Australia A v South Africa A, 1st day, Townsville August 14, 2014

Sandhu, O'Keefe keep South Africa A in check

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South Africa A 5 for 220 (Ontong 86, Bavuma 55, Sandhu 3-60) v Australia A

The South Africa A captain Justin Ontong fell short of a century on the first day of the second match against Australia A in Townsville, where it was slow going for the visitors after they chose to bat. Three wickets from Gurinder Sandhu caused some early problems for South Africa, but Ontong and Temba Bavuma led a recovery that allowed them to reach 5 for 220 at stumps.

Sandhu (3 for 60) had Heino Kuhn lbw for 6 and Khaya Zondo bowled for 3 to leave South Africa at 2 for 20, and when he added Reeza Hendricks for 32, the score was a slightly shaky 3 for 56. But Bavuma, fresh from his century in the first match last week, again staved off the Australians and formed a 78-run partnership with his captain, Ontong.

The left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe broke the stand when he had Bavuma caught attempting a pull for 55, but Ontong found further support from Farhaan Behardien. They put on 82 for the fifth wicket and looked set to survive until stumps when in the second last over of the afternoon, Ontong's edge onto his pad was snapped up at short leg by Matthew Wade.

That gave O'Keefe a second wicket and meant Ontong was out for 86, missing the chance to reach triple-figures. At stumps, Behardien was unbeaten on 35 and he had been joined by David Wiese, who was yet to face a ball.

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  • Soy on August 19, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    @ Glenn Tolson - hmmmmm, so what happened in this game then mate?

    243* by one of our players who can't even get a look in at tests?

    Hmmmmm - furthermore, how'd we go when we last toured your greentops?

    Hmmm - perhaps thinking before you speak, or measuring your sentiments, might save you the misfortune and embarrassment next time.

    How is Tahir's test career going? I can't wait until Dane Piedt plays an actual test cricket side, it'll be the same reality check for him as the one you received in this forum.

    Your SAF test side are very good, and I love a lot of your players. I want to see my AUS team do well, but I don't sling mud around needlessly.

    As you now know - slinging mud leaves the slinger with dirt all over themselves moreover than others.

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    @Glenn Tolson and who just beat you at home?

  • Peter on August 16, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    @Glen Toolson, I can't recall, did you make any comment on our visit over there? I think, not sure, but I think we won 2-1?

  • John on August 15, 2014, 21:47 GMT

    I applaud these games as it gives young players an opportunity and prepares them for test cricket. I am sitting in Sydney on a winters morning and it is cold. So good luck to these cricketers to be able to get a break from winter in the tropics.

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    So i take it you Aussie supporters were under a rock when the SA A side thumped your A side in the last game?!! By 8 wickets in three days. Double ton from Russow and 160+ from Bavuma...

    @jonsey2: So why didn't you win the last game then? I think we have enough depth bud, never mind Van Zyl and a few others who can't make the Proteas side yet. Remind me who's the number 1 test side? Watch out for Dane Piedt too.

    I just wish that the other test nations would agree to play us in a proper series (5 tests min), maybe they're scared...? Number 1, even though we play far less Test cricket than AUS, ENG, IND. Speaks volumes about our quality.

  • Bryn on August 15, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    why are we playing these games? this in no way is an australian a side. its about 4 or 5 sets of players removed from being a legit aus a team. that does show are considerable depth but it seems very pointless. @2nd_Slip-- hilarious comment, very funny stuff, well done. south africa literally have no depth to the point where you cant find enough batsmen to field a test 11 and you have never produced a spin bowler, ever.

  • Eddie on August 15, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    O'keefe bowling that well on a dry first day pitch shows how good he is. Selectors wasting all that time with Boyce was ridiculous. Boyce's record is literally twice as bad asSteve's in first class. 48 to 24 runs per wicket. Wish Steve had been picked for all the previous a four dayers. Plus his bowling in tandem with Lyon in the shield is a big reason Nsw won it last year. Okeefe should be on his way to the UAE

  • James on August 15, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    @2nd_slip: This isn't a genuine Australian 2nd XI, whereas for SA i think the first A game side was their genuine 2nd XI, am i right? I think we have better depth than SA for sure. I think ENG has the biggest pool of younger talented players, but i don't feel as if SA has more than us.

  • Soy on August 15, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    @2nd_Slip - you have no spinners of any note and Australia's pace-bowling stocks (whilst heavily thinned at the moment due to injury) are on par or superior to yours.

    I do admit that the side itself looks weak, the batting in particular, but fitness is the key.

    Pattinson, Starc, Cummins are all unavailable through injury. That hurts our main side let alone this A side.

    But I can't argue your point of weakness re: batting. They've simply picked the wrong players. Unless Joe Burns is injured (which Chris Lynn is, so that excuses his omission) he should feel betrayed.

    I'm excited to see David Wiese in your ranks though, been following him for years (via cricinfo stats and articles, sadly we get no domestic cricket here).

    Sandhu is a big slug of a man and I doubt he'll make it in the top level. He's innocuous looking and just seems to get wickets at domestic level.

    MOST EXCITING PART OF THIS - S'OK is not only playing, but doing as well as everyone expected. FINALLY!

  • Wayne on August 14, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    2nd_slip: Bold prediction. As a fellow Saffa I suggest more tactful comments otherwise we will be labelled brash, boerish, arrogant. Remember what goes around comes around and unfortunately we (SA) have been on the receiving end of many an Aussie beating over the years.

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