Australia v South Africa 2008-09

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Australia v South Africa, second Test, Melbourne, 2008-09

From hopelessness to neverland

Sep 5, 2010: South Africa's epochal series win in Australia had everything international sport should

Neil Manthorp

Second Test

Australia v South Africa 2008-09

Apr 15, 2009: Wisden's review of Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, 2008-09

Chloe Saltau

South Africa greats hail triumph in Australia

'Absolutely incredible'

Dec 30, 2008: South Africa greats hail triumph in Australia

Nagraj Gollapudi

Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 5th day

'Rebuilding will take a while' - Ponting

Dec 30, 2008: Ricky Ponting is resigned to a rebuilding period that could last years after Australia lost their first home Test series for 16 seasons. South Africa will overtake Australia to become the No. 1-ranked Test team if they complete a clean sweep in Sydney, ha

Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 5th day

An empire in disarray

Dec 30, 2008: Australian cricket's fortress hasn't just cracked - that has been happening for the past 12 months - it has now officially imploded. The foundations began to shake during last summer's home series against India, the roof caved in with the 2-0 loss in Indi

Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

A triumph beyond sport

Dec 30, 2008: The significance of South Africa's historic series win transcends cricket

Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 5th day

'South African cricket's greatest year' - Smith

Dec 30, 2008: Graeme Smith has hailed a shift in the power-balance in world cricket after what he described as the greatest year in the South African team's history. Smith entered the tour calm and composed and aiming to be the first man to lead South Africa to a serie

Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 5th day

It's not funny anymore

Dec 30, 2008: Australia's rebuild has turned into a major unplanned renovation after the series defeat to South Africa

Peter English

Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 5th day

Records galore for South Africa and Smith

Dec 30, 2008: Stats highlights from South Africa's historic eight-wicket win, which gave them their first series win in Australia

S Rajesh

Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 5th day

Record years and stress fractures

Dec 30, 2008: Plays of the day for day five of the second Test between Australia and South Africa

Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Sydney

Selectors expect Hayden to play on

Dec 30, 2008: Matthew Hayden will not use the Sydney Test as a farewell and he remains in Australia's plans for 2009, according to the chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch. Hayden has held onto his spot for the third Test at the SCG and he is in a 12-man squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 5th day

Smith leads South Africa to drought-breaking success

Dec 30, 2008: Graeme Smith's cool 75 set up South Africa's first series win in Australia as they eased to a nine-wicket victory

The Bulletin by Peter English

Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 4th day

Injuries and form worry Australia

Dec 29, 2008: By the close of play South Africa were in sight of a historic series win and Ricky Ponting was left wondering what could be done to stem the bleeding

Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 4th day

'I've got no history on my back' - Steyn

Dec 29, 2008: Dale Steyn is the reigning ICC Test Player of the Year and judging by his efforts at the MCG it is a title he won't be giving up easily. Steyn has produced the performance of his career to drive South Africa within sight of a Test victory that would not o

Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 4th day

Hayden must go

Dec 29, 2008: If Matthew Hayden does not decide to end his career after this match, Australia's selectors must be brave enough to finish it for him

Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 4th day

Heads and tales

Dec 29, 2008: Cricinfo presents the plays of the day from day four of the second Test between Australia and South Africa in Melbourne

Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 4th day

Steyn stars as South Africa close on historic victory

Dec 29, 2008: South Africa need another 153 runs to overturn two decades of Australian dominance at home

The Bulletin by Peter English

Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

Australia get a taste of their own medicine

Dec 28, 2008: There were plenty of stats highlights on a day when South Africa turned the tables on Australia. Here are the important numbers

S Rajesh

Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

A most disappointing day - Clarke

Dec 28, 2008: The one-sided day has left Australia with little chance of levelling the series in the next two days

Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

The South African Mr Cricket

Dec 28, 2008: It is a measure of South Africa's batting strength that JP Duminy was not in their starting line-up when the tour began. In a similar way that Michael Hussey's first few months of Test cricket left non-Australians wondering how on earth he had been overlo

Brydon Coverdale at the MCG
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