Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 3rd day November 24, 2012

Injuries galore, Tahir's nightmare continues

Plays of the Day for the third day of the second Test between Australia and South Africa in Adelaide

Injury of the day

Another day, another man down. James Pattinson had bowled one ball of his 10th over when the pain he felt in his side was too much to bear. Without a hint that it was affecting him - no clutching at his left side or wincing on his face - he handed the ball over to Peter Siddle and trooped off the field. With that, Pattinson joined the list of injured fast bowlers.

Anticipation of the day

When AB de Villiers was dismissed, there was a buzz around when Jacques Kallis was expected to walk in at No.7 because of the time he spent off the field injured. Five wickets had fallen but it was Dale Steyn who came out. It was not until 40 minutes before lunch that Kallis made an appearance at No.9. It was not quite the standing ovation of Sydney 2009 when Graeme Smith walked out to bat with a broken hand but there was generous appreciation for his presence.

Guest of the day

The cricket family always enjoys it when one of their own is in town and today there was someone they were delighted to see. Viv Richards was in attendance and appeared on the lunch-time broadcast but it was his visit to the South African dressing-room that escaped the cameras. Richards had a meet and greet with the players, some of whom had never met him before and it was a bowler who was happiest to see him. Vernon Philander has always admired Richards and was first to have his picture taken with the West Indian legend.

Aborted celebration of the day

Imran Tahir thought his nightmare had ended when Ed Cowan was caught at extra cover after failing to pick the googly. In his customary style, Tahir took off down the pitch, arms in the air, a smile on his face, a roar from his lips and the troubles of the first innings well behind him. But only for a few seconds. The umpires checked for the no-ball and it was soon clear that Tahir had overstepped for the sixth time in the match. Inexcusable for the spinner and now, a source of heartbreak too.

Applause of the day

Very few scores under 20 get greeted as warmly as Ricky Ponting's was. After playing on to Dale Steyn, Ponting's contribution to the match ended without much to celebrate but he was clapped off the Adelaide Oval, the ground he will come back to watch Test cricket, warmly. The reception was more than just recognition of one of the country's greats, it could also have been goodbye. With Ponting under pressure for his place, the crowd may suspect they won't see him again and wanted to make the most of it, one more time.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Christian on November 25, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    @Jairam, there was definitely a small mark on Graeme Smith's bat when he was given out following the DRS. On top of that, the umpire had already given him out; the umpire's decision receives the benefit of the doubt in the DRS situation, so there was no reason whatsoever to reverse the decision to give him out. Altogether there is not much between the teams. The difference for mine has been 1) Nathan Lyon has massively outbowled Imran Tahir 2) the Australian batsmen set out to dominate the bowling once they are set. Even when the S.Af batsmen have been solid, as on day 2, a strike rate of 40.00 is not enough to pressure your opponents and force a winning position. Amla, Smith, du Plessis and Kallis have both made scores this series, but none of them greater than a 50.00 SR

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Imran Tahir playing in South African team is a reflection of spin talent prevalent in South Africa. He does not even have a good pivot while releasing the delivery. The pivot in the body action is the most crucial part for a leg spinner. Currently there are not enough leg spinners in the world. Only Devendra Bishu of West Indies seem to have the right temperament and techniques for a leg spinner. With the lack of leg spinners people are coming to know the what Warne was all about. He was a revitaliser of otherwise dead art.

  • Rajaram on November 24, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Ricky Ponting's VAST EXPERIENCE, and the FACT that we have not been able to find a DURABLE middle order means we need to RETAIN Ricky Ponting until we find one. One Test Wonders like Rob Quiney,Shaun Marsh,Usman Khawaja,have demonstrated how fragile they are.We cannot keep experimenting. Mike Hussey and Ricky Ponting MYST REMAIN in the side till AFTER The Ashes at home 2013 -14. The cosest I see someoone getting in is Usmasn Khwaja who has better technique than the rest.Forget Phil Hughes. he is finished.

  • Alex on November 24, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    @Jairam Amrith, There was a clear hotspot on the bat, right where the ball passed through, which hadn't been there before the ball passed. What was that?

  • Andrew on November 24, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    I feel sorry for Tahir after Day 1s massacre, but really, IF he gets a wicket today, he should show some restraint (at least until AFTER he is confirmed to have bowled a LEGAL ball). The 1st innings carve up of his bowling SHOULD lead to a bit of modesty hence forth!

  • Peter on November 24, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Being at the ground to witness it, the funniest (& embarrassing for Tahir) he went to the crowd with his hand to his ear after he celebrated with a "what do you think now" impression. He certainly copped it after the overturn!

  • Dummy4 on November 24, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    To John Clement. SA has got a containing spinner that is a good batsman, brilliant fielder and astute past captain of our T20 squad - Johan Botha. But the selectors have passed him over for Tahir on the false belief that his one good ball an over could be a wicket taker. That seems ridiculous to me - as 180 runs off 23 overs tends to prove.

  • Dummy4 on November 24, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Having been at the cricket for the last 3 days, there is no doubt the Aussies have performed better in all departments. Warner and Clarke, both part-time spinners, picked up the vital wickets of Amla and Kallis, Tahir went for nearly 8 an over, that about sums it up. However,the interpretation of DRS has been very odd. Smith was given not out on Day 2 as hot-spot didn't show a nick, it was an identical situation on Day 3 but this time the decision was upheld. Is this because of the overnight brouhaha by the Aussies ? Maybe the Indian cricket board is not so far out in doubting the accuracy and uniform implementation of DRS.

  • Gregory on November 24, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    As a South African fan I am in a pickle of how to complain as of yesterday's play. Until now Kleinveldt was the easy target, but all of a sudden he has shown a glimpse of his potential. Faf was awesome on debut (as a batsman) so we're lucky to have that and the fighting spirit of Kallis. Imran is the obvious worry. I have never seen a Test spinner bowl so dreadfully since Bryce McGain so I'm sure the Aussies are enjoying Imy's Australian debut to the fullest. Although they as players are surely to blame for poor performance, I can't help but think the injuries - Duminy, then Philander, then Kallis, then Steyn - have disturbed the team momentum. I think that is what we should really look at as the source of the fall in form. Also AB needs to stop keeping. Get Tsolekile in there ASAP.

  • Dummy4 on November 24, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Being an Australian I feel we have outplayed the proteas. The first test was where it all started and I am confident that we will outplay them. I seriously can't fathom that a top team like south Africa can't produce one quality.. No.. Even averagely good spinner, someone who might not take wickets but can atleast curtail the run flow. Tahir looks like someone who is mentally out of the picture and his self beliefthat is shattered since he already knows this is the last test for him in the series.

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