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
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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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  • SoyQuearns 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.

  • on August 16, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    @Glenn Tolson and who just beat you at home?

  • Chris_P 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?

  • duralsumo 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.

  • 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.

  • jonesy2 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.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker 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

  • xtrafalgarx 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.

  • SoyQuearns 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!

  • BokkeForever 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.

  • SoyQuearns 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.

  • on August 16, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    @Glenn Tolson and who just beat you at home?

  • Chris_P 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?

  • duralsumo 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.

  • 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.

  • jonesy2 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.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker 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

  • xtrafalgarx 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.

  • SoyQuearns 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!

  • BokkeForever 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.

  • on August 14, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    @2nd slip, I'm not sure how true that is as I've not seen a lot of SA's 2nd xi players, but they are certainly putting on a good show at the moment.

    The development of Sandhu is certainly interesting, he does get good bounce and seems a little more durable than some of the other young blokes. It will be interesting to see how he goes when he has to bowl on slower, lower wickets.

  • Chris_P on August 14, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    @landl47. As you know, I get to most NSW games. Sandhu, while impressive wouldn't get run with NSW if all bowlers were available. Agree with you re:Starc, Cummins is coming fine as is Pattinson. I see Sayers different to Siddle however the 3 games I have seen him he was completely out bowed by both Hazelwood & Copeland so my jury is still out on him until a few more games.

  • 2nd_Slip on August 14, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Although a slightly weaker team than the one we fielded last week, i still think we will thrash this weak Aus A side. SA has far better reserve talent than any other test nation at the moment

  • seagrip on August 14, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    P Hughes test average is higher than Cowans despite Cowan getting his all in one chunk and not being in and out like a yoyo and asked to change his technique every other week. Please don't waste our time with people like Cowan and Forrest who will never be good enough for Aus in any format of the game. Play Hughes now.

  • seagrip on August 14, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    It is completely ridiculous that Hughes is not in the Aus squad in all formats of the game. He has been completely mismanaged by Australian selectors particularly when he was first dropped because the English gutter press led the selectors to believe he had poor 'technique'. The same poor technique that saw him flay a much better pace attack in South Africa and the same technique that saw him score big runs for Middlesex in English conditions immediately prior to the Ashes. Dropped with a test and first class average of close to 50 first time round is ridiculous. Been in and out since - dropped again after a good knock against NZ, dropped again in the ashes when he was the leading scorer on tour. Of his 26 tests 17 have been played away from home. P Hughes averages 45 in FC cricket, 48 in List A, 44 in T20. Cowan averages 39 in FC cricket, 35 in List A and 18 in T20. P Hughes has 26 FC centuries aged 25. E Cowan has 17 FC centuries aged 32.

  • landl47 on August 14, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Watched a bit of it on the Cricket Australia site. Sandhu looks a lot like Chris Tremlett- great big heavy-set bloke, not real quick but bowls a good line and length and gets some lift. I haven't seen enough of him to say for certain, but he looks as though fielding would be a real challenge. Still, if he can stay fit (always an issue for someone of his size) he's definitely got something going for him. Steve O'Keefe again looks so much better than some of those who have been given runs in the international sides. 2-40 off 21 overs shows control and some penetration, pretty good on a first-day wicket.

    @Wefinishthis: Pattinson and Cummins might be good if they can stay fit; wasn't impressed by Bird, not quick and doesn't do much with the ball; haven't seen Sayers, but isn't he pretty much a dead ringer for Siddle? Not that there's anything wrong with that. I do rate Starc, though; quick, moves the ball and bowls at an awkward angle. Just needs consistency.

  • dunger.bob on August 14, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Sandhu got some wickets in the first match as well. .. wouldn't it be good if he somehow played against India and got a heap of wickets. I was hoping for more from Berendorf but maybe he bowled ok but with no luck.

  • xtrafalgarx on August 14, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    @Wefinishthis: Siddle has been our best bowler in the past 3 years. He is solid.

  • Wefinishthis on August 14, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Wow, quite a bit can be taken from this first day. The NSW pair of Sandu and O'Keefe are simply fantastic bowlers. Even if they don't take another wicket the rest of the match, they're the ones who have got the top 5 which is what matters. Had Sayers been playing instead of Behrendorf/Mckay, SA A would be in all sorts of trouble. I've said for years on this site that Harris is our best bowler, but MJ has surprisingly managed to put a string of miracle-games together to help us beat England and SA. The good news is that following Harris/MJ's retirement, Bird, Pattinson, Cummins, Sandu and Sayers have all looked like they have the potential to be great bowlers. I still don't rate Starc or Siddle (except as a squad bowler).

  • xtrafalgarx on August 14, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    Sandhu looks a throw back to the line and length Mcgrath type of bowling. He has a good record so far, hopefully he can add a few more games up his sleeve and maybe gain a yard of pace? He could be a good Siddle type bowler.

    Looks like O'Keefe has a knack of taking wickets, this is a flat pitch by all accounts so good signs for him too.

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  • xtrafalgarx on August 14, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    Sandhu looks a throw back to the line and length Mcgrath type of bowling. He has a good record so far, hopefully he can add a few more games up his sleeve and maybe gain a yard of pace? He could be a good Siddle type bowler.

    Looks like O'Keefe has a knack of taking wickets, this is a flat pitch by all accounts so good signs for him too.

  • Wefinishthis on August 14, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Wow, quite a bit can be taken from this first day. The NSW pair of Sandu and O'Keefe are simply fantastic bowlers. Even if they don't take another wicket the rest of the match, they're the ones who have got the top 5 which is what matters. Had Sayers been playing instead of Behrendorf/Mckay, SA A would be in all sorts of trouble. I've said for years on this site that Harris is our best bowler, but MJ has surprisingly managed to put a string of miracle-games together to help us beat England and SA. The good news is that following Harris/MJ's retirement, Bird, Pattinson, Cummins, Sandu and Sayers have all looked like they have the potential to be great bowlers. I still don't rate Starc or Siddle (except as a squad bowler).

  • xtrafalgarx on August 14, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    @Wefinishthis: Siddle has been our best bowler in the past 3 years. He is solid.

  • dunger.bob on August 14, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Sandhu got some wickets in the first match as well. .. wouldn't it be good if he somehow played against India and got a heap of wickets. I was hoping for more from Berendorf but maybe he bowled ok but with no luck.

  • landl47 on August 14, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Watched a bit of it on the Cricket Australia site. Sandhu looks a lot like Chris Tremlett- great big heavy-set bloke, not real quick but bowls a good line and length and gets some lift. I haven't seen enough of him to say for certain, but he looks as though fielding would be a real challenge. Still, if he can stay fit (always an issue for someone of his size) he's definitely got something going for him. Steve O'Keefe again looks so much better than some of those who have been given runs in the international sides. 2-40 off 21 overs shows control and some penetration, pretty good on a first-day wicket.

    @Wefinishthis: Pattinson and Cummins might be good if they can stay fit; wasn't impressed by Bird, not quick and doesn't do much with the ball; haven't seen Sayers, but isn't he pretty much a dead ringer for Siddle? Not that there's anything wrong with that. I do rate Starc, though; quick, moves the ball and bowls at an awkward angle. Just needs consistency.

  • seagrip on August 14, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    It is completely ridiculous that Hughes is not in the Aus squad in all formats of the game. He has been completely mismanaged by Australian selectors particularly when he was first dropped because the English gutter press led the selectors to believe he had poor 'technique'. The same poor technique that saw him flay a much better pace attack in South Africa and the same technique that saw him score big runs for Middlesex in English conditions immediately prior to the Ashes. Dropped with a test and first class average of close to 50 first time round is ridiculous. Been in and out since - dropped again after a good knock against NZ, dropped again in the ashes when he was the leading scorer on tour. Of his 26 tests 17 have been played away from home. P Hughes averages 45 in FC cricket, 48 in List A, 44 in T20. Cowan averages 39 in FC cricket, 35 in List A and 18 in T20. P Hughes has 26 FC centuries aged 25. E Cowan has 17 FC centuries aged 32.

  • seagrip on August 14, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    P Hughes test average is higher than Cowans despite Cowan getting his all in one chunk and not being in and out like a yoyo and asked to change his technique every other week. Please don't waste our time with people like Cowan and Forrest who will never be good enough for Aus in any format of the game. Play Hughes now.

  • 2nd_Slip on August 14, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Although a slightly weaker team than the one we fielded last week, i still think we will thrash this weak Aus A side. SA has far better reserve talent than any other test nation at the moment

  • Chris_P on August 14, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    @landl47. As you know, I get to most NSW games. Sandhu, while impressive wouldn't get run with NSW if all bowlers were available. Agree with you re:Starc, Cummins is coming fine as is Pattinson. I see Sayers different to Siddle however the 3 games I have seen him he was completely out bowed by both Hazelwood & Copeland so my jury is still out on him until a few more games.

  • on August 14, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    @2nd slip, I'm not sure how true that is as I've not seen a lot of SA's 2nd xi players, but they are certainly putting on a good show at the moment.

    The development of Sandhu is certainly interesting, he does get good bounce and seems a little more durable than some of the other young blokes. It will be interesting to see how he goes when he has to bowl on slower, lower wickets.