December 16-20, 2005

Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Perth

Australia 258 (Ponting 71, Ntini 5-64) and 8 for 528 dec (Hodge 203*, Hussey 58, Ponting 53) drew with South Africa 296 (de Villiers 68, Boucher 62, Lee 5-93) and 5 for 287 (Rudolph 102*, Kemp 55)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

5th day

Bulletin - Resolute Rudolph thwarts Australia
Verdict - Fighting the good fight
Quotes - Smith confident after marathon draw
Gallery - South Africa stick it out
News - South Africa issue complaint over crowd

4th day

Bulletin - Hodge makes his first century a double
Verdict - A hurrah for Hodge
News - Langer misses second Test
Ashwell Prince interview - Filling Jonty's boots
Gallery - Hodge's day in the sun

3rd day

Bulletin - Hodge and Hussey tilt the scales
Verdict - Patience pays
Gallery - The Hodge and Hussey show

2nd day

Bulletin - Boucher and Lee set up tense contest
Verdict - Waxing Warne
Herschelle Gibbs interview - South Africa's natural born thriller
Gallery - Tense battle for high ground

1st day

Bulletin - Ntini five-for restricts Australia to 258
Verdict - The middle order comes a cropper
Gallery - Ntini rocks Australia with five-for

Preview package

Preview - Talking the talk
Quotes - Lillee happy for Warne to take record
News - Kallis battles to get fit