injuries during the day and it seems they will be playing with 9 fit players here after Duminy couldnt play in Gabba due to a freak injury. At this rate SA may be mowed down in WACA , where the Final Test will be played , to lose their No.1 ranking .

Posted by HumungousFungus on (November 22, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

South Africa's bowling in this series to date has been very disappointing. In England this Summer, it looked as though they were working to plans to each batsman, most of which were executed extremely well and worked more often than not. In their first two innings of this series, there does not seem to be anything like the same intent or consistency. They have not been helped by the injuries to Kallis and Philander, admittedly, but one thing today's play has done is prove categorically that Imran Tahir is another average bowler whose reputation has been over enhanced by one day cricket, and who will never be Test class in a million lifetimes. Kleinveldt and Du Plessis were also very average. Australia were never put under pressure as there was a non stop conveyor belt of pies coming their way, but, that said, there is no such thing as a cheap Test century, and the efforts of Warner, Hussey, and, particularly, the magnificent Michael Clarke are to be applauded. Roll on day 2!

Posted by CustomKid on (November 22, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

Well I was lucky enough to be residing square of the wicket at my beloved Adelaide Oval in the members stand. I've not seen battling like that in tests period. It was sustained destruction over after over kicked off by Warner.

At the end of the days play I said to my mate did we really just witness them going from 3-55 to 5-480+. It was simply an incredible days play. Like they say never judge until both teams have batted but gee SA are up against it.

Still serious questions about the top order. I was hoping Punter & Huss would come good this series and shut a few up. Huss has done just that but Punter is out on his feet. He played all around a half volley today and made that ball look a lot better than is was. His two dismissals are so far a very concerning, and he's not had his feet close to where they should be. You can tolerate low scores but its his manner of dismal that is the big worry.

Anyway I can't wait for tomorrow and to see how SA reply. long live test cricket.

Posted by stormy16 on (November 22, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

Simply astonishing, 500 in a day against the best attack in the world! Clark could always bat but this Bradman like form and consistency - simply amazing and he has played some amazing knocks this year and there's two more tests to go! Warner delivers in the nick of time and suddenly Aus are looking ominious but for Ponting. Cant beleive he missed out again and surely has only one more chance in Perth, ironically the toughest wicket to face SA, to put retirement plans on hold. There are 3 more tests this sumer and that too against SL and with Quiney missing out Ponting is probably safe for now. Not sure how you would recover from that sort of day but unless SA get a quick wicket or two early tomorrow morning, they will be chasing the game. With only one day gone there is still plenty of time for SA but if Aus get past 600, they will be the only team that can win this game.

Posted by RoJayao on (November 22, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

Not that I'm comparing them, but I reckon after watching today's incredible cricket, I now know what it must've been like to watch the Invincibles! Reckon the whole cricket world is gasping in awe at that performance, even the d-bags whining!

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

clarke will get 400 tommorow. It's his destiny, he declared twice,once on 329 and once on 259 whenhe couldve went on. He will get 400 and is shaping to be the greatest player of THIS century. South africa need kallis and only guys like amla, de villiers, smith whom i respect very much can save this game

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

Hats off to Clarke, captaincy seems to have rubbed the right way . Aus will get to 650 by lunch on Day 2 .mind boggling run rate.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

A run rate of 5.55 for almost 87 overs in a test match really sets it up nicely for the Aussie bowlers. Clarke is in the form of his life. The Proteas need to get the tail out tomorrow. Otherwise the Aussies might reach a big score. As far as Ponting is concerned I think he should retire immediately.

Posted by Oracle101 on (November 22, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

There are still 4 days of cricket left. Lets judge and predict after Kallis, Amla and co. have batted.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (November 22, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

There will be a result for sure. Australia's scoring too fast and the pitch will start breaking up by day 3.

Posted by Selassie-I on (November 22, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

Hopeflly Clarke can get all his good form out the way before the Ashes!

Posted by Kentheavenonearth on (November 22, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

Kallis past it and rest of quicks seem to have lost lethal accuracy. As for spin, simply nowhere near No1...we could have stayed top had Notts gang not taunted our key player in books and twits (unlike footie they all get same wage so yes KP did deserve an IPL break which prefect Strauss should have engineered). However, getting knocked off our perch could be with hindsight a good thing, so long as we show some metal strength starting in several hours..

Posted by Selassie-I on (November 22, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

Australia having quite the luck again with SA's 2 best bowlers being sidelined! SA also bowled poorly and Clarke of course was superb again!Why as soon as a team hits no.1 nowadays do they completley fall apart?

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

According to the comments it seems like people are convinced that Australia have won this already and the series not to mention if it is flat now it will be flatter on days 2-4 which could see another flurry of runs from the other side, then when we get to day 4 and 5 hopefully there will be dust and footholes and maybe some action with Tahir and Faf turning it out of them.

It was not the best bowling display but the spinners got purchase albeit slow turn making hitting through the line to easy. What i am hoping for is the pitch crumbling a bit and I believe Tahir will be more effective with more zip.

The upside is that Hussey is out and Wade hasn't batted then its the tail, maybe Wade gets a jaffer upfront then the tail is exposed to the new ball and spin if needed and Tahir has been excellent against tailenders so there is a big chance of bundling out Australia tomorrow morning say around 550 which will be a decent comeback but will take more discipline.

Posted by valleypf on (November 22, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

Australia's bowlers have taken 15/616 so far in this series. South Africa's have only managed 10/1047. Speaks for itself about where South Africa's weakness lies doesn't it?

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (November 22, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

tsotsobe is much better than kleinveldt if he had been on tour , he would have enjoyed the bounce and brought some variation

Posted by tickcric on (November 22, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

While watching Clarke and Hussey get to their 200 and 100 respectively I felt like I was watching history... In my mind the massive 6 Hussey hit into the concrete jungles was a spontaneous celebration of their innings. Such an out of no where kind of shot (even though Australia was scoring at 5.5 runs per over)... Amazed that Smith did not ask Steyn or Morkel to bowl while Clarke and Hussey were approaching their milestones! Finally, Micheal Slater could not find words to describe Clarke or his feat of four double tons in a calender year. I am not going to try it even...

Posted by _Australian_ on (November 22, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

@redandwhitearmy. Yes true. It seems only England can beat Australia at the moment. Just like everyone is beating England but Australia. It will soon change to everyone beats England including Australia!

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (November 22, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

aus r very good team at home but their away record is pathetic,aus curators made flat pitch so that their batsmen can improve their batting averages......batsman like warner will be sorted on conditions which has help for the bowlers.....

Posted by Ross_Co on (November 22, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

@RednWhiteArmy - You're right, its a mystery: 'England' beats Australia - Australia beats Everybody Else - Everybody Else beats 'England'. Doesn't make sense does it? Of course, has been a couple of years since 'England' faced Australia - I dare say by this time next year everything will make a lot more sense & everything will be back in its proper place.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (November 22, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

After the highway at the Gabba the Australian policy to contain South African bowling,was too obvious. At the Adelaide Oval it is confirmed that the ACB want pitches like what we saw today and an outfield like glass. The curators need not be told openly to produce strips on which even Steyn and co will seem toothless. When Warner can score a 100 the quality of the pitch gets known.On such a pitch Clark could even score 400 in his current form.I felt happy for Hussey though who was much in a similar boat as Ricky was even if he himself could not cash in on this gold mine. If Australia gets to 800 by tea tomorrow,South Africa could get to at least 600 by the 3rd day.But then as we saw in the 2003/04 game against India, the wicket will not take spin.This game is a draw.It is unfortunate that South Africa have lost Duminy and now probably Kallis as well. If this is a way for Australia to get to No1,it is a pity and I would rather not see it happen. But then the No 1 will not be for long !

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

ozies rattled saffers on day 1 wow. 201 in one session has just expose world no 1 bowling attack

Posted by Jube on (November 22, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

I may be missing something but on the face of it Kleinveldt looks extremely ordinary and cannot imagine him being chosen ahead of Tsotsobe or Parnell let alone de Lange, who I think is injured. As for Tahir,the less said the better. Would believe there has been too much of hype around a bowler whose ilk and capabilities you would find in club cricketers here in India, Sri Lanka or Pakistan.Given the amount of cricket at various levels being played these days there's hardly any 'mystery' (look at Sunil Narine vs Bangladesh) left and any quality batsman aside from some of the English can play such ordinary spin quite comfortably today.... Feel bad for Steyn and Morkel though who in Kallis and Philander's absence are going to be even more overworked

Posted by farhan4050 on (November 22, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

Simply HATS OFF. Who can manage to score double centuries in consecutive matches? Against the world's best pace bowling attack? Known as Clarke. That even with a strike rate of 92? You gotta be kidding me seriously? I'm a South African Cricket fan but this time i want Australia to nail it, with Clarke single-handedly.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (November 22, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

I have not seen batting like this. Clarke not only makes tall scores but he scores at a rate faster than Viv Richards. The greatest ever batsman and sportsman is Don Bradman but I have never seen him play. Warne stands out as the greatest bowler. Now again there is another formidable Aussie doing out of the world things. Hey guys all migrate to Australia to learn the trick!

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (November 22, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

definetly its docotred doubt on it..they hide all bounce..clerk is a big failure agianst gnuine bouncy pitch... believe they will not make similar kind of pitch against india or srilanka..with them they will provide bouncy pitch..but when against england or s afrcia they will make flat pitch .. in smae way if india,srilanka or pakistna make spin friendly pithces ..they will cry faul ..hahah

Posted by dunger.bob on (November 22, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

@the_blue_android on (November 22 2012, 08:54 AM GMT): 0-0 after 4 Tests would be an extra-ordinary result, considering this is a 3 Test series. You're starting to get boring mate. Haven't you got another song in your collection to play for us? ..

Posted by poefpyp on (November 22, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

Gees Clarke is in good form! some crappy bowling from the SA attack,with the exception op Kallis ofcoz...what a delivery to get rid of the great Ricky Pointing! has to be up there with one the best balls ive seen this year. Kleinveldt is just not cutting it! SA will have to put in a huge effort with the bat to save this test cant see them winning anymore and with the high run rate there most probably will be an outcome.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

@Proteas-13thman, mate, I understand and share the agony that one feels when they have to concede a point or two in some most pathetic manner. It happened to me in 1999's World Cup's last Super six match when Gibbs dropped Steve and SA went on to loose the match. It happened again and has been happening quite often as though just for the sake of regularity. Moments come when profoundly desolated over the things not happening the way we want them to, we decide to call it a day. Enough is enough. We start questioning if the object of our affection does really deserve that. Very often erroneously, though. Days come when 6 looks as if 9. When puppies look Calf. In reality they are not, however. Testing times come. And they come quite heavily. Lets face them. Let our South African Team face them bravely. Let them come victor. From an Indian who seldom has missed a SA Test since their re-admission.

Posted by pat_one_back on (November 22, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

Having now seen a few highlights, ouch I'd be awfully peeved as an SA fan, this tour wreaks of under preparation, Kallis has been nursed and then his first stretch (impressive & cunning spell) broke him. Philly may just have seen the deck and imagined how his his back would feel by tonight, his withdrawal seems a little ?able, the real McGrath had witnesses when his injury lost the ashes. Kirsten nipping home last week, team holidays after an interrupted Test, full toss & no ball galore, frivilous DR's to long striding batsmen, no evident plans, over dependence on Kallis bowling. Great line though, Clarke is be batting in god mode, flawed yet flawless, enough 'x-factor' to split these otherwise even teams.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (November 22, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

Everyone has put out the standard line from last test that it is a road. I would like to know how many people making these comments actually watched the game. Steyn's wicket of Hussey in the last over showed there was good pace, bounce and movement. Fact is that was just about the worse bowling display I have ever witnessed.Smith went with Tahir and Fav straight after lunch, then after Morkel served up some pies to go with Tahirs avereage bowling Austalia had scored 100 in 10 overs and the South african's couldnt come back from that. Everyone commented the first test was a road but after day 1 Australia picked up regular wickets and will do so here. Its unfortunate Kallis is gone because he was the one bowler to bowl well. There is always a result on this pitch and going to be hard for SOuth Africa to come back from todays embarrassment.

Posted by No_1_again on (November 22, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

Two innings gone ~ 500 not out. Well done pub. If you watched first test first day and second test first day, you would know who is in form now. 20 runs off MMokel WOW, Stand and deliver.

Posted by Chris_P on (November 22, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

The first 9 overs after lunch changed the nature of the match. 91 runs off 9 overs really took the fight out of the Boks. Great to watch. Go you good things! Reading some of the posts here, looks like sour grapes are in season big time. Enjoy.

Posted by dsig3 on (November 22, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

Flat pitch or not its still a big achievement. I have never seen anything like it. We will know how big an achievement soon when SA bat. Adelaide is always a flat wicket but it usually produces a result as it deteriorates so much. Good to see Tahir get some Bryce McGain treatment.

Posted by EdwardTLogan on (November 22, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

What an absolute master class by Warner, Clarke and Hussey today. When Warner was dismissed I was expecting the run rate to drop to 'normal' levels, but Clarke and Hussey were magnificent. To score nearly 500 in a day (no matter how short the boundaries) was something to behold. I consider myself lucky to have had the day off work and watched almost every ball. Not much has been said about Smith's captaincy and the field placements in these comments. He has to take a lot of the blame for the situation the saffers find themselves in. Unless something akin to a miracle happens, I wouldn't be suprised if this his is last series as captain. For those pushing Clarke to score four or five hundred - you're dreaming. Clarke will push for victory rather than personal glory, expect him to declare (if Australia lasts that long) close to lunch tomorrow.

Posted by ajpoolshark on (November 22, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

As an englishman it pains me to say it, but what a fantastic performance by the Aussies on day 1 in putting SA to the sword!...As england have found out these past 12 months, getting to No1 is the easy part, staying No1 is the hardest, and the Aussies really look up for it, and if they continue to play this brand of cricket, then next summer and winter's ashes should be classics! One thing I have noticed so far in this series has been Dale Steyn's lack of penetration, and I don't know if its just me, but his bowling action seems to have deteriorated as he's getting very chest on in his delivery stride, which IMO cause him to lose pace and negate the ability to swing the ball, and his has been noticeable that his pace is down (low to mid 130 kph for his stock delivery) and he's barely swung a ball.....All in all, worrying times for the Saffers

Posted by dunger.bob on (November 22, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

@ Spinner27 on (November 22 2012, 08:20 AM GMT): 100% behind you on that comment. .. not a hope in hell of getting through to the spin/pitch doctors of course. They see Aussie conspiracy theories everywhere. It's like a sport to them, more important than the cricket for some I would say. .... South Africa have been desperately unlucky but they have a chance to bat tomorrow when the pitch will be at its very best. Let's see what they can do. I sincerely hope Kallis can bat. .. the only drawback with having such a powerful all-rounder in your team is that when he gets injured, you've nearly got to pick 2 players to replace him. ... I think smith made an error by delaying the 2nd new ball. .. that last hour in Adelaide nearly always see's a bit of swing, as evidenced by Steyns beauty to Huss. A few more overs and they could have nipped 2 or 3 out. Steyn was definitely starting to roll and a few more overs would have been handy.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

Hopefully Australia can push onto 700 with Clarkey on another triple.

Posted by pitch_curator on (November 22, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

@ Timtom -- Absolutely. The way Ponting plays the Indian spinners in India is a treat to watch !! Cant wait

Posted by igorolman on (November 22, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

I saw the first session, and while we all know most pitches flatten out after the morning (and Adelaide more so), 482 in a day is just unbelievable. Huge, huge kudos to Clarke, Warner and Hussey. Yes Kallis was a loss but SA still had four bowlers, including the best in the world. Previously I was mocking the rankings for saying Australia would be #1 if they won this series. I'm not laughing now.

Posted by pitch_curator on (November 22, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

@ Brendan Carter -- If it happens in India it is because of doctored pitches. If it happens in Australia, it is because the aussies are good. I completely agree. I am also sure that BCCI is also the cause of the current financial crisis in the US.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

Here's hoping that Clarke makes it two triple centuries in the year!

Posted by Haleos on (November 22, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

@ timtom - are you talking about same India where ponting hardly averages 25? Huss and Clarke would do well in India but the rest will dance to spin. I do not see CA selecting Ponting for India given his current form and his record in India. You are too full of urself. The poor Indian bowling attack defeated Aus in Aus and almost won the series but for what happened in Sydney.

Posted by TahirMahmood on (November 22, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

Michael Clarke's four double hundred or more in 2012, great achievement. even he excelled from Don bradman in this race. He is a real leader (always looking for win not draw) and legend of game. Captaincy suits him, My favorite plate. Michael Clarke. Pup

Posted by 777aditya on (November 22, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

Frankly, I am not a big fan of the Aussie team, but to produce test cricket magic of such magnitude, that too without Ponting making a contribution is indeed UNBELIEVABLE!! To think Clarke has few more opportunities to add to his tally of double hundreds this year and possibly convert the current one into a quadruple hundred and break the record is mind boggling! 482 is huge, ITS HUMONGOUS!

Posted by Marktc on (November 22, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

Have to laugh at a the haters. The facts are, Oz made a good score against a depleted bowling attack. Yet, this does not detract from the style they did it in. SA are yet to bat and are able to make high scores. That is a fact. Anther fact, is that we will not bat at a scoring rate like Oz did. Sometimes things go your way and sometimes they don't. SA had a bad day, yet tomorrow could be their good luck one. In my opinion it is a bit premature to be classing SA out of the test and saying how rubbish they are. From a SA side, my biggest worry is the lack of a decent spinner. And Kallis of course. If he cannot bat then I have to run for the hills....

Posted by Shaun742 on (November 22, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

Some really funny comments here, makes you wonder who watches cricket and who listens to updates from everyone else. Firstly, SA have been very unlucky over the past 2 tests, firstly Duminy and now Philander and Kallis. Throw in the edges that haven't carried, catches off no-balls and balls landing in open space. On another day, they could have had Aus out cheaply in both tests. That being said, you do make your own luck and Clarke and Hussey have cashed in. I take nothing away from their current form and attitude, absolutely brilliant to watch! I'm a die hard SA supporter and will back them to the end. They haven't shown up, call it bad luck, poor captaincy or just bad tactics. It's worked in patches (poor Pointing). It's only day 1, SA have to regroup and come back fighting. They still have to bat should Clarke declare or Aus be bowled out. Getting to no. 1 is hard work, staying there is much much more difficult. Let's see what the boys are made off...I have faith in them.

Posted by vj_gooner on (November 22, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

Come on Aussies! Win the series! We will be back to where we belong! No-1 in the test rankings!

Posted by mateyman on (November 22, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

Love the pitch-doctoring whinging. Our weakness is batting, yet we've won something like 7 or 9 tests and lost 2 since Clarke became captain, not losing a series, having played in SA, on the subcontinent and in the WI. The only other place to go is England (and to play India/Pakistan on the subcontinent). But keep whinging about how week our batting is etc.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (November 22, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

@Captain_Oblivious- Not that Aus really needed to stoop to such low levels and such things that various people give labels like 'doctoring' pitches and stuff really existed in the Aus vocabulary-Why would you when you have a team like Taylor/Waugh's or Ponting's dominant Australians. Funnily when these Aus teams batted perfect good 'sporting' pitches looked like a highway and exactly the opposite when the Aus had the turn with their bowlers- a seaming,spitting,,bouncing demon where batsmen faced the most severe of examination to just stay for some period of time. I guess it is not always the pitch itself .....but those who do their 'stuff' on it that make it look good bad or ugly.....

Posted by Anit.aj69 on (November 22, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

The way Michel Clarke is playing is looks like a complete package of M. Hayden, J. Langer, R. Ponting, S. Waugh & A. Gilcrist. On his point of view a Century doesn't come after 99 it comes after 199.... Well done Pop, well don. My salute to the actual King of Cricket....

Posted by popcorn on (November 22, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

What an exhibition oif batting by Dave Warner, Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey! Captured on Video to watch for years and years!The BEST EVER! Captaincy sits nicely on Michael Clarke's shoulders. I predict he will CRUSH South Africa.

Posted by KunzMan on (November 22, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

Aussies have (I think) smartly drubbed SAns by scoring at almost a run a ball. Thereby, even if SA end up avoiding follow on(which I believe will be around 450-480 atleast), it will still live Aussies to force a result. After today's display, watching Proteas bat will be like one from a Bugatti Veyron to an electric car.

Posted by garr on (November 22, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

T20 07 or whatever your name is, the fact you name yourself after that daft hybrid game indicates your lack of cricketing knowledge. point 1) adelaide oval is always a batsman's paradise on days 1 -3 , with the effect of especially left armer*( yes I know starc not in side) footmarks and typical Adelaide heat 35 heat, the wicket will deteriorate. Yet again we were in trouble 3 for not many and SA dindn't bowl well much as India were dismantled last year. Kohli and ashwin showed they could guts it out yet Messers tendulkar, dravid, sehwag gambir et al struggled on bouncy pitches. Don;t bag Aussies for batting well albeit with a past it punter and two newcomers, but please be realistic. Clarke is in imperial form and luck is with him. We may not have Warne but the fact you insult 5/482 from 3/55 makes you sound moronic. Sa akkegedly have the best attack in the world Australia is rebuilding but we do not disgrace ourselves as India did in England and in Oz last summer when away from home

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (November 22, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

It's usually my fellow english supporters, who see cricket purely as a vehicle to denigrate Australia, that will take no comfort in Australia's performance today. Cricket lovers will see the magnificence in Clarke's knock. Due to the time difference, I only caught the Clarke's innings from 180 to 220+ and those 5 boundaries were staggeringly good. You always need to wait until both teams have batted on a pitch but you must say that the Aussie bowlers, with this total behind them, will have the wind in their sails.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

Four wickets and another two solid chances seems not that far off an average day's effort in the field. What is the "right" score so that the pitch isn't criticised? What do people want; bowled out for 230?, 8 for 280? 6 for 300? Is that what a fair score "should" be? South Africa were a bowler down and only got four wickets. That seems "normal". What is extraordinary is the run rate and the number of runs scored. But wait a minute, most of these guys have been playing the short forms or the game. It looks like what everyone was saying is true; T20 has effected batsmen. They are scoring faster and confidently hitting out at tired mediocre deliveries. Surprise, surprise, Warner scored fast! And another thing... Kallis going off with an injury after trying his hardest, left a big gap in the SA bowling. This demonstrates the wisdom of leaving Watson out unless he is 100%, otherwise Australia may have been left with a similar "injury-gap."

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

Doctored or otherwise. And remember, Steyn and Morkel are no push-overs. Congratulations Clarke!! Four doubles in a year is awesome to say the least!

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

This is the crudest example absurdity. Clearly, there was an understanding between the teams and SA offered too many runs without troubling the batboys. if bowlers behave like this the batboys can score even 1000 runs in one inning.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

I´m an Aussie and for all those commenting on how the pitch is designed to help hide the weaknesses in Aus´s batting line-up, think of this: In almost any (& every) Test anywhere in the world, if you bowl well in the 1st session, you´ll get wickets regardless of the pitch - SA proved this today and also in Brisbane. After lunch, SA again bowled poorly and were punished.

If SA had been batting, we could have seen a similar scorecard at the end of the day (with Smith, Amla & Kallis getting big scores) - Aus´bowlers still need to show that last summer wasn´t a one-off going on how they bowled in Brisbane. So far this series, SA´s bowling has been average at best. Adelaide is known as a batsman´s wicket that deteriorates enough by Day 4 to become a slow bowler´s wicket (hence why both Tahir & Lyon are playing). Also, Clarke is in fantastic form at the moment and would be troubling any attack anywhere in the world. Take him out of the team (eg: injury) and Aus would most likely struggle.

Posted by poms_have_short_memories on (November 22, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Unless you are a cricket noob, everyone knows that Adelaide is a great batting wicket for the first 2-3 days then it tends to wear and be helpful to spinners and also have varying bounce for pace bowlers.Before people make stupid comments about pitch doctoring they should know what they are talking about.

Posted by Simoc on (November 22, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

Awesome quality batting again from Clarke. There's been poor captaincy from Smith but SA have been unlucky in losing Philander and Kaillis. We've seen why their spinners don't get picked to often. Morkel and Steyn look capable but haven't really fired up yet for sustained periods. Guess they're holding back for Perth as so far in the series the SA batting has been mostly pedestrian even when the batters have been in control, and the bowling hasn't tested us yet.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (November 22, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

C'mon Aus ,the foundation being laid time to pile on the misery -score 700+ and give themselves plenty of time to take 20 SA wickets - Expect the Aus bowlers to improve from game1 and cause some concerns for SA's batsmen. The pitch has enough for in it for 'good' consistent bowling and pricing out wickets. So C'mon Aus bowlers take out 20 Saffer wickets and win the game for Aus! Silence the sceptics calling it a flat pitch, boring draw and so on... Wonder what they have left to say then....

Posted by timtom on (November 22, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

Enjoyed every bit...SAF bowlers were ordinary but not really bad especially STEYN and MOrkel as score made them look like.. Other aussies wickets fell pretty quick even in first test...MC and MH are in supreme form.. In current form MC has every chance to cross 500 tomorrow. And many are fooled that because MH and MC scored so fast , SAF will do the same.. SAF is facing a humiliating inning defeat here.. WHat a big noice made before serirs abt best bowling unit ever and all that.... ALso enjoyed the way RIcky kissed the ground... And to think recently he had a double hundred against world class Indian bowling.. Well not all are generous.. Just hang on..Indian tour is very near to regain form..

Posted by ScottStevo on (November 22, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

@marcio, brilliant! Very unlicky day for SA with injuries, especially when Kallis was moving the ball all over the place. The ball he got Ponting with looked like it was going to be an inswinging full toss and then it appeared to dip and swing away and take the off peg. A gem of a ball. The one that took Cowan was another great pill as it moved so late. A real nightmare for SA at the moment. I feel sorry for Tahir too. He must be having nightmares already about today, and if he doesn't get it right tomorrow, it might be his last test for a little while after that hammering. That being said, prior to the first test I said that he was too loose and tries to bowl too many variations in an over without a good stock ball. Besides SAs woes, what a phenomenal batting display by Warner/Clarke/Hussey. No matter what the conditions are 480 odd in a day is outrageous. Clarke could go big tomorrow! SA in dire trouble....

Posted by Massive_Allan_Border_Fan on (November 22, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

An amazing day's cricket by any standards. Those predicting a draw obviously haven't watched much cricket from Adelaide over the years and certainly haven't checked out the weather forecast. 36 C in the shade predicted for Saturday (with the side effect that the Oz bowlers may not have the best day 3 so Amla could do well), this pitch will certainly be turning on days 4 and 5. Ponting is probably now on his very last chance, given his record on this ground in previous years his low score really stands out.

Posted by ste13 on (November 22, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

Is South Africa the real no. 1? I doubt. Kallis is approaching retirement, Steyn and Morkel have their peaks clearly behind. If the first test had all 5 days - Australia would have won easily. It will be interesting to see India-Aus series next year. If Aus wins, they will regain the Ashes and become no. 1 force once again. However, lack of a quality spinner may prevent them from winning in India. Anyway, it is very interesting and open now - good for cricket.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

You really have got to be kidding me... Scoring 500 odd runs in one single day of a test match is a fantastic achievement.... and people say test cricket is boring... Micheal clarke is actually in the form of his life.....Hussey seems to be getting younger day by day and warner was at his very best.....

Posted by KunzMan on (November 22, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

This number 1 mace seems to be tooo hot to handle! Lets see how long Aussies can hold on to it after this series is over... 2-0

Posted by KunzMan on (November 22, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

Wow! Kallis not likely to play further role in this game. Test match to be over inside 4 days.

Posted by pat_one_back on (November 22, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

'It's a road' the mating call of the delusional. Bounce, swing, a little seam, classic Adelaide, rarely has a team bowled so so poorly day 1. Hat's off to another Captain supported then lead recovery, this is classic Australian scrapping and countering, think AB, Steve Waugh but in the T20 'entertain and don't get caught out doing it era'. Show me a flawless double hundred and show you a replay to the contrary.

Have SA taken this series seriously? Is depth that lacking? Aust are short our best bowlers in Harris & Watson, yep Watson (wait for the Ashes he'll prove it) Cummins as well

Posted by tinkertinker on (November 22, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

SA aren't unlucky as some say they just have no depth or test standard spinner.

The aussies lost pat cummins(who beat SA in his debut) their best bowler last year in harris and the allrounder watson before a ball has been bowled.

Posted by Mitcher on (November 22, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

It must burn some people so bad to think that Australia are one win from the top rank again. Despite the whole 'decline'talk'. If we're in decline and challenging for top spot what is wrong with you? (This won't be posted by Cric-India anyway).

Posted by Moppa on (November 22, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

Thanks @Pablo123 for a gracious and honest comment (and yes, I imagine you feel this morning exactly how I felt back one morning in March 2006!). Your comment stands out amongst all the sour grapes, excuses and paranoid delusions about pitch doctoring. Amla, AB or Kallis (one-legged) may well make a big century on this pitch because they are fine players, but those downplaying how good Warner, Clarke and Hussey were obviously weren't watching the game, and it is arguable whether they are even fans of the game. There is bounce and carry in this pitch if you're willing to work hard. With five fit, Test class bowlers (not 2.5), I expect South Africa would have made their life much harder, but they batted magnificently regardless.

Posted by Mitcher on (November 22, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

Were not people talking how badly Aust would be thrashed regardless of pitch conditions pre series? How moods change...

Posted by VivGilchrist on (November 22, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

Why would Australia doctor pitches for high scoring draws when they are the team that needs to win the series to go no1? Unless the SA cricket board is bribing our groundmen maybe? Credit where credit is due please.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (November 22, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

Did anyone else notice that when South Africas best bowler Kallis bowled up he got swing and wickets, the other saffer bowlers did not. With such quick scoring and a 37 degree day on Saturday (i think) a result is not out of the question, big game for Lyon and Hilfi this one.

Posted by Mary_786 on (November 22, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

I said before the game that Warner is class and he showed that today. Punter should get one more game but if he fails to score in this series the selectors need to take the hard call as this is a good test for the ashes to see who is ready and who is not.

Posted by Mary_786 on (November 22, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

How good was Clarke today, fantastic effort. Why we didn't pick Watto over Quiney is beyond me, Quiney had his chance today to show that he can score and he couldn't ask for an easier pitch to bat on but he failed, bring Watto in and if he is not fit then reward Doolan or Khawaja who are the leading shield scorers.

Posted by Mitcher on (November 22, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

Honestly, this pitch is IDENTICAL to the Adelaide pitches of the past 20ys. A pitch that has produced results more than 85% of the time. If you don't actually know the history of this game - walk away and watch 20/20 - Just go!

Posted by Siaer on (November 22, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

Also worth keeping in mind: This is the same pitch where, 2 years ago, England rolled Australia for 245 in 86 overs on day 1 due to a well disciplined bowling performance.

What the South African bowlers put up today was the exact opposite.

Posted by RoJayao on (November 22, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

Great day Australia but it is a thrillingly good pitch for batting. But to those clowns complaining about Aussie pitches being roads, you're kidding yourselves! We've always had by far the most varied and sporting pitches in the world, which is a good reason why we've never had too many draws historically. As for today, Kallis and to a lesser extent Morkel both showed that you can get batsmen out by pitching up, but South Africa's bowling in general was every bit as bad as the absolute tripe that India dished up last summer. It doesn't matter what your bowling on if your chucking pies at good batsmen and that's something many of you posters complaining simply do not get. Maybe if you got off your armchairs and played some cricket you might have some insight!!

Posted by SamonandTrout on (November 22, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

I'm a huge Saffa fan, and watching today's play wasn't easy to say the least. Sa bowled badly, without much luck, and essentially with only 2 bowlers (their own fault were Klienveldt and Tahir are concerned), but credit where it is due, warner and husey aside, Clarke was stupendous! He convinced me a year ago when he scored that magic 150 in Capetown...Dude's legit

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (November 22, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

It seems that England is the only team that regularly beats australia

Posted by Haleos on (November 22, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

@Brenden Carter - It is fans like you and Randy who make Indian fans post against Aus. I have supported Aus through out this series. For your record India beat Aus on this very ground after Aus scored 400 on the first day so pls stop criticising India on every oppurtunity. We indians know like most of autralians when someone has played well and we appreciate it.

Posted by the_blue_android on (November 22, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

These batting paradises are ruining test cricket. I expect this series to be 0-0 after 4 tests of run glut. This is what happens when pitches are doctored to negate the strength of overseas teams.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

if this pitch was really a raod, inidan batsmen would have scored a triple ton surely at some point ?

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

Expat2, the change in the pitch they talked about was that 2mm more of grass had been left on. It is a typical Adelaide Oval pitch. Wait until the last 2 days since traditionally the pitch doesn't hold together.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (November 22, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

@the_blue_android-Steve Waugh mostly always saw his team run up scores of 750-2 scored by his own side and the opposition(whoever it may be)spending best of the next 2 days trying to save an innings bashing-just about succeeding to avoid(the innings defeat that is) on a few times- mostly not-and managing scores similar to 320 all out and 180 odd a.o in their2 inngs.Not much that he had to say than'Yet another 'clinical' 'professional' effort from the lads ...moving on to prep for next game' i'd think so...Any ways he was 'lucky' captaining a pretty 'decent' team -himself not a bad player and an 'useful' record as captain as well......

Posted by Siaer on (November 22, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

This is for everyone whining about doctored pitches etc etc:;id=131;type=ground

This is the 70th test match to be played at the Adelaide Oval. Of the 69 completed matched, only 17 have been draws. There have only been 3 draws in the last 20 years, despite some very high first innings totals.

Let the match play out, then once a result is known, decide whether the pitch is at fault. This is hardly the first time a team has scored briskly a mountain of runs in a single day of test cricket

Posted by Haleos on (November 22, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

@ OneEyedAussie - lesson learnt for die hard supporters of tahi and du plesis? Before the match they were termed as THE spinners who will make a difference. They have made a difference alright but for Aus.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

@BP1234. You are kidding, right? Before he became Captain, did you not see his glorious ashes innings in 2009? What about his debut century in India? Big century vs New Zealand in NZ? How about last year at Cape Town? Get your facts right before you comment here.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

SA have to shoulder some of the blame. It's not just bad luck. I couldn't believe when it was said on the radio that Kallis hadn't bowled a ball between the two Tests. Nine days. That's crazy for any bowler, let alone a 37 year old

Once again, the criticism of Ponting is way out of line. I defy anyone who has played cricket to be confident that an inswinging cutter like that, third ball of his innings is not going to get them out. That ball is the ball of the series so far, as far as I'm concerned. You bowl like that before a batsman, any batsman, has faced half a dozen deliveries, you've got a pretty good chance of getting a wicket. That ball would have bowled Clarke. Ponting's had two fails, both to balls of the match from SA, after a stella year last year. I'd back him to shut you lot up once again.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

I don't understand why people still talk about about the Brisbane pitch as if it wasn't good enough to produce a result. It was a 4 day test, one day completely lost to rain. The pitch never had a chance to deteriorate on day 5 and yet Australia still had SA 5 down with a paltry lead. Australia took 14 wickets in Brisbane, it was the SA bowling attack in combination with the weather that let everyone down. The pitch was certainly good for batting but how can anyone suggest that adding 90 overs to the game wouldn't have seen a likely result? It could well be a similar story here. Give the pitch a chance to wear and perhaps have a different bowling attack use it before it's written off as a batting paradise. One day of batting and people (upset SA fans?) already blame the curator, as if there are not 22 actual cricketers who might be influencing proceedings. With some luck Australia could have been 7 or 8 down. With some better bowling maybe only 380 on the board, 4 days to go.

Posted by dinosaurus on (November 22, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

The Adelaide Oval has the longest straight boundaries anywhere. They bring the rope in now. Before that it wasn't that unusual for the batsmen to run 5!

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

Superb Innings from both the Michael's. I think M Clarke and Hussey are the best test batsmen of all time.

Posted by dan1234 on (November 22, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

Steyn only taking 1 wicket (on the last ball of the day) off the back of 1for in the 1st test. This is a big reason why the Aussies are in this position. If you're ranked number 1 bowler in the world, and are your teams spear head, you gotta do better - regardless of pitch conditions. And where is SAFs bowling depth? Was there no one competent to replace Philander? @Bicazian - The umpire wasn't convinced of the LBW so didn't give it out. SAF decided not to refer it, so obviously they weren't that convinced either. And someone rabbiting on about Lara being given out when he wasn't, what's that got to do with the price of tea in China?

Posted by Captain_Oblivious on (November 22, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

Easy batting wicket or not, to score 482 in one day means the bowlers were very, very poor. This is not the first road Australia have played on since 1910, yet it's the most scored by Australia in one day for over 100 years. This South African attack is vastly overrated, but their batsmen can certainly make a score here. As for Australia 'doctoring' the wickets to have some grass against India last summer and bare against South Africa just shows that Australia has FINALLY adopted the home town tactics of every other cricketing nation. At last. For years, I was frustrated watching the West Indian tourists given fast, bouncy tracks and when India visited in 2003/04 and 2007/08, they were given absolute featherbeds, even in Perth. We've been too friendly as hosts, so it's good to see Australia adopting common world practice, turning their home into a fortress.

Posted by Andross on (November 22, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

@klempie That's uncalled for, The Brisbane test would have produced a result had it not been for rain, and given how quickly Aus scored today, I see no reason why there can't be a result in this one. Adelaide is always a batting paradise, and saying that the curators have let THIS series down is just plain ignorance. There is not reason why 40 wickets can't fall in a game like this, SA just haven't bowled well enough so far.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

This has been an absolute pasting for SA..I know Adelaide tracks are practically runways but 480 runs on day 1 on a test match is tremendous for Aus / aberration for SA...Losing Kallis during the game and Philander before it have been big blows..Morne and Steyn have bowled ok..but the other two have been awful..Rory and Tahir would not get into Bangladesh team..they are really poor..Now with kallis looking unlikely to bat ..this match is there for Aus to snatch...

SA still have a fighting chance because the wicket is flat..but batting after two days in field and conceeded close to possibly 600 is pressure....Every SA batsman has to be on his game..Backs to the wall really..

Unfortunate for SA yes but incredible batting from Pup and Hussey..Hussey IS player always gives 200%

Posted by shovwar on (November 22, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

i dont wanna comment on anything yet! i have a feeling SA batsmen would enjoy batting in this pitch. Though Kallis showed how to bowl in this pitch, only if he could stick around. Hard luck for the best side in test cricket. Good Batting By OZ. Let see how the OZ bowlers do in this pitch.

Posted by t20-2007 on (November 22, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

looking at the pitch in doesnt need any genius to figure out it is all for batsmen..straight as a road...but here ppl are prasing the ordinary warners,clarkes n husseys...if it would hav been in india some ppl will term it as heading towrds tame draw , dust bowls or batmen paradise wat not.I guess those biasfull view should stop now.Now australia has prepared pitch which hide thr weakness (batting)...with the poor pointing( bowled n dusted) in thr side...thr r hardly any quality batters in the dressing room.Anyway i appreciate the score of 482 on first day of the test.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

Will all those who slagged off Michael Clarke over the years, his relationships, his brashness, and who were outraged when he was appointed captain please raise their hand? No. Thought not.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

The pitch is a good sporting, `Wicket`, the ball seamed, spun, bounced, and swung with pace. South Africa bowled rubbish, all day, other than the legend `Jacques Kallis`, he pitched it up on a good length, and it swung and seamed, honourable mention to `Morne Morkel`, he hit good areas too. I watched the whole days play, Steyn bowled rubbish, could not find his line and length with the new ball, whereas Morkel, bowled a fantastic spell. The second new ball, swung, bounced, seamed, and finally Steyn, bowled the right length. First day in Adelaide, is a tough day for batters, if the bowlers, bowl consistently, Morkel consistently troubled the batters with seam and bounce. Pitches are not Doctored in Australia, you Indian fans, just because your much vaunted, but under-achieving, so-called legend batters have failed to handle bounce and seam, outside your own Country, is because of the low and slow, doctored tracks your BCCI, demands. Michael Clarke, is just in majestic form, Legend!

Posted by DamieninFrance on (November 22, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

C'mon Saffas, everyone was expecting better than this! Did you think you'd just come to Aus and defend your No.1 ranking? All the talk prior was about how far down you bat, and that your seam attack was the best in the world. You can blame this pitch all you like. But this is just a typical Adelaide pitch. Aus scored 400 on day one in 2003, and went on to get rolled by India. England scored almost 600 in the first innings in 2007, and went into their shells trying to save the match on day five, only to get savaged by Warne and McGrath, leaving Aus a small total to chase for victory in a session. Which they did. If the Saffas score 700 on it, I'll doff my hat and say 'Well done'. But if you roll over, @klempie and @Arthaurian, just remember to say that you obviously hadn't done your homework, and that you were wrong.

Posted by disco_bob on (November 22, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

We should of course not forget that Ponting's vibe which is like one captain passing on the elusive aura, is very much a part of all this. Even if Ponting doesn't do much in Perth, I sense that his input is valuable. Unless there was someone banging the door down, his place in this transition time should not be questioned.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

Wow just wow!!! Never seen such a run rate in a test match & that too against a quality fast bowling attack like SA. Michael Clarke has just been amazing since taking over captaincy, it will be a humdinger when Oz travel for Border-Gavaskar Trophy early 2013.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

If this happens to end up in a high scoring borefest should Cricket Australia be fined and Adelaide banned as a venue, it has happened to other test nations. This is the kind of wicket where you see out 8-10 overs of new ball and then bat forever just hit through the line knowing the ball will not swing or seam.

Posted by Haleos on (November 22, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

@ Arthaurian - If amla scores a double hundred it will be end of day 4 and a draw would be a certainty.

Posted by Haleos on (November 22, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

Well done Oz. You have made the best bowlers in the world look ordinary once again. Now for someone with so much experience Tahir is ordinary. He gifts runs at 3.24 in First class. No wonder he was clobbered today. How did he manage to bowl more over than Styen is a mystery considering he was going over 8 rpo at one point. Atleast english are good at selecting which import to use. SA have lost it.

Posted by Siaer on (November 22, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

@Arthaurian: The same dog mat that has produced 18 results in the last 21 tests? Heres some stats for you:

vs India 03/04, Australia score 553 in the first innings, india reply with 513 and go on to win the match, chasing 230 on the final day.

vs West Indies 05/06, WI score 413 in the first innings, Australia reply with 428 and chase down 180ish on the final day

vs England 06/07, England score 551, Australia reply with 513, then rolled england for 119 and chased 168 to win a match where a draw was the only result at stumps on day 4.

Adelaide is and always has been a batting paradise for three days before really coming to the bowlers on days 4 and 5. 18 results from the last 21 tests is testament to that.

Posted by Ross_Co on (November 22, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

SA in big trouble here. Will need to get 500+ themselves in the first innings since the pitch traditionally falls away on the last two days. Smith has to persist with the spinners tomorrow or he is facing suspension over over-rates meaning Oz final score could be immense. A 650 Oz declaration followed by 500 Saffa will result in an Oz victory. In big big trouble.

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (November 22, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

I'll reserve judgment until after the SA first innings - but really I have to say Tahir and du Plessis just didn't look up to it. It looks to me like Kallis and Steyn have been carrying injuries, and Kallis' caught up with him today.

The Australian tactic seems to be to attack until Smith goes on the defensive. Everyone saying Clarke is lucky doesn't understand what's going on - Clarke gets away with edges because Smith moves 3rd/2nd slip out in an attempt to stop the bleeding.

Ponting got at least got out to a good ball here (unlike in Brisbane), thought he made it look better than it was with that confused footwork.

Posted by muthuthewaves on (November 22, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

And people criticise sub continent pitches are flat. I think this pitch is flatter than runways.

Posted by Spinner27 on (November 22, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

Well done Clarke, another great double ton, but I think that Hussey and Warner, although I don't like his style, it seemed to work today, should be congratulated. South Africa, although, injury plagued, it must be said, the number one team in the world should overcome it. A number one team has number one players on the field, but also number one replaces. SA does not have that from an Aussie perspective. When Aussie was number one, when Warne was out Macgill was a good example of this skill transfer.

Also, about the doctored pitches. Adelaide as mentioned is batting track, awesome batting the first three days and then spins like hell for the last two. When I last looked cricket is played in four innings. SA will bat on the same track as the Aussie batted on and have the same opportunities. Anyway from an Aussie perspective, I hope Kallis pulls up, because he what you would call a legend.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (November 22, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

Brings memories of the Great Aus team in their dominance in the past decade or so -The pattern being so similar -The heavyweight batting line up -Gilly at no.7!!-though mostly not required!- piling them on at a fast pace rare in tests scoring 400+ in a day and a final knockout punch the 1st session next day- setting up a mammoth score for bowlers run through 20 wickets with plenty of time left.Not comparing present Aus team to that great side though- Don't hold a candle to them though a pretty good side at present. The only diff. that it is a bit of a shock when this team has a day like Adelaide day1- The Dominant team of yesteryear made it a 'boring' routine of sorts with test after test presenting a sorry one-sided 'contest'.

Posted by Rooboy on (November 22, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

@klempie - wow. You're embarrassing yourself. If you know nothing about the Adelaide Oval and how it plays, best keep quiet. Just so you know, everyone piles on runs for the first few days at AO, but there have only been two or three draws there in the last twenty years. The comments about this pitch being specifically prepared to work against SA are laughable in their ignorance. It's also very sad when people are so small minded they can't even give credit to an amazing days cricket and another phenomal knock from Clarke. Yeah, he was lucky hahaha. Wow

Posted by disco_bob on (November 22, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

I almost feel sorry for SA, it's like they cursed themselves with their own hype. Long way to go yet. I predicted a draw because it makes sense for the grande finale but I can sense SA self belief ebbing away. They're probably almost in tears, someone should go over to their hotel and give them a big hug. Anything can happen at adelaide. Can Lyon do a Warney and give them a fright.

Posted by PFEL on (November 22, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

and let the blaming of the pitch begin. We'll have to put up with it for another day until the Aus bowlers get a chance to show how to really bowl. And really, Graeme Smith's captaincy in the field has been the worst i have seen from a captain in international cricket since Ganguly

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

Michael Clarke, the Aussie skipper has been leading from the front and leading by example since he took the captaincy from the veteran Ricky Ponting.This innings against South Africans is another example of his batting skills and captaincy.In the meanwhile Proteas have got no ideas to contain him (Clarke) and clarke is pushing the South Africans on the backfoot.

Posted by Expat2 on (November 22, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

Arthaurian I fully agree with you. The wicket has been doctored and Clark is being made to look good alll of a suddeen he gets double centuries. lol

Posted by fan_2_fans on (November 22, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

Kleinveldt and Tahir simply not international level bowlers.Wanted to see Philander getting smashed on all parts of the ground and was nice to see Ponting grounded.

Posted by the_blue_android on (November 22, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

I wonder what Steve Waugh has to say about a scoreline which reads like this. Aus 600/6 dec and 450/4 dec and SA 750/2 dec. Triple centuries for Amla and Kallis. I think all the batsmen's averages need to be reduced by 5 to indicate a true picture.

Posted by yorkslanka on (November 22, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

@meety- thanks for the info mate,I didn't catch it live and you can never tell the real story with highlights...I am dreading our test matches in dec,we. Going o get mauled as our bowlers are poor...think we will compete in odi's but can't see tests lasting long...hopefully I will be proved wrong!

Posted by johntycodes on (November 22, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

Absoloute joke that ponting still gets picked and humiliated in dismissal. Time to retire without your dignity ponting. Imagine the aussies bit the bullet and dropped him and got a test match batsmen in for quiney. A 25% watson is better at batting than ponting.

Posted by Expat2 on (November 22, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

My comments are obviously too controversial for this site hence the non appearance of comment. I said even the commentators commented on the change in pitch. Also why is tahir in the team and not Johan Botha. Botha is far better and is also a good leader. Personality clash with Smith or is Botha a victim of the quota system. Mickey Arthur must be laughing his head off.

Posted by dunger.bob on (November 22, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

@ GreatestGame " Much has been made of Kirsten's "easy going, lots of time off" approach with this team. With this many injuries & problems I'm beginning to think that he has overplayed that hand, and it is showing." .. yeh, well we Aussies have a bit of a similar philosophy atm and I'm not so sure it's working for us either. Cummins, Watson etc. .. a lot of the old time bowlers insist that the best way to prevent injuries is to keep the work rate up. Not sure how many ODI's & T20's the old timers played though. .. anyway just rotten luck for SA. .. wonder if he will bat ? No runners allowed these days. (stupid rule IMO) ..

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (November 22, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

this man Clark, is going through a '?' patch. He is a wonderful & elegant bat, amazing to watch. Hussey is as rock solid as he always been. For Ponting, I think he should read bold letters written on wall. Not for poor bowling from Indians which was further roughed up by Clark & Hussey, he got few runs and a lifeline. Other than that series he has not scored probably anything in last 2 years. On a funny side, assume Aus bowling gets the same thrashing which SA got today, NZ & SL do not have too much to offer and Poms fast bowlers turning in trundlers in Ahmedabad and WI being hammered by a BD number 10. Doesn't it looks like Indian fast bowling was best in the 'WEEK' (expecting more than that is not possible even in dream). Again congrats to Clark and hope he give a shot to that Lara's 400

Posted by Pablo123 on (November 22, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

Just checking in from SA - I thought this was a horrible joke....... I think I feel like most Ausies did when they woke up and saw SA had beaten AUS in the 438 game. Part of you thinks is BS, then you read and read and read and have admiration for what you have just missed. well done Michael Clarke - the man is in sublime form it seems. The pitch, probably another batting paradise - another draw on the cards.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

hard to tell if the wicket is flat,it seemed to only hit it half way down,a foot outside legstump or didn't land at all.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

The feat achieved by Mr. Clarke is simply amazing - the control he'd over the world no 1 test team was truly a delight for the eyes. The pace in which he'd scored 200 & if this annihilation continues tomorrow then 400 is a kitten's whisper away! Good on ya Pup!

Posted by Hammond on (November 22, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

MC should just go for the biggest hundred of his life and then try and beat South Africa by an innings. No doubt in mind now that we have the better spinner and can set a better field. Next years ashes is increasingly looking like a mouthwatering copy of 2005, except this time with England on the way down, Australia on the way up, and once again they will meet in the middle. The Dukes ball and more bowler friendly wickets than what we have seen in Australia will help the contest along too- can't wait!

Posted by mthi4life on (November 22, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

Wow,Wow,Wow as a Proteas supporter I can not say much but to admirer Clarke.He has put the bowlers under pressure and the can not respond.This pitch is flat but it is still not a 6 runs an over pitch by the end of day one.This has been a brilliant batting performance by Australia.The Proteas can only hope to draw the Series from here.

Posted by amitgarg78 on (November 22, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

Tahir presents at least one "hit me" ball every over. He has always struggled to control that and this was always going to cost SA at some stage on the tour. In hindsight, they could've tried using petersen in the game who can at least hold an end. But losing both Kallis and Philander was indeed a massive blow. It will be even bigger, if Kallis can't bat. That said, if SA top 3 can still hold off Aussie bowlers, a draw is still possible. Else, Aussies have just seem to have run away with the advantage in this game with the incredible pace of scoring. The curse of being #1 strikes again. Where is Merchant De Lange? is he injured? why are they playing RK, who looks like a medium pace trundler? Even Tsotsobe would have presented something different. That said, Clarke was awesome and has been fantastic all through the year.

Posted by Balumekka on (November 22, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

OMG! This is absolutely a different class of batting, something that we have never seen before. This is not minnow bashing, this is superior batting against world's best bowling side!!! I'm a Sri Lankan and now I can Imagine what will happen to us during next months, when SL tour Aus.

Posted by BP1234 on (November 22, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

This is another century in their own backyard, Clarke is not good away from home, they are all good at making centuries in their own backyard, this does look like a pictch catered for Aussie batsman.But, I like Clarke, he is a good player.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (November 22, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

Good from Aus-the conditions were good though-not 'that' good to be termed a road ala subcontinent - Though batsmen played well they were aided by bad bowling at times but also signs were there throughout that if get ball in 'right' spot you can get potentially wicket taking deliveries.SA-Clearly rattled by the Aus stroke players erred in discipline and suffered- 'Unlucky' not to rewarded in those few good balls but that's what happens when not consistent- no point blaming luck(bad)- Golden eg.-Mcgrath -made his own luck- result-arguably the greatest fast/medium seamer of all time(mostly at mid 130 Kph) - His exemplary record vs some of the best batsmen on 'similar' Aus pitches( Adelade inc.) and in other countries testify that.

Posted by ooper_cut on (November 22, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

Clarke is fast becoming one of the best ever test cricketers. The retirement of the other key players and captaincy seem to have brought the best out of him. He is going to go places.

Posted by dalboy12 on (November 22, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

@ Marcion Steady on bro, I thought for a Kiwi I was being quite friendly towards the Aussies, I said 3 positive things and one thing about Warner's big mouth, which has been witnessed in more than just the one article before this test and is also why the media keep going to him with stupid questions, cos they know he will respond with something. If you re-read the comment its was the SA I was having a real go at - they have choked again. Aussie have played great and SA just don't seem up to it and certainty don't seem like the team that looked unbeatable against admittedly a very weak Kiwi side (albeit one that did beat Australia) last summer. I've watched hoping to see a great contest and have been disappointed with the complete lack of fight and fire from SA.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 22, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

@yorkslanka on (November 22 2012, 07:26 AM GMT)

It is a typical Adelaide first day pitch (and lightning outfield with small square boundaries). In the first session Sth Africa were on top. Kallis bowled beautifully. Straight after lunch Smith messed up who was bowling what end and gifted 40 or so in 3 overs. Once Aust had momentum from that gift (and of course fortune favours the brave) they absolutely slaughtered any glimmer of resistance that dared glow. This ground often produces big first inning scores, but I have never seen such total intent from the outset.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

Doctoring pitches? Even the commentators commented on the change! Kleinveldt should not be near the team, Tahir is absolutely useless. Why is Johan Botha not in the team? A personality clash with Smith who is yesterdays hero. Botha has proved himself as an above average spinner and a clever captain.Injhuries aside, they are professionals but played like amateurs. For this test it is ....GOODBYE SOUTH AFRICA. YOU KNOW YOUR WAY TO THE DRESSINGROOM.

Posted by Andross on (November 22, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

Let's not call this just yet, after all, SA seemed to have all the answers day one in Bris, but still a masterful performance from Clark, Hussy & Warner.

Posted by Arthaurian on (November 22, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

" How else could one explain Clarke scoring his fourth Test double-century this year?" Answer: That dog mat of a pitch Backing Alma or de Villiers to score 400 in quick time...

Posted by klempie on (November 22, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

As a Saffer, this really does feel a lot like 438. It's the batters' Wanderers road from 12 March, 2006. However, the task ahead of us is not nearly as difficult due to the fact that a draw in a Test match is a lot easier to achieve than a tie or a win in an ODI. We can bat for 2.5 days without taking any risks and score 700. Aussie curators have really let this series down. Funny considering all the crap Aussies have given Saffers over the years about defensive mindsets.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

Michael Clarke - I don have word for the Oz Skipper . Checking out his career stats , i observed that he had never got a double in tests prior to 2012 .. His career average was a decent 45 something before his triple ton early this year with 5.3 k runs .. And in just 11 innings between that one n the latest against the Proteas he has aggregated 1000 runs with 4 double tons in just 11 months pushing his average to 50 + ..This is truly amazing stuff .. Not even Bradman has managed the feat , and to see that its been achieved by some one who was underestimated goes on to show Pup's consistency .. And its been achieved in different conditions too .. I hope Clarke gets a quadruple this time atleast ...In his earlier 3 instances , he was unbeaten twice - in his 259 last week & the triple vs India..This time he has got 200 + in the first day .so hope he does that feat.The guy deserves it ! Come on Pup !

Posted by mazii on (November 22, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

No doubt that Micheal clark is an exceptional player, but Australia has been lucky during this series. First, the injury of duminy haunted SA and now Kallis has injured.Australia has been lucky.

Posted by Meety on (November 22, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

@Greatest_Game on (November 22 2012, 07:23 AM GMT) - I find Kallis an odd athlete. He is obviously fit enough to bat for hours on end, & maintain concentration, rarely has had injuries, but I swear he is getting 25% bigger around the girth everytime he comes over! My actual comment was mainly that I think Kallis was carrying an injury before the tour started, he missed the Tour match for a throat infection or something, but was not going to bowl at the Gabba at one stage. This injury (although rare for Kallis), is a classic Watto injury, where he has a niggle in one spot & tears a muscle somewhere else! @yorkslanka on (November 22 2012, 07:26 AM GMT) - it's half & half. The Saffas at times have bowled well (their pacers did), their spinners have been woeful. All except Steyn have bowled too many 4-balls, but a lot of that has been great batting. Just after Lunch when Oz went at 10 rpo for 10 overs, there was half a dozen edges, so the match could of gone anywhere.

Posted by Marcio on (November 22, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

@RSA2k3, AUS did not doctor the pitch to make it flatter. The opposite is true. An extra 2mm of grass was left on because there are fewer pitches on that strip this season, & it has deliberately been made faster & bouncier. @Chris Sun, it's a great batting strip, but there has been something there for the bowlers - good bounce, swing, carry, and some turn. Look at the balls that got Ponting, Hussey and Cowan - all almost unplayable. The key today (besides Kallis' injury) was Warner. He took the game by the teeth and decimated the confidence of the SA attack. At one point he'd scored about 80 of the first 100 runs. Clarke had luck (again), but some of his shots were amazing. Hussey was exceptional too. The SA attack was loose, & Tahir wasn't up to it, I'm afraid. Overall, simply scintilating batting. Never seen a day like it!

Posted by Buggsy on (November 22, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

Well done to Clarke, Hussey and Warner. Ponting however, come on mate, show some class and hang up the boots. These top order collapses are really becoming tedious and there are only so many times Clarke and Hussey can come to the rescue.

Posted by Humdingers on (November 22, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

Fantastic batting by Clarke! What a year he is having. Good on him. Go on and score 400 mate!

Posted by crh8971 on (November 22, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Cue more absolute bollocks about the Aussies deliberately preparing flat decks to blunt the SA pace bowlers. All of those comments demonstrate a complete lack of knowledge of Aussie pitches and the Aussie mentality. Adelaide always has been a great batting deck that deteriorates as the game progresses. Not too mention that the SA bowlers have been rubbish, the fielding sloppy and the captaincy unimaginative here and at the GABBA. Also the Aussies have batted extremely well. Anyway why would we produce flat decks? Our seem bowlers are better that theirs.

Posted by trumpoz on (November 22, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

There are a couple of comments about doctoring pitches from people. Adelaide is a road for the first 3 days or so and then spins day 4/5. It has done for 20+ years. I can't see anyhting other than a normal Adelaide wicket. SHame Hussey got out on the last over of the day, would loved to have seen he and Clark bet for another session and a half and declare at 700...... 550-600 looks more likely now.

Posted by sawifan on (November 22, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

I'd like to congratulate Tahir, for his 119-ball 150! Great going! And people were saying that he was going to cause AUS batsmen trouble. Given the last test is at the WACA, i think poor old Tahir may being playing his last test. Feel sorry for Kallis, but his injury can't be used as an excuse by the SAF team. He averages let than a wicket per bowling innings, so they had already got better than usual value from him. I'm sure the SAF batsmen will come out firing, but the mental scars are growing quickly... Take a bow Michael Clarke, growing into a modern legend. At this rate, he'll go down as AUS's best since Bradman.

Posted by vertical on (November 22, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Having witnessed some remarkable years from Ponting,Kallis,Dravid and Chanderpaul, Clarke has surpassed them all..incredible innings from a terrific player.That on drive to reach his 150! - Indian fan

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

Kleinveldt is a waste of time and energy as is Tahi. Johan Botha should be in the team.Smith has lost the plot. he is being oiutmanouevred by his former boss - Mickey Arthur

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

Johan Botha should be in the team instead of Tahir.reckon he is also a better captain than Smith who seems to have lost the plot. Injuries aside....its a pathetic performance from the so called #1 world team. i suppose its the quota system at work here.

Posted by yorkslanka on (November 22, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

well played by Clarke with another huge ton/double...another failure form ponting...time to go for the latter..Havng not seen the match,to those who have, is it really bad bowling by the SA guys& great batting from Aus or is it a road from Aus to negate the SA quicks?

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 22, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

This is simply amazing batting. Anyone who doesn't in some way appreciate this irrespective of what team supporting must be watching something else. That over that Clarke bought up his 150 when he went after Morkel on his return to crease as only man standing was incredible cricket and batsmanship.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (November 22, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

@Meety. Kallis keeps himself very very fit. For the last few years he has been slimmer & fitter than he was for the preceding 10 years. He nets very regularly, & maintains a rigorous conditioning programme. His bowling & batting workload is managed carefully - often I think too carefully - and he rarely plays in warmup matches, yet each year he has played all through the IPL, bowling his maximum every match, without issues.

That said, you have a valid point. Much has been made of Kirsten's "easy going, lots of time off" approach with this team. With this many injuries & problems I'm beginning to think that he has overplayed that hand, and it is showing. SA's bowlers have been out of form on this whole tour, & certainly have had no answer to Clarke & Hussey who are again thrashing them out of the park. Kirsten & Donald have some serious thinking to do!

Clarke on the other hand has some serious celebrating to do. 4 doubles in the years is a major milestone

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

They have played exceptionally brilliant.And amassed such a huge total It is a treat to watch out and this type of matches will brought back interest of audience in the longer format of the game.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

IMO SA are worse than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, how embarrassing? Once again an opener scores a hundred, once again Clarke scores a double ton and once again Hussey scores a ton. This is either a very good Adelaide batting pitch (doctored for runs) or SA bowlers are the worst in the world. An australian win is on the cards.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

Congrats to Clarke on becoming the first ever to score 4 double in a calendar year, and mr. cricket too on his performance.

Posted by RSA2k3 on (November 22, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

Well, Well. As well as Australia has batted it has to be mentioned how poor the Saffers have been, especially the spinner. It must also be mentioned that it is the Aussie tactic of preparing flat decks that has blunted the Saffer seamers and the small boundaries dont help.... Good on them

Well done Michael Clarke, Hussey and Warner. Am sure Wade will come in and make a tone as well, at this rate Aus will make a thousand runs + tomorrow at stumps

Posted by chamma87 on (November 22, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Ahadd Ali i agree with u. Brian lara is most unluckiest player.had to face so many bad decisions unlike ponting who had many decisions in his favor

Posted by RoJayao on (November 22, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

So much for the smart comments about Australia's players being chocolate soldiers, can't stay on the field, now the Saffers are falling like flies!! Hey SA fans, still think lots and lots of T20 is great? The South African team needed a holiday after only two games on tour! Why is that do you think?

Posted by RoJayao on (November 22, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

Magnificent destructive day for the Aussies. Feel sorry for Saffers, losing players to injury, but then I get over it a couple of seconds later!! Clarke has become a mighty captain, leading from the front like a Titan! Just awful from Ponting though. And one more thing @ Ahadd Ali, what are you seeing that the third umpire didn't? I agree with the commentators that there's no way the ball went that high over the stumps but Australian pitches actually do bounce, unlike India or wherever. And since the DRS utilises technology, if the technology shows or fails to show evidence of an out or not out, what do you do, guess and go against the technology?? Based on whether you like the player or not? Grow up.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

Look what I tell you. After SA won in England, I told you all SA are gonna be steamrolled by Australia. Well they are being steamrolled as we speak. Australia always have the upperhand against SA. Poor old Gary Kirsten and Allan Donald are scratching their heads and wondering what is going on. Well it is goodbye to the no.1 ranking SA. A team boasting the best bowling attack in the worlds getting hammered. RandyOz is loving this.

Posted by Marcio on (November 22, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

@dalboy12, that's just it. What Warner said was mundane: batsmen should focus on the ball, not the crowd (how else was he supposed to answer the question?). Yet so many people like you are just so desperate to read the very worst into every single situation involving an Australian player or the team, that you twist stuff to make it into something it isn't. It's a national pastime in NZ. I know, I lived there for several years. So much for "shooting his mouth off". The only way Australians will please people like you is if they remain completely silent - and lay down and surrender on the field. I'm afraid neither of those things is going to happen anytime too soon, my Kiwi friend.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 22, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

Seems like SA is just a overrated team...going to lose their number one ranking in just two months..india and england did far better than this choking team...

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

australia will win philander is out duminy is out, kallis is out, dale steyns hamstring doesnt look to good

Posted by the_blue_android on (November 22, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

People, relax. Let AB and Amla bat on this featherbed of a track. One of the SA batsmen are going to score a triple century for sure.

Posted by tony122 on (November 22, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

@paps123- Ponting long lost his run making ways. In fact after the 2007-2008 series against India,Ponting has never looked that good. Sure,he may have scored a few tons here and there but overall he never recovered from Shrma's bowling. Tendulkar has been superb except the last one and a half year. So your comment is totally biased. But I agree Tendulkar should have retired 6 months back. Ponting should have done 2 and a half years back.

Posted by the_blue_android on (November 22, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

Another boring draw on the cards. How many centuries in this test match? my bet is 5 hundreds and a triple for Amla. Australia 600/5 dec and SA 700/2 dec..

Posted by Hammond on (November 22, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

MC is Bradman like at the moment. Ponting is Tufnell like at the moment. Can't wait for Australia to get rid of all the dead wood. That auld baggy green aura is back with a vengence. 2-1 Aussie, hapless saffers have had it in the face of such batting brilliance.

Posted by Proteas-13thman on (November 22, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

A good friend of mine that played cricket provincially in his teens(south african) no longer supports them~! He chose another team because of how they under perform at crictic moments. If South Africa lose this series I will officially stop watching them and I urge others to do the same. Our performance today is a joke~! Pathetic~! and I am actually in despair. I love this game but it is time to call it quits.... I know believe SA will never be a great team(full stop)

Posted by Mad_Hamish on (November 22, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Greatest_Game the problem with Kallis attempting to bat would be a) he's extremely likely to do more damage b) there aren't runners anymore.

So if his hamstring is in bad shape it would absolutely cripple the runrate when he was in and could easily mean he wasn't available for the next series.

Posted by handyandy on (November 22, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

Saffa's bowling attack has looked pretty ordinary so far ... hard to believe this team pummelled the Poms into submission.

Ponting is also looking a bit of a passenger. In fact Australia looks very weak at 3 and 4 and no ... I don't think Watson is the answer.

Posted by Meety on (November 22, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

@Marcio on (November 22 2012, 02:41 AM GMT) - ah very good, it took me two sentences to cotton on! @disco_bob on (November 22 2012, 03:45 AM GMT) - I agree 100%

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (November 22, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

If kallis cant bat then i think its all over for SA. So its clarke and good old hussey again. Wish ponting too would have chipped in. I hope it wont become one sided contest.

Posted by dalboy12 on (November 22, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

I'm a Kiwi who supports South Africa most the time in cricket (certainty not rugby). But the reality is again they are cracking under pressure -- their bowling has looked terrible so far this test. This is why they are called chokers -- its cos they can't handle pressure. Clarke has to be the best batsman in the world at the moment - with daylight second. Warner showed he can bat -- now he just has to stop shooting off his mouth in the media and making himself look like a idiot. Maybe he could learn from his captain in that regard.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 22, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

Were there only 3 people (Steyn, Morkel and Klienveltd) who didn't see what happened when Kallis pitched the ball up ? Shame on any side having only their best batsman knowing how to bowl.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

Clarke is on a mission! Playing so well right now

Posted by Bicazian on (November 22, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

Ahadd Ali could not agree more, its decisions like this that have a massive impact on an outcome in a match

Posted by crh8971 on (November 22, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

Could somebody please give Ahadd a becks so he can go for a lie down! Pretty sure they did challenge the decision and it was given not out again. Not much more the Saffa's can do. The ball was going over the stumps.

Good to see Marcio channelling Gilly4ever.

Posted by paps123 on (November 22, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

Ponting should retire or else he would also turn into a joke that Tendulkar has become these days. Today's dismissal was embarrassing to say the least. For AUS to win, they need to get Amla out quickly and then half the battle is won, but SA are a resilient side and won't give in so easily.

Posted by goutamaniad on (November 22, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

There be too many oxyed-moronic Australian-ic comments in verbosity out here. Pack of dogs regenerated in them, I say. Well, best be letting them bay on at the moonshine..

Posted by Bicazian on (November 22, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

Again Clark gets away with it, was out before he even got to 50 but as usual not given.

Posted by Marcio on (November 22, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

Before the season started i said warner would score big on Australian wickets vs the Saffas. "It won't be long till Warner makes his next big score", I wrote after the Gabba. Then there were all those nasty comments about him not being a test opener. What rubbish! As Chappelli has said many times, its not just the average - it's the way he makes runs and takes the game away from oponents. One innings and fools here were calling for his head. He scored 4 international tons last season in tests/ODIs, more than anyone else - then after the 1st inninings the next season you want him shafted. Just beyond beleif.

Posted by satish619chandar on (November 22, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

Well.. My mind goes to Arjuna and Sanath. Would the likes of Sehwag or Warner broke into test arena if not for Sanath who changed the face of the test openers with brutal attacking strokeplay which lead the world to look upon the openers as attacking option rather than guys who can blunt the new ball. What an innings from warner. Only if he can increase the consistency factor, he would make it big for sure. His 100s are usually followed by below par scores. Yet, he had scored three 100s in three various stages of the game till now albeit in home conditions only.

Posted by sawifan on (November 22, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

Tahir has been looking threatening all day so far... to the people in the stands!

Posted by Rabbito on (November 22, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

WARNER!!!!!!!...what a gun, that'll teach his haters, seriously, this is what makes cricket great. What a ton under pressure, thats 2 of his 3 hundreds made under massive pressure now, whats that if its not good. and his conversion rates so good, if he gets to 50 you know hes most likely to get a ton!!...(main reason for this is probably it only takes him 20 balls to get the second 50!!)....great stuff, expect to see his name on the aussie team for the next 10 years at least!!...

Posted by Shan156 on (November 22, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

Is Philander injured or dropped? I think it is the latter. SA doing their best to preserve Philander's freaky average:-) They know that his average will only balloon as he will be slaughtered in the Australian tracks and they can no longer claim that he is the Saffa McGrath. Go Aussies. Crush the Saffas and their giant sized egos.

Posted by disco_bob on (November 22, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

I posted a comment that wasn't published that as soon as I heard Flanders was out, I could see the symmetry with Watto, I felt that SA would start off well as it would spur them on, but that this test will have more twists and turns than er something twisty, and that in spite of Adelaide producing a result this will be a toe to toe draw. Setting it up for an operatic pas de deus of epic proportions in Perth. Or maybe not.

As soon as Warner was in another non posted comment was 'the stage is now set for Warner to carry his bat'. It's worth noting 1. how easily he was being unjustly targeted by the fickle public for dropping. 2. When he does go off, it's when it matters most. That's a great temperament to have, I hope we don't get a chorus for Ponting again. It's just ignorant to let the series finish to see what it all means. I'm pretty sure that it will be Ponting who will light up in Perth.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 3:20 GMT)

The present commentators are so comfortable with Clarke not given out lbw because South Africa did not challenge the umpire's not out decision... AND THIS IS WHAT I FIND VERY DISTASTEFUL. Michael Clarke was out...full stop... but because of a technicality he is still batting... and this is TEST it is not. This is what has made teams like Australia and England the top teams that they are...more advantageous umpiring in their favour than for the rest of the world.How many times in his career that Brian Lara was given out when he was in fact not out.

Posted by Aussasinator on (November 22, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

It is already clear that South Africa will be beaten, no, massacred in this Adelaide test. Quite likely by an innings since the Aussie quicks are devastating, unlike the lackadaisical SAFs. The contest is over. Looking forward to the Ashes now. England can really bowl on these pitches.

Posted by PFEL on (November 22, 2012, 3:00 GMT)

Looks like Philander pulled out from fear that his far-too-flattering average will take further beating as he gets carted for 0-150 with his pedestrian medium-pacers

Posted by Greatest_Game on (November 22, 2012, 2:52 GMT)

Can SA have any worse luck with player injuries? They lost Boucher to a career ending injury before the first test in England. The in form Duminy's tour was ended before he even took the field in Brisbane, and today Philander is unable to play. But the most telling of all could be the injury to Kallis, as he truly has the value of 2 specialists, and looked in ominous form with the bat in Brisbane and the ball today. Then way he ripped out Cowan & Punter shows again what a game changer he can be! One thing is certain though, he is as tough as they come, If he can walk, he'll bat, and he'll still be a force to be reckoned with. In Jan, 2011, he scored 2 centuries in the same match, last out in inns 1, not out inns 2, while playing with separated ribs - a particularly painful injury. Here's hoping he can play on in this game, and that SA's run of injuries stops here!

Posted by Marcio on (November 22, 2012, 2:41 GMT)

Ponting has to be dropped. That's two failures in a row. Cowan has to go, too. His Gabba century was a fluke. Hilfy should've been shafted after his lame 1st test effort. And what is Lyon doing in the team other than to sponsor sunscreen? Get rid of that slow medium pacer. Quiney? He should never have been there. Warner is clearly out of his depth, and this lucky innings just shows he's not a test opener. And Clarke has to go. Push him if he doesn't walk. Looks like a girl and can't handle the short ball, as evidenced during those three double centuries he got lucky with. Hire a bus, and shuffle them all aboard and away into the sunset.

Posted by Meety on (November 22, 2012, 2:13 GMT)

Great performance from Sth Africa. Dunno how the Kallis injury will play out. Judging by the way he has been on thi stour (no match v Oz XI), wasn't going to bowl @ the Gabba, I'd say he's been unfit all along. So in that respect - the Saffas have gambled - it's paid off so far, but will it over 5 days? Dunno. Warner's innings was top shelf & he has been the difference between the Saffas totally on top & just having the honours. Pup will need another double century me thinks (+ a Warner double ton would be handy too!). == == == Interesting how this match will unfold. Saffas only bowled 25 overs by Lunch. This possibly won't be a problem IF Tahir is good, but if he gets the treatment, Sth Africa may have to use their back up bowlers for longer than they'd want. Oz need to be patient in this Lunch to Tea session. Make the Saffas know they'll be bowling tomorrow!

Posted by SurlyCynic on (November 22, 2012, 1:49 GMT)

What a legend Kallis is. A batsman averaging 57 who can produce great deliveries and vital wickets in the first session of a test match. A shame he's been injured, and a reprieve for Aus.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

Philander's injury is SO incredibly frustrating to me. Kleinveldt is simply not a Test-class bowler.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 0:18 GMT)

thats a big blow for south africa maybe they shoulda tried tsotsobe instead of kleinveldt

Posted by RICK69 on (November 21, 2012, 23:50 GMT)

Rory Kleinveldt does not look to be Test class.Philander will be missed.

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