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

5.3

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, Is that a run out? Surely not! Clarke gets a bouncer first up and fends it towards the off side, he sets off for a single and Katich has to hurry, the fielder from cover - Morne Morkel - picks up and hits the stumps, Katich dives full length and just makes his ground! What excitement!

Australia 16/3   MJ Clarke 1* (1b)

6.1

Ntini to Clarke, no run, Ntini slants a full ball into the right-hander from wide of the crease, Clarke clips it off his toes but can't beat the fielder at midwicket

6.2

Ntini to Clarke, no run, shorter length and the line is wider outside off stump, Clarke lets it go through to the wicketkeeper, three slips and a gully in place

6.3

Ntini to Clarke, no run, terrific ball, Ntini hits the perfect length and draws Clarke into a forward push, the ball straightens off the pitch and goes past the outside edge

6.4

Ntini to Clarke, no run, fuller ball on off stump, Clarke moves forward and plays it towards cover

6.5

Ntini to Clarke, no run, Clarke gets on to the front foot and defends a good length ball on off stump with a straight bat

6.6

Ntini to Clarke, 2 runs, shot! Clarke moves forward and drives a full ball from Ntini through cover, he hasn't timed it well enough to get four though

Australia 18/3   MJ Clarke 3* (7b)

7.5

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, Steyn fires in a full delivery and Clarke falls over after flicking it off his pads towards long leg

Australia 22/3   MJ Clarke 4* (8b)

8.1

Ntini to Clarke, no run, Ntini goes wide of the crease, which is his usual delivery position, and slants a good length ball into Clarke's off stump, he pushes off the front foot towards point

8.2

Ntini to Clarke, 1 no ball, Ntini's over-stepped this time, the first extra of the innings, Clarke defends

8.2

Ntini to Clarke, no run, that's a close leave, Ntini angles the ball into the right-hander, Clarke lunges forward and lets it go, the ball passes extremely close to off stump, Clarke's trusting the bounce at the WACA for the line was extremely close

8.3

Ntini to Clarke, no run, played off the back foot with an open face behind point

8.4

Ntini to Clarke, no run, this time the line is wider outside off stump and Clarke can let it go more comfortably

8.5

Ntini to Clarke, no run, Ntini goes wide again and pitches outside off, Clarke watches it closely from his crease and shoulders arms

8.6

Ntini to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Clarke stays in his crease and lets the ball go past

Australia 23/3   MJ Clarke 4* (15b)

10.1

Ntini to Clarke, no run, good length from Ntini, he pitches outside off stump and Clarke lets the ball pass

10.2

Ntini to Clarke, no run, fuller length and the angle of the delivery slanting into the right-hander is sharper, Clarke moves forward and defends towards point

10.3

Ntini to Clarke, 2 runs, this time the line is a bit too straight and Clarke is able to nudge the ball off his pads behind square

10.4

Ntini to Clarke, no run, once again Clarke lets the ball pass close to his off stump, the length was short enough to ensure that the ball would pass over the stumps

10.5

Ntini to Clarke, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

10.6

Ntini to Clarke, no run, short of a length and straighter from Ntini, Clarke moves across and plays the ball towards midwicket

Australia 31/3   MJ Clarke 6* (21b)

12.1

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Clarke lets the ball go

12.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, good length and the line is closer to off stump, Clarke defends on the off side

12.3

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, Morkel's line is on middle and leg, Clarke moves back and across and nudges the ball off his hips towards square leg

Australia 44/3   MJ Clarke 7* (24b)

13.1

Kallis to Clarke, no run, fullish length on middle and leg, Clarke clips the ball off his pads towards mid-on

13.2

Kallis to Clarke, FOUR, that's Clarke's first boundary, Kallis' length was good outside off stump, Clarke leans forward and opens the face to steer the ball past gully for four, it wasn't the most confident shot

13.3

Kallis to Clarke, no run, fuller length on middle stump, Clarke pushes the ball past the bowler towards mid-on

13.4

Kallis to Clarke, FOUR, he's flayed that! Kallis gave him and ball to drive outside off and Clarke smashed it, absolutely smashed it. He moved his foot forward, swung his bat hard, and placed the ball in the gap

13.5

Kallis to Clarke, no run, the length is a bit shorter this time and Clarke lets the ball go

13.6

Kallis to Clarke, no run, good length delivery on off stump, Clarke defends on the back foot with a straight bat

Australia 52/3   MJ Clarke 15* (30b 2x4)

14.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short of a length on off and middle, Clarke moves back in his crease and defends on the off side

14.3

Morkel to Clarke, no run, "No!" shouts Clarke after pushing a good length delivery off the back foot towards point

14.4

Morkel to Clarke, (no ball) 1 run, "Yeah, yeah, yeah," says Clarke this time after moving forward and pushing the ball just in front of the fielder at point

Australia 55/3   MJ Clarke 16* (33b 2x4)

15.1

Kallis to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves forward and nudges the ball towards midwicket, he's pushed it in front of the fielder and gets the single

Australia 56/3   MJ Clarke 17* (34b 2x4)

16.1

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Clarke moves back and across and lets it go

16.2

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, full ball outside off stump, Clarke plays the ball in front of the man at point and calls for the single

16.5

Morkel to Clarke, no run, defended on the leg side

16.6

Morkel to Clarke, no run, look at the bounce on that one! It's not that short but the ball rises sharply on Clarke who has to weave out of the way at the last moment

Australia 58/3   MJ Clarke 18* (38b 2x4)

18.1

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, Morkel bowls a full delivery on middle stump, Clarke nudges towards midwicket where Ntini doesn't pick up cleanly, it could have been a close call at the non-striker's end if he had

Australia 63/3   MJ Clarke 19* (39b 2x4)

19.1

Kallis to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Clarke lunges forward and shoulders arms

19.2

Kallis to Clarke, 1 run, too straight from Kallis, Clarke moves across and flicks the ball off his pads through square leg

Australia 67/3   MJ Clarke 20* (41b 2x4)

20.1

Morkel to Clarke, no run, good length ball around off stump, Clarke moves back and defends with as straight bat

20.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short of a length angling into the right-hander, Clarke tries to play the ball on the leg side but gets into an awkward position, the ball drops towards short leg off the glove

20.3

Morkel to Clarke, no run, played on the off side on the back foot

20.4

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short of a length and the ball rises sharply on Clarke who stays on the back foot and defends on the off side

20.5

Morkel to Clarke, no run, Clarke gets behind the line nicely and defends on the off side, Morkel's not giving away much in terms of line and length

20.6

Morkel to Clarke, no run, Morkel hurries Clarke with another lifter from short of a length, Clarke realises he can't play it and does extremely well to squeeze out of the way

Australia 69/3   MJ Clarke 20* (47b 2x4)

22.1

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short of a length delivery angling into the right-hander, Clarke stays in his crease and defends towards the leg side

22.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, fuller length slanting into middle stump, Clarke pushes the ball towards midwicket

22.3

Morkel to Clarke, 2 runs, dug in short into Clarke's ribs, Clarke moves back and nudges the ball in the air but past the man at short leg for two

22.4

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short of a length on off stump, Clarke stands tall on the back foot and defends on the off side

22.5

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, that was in the air again! Clarke nudges a short ball from his ribs past Amla at short leg, the South Africans were excited but Clarke hit that firmly, if Amla was a little squarer it would have gone straight to him

Australia 72/3   MJ Clarke 23* (52b 2x4)

23.3

Harris to Clarke, no run, bowled flat through the air into Clarke, he defends on the front foot

23.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, flighted delivery on middle stump, Clarke moves forward and blocks

23.5

Harris to Clarke, no run, superb ball! Harris drifted it into the right-hander, Clarke came forward to defend but the ball beat him in the flight and then spun past the outside edge, that was close to the stumps

23.6

Harris to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot towards the leg side

Australia 74/3   MJ Clarke 23* (56b 2x4)

25.1

Harris to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

25.2

Harris to Clarke, no run, Clarke moves forward and plays the ball towards cover

25.3

Harris to Clarke, no run, tossed up from round the wicket, Clarke lunges forward and blocks

25.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, tossed up slowly and Clarke nudges the ball towards mid-on, Amla sticks his hand out from forward short leg but the ball is past him

25.5

Harris to Clarke, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

25.6

Harris to Clarke, no run, defended solidly with a straight bat

Australia 74/3   MJ Clarke 23* (62b 2x4)

27.1

Steyn to Clarke, no run, good length right away on off stump, Clarke gets behind the line on the back foot and blocks

27.2

Steyn to Clarke, no run, Steyn moves this one into Clarke, we haven't seen much of the inswinger today, Clarke defends on the back foot

27.3

Steyn to Clarke, no run, more movement into the right-hander, Clarke pushes towards mid-on, could it be reversing?

27.4

Steyn to Clarke, no run, Clarke plays a rash shot, the length was just a trifle short and Clarke saw the width outside off and tried to hammer it through cover, the ball beat the bat

27.5

Steyn to Clarke, no run, Steyn replies with a fast bouncer and Clarke drops his wrists and lets it pass

27.6

Steyn to Clarke, no run, good length to finish the over, Clarke blocks off the back foot and Steyn completes a maiden over

Australia 78/3   MJ Clarke 23* (68b 2x4)

28.2

Ntini to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Clarke lets it go through to Boucher

28.3

Ntini to Clarke, no run, Ntini hits a good length outside off and Clarke once again shoulders arms

28.4

Ntini to Clarke, no run, short of a length and wide outside off stump, Clarke gets on top of the bounce to hit the ball through cover but mis-times it

28.5

Ntini to Clarke, no run, fuller length and Ntini delivers it from extremely wide of the crease, Clarke leans forward and defends

28.6

Ntini to Clarke, 3 runs, that's flashy from Clarke, he reaches out for a wide ball and hits it uppishly into the gap at cover point, he hasn't timed it well either

Australia 82/3   MJ Clarke 26* (73b 2x4)

29.1

Steyn to Clarke, FOUR, more flash from Pup, he slashes at a wide delivery outside off (the length wasn't short) without moving his feet and gets an outside edge between gully and slisp for four

29.2

Steyn to Clarke, no run, full ball angling into the right-hander, Clarke pushes towards cover on the front foot

29.3

Steyn to Clarke, no run, Steyn gives him a short one and Clarke sways his head out of the way

29.4

Steyn to Clarke, no run, another short one and Clarke takes evasive action by ducking, this is a good contest after lunch

29.5

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, Steyn errs by slanting down the leg side, Clarke flicks off his pads towards long log

Australia 87/3   MJ Clarke 31* (78b 3x4)

31.1

Kallis to Clarke, 2 runs, full ball on off stump, played behind square on the off side

31.2

Kallis to Clarke, no run, good length ball on off stump with a hint of movement into the right-hander, Clarke comes forward and defends with a straight bat

31.3

Kallis to Clarke, no run, fuller ball on off stump, Clarke moves his foot forward and drives towards mid-off

31.4

Kallis to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot towards cover

31.5

Kallis to Clarke, no run, Kallis gets the ball to cut into the right-hander from outside off stump, Clarke stays in his crease and blocks

31.6

Kallis to Clarke, no run, 131.7 kmh from Kallis, Clarke defends the good length delivery towards mid-on

Australia 96/3   MJ Clarke 33* (84b 3x4)

32.4

Ntini to Clarke, no run, good length ball, pitches outside off stump and slants into the right-hander, Clarke moves forward and shoulders arms, the ball passes close to off stump

32.5

Ntini to Clarke, no run, driven off the front foot towards cover

32.6

Ntini to Clarke, no run, Clarke moves forward and shoulders arms to another one close to off stump

Australia 97/3   MJ Clarke 33* (87b 3x4)

33.3

Kallis to Clarke, no run, good length delivery out side off stump, Clarke stands on the back foot and drives towards cover

33.4

Kallis to Clarke, no run, fuller length on middle stump, driven off the front foot towards mid on

33.5

Kallis to Clarke, no run, Kallis bowls a wide one outside off stump, Clarke reaches out for it but mis-times the cover drive

33.6

Kallis to Clarke, no run, Kallis pitches on a good length outside off stump, Clarke moves back but doesn't play a shot

Australia 98/3   MJ Clarke 33* (91b 3x4)

34.3

Ntini to Clarke, no run, defended on the back foot

34.4

Ntini to Clarke, no run, Clarke strides forward to a good length ball and defends towards cover

34.5

Ntini to Clarke, 1 leg bye, Clarke moves back and works a short of a length ball off his hips behind square

Australia 106/3   MJ Clarke 33* (94b 3x4)

35.1

Kallis to Clarke, no run, loud appeal for lbw but Kallis cuts his shout short after realising that Clarke got an inside edge, the ball was full and moving into Clarke who tried to flick but missed, it would have missed leg as well

35.2

Kallis to Clarke, no run, left alone outside off stump

35.3

Kallis to Clarke, 2 runs, flicked off the pads through midwicket for two more

35.4

Kallis to Clarke, no run, good length delivery on off and middle, Clarke moves forward and defends with a straight bat

35.5

Kallis to Clarke, FOUR, dismissed, by the batsman that is! Kallis drops short and Clarke gets into the perfect position to play the pull, he hits the ball in front of midwicket with a lot of power, superb shot

35.6

Kallis to Clarke, no run, better length outside off stump, left alone by the batsman

Australia 112/3   MJ Clarke 39* (100b 4x4)

36.2

Steyn to Clarke, no run, Steyn pitches the ball on a good length outside off and cuts it off the pitch into Clarke who defends towards cover on the back foot

36.3

Steyn to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke brings up the 100 partnership in some style, Steyn gives him width outside off stump and Clarke frees his arms and cuts the ball in the air over point for four, lovely shot

36.4

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, Steyn bowls a full ball on leg stump and Clarke clips it towards long leg for one more

Australia 118/3   MJ Clarke 44* (103b 5x4)

37.2

Harris to Clarke, no run, Harris bowls a quicker one that skids through on Clarke, I don;t think Clarke picked it and he ended up defending it rather late on the back foot

37.3

Harris to Clarke, no run, this time he's well forward and defends with a straight bat

37.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, Clarke takes a step out and defends once again, Amla's not standing at a conventional short leg, he's very straight

37.5

Harris to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot

37.6

Harris to Clarke, no run, flighted delivery outside off stump, Clarke moves forward and defends on the off side

Australia 120/3   MJ Clarke 44* (108b 5x4)

39.1

Harris to Clarke, no run, bowled slowly through the air into the right hander from round the wicket, defended on the front foot

39.2

Harris to Clarke, no run, Harris spins the ball away from the right-hander, Clarke defends on the off side

39.3

Harris to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke gives Harris the charge, he was looking to hit over wide long on but he got a thick inside edge through midwicket instead, not where he intended it to go

39.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

39.5

Harris to Clarke, no run, bowled quickly through the air by Harris, Clarke strides forward and blocks

39.6

Harris to Clarke, no run, slower from Harris this time and Clarke leans forward and defends once again, Harris has been extremely tidy today, only four runs off five overs

Australia 123/3   MJ Clarke 46* (114b 5x4)

40.6

Steyn to Clarke, no run, Steyn ends the over with a short ball, Clarke lets it pass

Australia 126/3   MJ Clarke 46* (115b 5x4)

41.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, Harris drifts on to middle and leg, Clarke waits for it and pushes the ball towards midwicket

41.5

Harris to Clarke, FOUR, shot Pup! He charges Harris, gets to the pitch of the ball, and smashes it over the bowler's head for four, terrific shot to bring up a half-century

41.6

Harris to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot

Australia 131/3   MJ Clarke 50* (118b 6x4)

42.3

Steyn to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Clarke moves back and defends on the off side

42.4

Steyn to Clarke, 1 wide, short ball outside off stump, it's too short and Aleem Dar calls it wide for height

42.4

Steyn to Clarke, no run, another short ball outside off stump, this time it isn't wide

42.5

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke tries to force the ball through the off side but inside-edges the ball past his stumps

Australia 138/3   MJ Clarke 51* (121b 6x4)

43.1

Harris to Clarke, no run, defended back to the bowler on the front foot

43.2

Harris to Clarke, FOUR, that's too short, a long hop, and Clarke cashes in by moving back and cutting through cover point for four

43.3

Harris to Clarke, no run, Clarke tries to go over the top but mis-times it towards mid-off

43.4

Harris to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke closes the face of the bat too early and gets a leading edge towards short cover as the ball turns across him, the ball was in the air but de Villiers at short cover lost his footing and fell over, it might have been a catch had he not slipped

43.6

Harris to Clarke, no run, Clarke leans forward and defends with a straight bat

Australia 144/3   MJ Clarke 56* (126b 7x4)

45.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Clarke defends watchfully on the off side

45.5

Harris to Clarke, no run, he gives that a lot of air and Clarke drives the ball back to the bowler

45.6

Harris to Clarke, no run, defended on the back foot towards the bowler

Australia 146/3   MJ Clarke 56* (129b 7x4)

46.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, Morkel bowls a low full toss outside off stump, I don't think Clarke spotted that as the ball passed under the bat

46.3

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, too full on middle and leg, Clarke clips it off his pads towards long leg

46.5

Morkel to Clarke, no run, Morkel pitches short of a length and gets the ball to bounce steeply, Clarke drops his wrists and lets it pass, Morkel's 217 cm tall

46.6

Morkel to Clarke, 1 leg bye, Clarke uses the middle and leg stump line to play the ball off his pads behind square, Australia reach 150 and are regaining the ground they lost this morning

Australia 150/3   MJ Clarke 57* (133b 7x4)

47.1

Harris to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke steps out to Harris and drives the ball through cover for a single

Australia 151/3   MJ Clarke 58* (134b 7x4)

49.1

Harris to Clarke, 1 run, Harris drifts on to Clarke's pads with a round-arm action and the batsman plays it towards square leg

Australia 161/3   MJ Clarke 59* (135b 7x4)

50.1

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke stays in his crease and drives a short of a length delivery through cover

Australia 164/3   MJ Clarke 60* (136b 7x4)

51.1

Harris to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke gives Symonds the strike by moving back and working the ball off his pads behind square, ah he's come back for the second

51.2

Harris to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

51.3

Harris to Clarke, no run, bowled flatter through the air on off stump, Clarke moves back and defends

51.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, Harris drifts on to middle and leg, Clarke goes back and plays it towards short leg

51.5

Harris to Clarke, OUT, the double breakthrough! Clarke gives it away just before tea! He charges Harris and tries to go down the ground, he hits it with the inside part of the bat and lofts it straight to Smith who takes an easy catch at mid-on, he's thrilled, what a strike just before tea

MJ Clarke c Smith b Harris 62 (203m 141b 7x4 0x6) SR: 43.97

Australia 166/5   MJ Clarke 62 (141b 7x4)
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Australia won by 103 runs
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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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