South Africa tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Commentary

South Africa in Australia Test Series - 1st Test

Australia v South Africa

South Africa won by 6 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

89.4

Steyn to Siddle, no run, Siddle gets behind the line of his first delivery and defends off the back foot with a straight bat

89.5

Steyn to Siddle, no run, now he comes half-forward and blocks a good length delivery pretty confidently

89.6

Steyn to Siddle, 1 run, Siddle scores his first Test runs with a push off the back foot through cover point

Australia 343/9   PM Siddle 1* (3b)

90.1

Morkel to Siddle, no run, full length but on leg stump, Siddle tries to work the ball towards square but misses

90.2

Morkel to Siddle, no run, banged in short by Morkel and Siddle bends to let the ball fly over his head

90.3

Morkel to Siddle, FOUR, shot Siddle! That's his first boundary in Test cricket! He picks the full ball off his pads and flicks towards long leg, Ntini runs towards his left from the boundary but can't stop the four even after diving

90.4

Morkel to Siddle, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

90.5

Morkel to Siddle, no run, 138 kmh from Morkel but the short of a length ball flies down leg side, Siddle can't make contact

90.6

Morkel to Siddle, no run, Morkel hits a good length around off stump, Siddle comes forward and presents a perfectly straight bat while defending, he's no Glenn McGrath, while bowling and batting!

Australia 347/9   PM Siddle 5* (9b 1x4)

91.2

Steyn to Siddle, no run, Siddle fends at a quick delivery outside off stump but gets beaten

91.3

Steyn to Siddle, no run, Steyn pitches short of a length outside off stump, Siddle swishes and misses

91.4

Steyn to Siddle, no run, Steyn fires in a bouncer but the length is too short and Siddle avoids it without too much sweat

91.5

Steyn to Siddle, 1 run, short of a length on middle stump, Siddle moves forward and nudges the ball towards midwicket and scurries through for the single

Australia 351/9   PM Siddle 6* (13b 1x4)

92.1

Morkel to Siddle, 2 runs, Siddle stays in his crease and drives the length delivery from outside off through the gap at cover

92.2

Morkel to Siddle, no run, Krejza gets squared up by a good length ball and plays it towards gully

92.3

Morkel to Siddle, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Siddle stays on the back foot and plays the ball towards point

92.4

Morkel to Siddle, no run, banged in short by Morkel but it's mis-directed down leg side, Siddle tries to pull the ball but misses

92.5

Morkel to Siddle, 3 runs, take that! Siddle comes forward, reaches out for a full ball outside off stump, and drives through the gap at cover point, it won't reach the boundary but Australia's score ticks over by three

Australia 356/9   PM Siddle 11* (18b 1x4)

94.1

Morkel to Siddle, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Siddle stays on the back foot and cuts towards gully, these two have had no problems this morning

94.2

Morkel to Siddle, FOUR, poor line, it's down leg side from Morkel, Siddle hops back and nudges the ball off his hips towards the fine leg boundary, he got inside the line of the ball by moving back and across

94.3

Morkel to Siddle, 1 run, pushed into the off side for another single, they're scoring steadily too!

94.6

Morkel to Siddle, no run, Siddle gets on to the front foot and defends a fuller ball towards cover

Australia 365/9   PM Siddle 16* (22b 2x4)

96.1

Ntini to Siddle, no run, starts with a good length ball outside off stump, Siddle pushes forward to defend but pulls his bat inside the line

96.2

Ntini to Siddle, no run, Siddle fends at a short of a length delivery outside off and gets an outside edge which falls short of gully

96.3

Ntini to Siddle, 2 runs, another edge but this one goes between third slip and gully towards third man, Ntini's drawing Siddle forward with his length and his wide-of-the-crease angle at delivery is causing problems

96.4

Ntini to Siddle, no run, Ntini goes past the outside edge again, that one hit the pitch and straightened to beat the bat

96.5

Ntini to Siddle, no run, fuller ball angling into the right-hander, Siddle pushes towards gully

96.6

Ntini to Siddle, no run, defended on the off side

Australia 367/9   PM Siddle 18* (28b 2x4)

97.5

Steyn to Siddle, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, Steyn was looking for the yorker, Siddle moves forward and plays the ball through square leg

Australia 371/9   PM Siddle 19* (29b 2x4)

98.1

Ntini to Siddle, no run, Ntini goes wide of the crease and hits a good length outside off stump, Siddle defends inside the line and the ball beats the bat

98.2

Ntini to Siddle, FOUR, what a shot that is! Siddle gets on to the front foot and drives a length delivery from outside off through the vacant region at mid-off, the WACA crowd roars the ball all the way to the boundary

98.3

Ntini to Siddle, no run, Ntini's back to beating the outside edge, Siddle pushes forward but doesn't judge Ntini's angle correctly

98.4

Ntini to Siddle, no run, fuller ball on off stump, Siddle strides forward and drives towards cover

98.5

Ntini to Siddle, OUT, South Africa have finally taken the wicket! He bowls a full ball outside off stump, Siddle goes for the big drive and gets a faint edge through to Boucher who flings the ball in the air after taking an easy catch

PM Siddle c †Boucher b Ntini 23 (40m 34b 3x4 0x6) SR: 67.64

Australia 375/10   PM Siddle 23 (34b 3x4)
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Series Results
Australia v South Africa at Sydney - Jan 3-7, 2009
Australia won by 103 runs
Australia v South Africa at Melbourne - Dec 26-30, 2008
South Africa won by 9 wickets
Australia v South Africa at Perth - Dec 17-21, 2008
South Africa won by 6 wickets
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Dec 21, 2008

JP Duminy drives on his way to a half-century, Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Perth, 5th day, December 21, 2008

JP Duminy drives on his way to a half-century

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Dec 21, 2008

AB de Villiers and JP Duminy walk back after completing the incredible chase, Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Perth, December 21, 2008

AB de Villiers and JP Duminy walk back after completing the incredible chase

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