South Africa in Australia, 2005-06 January 6, 2006

When declarations attack

Kanishkaa Balachandran
Records tumble at Sydney

Ricky Ponting's unique double © Getty Images
When the Number 11 never ventured out
South Africa is only the second team in history to lose a Test match after declaring both innings. The first such instance was in 1967-68 when West Indies lost the fourth Test against England at Trinidad. However, in 1986, Australia's decision to declare both innings nearly backfired in the famous Tied Test against India at Madras.

A record spread over 106 years
Australia achieved the highest successful run chase at the Sydney Cricket Ground when they chased 287 set by South Africa in the third Test at Sydney. Australia figure in all the run chases above 200 runs in the fourth innings at this venue. The complete list is given below.

Highest run chases at Sydney
Final score Target By Against Year
288/2 287 Australia South Africa 2005/06
276/4 275 Australia England 1897/98
275/8 274 Australia England 1907/08
260/6 260 Australia New Zealand 1985/86
275/8 274 Australia England 1907/08
219/4 216 Australia England 1979/80
214/5 214 Australia England 1946/47

Ponting's run riot
Ricky Ponting set a world record for being the first batsman to score centuries in both innings of his 100th Test. Ponting hit 120 and 143* respectively and his match aggregate of 263 runs is also the highest for a batsman playing in his 100th Test match. Inzamam-ul-Haq is next on the list when he aggregated 215 runs (184 and 31*) against India at Bangalore in 2004-05.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is editorial assistant of Cricinfo