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Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 1st day

Ponting bats himself some relief

Dec 26, 2008: At the end of a year he this week described as the toughest of his career, Ricky Ponting's outstandingly fluent 101 on Boxing Day was an excellent sign

Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Plays of the day

McKenzie's costly drop

Dec 26, 2008: Plays of the day from day one of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and South Africa at the MCG

Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

How good is Haydos?

Dec 25, 2008: Matthew Hayden has played the muscular biffer, pillaging mostly average attacks with great success. Is he among the greatest openers, as his figures seem to indicate?

Christian Ryan

Weaklings turn bullies

Dec 21, 2008: South Africa have never, yet, snared a series in Australia. But suddenly their corner looks very compellingly like the one to be in

Robert Houwing

Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Perth, 5th day

Chokers no more

Dec 21, 2008: History is written by the victors and this year South Africa have made so many alterations to the accepted version that the past is now irrelevant

Brydon Coverdale in Perth

No usurpers here

Dec 21, 2008: Why South Africa aren't really challenging Australia for No. 1 yet

Ian Chappell

Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Perth, 3rd day

Ridden by doubt, Hayden's time is running out

Dec 19, 2008: On a day when Rahul Dravid at least delayed further queries about his retirement plans, Matthew Hayden's second failure of the match against South Africa has only intensified speculation over his future

Brydon Coverdale at the WACA

Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Perth, 2nd day

Johnson has a ball in his new home

Dec 18, 2008: Mitchell Johnson is like a wind-up toy. He'll tear in at the same speed all day but he has to be pointing in the right direction when the string is pulled

Brydon Coverdale at the WACA

Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Perth, 1st day

Neither side goes the distance

Dec 17, 2008: Since the teams last met nearly three years ago Australia's power has diminished while South Africa have grown stronger

Brydon Coverdale at the WACA

Bring on the exorcism

Dec 16, 2008: South Africa have been better in Australia than their recent results there indicate. Will they finally lay the ghosts to rest this time?

Colin Bryden

Does Kallis really go missing against Australia?

Dec 12, 2008: His overall stats against Australia are admittedly modest: in 18 Tests he averages only 38.32, but since 2000, his numbers have been much better

S Rajesh

Obsolete and essential

Dec 9, 2008: South Africa may not really need Jacques Kallis' runs at the moment, but he is a long way from being dispensable just yet

Robert Houwing

Downsides of the warm-up

Dec 4, 2008: Australia's low-key series win over New Zealand did not deliver all the solutions ahead of the South Africa title fight

Peter English

Returning to his first love

Nov 20, 2008: Duncan Fletcher wants to coach, but without the pressure of responsibility, and that's exactly what the South Africa job gives him

Neil Manthorp
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Australia v South Africa at Perth - Jan 30, 2009
South Africa won by 39 runs
Australia v South Africa at Adelaide - Jan 26, 2009
South Africa won by 8 wickets (with 71 balls remaining)
Australia v South Africa at Sydney - Jan 23, 2009
South Africa won by 3 wickets (with 21 balls remaining)
Australia v South Africa at Hobart - Jan 18, 2009
Australia won by 5 runs
Australia v South Africa at Melbourne - Jan 16, 2009
South Africa won by 3 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
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