Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Adelaide

Du Plessis leads South Africa's great escape

Statistical highlights from the Adelaide Test between Australia and South Africa

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

November 26, 2012

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Faf du Plessis' fourth-innings century on debut in Adelaide helped South Africa secure a draw with two wickets in hand. It was only the first time in 11 years that two successive Tests were drawn in Australia.


Faf du Plessis drives through the off side, Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 5th day, November 26, 2012
Faf du Plessis became the first batsman to score a fourth-innings century on Test debut for South Africa © Getty Images
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  • South Africa played 148 overs in the fourth innings to avoid defeat. The number of balls they faced (888) is their second highest in the fourth innings while saving a Test and the highest since readmission. It is also the ninth highest in an effort to save a Test (fourth innings) and the third highest in Adelaide.

  • South Africa began the final day four wickets down. The 762 balls faced by the last six wickets (five to ten) is the most for any team in the fourth innings.

  • For the first time since 1921, two consecutive Tests between Australia and South Africa were drawn. Between 2000 and this series, the only draw between the teams was in Perth (2005), which is the venue for the third Test. The last time two successive matches were drawn in a series in Australia was when New Zealand toured in 2001

  • This is the tenth time a team has drawn a Test in Australia after losing eight or more wickets in the fourth innings. Four of the ten matches have been in Adelaide. The last team to achieve such a draw in Adelaide was India in 1981.

  • Faf du Plessis is the first South Africa batsman, and the seventh overall, to score a fourth-innings century on Test debut. He is the fourth batsman to score a debut Test century for South Africa. However, du Plessis faced the most deliveries for a debutant in the fourth innings. His strike rate of 29.25 is the second lowest for a South Africa batsman against Australia since South Africa's readmission in 1992.

  • Du Plessis was also the first batsman to score a century and a fifty on Test debut for South Africa. Fifteen batsmen have achieved the feat.

  • Du Plessis and Jacques Kallis were involved in a half-century stand in both innings. They are the first South African pair and the third overall to be involved in two stands in the nineties in a Test.

  • Nathan Lyon bowled fifty overs in the fourth innings, the tenth time an Australian bowled so much in an innings since 1990. Shane Warne, who had bowled 50 or more overs five times, holds the record for most overs (since 1990) in an innings by an Australian - 70.

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by MansoorKoondhar on (November 29, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

and what about a batsman like devilliers taking 220 balls to score 33 only without a boundary!!!! has he ever been that much slow after facing 200+ balls and has he ever faced 200+ or not?

Posted by MansoorKoondhar on (November 29, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

what about Lyon bowling 50 overs and conceding runs less than that? isnt that a record?

Posted by corzaNZ on (November 27, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

What about Graeme Smith still not losing after scoring a century in the match... Most would of thought the streak was at an end, but Faf saved it for him

Posted by Sinhaya on (November 27, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

Fantastic Faf! You nicely exploited the opportunity you got. Well done and keep it up.

Posted by Pablo123 on (November 27, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

Those are some amazing facts. They highlight just how big FAF's determination was actually (and the others that helped him along the way).

Posted by nerdydad on (November 27, 2012, 3:01 GMT)

What about holding a draw with 4 or more wickets down at the start of day 5? I looked up a few famous draws and the only other one I could find was the 2nd SAF-Eng test in 1995-96 (Atherton 185 n.o.)

Posted by   on (November 27, 2012, 0:38 GMT)

50.0-31-49-3 a dream spell for any bowler... But unfortunately Aussies couldn't make it... As an Aussie fan, one of the recent bad news for me.. :-(

Posted by sharidas on (November 26, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

I wish I could shake your hands Faf. Fantastic innings. I am an Indian and I wish we had players like you.

Posted by Joey213 on (November 26, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

Lyon has got the most madiens in the list how about who has the most maidens in an inning

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