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Ed Cowan runs to the middle, well ahead of David Warner, who's striding out swinging his arms. Steyn paws at the top of his run-up, from over the wicket. Warner to face. Three slips and a gully wait for the edge.

10.25 am Five minutes until David Warner and Ed Cowan walk out to face a new-ball attack from Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

Warren: "I remember calling for Kallis to be dropped after watching him on debut......thank goodness for second chances. Come on Kleinveldt."

FYI, regarding the pitch, Clarke said it had more grass on it than he expected from Adelaide Oval. Ian Healy said he heard the groundsman saying he had left the grass at 6mm high instead of the usual 4mm. Whether that matters, I'm not sure, but the new ball might nip around a bit more.

Adrian: "As Smudgeon said, Australia need Hilfenhaus to balance the attack. Starc, although giving variety as a left-hander, is still a 'charge in for short spells' bowler like Pattinson. On a flat Adelaide track, Australia probably couldn't carry two young tearaways, particularly with Watson unable to bowl."

Ryan: "A bit of extra grass always suits Kleinveldt. He may relax a bit more too which could help the no ball problems."

David: "How is an offie like Lyon meant to take wickets without a leftie like Starc to create his rough? Saqlain's career ended when he lost Wasim Akram's rough."

Toss, 10.00 am It should be a no-brainer for the captains that wins - bat first. Michael Clarke has won it and Australia will bat.

As expected - Australia are unchanged. There is, however, an unexpected change for South Africa. Vernon Philander is out with a bad back so Rory Kleinveldt gets a chance to improve on a very ordinary Test debut. And Imran Tahir takes Philander's spot. Faf du Plessis makes his Test debut for the injured JP Duminy.

Philander did not have a good Test in Brisbane either but he was better than Kleinveldt. Both of them had huge no-ball problems. Kleinveldt will have to offer better control in this game or South Africa could be in trouble.

"Who had the bright idea of using Watson's bowling (lack of) as the reason for not picking him? Why not just say he's not 100% fit and that's it? Why create such a fracas?" asks Obvious. "If Watson not being able to bowl was the main reason for not picking him, then why not choose McDonald (wasn't injured before the 1st Test) as his replacement, rather than Quiney (who should replace Warner instead)? The selectors are to blame for all this confusion."

Smudgeon has Hilfenhaus' back. "Let me be the first to put in a vote of confidence for Hilf. He was undercooked at Brisbane, but he was economical, and I'm sure with Ali de Winter in his corner, he will back to his best here at Adelaide. I don't doubt Starc's talent, and of course his time will come. At the moment, I'd be happier knowing we have two workhorses to allow Patto to do what he does. I have a feeling, though, that they may pick Starc for Perth at the expense of Lyon. Patience, guys - Starc will get his chance soon enough..."

Sam: "Just opened up the site to see that we've won the toss and Kleinveldt is playing. Couldn't get a better start really."

"Australia will miss the variety that could've been offered by Starc. Would have loved to see him bounding in to get something out of this deck. Durability is still the question mark next to him though. C'mon Hilfy," says someone who calls himself The Package.

Justin's optimistic. "I'm South African and must say disappointed to see Kleinveldt back. With South Africa batting last on a turning pitch and him (Kleinveldt) sending down no balls for 4 days prior this is a tough challenge for SA. Of course Aus might get bowled out for 121 in thier first innings and we will only have to bat once but I'm sure pigs will fly before then." I'm sure he's worked on that no-ball problem in the last few days. There will be no excuse for not doing so.

9.35 am Good morning, and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of the Adelaide Test. The weather for today is forecast to be fair ...

Australia and South Africa go into the second Test with the series level at 0-0 after the draw in Brisbane. The hosts had the better of the draw but more than a week has passed since then and whether any momentum exists at all, I'm not sure.

After a lot of back and forth about Shane Watson's fitness - he could bat but not bowl - Australia decided not to play him in Adelaide, so Rob Quiney will get another go. The home side will be unchanged. So the clamours for Mitchell Starc will continue if one of the other quicks don't go well.

South Africa, on the other hand, are back to XI men, with Faf Du Plessis set to replace the injured JP Duminy and make his debut. And Imran Tahir will return to the attack at Rory Kleinveldt's expense. Brydon Coverdale has more in his preview of the game.

The Adelaide Oval doesn't look like it did anymore. It is undergoing reconstruction and a lot of the old-school charm is being replaced by inevitable modernity. Daniel Brettig spoke to Ricky Ponting about the redevelopment, and his memories of playing at what was one of the world's most picturesque cricket grounds.

0.1

Steyn to Warner, 1 run, Warner gets off the mark right away, tucking a length ball that shapes into him towards square leg

Snake: "Interesting to see if Cowan can back up his big hundred from last game or whether second match syndrome sets in."

0.2

Steyn to Cowan, no run, a good length ball angling across Cowan, who strides forward and defends solidly towards cover

0.3

Steyn to Cowan, no run, 135.6 kph, Cowan showed impeccable judgement in leaving the good balls outside off in Brisbane but today he pokes at his first one and gets beaten

0.4

Steyn to Cowan, no run, played from the crease towards midwicket

0.5

Steyn to Cowan, no run, 134 kph, pitches on a good length just outside off and slants away from the left-hander, Cowan shoulders arms

0.6

Steyn to Cowan, no run, a fuller ball outside off at 134 kph, Cowan lets it go again

End of over 1 (1 run) Australia 1/0
EJM Cowan    0* (5b)      DW Steyn    1-0-1-0
DA Warner    1* (1b)     

Morne Morkel is sharing the new ball, bowling round the wicket.

Ian: "David, I'm not too sure if rough is necessary, Lock and Laker had no problem with Trueman and Statham. However Warne used it to perfection."

1.1

Morkel to Warner, no run, the ball lifts off a good length from round the wicket, Warner lets it go and it has good carry to de Villiers, 142 kph

1.2

Morkel to Warner, no run, that was 146 kph, a fuller length outside off stump, Warner covers his stumps and shoulders arms

1.3

Morkel to Warner, no run, the line's off, down leg side, and Warner lets it pass

1.4

Morkel to Warner, no run, 143 kph, Warner is caught on the crease and beaten for pace by a full ball that angles into him from round the wicket, the ball bounces sharply and hits the back thigh before lobbing to slip

1.5

Morkel to Warner, no run, a loud appeal for lbw but Warner was hit high on the thigh once again by a good length ball that bounced on him, he also got outside the line of off stump

1.6

Morkel to Warner, no run, Morkel gets the ball to hold its line after pitching outside off, Warner lets it go

End of over 2 (maiden) Australia 1/0
DA Warner    1* (7b)      M Morkel    1-1-0-0
EJM Cowan    0* (5b)      DW Steyn    1-0-1-0

2.1

Steyn to Cowan, no run, 135 kph, pitches on a good length around off and moves across Cowan, who stays in his crease and shoulders arms

2.2

Steyn to Cowan, no run, 138 kph, a little wider outside off, Cowan strides forward and lets it pass

2.3

Steyn to Cowan, no run, Cowan shoulders arms again to a good length ball outside off, he did this repeatedly at the Gabba

2.4

Steyn to Cowan, 3 runs, Cowan strides forward and pushes a length ball through cover, it's a short square boundary at Adelaide Oval but the fielder will chase it down

2.5

Steyn to Warner, 1 leg bye, Warner tries to glance one off his pads but gets hit on the thigh

Andrew: "I'm just happy (after watching Ind v. Eng, Bang v. WI, and SL v. NZ) to be watching a match with DRS. Too many ugly decisions made without it."

2.6

Steyn to Cowan, no run, Cowan tries to play a full ball through square but misses and is hit on the pad

End of over 3 (4 runs) Australia 5/0
EJM Cowan    3* (10b)      DW Steyn    2-0-4-0
DA Warner    1* (8b)      M Morkel    1-1-0-0

3.1

Morkel to Warner, no run, 144 kph, Warner moves forward and punches a length ball angling into him firmly but it gets cut off at short cover

3.2

Morkel to Warner, no run, another loud appeal for lbw but umpire Kettleborough says not out. Smith doesn't review, presumably because of the height. Warner is just outside his crease as he pushes at a length delivery and is beaten, the ball hits him on the thigh.

3.3

Morkel to Warner, no run, left alone outside off stump

3.4

Morkel to Warner, no run, a sharp bouncer at 143 kph, Warner bends his knees and ducks, de Villiers has to leap to collect

3.5

Morkel to Warner, FOUR, a full ball outside off and Warner goes after it, opening the face as he tries to drive, the ball took a thick outside edge and went uppishly through backward point for four

3.6

Morkel to Warner, no run, short of a length outside off, 141 kph, Warner lets it go, that bounced considerably too. Looks like Morkel will need a yorker to get an lbw decision, with the bounce he is getting

End of over 4 (4 runs) Australia 9/0
DA Warner    5* (14b 1x4)      M Morkel    2-1-4-0
EJM Cowan    3* (10b)      DW Steyn    2-0-4-0

4.1

Steyn to Cowan, no run, played off the back foot towards the off side

4.2

Steyn to Cowan, no run, 138.6 kph, good length and in line with the stumps, Cowan gets behind the line and defends towards the bowler

4.3

Steyn to Cowan, no run, 135 kph, a wider ball and Cowan decides to let it go through to de Villiers

4.4

Steyn to Cowan, 1 run, punched off the back foot into the covers for a single

Meety: "I wonder if Patto or Hilfy have observed the new benchmark for batting by a pace bowler @ #10, set in Bangladesh yesterday? This is the perfect place to match it!" Meety's talking about Abul Hasan, a debutant fast bowler who blindsided West Indies with a Test century at No. 10.

4.5

Steyn to Warner, 1 run, played into the covers off the back foot for another single

4.6

Steyn to Cowan, 2 runs, strides forward and punches a length ball through mid off for two more

End of over 5 (4 runs) Australia 13/0
EJM Cowan    6* (15b)      DW Steyn    3-0-8-0
DA Warner    6* (15b 1x4)      M Morkel    2-1-4-0

5.1

Morkel to Warner, no run, look at the lift on that ball from a good length outside off stump, Warner lets it go

5.2

Morkel to Warner, no run, 141 kph, a fuller ball outside off which swerves to de Villiers' left after Warner plays no shot

5.3

Morkel to Warner, FOUR, a fuller ball outside off and Warner throws his bat at it, lofting over cover and to the boundary, he was looking to hit that straighter down the ground but sliced it

5.4

Morkel to Warner, FOUR, he hit this where he wanted alright, Warner moved his foot forward to a full and wide ball and slammed it over cover with a powerful drive

5.5

Morkel to Warner, no run, short of a length outside off, Warner stays in his crease and lifts his bat out of the way

5.6

Morkel to Warner, no run, 142 kph, good length outside off, Warner protects his stumps by moving across and shoulders arms

End of over 6 (8 runs) Australia 21/0
DA Warner    14* (21b 3x4)      M Morkel    3-1-12-0
EJM Cowan    6* (15b)      DW Steyn    3-0-8-0

6.1

Steyn to Cowan, no run, 139 kph, pitches on a good length around off and slides across Cowan, who stays in his crease and watches the ball go past

6.2

Steyn to Cowan, no run, 141 kph, a full ball outside off, Cowan plays no shot again

6.3

Steyn to Cowan, no run, it's wide outside off stump again, Cowan will wear Steyn down by leaving these balls

6.4

Steyn to Cowan, no run, 136.6 kph, good length on a much straighter line, Cowan gets behind the delivery and defends towards the bowler

Matt: "Has anyone apart from myself observed that Warner, with his impressive upper lip growth, is a splitting image of David Boon?"

6.5

Steyn to Cowan, FOUR, a full ball outside off, in the slot for the drive, and Cowan strides forward and laces it through cover, Faf chases and he is so fast, but the boundary is short and the ball beats his full-bodied dive

6.6

Steyn to Cowan, no run, short of a length outside off, Cowan shoulders arms

End of over 7 (4 runs) Australia 25/0
EJM Cowan    10* (21b 1x4)      DW Steyn    4-0-12-0
DA Warner    14* (21b 3x4)      M Morkel    3-1-12-0

7.1

Morkel to Warner, 1 run, punched back to the bowler, Morkel shies at the striker's stumps and concedes an overthrow off the direct hit

7.2

Morkel to Cowan, no run, 144 kph, Cowan strides forward and shoulders arms to a good length delivery outside off from round the wicket. He hasn't faced much of Morkel today

7.3

Morkel to Cowan, no run, that's much too wide for Cowan to play at

Abhi: "I know it's really really early..but I get the feeling that Steyn and Morkel are wasting the balls here..either they are far outside off or too full..not making the batsman play.."

7.4

Morkel to Cowan, no run, that's a stunning ball, it pitched just outside off and straightened off the pitch after angling into the left-hander, Cowan was squared up in his crease and beaten comprehensively, by the pace too

7.5

Morkel to Cowan, no run, good length outside off, and Cowan lets it go

7.6

Morkel to Cowan, no run, 141 kph, Cowan moves forward and shoulders arms

End of over 8 (1 run) Australia 26/0
EJM Cowan    10* (26b 1x4)      M Morkel    4-1-13-0
DA Warner    15* (22b 3x4)      DW Steyn    4-0-12-0

8.1

Steyn to Warner, FOUR, 138 kph and a really loose ball, length with plenty of width, Warner gets on to the front foot and cracks it through cover

Gonzo: "On the last tour (2008) Steyn bowled spells over 150kph and has been deadly in many different conditions since. Now he's in the 130s and is not even getting his usual movement with the Kookaburra. Not sure if he has a niggle, has lost form or is just worn out but definitely not the bowler we've seen in the past."

8.2

Steyn to Warner, FOUR, and again, Steyn gives Warner more width, the length is shorter too. The batsman stays where he is and cuts the ball hard through point

8.3

Steyn to Warner, no run, Warner stays in his crease and defends towards the bowler

8.4

Steyn to Warner, no run, fuller length on an off stump line, Warner stays back and pushes towards mid-off

Rehan: "If neither Morkel nor Steyn can pick up a wicket in their opening spells it will signal a long, arduous and possibly fruitless day in the field."

8.5

Steyn to Warner, no run, nearly 138 kph, Steyn pitches on a good length around off and takes it away from Warner, who pushes at it without conviction and doesn't make contact

8.6

Steyn to Warner, 1 run, a straighter line, Warner stays back and plays the ball towards midwicket

End of over 9 (9 runs) Australia 35/0
DA Warner    24* (28b 5x4)      DW Steyn    5-0-21-0
EJM Cowan    10* (26b 1x4)      M Morkel    4-1-13-0

9.1

Morkel to Warner, FOUR, Warner's taking the attack to these quicks, it's full and outside off, Warner lunges forward and drills through cover with a powerful drive

9.2

Morkel to Warner, no run, short of a length outside off at 143 kph, Warner lets it go

Arun: "It's pretty evident that Steyn and Morkel are feeling the pressure of Vernon's absence. They seem to be running in faster than usual thinking they must take a bag full of wickets with the new cherry."

9.3

Morkel to Warner, FOUR, edged over the slips for four! He tried to blast the length ball on the up over the off side but the extra bounce resulted in an edge that soared to the third man boundary

9.4

Morkel to Warner, no run, shorter ball and Warner ducks to let it go down the leg side

9.5

Morkel to Warner, no run, that's a well-directed short ball and Warner ducks under it again, had to hurry this time

9.6

Morkel to Warner, no run, the ball rises off just short of a length and targets Warner's head, he sways out of the way in time

End of over 10 (8 runs) Australia 43/0
DA Warner    32* (34b 7x4)      M Morkel    5-1-21-0
EJM Cowan    10* (26b 1x4)      DW Steyn    5-0-21-0

Jacques Kallis replaces Steyn, bowling from over the wicket.

10.1

Kallis to Cowan, no run, pitches around leg stump and makes Cowan play by angling across the left-hander, he defends on the off side

10.2

Kallis to Cowan, no run, 128 kph, good length outside off, Cowan shoulders arms

Ty: "Why is Philander not playing. I have missed something!" He has an issue with his back.

10.3

Kallis to Cowan, OUT, Kallis has broken through! Lbw, or is that caught and bowled? Kallis fired in the yorker and Cowan, who was standing outside his crease had to hurry to dig it out. I thought it hit his bat and replays seem to indicate the ball lobbed off Cowan's bat and back to Kallis. It might have hit the toe as well, and if so that's plumb. Lbw and caught and bowled, but the lbw was first. Now there's a change in decision and it's a caught and bowled. But I think it hit the boot first. The rules say that a caught will over-ride an lbw. the ball shot up off the toe and lobbed back to the bowler, it hit high on the bat.

EJM Cowan c & b Kallis 10 (44m 29b 1x4 0x6) SR: 34.48

Quiney is the new batsman.

10.4

Kallis to Quiney, no run, left along outside off stump.

10.5

Kallis to Quiney, no run, shoudlers arms once again to let the ball go

10.6

Kallis to Quiney, no run, Kallis' first over is a wicket maiden as Quiney lets the ball go outside off

End of over 11 (wicket maiden) Australia 43/1
RJ Quiney    0* (3b)      JH Kallis    1-1-0-1
DA Warner    32* (34b 7x4)      M Morkel    5-1-21-0

11.1

Morkel to Warner, 1 leg bye, that's down the leg side and the ball hits the thigh and goes behind square

11.2

Morkel to Quiney, no run, left alone outside off stump

11.3

Morkel to Quiney, no run, short of a length outside off and Quiney shoulders arms

11.4

Morkel to Quiney, no run, fuller length around off stump, Quiney moves across and blocks

11.5

Morkel to Quiney, no run, the ball rises sharply on Quiney from a length, 141 kph, he lets it go

11.6

Morkel to Quiney, OUT, caught at first slip! Quiney's gone for a duck. Morkel pitched it on a good length just outside off and angled it into the left-hander, Quiney moved back and across to defend from his crease and got an outside edge. Smith took a low catch at first slip. And just like that, this start has turned around

RJ Quiney c Smith b Morkel 0 (9m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 12 (1 run, wicket maiden) Australia 44/2
     M Morkel    6-2-21-1
DA Warner    32* (35b 7x4)      JH Kallis    1-1-0-1

12.1

Kallis to Warner, no run, good length angling across the left-hander from over the wicket, Warner lets it go

12.2

Kallis to Warner, FOUR, Warner pushes forward and opens the face slightly to steer the ball past the diving gully to the third man boundary

12.3

Kallis to Warner, 3 runs, Steyn has a long chase from mid-off after Warner moves forward and punches a length ball down the ground

12.4

Kallis to Ponting, FOUR, the first ball to Ponting is a poor one, a length delivery on the pads, Ponting shrugs off his Brisbane duck by moving across his crease and whipping to the square leg boundary

12.5

Kallis to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off stump

12.6

Kallis to Ponting, OUT, bowled him! Kallis has produced a ripping ball. He bowled a full ball which Ponting chose to defend from his crease instead of coming forward. The ball swerved away from the right-hander very late and beat the outside edge to hit of stump, Ponting fell to the pitch after he was beaten. He was completely squared up and beaten. It shaped into him at first and then swung away

RT Ponting b Kallis 4 (6m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

End of over 13 (11 runs) Australia 55/3
     JH Kallis    2-1-11-2
DA Warner    39* (38b 8x4)      M Morkel    6-2-21-1

13.1

Morkel to Warner, no run

Shannon: "Surely that has to be Ponting's last chance and he has to be replaced for Perth test. How can we continue having less than 100 runs on the board when Captin clarke has to rescue us?" Well that ball would have bowled most batsmen, or taken the edge had they pushed forward.

13.2

Morkel to Warner, SIX, and Warner continues to attack Morkel, trying to hook a short ball and top edging over the fine leg boundary into the construction works

13.3

Morkel to Warner, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

Smudgeon: "Do you think Clarke will ever get tired of walking out to his? It seems to be when he plays his best innings, but man it must get frustrating for him."

13.4

Morkel to Warner, no run, defended on the front foot

13.5

Morkel to Warner, no run, Warner tries to cut from his crease and bottom edges into the ground, that was too full to cut

13.6

Morkel to Warner, 3 runs, a fuller ball and Warner pushes down the ground to move on to 48, off 44 balls

End of over 14 (9 runs) Australia 64/3
DA Warner    48* (44b 8x4 1x6)      M Morkel    7-2-30-1
MJ Clarke    0* (0b)      JH Kallis    2-1-11-2

14.1

Kallis to Warner, no run, good length and straight, defended on the front foot

14.2

Kallis to Warner, no run, played off the front foot on the off side

14.3

Kallis to Warner, 2 runs, full on the pads, Warner stays back and gets to his fifty by clipping through midwicket, 50 off 47 balls, taking the fight to South Africa as wickets fall at the other end

14.4

Kallis to Warner, 1 run, played off the back foot towards midwicket

Chaps: "Now that Australia's customary top order collapse is out of the way we can get on with making a big score."

14.5

Kallis to Clarke, no run, Clarke drives a good length ball towards mid off

14.6

Kallis to Clarke, no run, Clarke stays in his crease and defends towards point

End of over 15 (3 runs) Australia 67/3
MJ Clarke    0* (2b)      JH Kallis    3-1-14-2
DA Warner    51* (48b 8x4 1x6)      M Morkel    7-2-30-1

Pearcewreck: "Just as well for Warner otherwise we would be 3 for nothing! BTW Kallis = Legend."

Steyn's back for a second spell. No sign of Rory yet. Round the wicket to the left-hander.

15.1

Steyn to Warner, no run, Warner stays in his crease and pushes a good length ball towards point

15.2

Steyn to Warner, no run, 139 kph, good length angling into the pads from round the wicket, Steyn's going wide of the crease, Warner stays in his crease and plays to midwicket

15.3

Steyn to Warner, FOUR, shot! Warner's stayed back to a length ball and punched it through cover, just a firm push but timed perfectly

15.4

Steyn to Warner, 1 run, short of a length and Warner swats it through square leg, there's a fielder in the deep

Steyn's going to bowl at a right-hander for the first time today.

15.5

Steyn to Clarke, no run, a short ball and Clarke ducks under it.

Robertito has a different point of view: "I suspect that Ponting made that ball look better than it was. With his help it appeared completely unplayable and humiliating, whereas it was actually just a very good ball."

15.6

Steyn to Clarke, no run, Clarke tries to play a short-arm pull and gets hit on the helmet by one that rises quickly from just short of a length

End of over 16 (5 runs) Australia 72/3
MJ Clarke    0* (4b)      DW Steyn    6-0-26-0
DA Warner    56* (52b 9x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    3-1-14-2

Gareth: "Does anyone know whose job it is to remind the Australian selectors that R. Ponting has averaged 22 from his last six innings with just the one half century? Or has the role of #3 & #4 changed since I last looked?"

16.1

Kallis to Warner, 1 run, played towards wide mid on for a single

16.2

Kallis to Clarke, no run, Kallis' short ball is down leg side and Clarke lets it go

16.3

Kallis to Clarke, FOUR, strays on to the pads and Clarke glances to the fine leg boundary, bit of an inside edge that

Whoops, Kallis has pulled up short and straight away he hands the ball to the umpire, picks up his shades and walks off the Adelaide Oval. Has he done his hamstring? He's trudging off gingerly. Remember, no more runners in international cricket. A massive point in the game, Kallis looked like South Africa's best bowler this morning, and then there's his batting ...

Kleinveldt to complete the over, his first spell today.

16.4

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, good length outside off, Clarke lets it go

16.5

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, turned off the pads on the leg side

16.6

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, good length and straight, defended back to the bowler, 132.7 kph

End of over 17 (5 runs) Australia 77/3
MJ Clarke    4* (9b 1x4)      RK Kleinveldt    0.3-0-0-0
DA Warner    57* (53b 9x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    6-0-26-0

17.1

Steyn to Warner, no run, good length angling into the left-hander, defended on the front foot

17.2

Steyn to Warner, no run, Warner strides forward to a length ball and pushes towards point

17.3

Steyn to Warner, no run, moves across his crease and plays towards miwicket

17.4

Steyn to Warner, 1 run, stays back and nudges the ball in front of square for a single

Sean: "I must admit that I'm disappointed with all the Ponting hate. Ed Cowan received an identical delivery after being fairly well set and we saw the result. Ricky received a similar delivery third ball in and everyone's saying how poor he's been."

17.5

Steyn to Clarke, no run, 136.5 kph, good length on off stump, Clarke stays back and defends

17.6

Steyn to Clarke, no run, short of a length, the ball climbs on Clarke, who defends off the back foot with a straight bat

End of over 18 (1 run) Australia 78/3
MJ Clarke    4* (11b 1x4)      DW Steyn    7-0-27-0
DA Warner    58* (57b 9x4 1x6)      RK Kleinveldt    0.3-0-0-0

18.1

Kleinveldt to Warner, no run, defended on the front foot towards cover point

18.2

Kleinveldt to Warner, no run, 133 kph, length ball pitching in line with the stumps and slanting across, Warner moves forward and punches to cover

18.3

Kleinveldt to Warner, 1 run, short-arm pulled in front of square for a single

Matt: "Ponting's footwork helped his demise there, but that ball would have got most batsman out, no shame in getting out to such a magnificent delivery."

18.4

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, good length on off stump, Clarke defends solidly, no no-balls from Rory yet

18.5

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, punched off the front foot towards cover

Word is that Kallis has either done his hamstring or has a glute problem.

18.6

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, good length outside off, just under 136 kph, Clarke strides forward and shoulders arms

End of over 19 (1 run) Australia 79/3
MJ Clarke    4* (14b 1x4)      RK Kleinveldt    1.3-0-1-0
DA Warner    59* (60b 9x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    7-0-27-0

19.1

Steyn to Warner, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Warner tries to drive on the up and is beaten

19.2

Steyn to Warner, FOUR, short of a length angling into the left-hander from round the wicket, Warner stays in his crease, stands tall and square drives through point

19.3

Steyn to Warner, no run, stays back and defends towards midwicket

19.4

Steyn to Warner, no run, Warner moves forward and punches past the bowler, there are a few calls of "wait" as fielders from mid-on and mid-off converge on the ball

19.5

Steyn to Warner, no run, played off the back foot on the leg side

Now Steyn pulls up during his run up but it's because he's lost his run up.

19.6

Steyn to Warner, 1 run, a fuller ball angling into the pads, Warner glances behind square

End of over 20 (5 runs) Australia 84/3
DA Warner    64* (66b 10x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    8-0-32-0
MJ Clarke    4* (14b 1x4)      RK Kleinveldt    1.3-0-1-0

20.1

Kleinveldt to Warner, no run, 135 kph, pitches short and Warner ducks under the bouncer

20.2

Kleinveldt to Warner, no run, Warner moves back and across to turn a good length ball towards square but he misses and is hit on the thigh

20.3

Kleinveldt to Warner, no run, good length on a good line, Warner defends on the back foot

20.4

Kleinveldt to Warner, no run, Kleinveldt wanted to bowl a yorker but ended up delivering a full toss on middle stump, clipped off the pads to midwicket

20.5

Kleinveldt to Warner, no run, good length on off stump, Warner moves forward and blocks

20.6

Kleinveldt to Warner, no run, that's the best ball Kleinveldt's bowled all series, I reckon. It pitched just short of a length, and angled across the left-hander before nipping back in to cut Warner in half. He tried to defend from his crease and was beaten between bat and body

End of over 21 (maiden) Australia 84/3
DA Warner    64* (72b 10x4 1x6)      RK Kleinveldt    2.3-1-1-0
MJ Clarke    4* (14b 1x4)      DW Steyn    8-0-32-0

21.1

Steyn to Clarke, no run, 142 kph, the short ball, which Clarke avoids quite easily

MikeB: "No shame in a fine looking duck or fine looking low score if the wicket ball is superb, but if Warner is seeing them like watermelons with laser beams attached, what's happening to the other quality batsmen up top? Don't like fruit?"

21.2

Steyn to Clarke, no run, another short ball but this is down the leg side

21.3

Steyn to Clarke, no run, good length just outside off with some shape into Clarke, who moves smoothly on to the front foot and drives to cover

Steyn goes round the wicket ...

21.4

Steyn to Clarke, no run, ... and delivers a bouncer from very wide of the crease, aimed at Clarke's head. He gets out of the line of the delivery

A leg slip and short leg in place.

21.5

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length, pitching outside leg stump, Clarke stays back and works the ball off his body through square

21.6

Steyn to Warner, no run, punched off the front foot on the off side

End of over 22 (1 run) Australia 85/3
DA Warner    64* (73b 10x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    9-0-33-0
MJ Clarke    5* (19b 1x4)      RK Kleinveldt    2.3-1-1-0

22.1

Kleinveldt to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke moves forward to a length ball and drives through extra cover, the boundary is long and the fielder at mid-off catches up with the ball

22.2

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, driven on the front foot to the man at cover

22.3

Kleinveldt to Clarke, FOUR, a fuller ball on off and middle, and Clarke simply punches it through mid-on, sublime timing

22.4

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, great reply from Kleinveldt, pitches the ball on a good length around off stump, gets it to bounce a bit more, and hold its line as well. Clarke is beaten on the back-foot defence

22.5

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, defended on the back foot on the off side

22.6

Kleinveldt to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves forward and across to flick a length ball off his pads behind square

End of over 23 (7 runs) Australia 92/3
MJ Clarke    12* (25b 2x4)      RK Kleinveldt    3.3-1-8-0
DA Warner    64* (73b 10x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    9-0-33-0

Pigi: "Its quite amazing the parallels from this game and the first. Aus lose early wickets and Clarke and an opener resurrect the innings. SA lose a player ......"

Imran Tahir has the ball, bowling from over the wicket. Two overs to go before lunch.

23.1

Imran Tahir to Clarke, no run, there's turn for Tahir right away, pitches outside the right-hander's off stump and spins away, Clarke plays inside the line

23.2

Imran Tahir to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot

23.3

Imran Tahir to Clarke, 1 run, nudged off the back foot in front of point for a quick single

Peter: "And after 23 overs, we have 2 extras - both leg-byes. What was in the water in Brisbane?"

A slip and a short leg in place.

23.4

Imran Tahir to Warner, no run, defended on the front foot

23.5

Imran Tahir to Warner, 2 runs, that's the googly, pitching around leg and middle and spinning across Warner, who prods off the back foot and gets an outside edge wide of the solitary slip

23.6

Imran Tahir to Warner, no run, cut off the back foot towards point

End of over 24 (3 runs) Australia 95/3
DA Warner    66* (76b 10x4 1x6)      Imran Tahir    1-0-3-0
MJ Clarke    13* (28b 2x4)      RK Kleinveldt    3.3-1-8-0

24.1

Kleinveldt to Clarke, FOUR, that's too short and Clarke has thumped it off the front foot, pulling from outside off stump to the cow corner boundary

Vas: "Oh leg spin... how I've missed you. As an Aussie, great to see Tahir bringing the great art back to these shores."

24.2

Kleinveldt to Clarke, 1 run, a full ball on the pads, Clarke flicks to deep square to bring up his team's 100

24.3

Kleinveldt to Warner, no run, good length outside off stump at 135 kph, Warner protects off stump and lets it go

24.4

Kleinveldt to Warner, no run, good length just outside off, Warner shoulders arms

24.5

Kleinveldt to Warner, 1 run, Warner moves forward and closes the face to push the ball off his pads in front of square

24.6

Kleinveldt to Clarke, 1 no ball, and there it is, the first no-ball of the day, Clarke defends on the off side. A very tight call

24.6

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, beaten outside the off stump! Clarke pushes inside the line at a good length ball that straightens and the ball whizzes past the outside edge. A loud appeal for caught behind but Smith doesn't review the not-out decision. And that's lunch

Lunch 12.30 pm To say that session was eventful would be understating it. Warner made a fast start, playing lots of shots. After Steyn and Morkel looked ineffective, Kallis turned up and produced two rippers to dismiss Cowan and Ponting. Between those dismissals, Quiney fell. Warner continued to attack. Then Kallis got injured and went off the field, and since then Clarke and Warner have been rebuilding.

And Vernon Philander isn't playing because he woke up with a back problem.

Muzza: "Amazing the similarities with this and the first test. 1st Test - End of over 25 - Australia 109/3. Here 102/3."

Ben: "Honours even in the first session, though you feel SA will need one of these two soon or else it will get away. Kallis a big blow."

Gonzo: "3 wickets in the first session at Adelaide is a lot better than 'even', but yes, Kallis is a huge loss especially with Philander out."

Pete: "I recon SA would take 3 down at lunch on a flat track any day of the week. One more breakthrough after lunch could really put pressure on the Aussies. Looking forward to watching Tahir bowl to Warner after lunch!"

End of over 25 (7 runs) Australia 102/3
MJ Clarke    18* (32b 3x4)      RK Kleinveldt    4.3-1-15-0
DA Warner    67* (79b 10x4 1x6)      Imran Tahir    1-0-3-0

Mitcher: "Completely agree with your analysis of where the game is at @Pete. Definitely advantage SA by a small margin. But, I think the term 'flat pitch' would be misleading for those not watching live. Fair enough, minimal lateral movement, but its got pace, bounce and seemed to take a little turn when Tahir came on. I'd say its a great first day/session pitch."

Warner to face the first ball after lunch ... Tahir to continue from over the wicket.

25.1

Imran Tahir to Warner, no run, a low full toss and Warner plays it towards mid-on

25.2

Imran Tahir to Warner, no run, defended on the front foot

25.3

Imran Tahir to Warner, FOUR, tossed up but it's a full toss which Warner swings powerfully to the square leg boundary

25.4

Imran Tahir to Warner, no run, hit off the back foot towards cover

25.5

Imran Tahir to Warner, no run, Tahir appeals for lbw after the ball drifts across the left-hander and then spins back into the batsman, Warner was looking to push forward and block. That hit him in the stomach

25.6

Imran Tahir to Warner, SIX, another full toss, Warner pulls and smashes it over the deep midwicket boundary for the innings' first six. Ten runs off the first over after lunch

End of over 26 (10 runs) Australia 112/3
DA Warner    77* (85b 11x4 2x6)      Imran Tahir    2-0-13-0
MJ Clarke    18* (32b 3x4)      RK Kleinveldt    4.3-1-15-0

Morkel from over the wicket ...

26.1

Morkel to Clarke, no run, good length outside off, Clarke lets it go

26.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, straighter line on a good length, Clarke defends back to the bowler

26.3

Morkel to Clarke, FOUR, shot! Clarke stands tall in his crease, takes the short of a length ball from outside off stump, and pulls it to the wide long-on boundary

26.4

Morkel to Clarke, FOUR, a cracking drive! Clarke moves forward to a fuller ball outside off stump and drives along the ground through extra cover. He was perfectly balanced as he made contact

26.5

Morkel to Clarke, 2 runs, on middle stump this time and Clarke closes the face to play the ball in front of square for two more, 20 runs already since lunch

26.6

Morkel to Clarke, no run, a short of a length ball at Clarke's ribs, he stays in his crease and fends it down

End of over 27 (10 runs) Australia 122/3
MJ Clarke    28* (38b 5x4)      M Morkel    8-2-40-1
DA Warner    77* (85b 11x4 2x6)      Imran Tahir    2-0-13-0

The full-time leggie is off, and the part-time leggie is on, Faf du Plessis from over the wicket on debut. An odd bowling change.

27.1

du Plessis to Warner, SIX, that's village, absolutely rubbish, a high full toss which Warner hammers off the front foot into oblivion over the square leg boundary. The ball has been lost and they will bring a replacement out

27.2

du Plessis to Warner, 1 run, a full ball outside off, driven to mid-off for a single

27.3

du Plessis to Clarke, no run, Clarke strides forward and defends

27.4

du Plessis to Clarke, FOUR, another full toss, this has been a bizarre bowling change from Smith, Clarke steps out and carts it back over the bowler's head

27.5

du Plessis to Clarke, no run, played back to the bowler

27.6

du Plessis to Clarke, no run, he's pitched this one, and Clarke defends on the front foot, there's a small appeal for lbw and replays indicate it brushed the pad first before hitting bat. That would have been close had South Africa reviewed it. Hard to see the impact on the pad with the naked eye

End of over 28 (11 runs) Australia 133/3
MJ Clarke    32* (42b 6x4)      F du Plessis    1-0-11-0
DA Warner    84* (87b 11x4 3x6)      M Morkel    8-2-40-1

Australia have scored 10, 10 and 11 off the three overs after lunch.

BJ: "du Plessis becomes the second debutant in the past couple weeks to be carted for six off their first ball in test cricket. Sohag Gazi got the last laugh and took care of Chris Gayle, but somehow I doubt du Plessis is gonna get a chance to replicate that feat..."

Tahir changes ends, bowling from over the wicket. They've found the ball that Warner lost in the construction works.

28.1

Imran Tahir to Warner, (no ball) 1 run, Tahir oversteps and bowls a flat ball on off stump, Warner cuts off the back foot

28.1

Imran Tahir to Clarke, no run, played towards mid-on on the front foot

28.2

Imran Tahir to Clarke, no run, played back to the bowler

28.3

Imran Tahir to Clarke, no run, Clarke moves forward and defends on the leg side

28.4

Imran Tahir to Clarke, no run, Clarke strides forward and defends

28.5

Imran Tahir to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke steps out of his crease, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts over mid-on for four

28.6

Imran Tahir to Clarke, no run, a confident appeal for lbw and Billy Bowden says not out. After some discussions, Graeme Smith wants a review. That was the delivery that skids straight on and Clarke pushed forward to defend and played down the wrong line. He was hit on the knee roll and the line is good. However, the predictive path predicts the ball was going to bounce way over the stumps.

End of over 29 (6 runs) Australia 139/3
MJ Clarke    36* (48b 7x4)      Imran Tahir    3-0-19-0
DA Warner    85* (88b 11x4 3x6)      F du Plessis    1-0-11-0

Morkel's back after that one over from Faf.

29.1

Morkel to Warner, no run, Warner tries to pull a short of a length ball but is hit on the body

29.2

Morkel to Warner, FOUR, the boundaries continue to flow after lunch, Warner goes back to a shorter one and whips the ball with a lot of bottom hand from around off stump in front of square leg

29.3

Morkel to Warner, 1 run, played off the back foot in front of square for a single

Cris: "This is really ridiculous. That ball from Tahir was a skidder not a turner and there was no way that the ball was bouncing that far above the stumps." Fair point, it would have probably gone over the stump, but not by that much.

29.4

Morkel to Clarke, no run, defended from the crease on the off side, Morkel falls to the ground during his follow through

29.5

Morkel to Clarke, FOUR, it's all Australia after lunch, Clarke tries to cut one that's not that short, he reached out for it and got a bottom edge that missed the stumps and goes to the fine leg boundary

Australia are scoring at about 5 an over.

29.6

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short ball outside off, Clarke lets it go

End of over 30 (9 runs) Australia 148/3
MJ Clarke    40* (51b 8x4)      M Morkel    9-2-49-1
DA Warner    90* (91b 12x4 3x6)      Imran Tahir    3-0-19-0

30.1

Imran Tahir to Warner, SIX, what's Warner had for lunch? He moves forward to a flighted ball, takes it from outside off stump, and lofts cleanly over the bowler's head

30.2

Imran Tahir to Warner, FOUR, a 100 off 93 balls for Warner, his third Test century. He gets there with a fluent cover drive on the front foot. The Adelaide crowd gives him warm applause as he takes off his helmet and soaks it in. He's been under some pressure and he's responded magnificently

30.3

Imran Tahir to Warner, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

30.4

Imran Tahir to Warner, (no ball) 1 run, what's a spinner bowling no-balls for? Warner plays the ball behind point for a single

30.4

Imran Tahir to Clarke, FOUR, poor line, down leg side, and Clarke glances off his pads to the fine leg boundary. If the batsmen didn't feast on pies for lunch, they have a healthy supply now

30.5

Imran Tahir to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot

30.6

Imran Tahir to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves forward and pushes the ball towards cover

End of over 31 (17 runs) Australia 165/3
MJ Clarke    45* (54b 9x4)      Imran Tahir    4-0-36-0
DA Warner    101* (95b 13x4 4x6)      M Morkel    9-2-49-1

31.1

Morkel to Clarke, no run, good length, pitching outside off and angling into Clarke, who stays in his crease and defends to cover

31.2

Morkel to Clarke, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Clarke stands tall in his crease and cuts past gully to the third man boundary, Clarke's on to 49 in a flash

Warner took 14 balls to go from 67 to 100 after lunch.

31.3

Morkel to Clarke, FOUR, and that's his 50, Clarke's hot form continues. He gets there by driving a length ball off his pads to the wide long on boundary. South Africa have lost it. The partnership is 118 off 18.3 overs. 71 runs in 29 minutes after lunch.

31.4

Morkel to Clarke, no run, banged in short outside off, Clarke lets it go

31.5

Morkel to Clarke, no run, cut off the back foot to point

31.6

Morkel to Clarke, no run, a better short ball, Clarke sways his head out of the way

End of over 32 (8 runs) Australia 173/3
MJ Clarke    53* (60b 11x4)      M Morkel    10-2-57-1
DA Warner    101* (95b 13x4 4x6)      Imran Tahir    4-0-36-0

Kleinveldt from over the wicket ... can he stem this glut of runs?

32.1

Kleinveldt to Warner, no run, good length around off, Warner stays in his crease and pushes towards cover

32.2

Kleinveldt to Warner, no run, length ball pitching around leg and slanting across the left-hander, Warner cuts to point

32.3

Kleinveldt to Warner, no run, pushed off the pads towards mid on

Luke: "I know the dossier said they had to get stuck into Tahir but this is just savage!"

32.4

Kleinveldt to Warner, no run, Warner tries to cut one that's too close to him and bottom edges near his feet

32.5

Kleinveldt to Warner, 1 no ball, and the no-ball service has resumed. Warner defends back to the bowler. South Africa have gone to pieces since Kallis walked off injured.

32.5

Kleinveldt to Warner, FOUR, there's width outside off and Warner uses it to drive from his crease through cover point, the destruction continues

32.6

Kleinveldt to Warner, 1 run, nudged off the front foot towards the leg side for a single

End of over 33 (6 runs) Australia 179/3
DA Warner    106* (102b 14x4 4x6)      RK Kleinveldt    5.3-1-21-0
MJ Clarke    53* (60b 11x4)      M Morkel    10-2-57-1

Andrew: "Would the real South African bowlers please come forward?"

33.1

Morkel to Warner, FOUR, Warner is hitting it like a dream, he clears his front foot and lofts a full ball over mid-off, hitting cleanly through the line from round the wicket

33.2

Morkel to Warner, 3 runs, and he goes after Morkel again, this time he ends up slicing the lofted drive over point. Faf chases and dives and just saves the boundary

33.3

Morkel to Clarke, FOUR, this is brutal now, Morkel's bowled a well directed short ball, Clarke responds by swaying his body out of the line, getting under the ball, and chipping it over the cordon for four

33.4

Morkel to Clarke, no run, defended on the off side

BJ: "Unfortunately Andrew, the real South Africa walked off with an injury a couple hours ago."

33.5

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke strides forward and drives towards wide mid-off for a single

33.6

Morkel to Warner, FOUR, edged and four! This is what happens when you score like this, the second slip gets taken out. Warner was squared up in his crease by a short of a length ball and he got a thick edge that went safely wide of the solitary slip

End of over 34 (16 runs) Australia 195/3
DA Warner    117* (105b 16x4 4x6)      M Morkel    11-2-73-1
MJ Clarke    58* (63b 12x4)      RK Kleinveldt    5.3-1-21-0

34.1

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, length ball outside off, Clarke drives from his crease to cover

34.2

Kleinveldt to Clarke, FOUR, another edge goes for four! Clarke pushes off the back foot at a good length ball that comes into him and gets an edge that goes wide of the diving Amla at second slip. There's no third slip

34.3

Kleinveldt to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke turns the ball off his pads to bring up the 200 for Australia. They've scored 98 runs in 9.3 overs after lunch

34.4

Kleinveldt to Warner, 1 leg bye, Warner tries to turn the ball on the leg side but doesn't make proper contact

34.5

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, Clarke pushes forward and gets beaten by a good length ball that holds its line outside off, he was pushing forward to block

34.6

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, good length outside off with some good bounce through to de Villiers after Clarke lets it go

End of over 35 (6 runs) Australia 201/3
MJ Clarke    63* (68b 13x4)      RK Kleinveldt    6.3-1-26-0
DA Warner    117* (106b 16x4 4x6)      M Morkel    11-2-73-1

35.1

Morkel to Warner, 1 run, Warner drives through point to the fielder in the deep

Harshi: "Clarkey is matching Warner shot for shot, and edge for edge!"

35.2

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke drives at a good length ball and gets another edge, along the ground to the fielder at third man

Gareth: "Could have used these two in yesterday's Ryobi cup match. NSW were all at sea in their chase of 260-odd."

35.3

Morkel to Warner, no run, good length pitching outside leg, Warner stays in his crease and blocks

35.4

Morkel to Warner, no run, Warner moves back into his crease and defends a good length ball

35.5

Morkel to Warner, 1 run, Warner stays back to a fuller ball and prods, getting a thick edge in front of point along the ground

35.6

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke strides forward to drive a good length ball through cover and once again edges it, the inside edge towards square this time

End of over 36 (4 runs) Australia 205/3
MJ Clarke    65* (70b 13x4)      M Morkel    12-2-77-1
DA Warner    119* (110b 16x4 4x6)      RK Kleinveldt    6.3-1-26-0

36.1

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off, Clarke strides forward and lets it go. Calm is being restored to proceedings

36.2

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, Clarke strides forward once again and shoulders arms

36.3

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, 135 kph, on a good line close to off stump, Clarke stays in his crease and lets it go

Peter: "This is where South Africa really miss someone like Shaun Pollock - a pace bowler who could simply tie up an end and restrict the batsmen. At the moment, Australia playing freely and without pressure. This could turn very ugly for the South Africans if it continues for much longer!"

36.4

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, played from the crease towards cover point

36.5

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, fuller length outside off, Clarke strides forward and drives to cover

36.6

Kleinveldt to Clarke, (no ball) FOUR, it's another edge and another no ball. Just as well it didn't go to slip! Clarke pushed at a good length ball off the back foot, the ball held its line and hit the outside edge, flying wide of second slip to the boundary

36.6

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, good length outside off, Clarke lets it go this time

End of over 37 (5 runs) Australia 210/3
MJ Clarke    69* (77b 14x4)      RK Kleinveldt    7.3-1-31-0
DA Warner    119* (110b 16x4 4x6)      M Morkel    12-2-77-1

Blair: "Has a doctor checked Phildander yet? Did he really wake up with a bad back, or just a premonition of what was to come..."

37.1

Morkel to Warner, no run, good length with bounce outside off stump, Warner covers his stumps and lets it pass

37.2

Morkel to Warner, OUT, this time the edge has gone to slip! Warner goes after a post-lunch blitz and he gets applauded off Adelaide Oval. He stayed on the back foot and poked away from his body at a good length ball that pitched around off-stump line and angled across him from over the wicket. Smith was waiting at first slip

DA Warner c Smith b Morkel 119 (176m 112b 16x4 4x6) SR: 106.25

South Africa can hope to come back now, 210 for 4 is an even game, if you don't look at the run rate. But they need to pick themselves up fast. The players are having drinks as Hussey strides to the middle.

In the lead up to that wicket, the ball had hit the edge several times but not gone to hand, and before that phase there was a flurry of boundaries.

37.3

Morkel to Hussey, no run, Hussey pushes forward and plays towards gully

37.4

Morkel to Hussey, no run, a full ball on middle and off, Hussey stays in his crease and drives on the off side

37.5

Morkel to Hussey, no run, played off the back foot towards point

37.6

Morkel to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey gets going with a fluent square drive, there was width on offer and he made full use of it

End of over 38 (4 runs) Australia 214/4
MEK Hussey    4* (4b 1x4)      M Morkel    13-2-81-2
MJ Clarke    69* (77b 14x4)      RK Kleinveldt    7.3-1-31-0

Mike: "Let's not get ahead of ourselves as another wicket here and Aus will be struggling to get 350 on an ideal batting wicket..."

38.1

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, Clarke strides forward and punches a good length ball to cover

38.2

Kleinveldt to Clarke, FOUR, edged again, between the catchers at first and second slip! Clarke's riding his luck once again. He drove away from his body at a good length ball and split the gap between the slips right down the middle

38.3

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, 135 kph, Kleinveldt makes Clarke pulls his bat away from the ball that holds its line just outside off

38.4

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, this is a whopping appeal for caught behind. It's huge, Kleinveldt's jumping up and down on the pitch, but the umpire Billy Bowden says not out. Smith will review the not-out decision. Kleinveldt hasn't over-stepped. He pitched on a good length just outside off and Clarke pushed forward at it. The ball held its line and went past the outside edge. There's no noise, no deviation and hot spot shows no edge. South Africa have lost their reviews

38.5

Kleinveldt to Clarke, (no ball) FOUR, another no ball, and it's full on the pads, Clarke flicks through square leg to the boundary, that was the attempted yorker gone wrong

38.5

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, and the ball hits the edge again, the leading one this time as Clarke tries to close the face of the bat and play on the leg side, it goes towards point

38.6

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side, off the middle of the bat this time

End of over 39 (9 runs) Australia 223/4
MJ Clarke    77* (84b 16x4)      RK Kleinveldt    8.3-1-40-0
MEK Hussey    4* (4b 1x4)      M Morkel    13-2-81-2

Jono: "I agree with Mike. For all the entertainment of the fast scoring since lunch. It won't count for much if we lose another wicket or two before the end of the day."

39.1

Morkel to Hussey, no run, 138 kph, and a fiery short ball, Hussey arches his back and sways out of the line

39.2

Morkel to Hussey, no run, fuller ball angling across Hussey, who moves forward and defends

39.3

Morkel to Hussey, no run, good length and straight, Hussey defends back to the bowler

Ben: "What's going on? Is there something in the pitch, or has Clarke started batting with a stump?" Just been playing when he could be leaving.

39.4

Morkel to Hussey, no run, Hussey tries to turn one off his pads but doesn't make proper contact

39.5

Morkel to Hussey, no run, another short ball but it's a bit high and Hussey ducks easily

39.6

Morkel to Hussey, no run, a fuller ball from round the wicket, Hussey leans forward and square drives to point

End of over 40 (maiden) Australia 223/4
MEK Hussey    4* (10b 1x4)      M Morkel    14-3-81-2
MJ Clarke    77* (84b 16x4)      RK Kleinveldt    8.3-1-40-0

40.1

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, good length on off stump, defended from the crease

40.2

Kleinveldt to Clarke, 1 run, full on off stump, Clarke moves forward and drives towards mid-of where Steyn fumbles to allow the single

40.3

Kleinveldt to Hussey, no run, Hussey strides forward and defends a good length ball on the off side, 134.6 kph

40.4

Kleinveldt to Hussey, SIX, too short and Hussey has dismissed it, rocking back, leaning towards the off side and pulling flat over the shorter midwicket boundary

40.5

Kleinveldt to Hussey, no run, Hussey moves forward to defend

Warren: "I realise SA have had to travel to all corners to fetch the ball but surely this over rate is terrible. Not likely to fit 90 overs into today."

40.6

Kleinveldt to Hussey, no run, good ball and a good leave, Hussey moved forward to cover his off stump and let the ball go close to his stumps

End of over 41 (7 runs) Australia 230/4
MEK Hussey    10* (14b 1x4 1x6)      RK Kleinveldt    9.3-1-47-0
MJ Clarke    78* (86b 16x4)      M Morkel    14-3-81-2

Dale Steyn for his first spell after lunch.

41.1

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, a bit too full on the pads, Clarke whips towards deep backward square leg

41.2

Steyn to Hussey, no run, that's too wide outside off, Hussey doesn't go after it

41.3

Steyn to Hussey, no run, the ball angles into the left-hander from round the wicket, Hussey stays back and plays towards point

41.4

Steyn to Hussey, no run, good length outside off stump, Hussey moves forward and shoulders arms

GregT: "Clearly S.A. need to have some men fielding in the construction area so the ball can be thrown back more quickly. That'll help the over rate."

41.5

Steyn to Hussey, no run, that's a good ball, Hussey pushes forward and ends up playing inside the line of a good length ball that straightens from round the wicket, he gets beaten

41.6

Steyn to Hussey, FOUR, and he responds by striding forward to a fuller ball and driving along the ground through extra cover

End of over 42 (5 runs) Australia 235/4
MEK Hussey    14* (19b 2x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    10-0-38-0
MJ Clarke    79* (87b 16x4)      RK Kleinveldt    9.3-1-47-0

42.1

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, 135 kph, tight line and length just outside off, Clarke shoulders arms

42.2

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, Clarke lets another one go outside off, Kleinveldt has settled into a nice line and length

42.3

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, 132 kph, on a good length outside off, the ball holds its line as Clarke moves forward and plays no shot

42.4

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, shorter length outside off, Clarke stays in his crease and opens the face to play towards point

42.5

Kleinveldt to Clarke, no run, fuller length angling into off stump, Clarke moves forward and defends

42.6

Kleinveldt to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke pushes the ball in front of square leg

End of over 43 (1 run) Australia 236/4
MJ Clarke    80* (93b 16x4)      RK Kleinveldt    10.3-1-48-0
MEK Hussey    14* (19b 2x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    10-0-38-0

43.1

Steyn to Clarke, no run, Steyn bowls on a full length at 142 kph, Clarke stays in his crease an defends on the off side

43.2

Steyn to Clarke, FOUR, that's a superb shot to a good ball, Steyn pitched on a good length and moved the ball into Clarke who met it on the front foot and square drove past point

43.3

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, nudged off the pads towards midwicket

43.4

Steyn to Hussey, no run, punched from the crease to mid-off

Benny: "Are we seeing the results of Sth Africa not sneaking a first class match in between the 1st and 2nd tests? Apparently fishing and golfing doesnt help your line and length."

43.5

Steyn to Hussey, no run, Hussey moves forward and opens the face to steer a length ball towards gully

43.6

Steyn to Hussey, no run, Hussey strides forward and defends with a straight bat

End of over 44 (5 runs) Australia 241/4
MEK Hussey    14* (22b 2x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    11-0-43-0
MJ Clarke    85* (96b 17x4)      RK Kleinveldt    10.3-1-48-0

Peter: "Since Warner was out, I feel like nothing much is going on. But a quick look at the scoreboard tells me this partnership is still going at 5 an over."

Imran Tahir's back, legspin from over the wicket.

44.1

Imran Tahir to Clarke, no run, Clarke steps out and plays back to the bowler

44.2

Imran Tahir to Clarke, no run, Clarke steps out to another flighted ball and defends on the off side

44.3

Imran Tahir to Clarke, no run, defended on the back foot

44.4

Imran Tahir to Clarke, 1 run, shorter length and Clarke moves back in a flash to cut to the man at deep point

Kalis update: It's a hamstring problem and he's going for a scan, along with Philander, who has a back problem.

44.5

Imran Tahir to Hussey, 1 run, played off the back foot between midwicket and mid-on

44.6

Imran Tahir to Clarke, 1 run, nudged off the pads behind square

End of over 45 (3 runs) Australia 244/4
MJ Clarke    87* (101b 17x4)      Imran Tahir    5-0-39-0
MEK Hussey    15* (23b 2x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    11-0-43-0

45.1

Steyn to Clarke, FOUR, short of a length outside off stump, Clarke's bat comes down in a flash, cutting the ball past gully to move into the 90s

45.2

Steyn to Clarke, no run, nearly 144 kph, short of a length and straight, Clarke gets behind the line on the back foot and blocks

Giggle: "Do you think when Rob Quiney went back to the pavillion Mickey Arthur would have said "that was the best duck, he had ever seen". It didn't have as many eye-catching shots as the 9.

45.3

Steyn to Clarke, no run, short of a length delivery that rises sharply outside off, Clarke lets it go

45.4

Steyn to Clarke, no run, the short ball at 141 kph, Clarke ducks under it

45.5

Steyn to Clarke, no run, another short ball and Clarke lets it fly over him again

45.6

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, too straight and Clarke whips the ball off his hips behind square

End of over 46 (5 runs) Australia 249/4
MJ Clarke    92* (107b 18x4)      DW Steyn    12-0-48-0
MEK Hussey    15* (23b 2x4 1x6)      Imran Tahir    5-0-39-0

John: "@Benny: Another first class match?? You've got to be kidding. Think of the injuries you could get playing an uneccessary match."

46.1

Imran Tahir to Clarke, 1 run, short ball outside off, Clarke goes back and cuts to deep point

46.2

Imran Tahir to Hussey, 1 run, that's much too wide, sliding across the left-hander, Hussey sits back and cuts

46.3

Imran Tahir to Clarke, FOUR, a rubbish full toss, Clarke meets it on the front foot and pulls to the square leg boundary, he's on 97

46.4

Imran Tahir to Clarke, 1 run, he steps out of his crease and plays a flowing drive to the fielder at long-on

46.5

Imran Tahir to Hussey, 2 runs, Hussey flicks the full ball off his pads to deep square leg

46.6

Imran Tahir to Hussey, FOUR, Tahir's torrid time continues, Hussey moves forward to a full ball outside off and cover drives for another boundary

End of over 47 (13 runs) Australia 262/4
MEK Hussey    22* (26b 3x4 1x6)      Imran Tahir    6-0-52-0
MJ Clarke    98* (110b 19x4)      DW Steyn    12-0-48-0

47.1

Steyn to Clarke, no run, Clarke moves back to turn a short of a length ball from round the wicket off his body behind square, the leading edge falls safely on the pitch

47.2

Steyn to Clarke, no run, that short ball pitches outside leg stump from round the wicket and continues down leg side, Clarke barely flinches

47.3

Steyn to Clarke, no run, Clarke moves back and across to fend a short of a length ball off his ribs

47.4

Steyn to Clarke, no run, 142 kph, a bouncer delivered from round the wicket, Clarke ducks

Deano: "With Tahir taking an absolute pummelling, can we all get off young Lyon's back a little and appreciate what a solid job he's doing for Australia. Spinners are targeted so heavily in modern day cricket these days. All of a sudden his 2 for 40-odd in each innings on a Gabba road looks pretty bloody good!"

47.5

Steyn to Clarke, no run, a fuller ball but wide outside leg stump, the ball is far away from Clarke's attempted glance

47.6

Steyn to Clarke, no run, defended off the pads towards short leg

End of over 48 (maiden) Australia 262/4
MJ Clarke    98* (116b 19x4)      DW Steyn    13-1-48-0
MEK Hussey    22* (26b 3x4 1x6)      Imran Tahir    6-0-52-0

Jindal: "What a tremendous form for Clarke. 4 centuries this year and last 3 all double. He would fancy completing the 4th double with the kind of form he is in!"

Tahir from round the wicket to the left-hander.

48.1

Imran Tahir to Hussey, no run, Hussey strides forward and blocks

48.2

Imran Tahir to Hussey, SIX, a long, long-hop, Hussey rocks back and hammers it to the cow corner boundary. Actually scratch that, he's pulled it over the boundary

48.3

Imran Tahir to Hussey, FOUR, Tahir predictably over-compensates by bowling a full ball outside off stump, Hussey moves forward and drives to the cover boundary

48.4

Imran Tahir to Hussey, no run, Hussey pushes forward and defends towards backward point

48.5

Imran Tahir to Hussey, 1 run, full and straight, driven to long on for a single

Darren: "Good to see Australia getting some of their own back for the way South Africa treated Bryce McGain in his only test match."

48.6

Imran Tahir to Clarke, FOUR, 2012 is the year of Clarke, he gets to his fourth century this year by going back and cutting to the backward point boundary. Once again he's rescued his team from trouble, and he's scored rapidly

End of over 49 (15 runs) Australia 277/4
MJ Clarke    102* (117b 20x4)      Imran Tahir    7-0-67-0
MEK Hussey    33* (31b 4x4 2x6)      DW Steyn    13-1-48-0

Smudgeon: "Does Graeme Smith still have Botha's number? I'm sure he's at the ground today..."

49.1

Steyn to Hussey, no run, short of a length outside off from round the wicket, Hussey lets it go

49.2

Steyn to Hussey, no run, Hussey strides forward to another good length ball and shoulders arms

49.3

Steyn to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey moves forward and nudges a fuller ball towards midwicket

Steyn's over the wicket to Clarke now, by the way.

49.4

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, too straight and Clarke goes back to turn the ball off his pads towards fine leg

49.5

Steyn to Hussey, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Hussey lets it go

49.6

Steyn to Hussey, no run, Hussey sways out of the line of another short of a length delivery

End of over 50 (2 runs) Australia 279/4
MEK Hussey    34* (36b 4x4 2x6)      DW Steyn    14-1-50-0
MJ Clarke    103* (118b 20x4)      Imran Tahir    7-0-67-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
Series Results
Australia v South Africa at Perth - Nov 30-Dec 3, 2012
South Africa won by 309 runs
Australia v South Africa at Adelaide - Nov 22-26, 2012
Match drawn
Australia v South Africa at Brisbane - Nov 9-13, 2012
Match drawn
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