South Africa tour of Australia, 3rd Test: Australia v South Africa at Sydney, Jan 3-7, 2009
Australia won by 103 runs
3,4,5,6,7 January 2009 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150

Hello and a very warm welcome to the first Test of 2009! I'm Jamie Alter, your commentator for this match, and along with our scorer Venkat Raghav allow me to wish you a very happy New Years.

This is a dead rubber Test, what with South Africa having wrapped up the series 2-0 before the end of last year. Lets see what this Test throws up. Plenty to watch, namely how Australia's two debutants perform and if Matthew Hayden can get into double figures. Can South Africa make it 3-0 and become the No. 1 side in the world? We will find out in the next five days.

We're moments away from the toss. Have you made your Fantasy League teams?

And now to the toss, which Ricky Ponting has won and decided to bat. With Brett Lee, Shane Watson and Andrew Symonds injured, Australia's is one of their most inexperienced attacks. The Victorian allrounder Andrew McDonald and NSW left-arm seam bowler Doug Bollinger make their debuts.

South Africa, who have named an unchanged team, are looking to inflict Australia's first home whitewash in 122 years.

Well I'm excited to see how this Test pans out. Do remember to keep the feedback emails coming. "At this point, looking at the absolute disarray in the Aussie ranks, I'm predicting a sweep by SA. They have the better bowling, batting, fielding and "attitude" . . . at the moment. This, and the recent victories by India, was needed. It's going to be very interesting to see if Australia can "swing back" towards what they once were," says Paul Skillicorn.

There's a little cloud covering but conditions look good for cricket otherwise. The spectators are out in pink for the McGrath foundation. A good crowd at the SCG.

I'll have to be honest, I don't know too much about the two Australian debutants, but here are some statistics. McDonald, 27, has made four half-centuries for Victoria and scored 324 runs at an average of 46.28 this summer. He has also taken 15 Sheffield Shield wickets, at an average 23.93.

Bollinger, also 27, topped last season's Pura Cup wicket-takers' list with 45 wickets for NSW at an average of 15.44. He first toured West Indies with the Test side last year but did not get a game. Oh, and he's had hair transplanted from Russia, I'm led to believe.

This is something we don't see very often - two left-arm fast bowlers in an Australian Test side. Chris Matthews and Bruce Reid played together in the 1980s. So yeah, its been a while. Ponting has said this Test is the beginning of an exciting era for Australian cricket.

"The Aussie selectors are the ones under the pump, Hilditch, Boon, Hughes and co have made a real mess of things this summer, Hayden should have gone and why Hilfenhaus has been overlooked again is beyond me1 Mcdonald is a handy Shield player at best and will be exposed at Test level, the search for a Flintoff type all rounder has come to a dead end!" says Gary Irons.

If you're the sort who likes cricket news to be delivered to you, check out the Cricinfo Daily.

Lets head down to the middle, where Hayden and Simon Katich are taking their places. Dale Steyn has the new ball for South Africa. Plenty of cheer from the SCG as the teams come out. A big Test for Hayden, short of a few runs and looking for a spot to tour South Africa for the return series. Three slips and a gully in place.

0.1

Steyn to Hayden, no run, 132ks, starts off wide of the stumps and Hayden shoulders arms

0.2

Steyn to Hayden, no run, and again, he lands it wide of off stump and Hayden leaves it be

0.3

Steyn to Hayden, no run, thats the length! Steyn pitches on the seam and moves the ball away from Hayden's bat as he feebly pushes down the wrong line, good carry to Boucher too

0.4

Steyn to Hayden, no run, now thats just too wide, allowing Hayden to shoulder arms

Hayden has issues with the sightscreen. So we have a delay. Just going back to what Ponting said about the new era - this will be the first time since 1999, when Adam Gilchrist and Scott Muller made debuted gainst Pakistan in Brisbane, that Australia have handed out two caps in the same Test. Wow.

Well this is shabby. Opening over of a Test in Australia and these legends can't get the sight screen fixed.

0.5

Steyn to Hayden, no run, hits a length two feet outside off stump and Hayden leaves

0.6

Steyn to Hayden, no run, still too wide, and the first over ends without a single ball touched

End of over 1 (maiden) Australia 0/0

    • ML Hayden 0 (6b)
    • SM Katich 0 (0b)
    • DW Steyn 1-1-0-0

""Terribly treasonous, but I am hoping Hayden fails again and so is forced into resigning. It is exciting to see so many young players in the team at last, it will take them a while to form a new cohesive team, but it needs to be done," says Lou.

Makhaya Ntini has the ball now. Same field - three slips and a gully and fine leg.

1.1

Ntini to Katich, no run, hits a length and gets Katich shuffling and defending it back

1.2

Ntini to Katich, 2 runs, pitches just outside leg stump, Katich shuffles and jams the ball to the on side, sets off, Hayden doesn't want anything to do with it, so Katich has to turn and harry back to his end, Morkel runs across from square leg and hits the stumps but Katich is home safely, and the ricochet gets him off the mark as well

Wayne: "What does Hilfenstud have to do to get a run in the side? He's been consistently good for the past three years at domestic level, his overall record is much better than Bollinger's, and he was 12th man in the last test. Time for Australia to start really giving talented younger players a crack, because frankly this "pick 'em at 30 when they're at their peak" policy isn't taking care of their future prospects...ahem..."

1.3

Ntini to Katich, 4 runs, marginally fuller on the stumps and he clips it through midwicket, a well timed on-drive, Morkel gives chase and stops it but the batsmen run four anyways

1.4

Ntini to Katich, no run, 138ks, pitches wider and carries on with the angle and he leaves

1.5

Ntini to Katich, 1 run, pitches on leg and shapes in, again Katich gets across and wants to play the ball fine but the angle squares him up and so he dabs the ball to the off side for one

1.6

Ntini to Hayden, no run, pitches well outside leg and Hayden hops up and taps the ball

End of over 2 (7 runs) Australia 7/0

    • ML Hayden 0 (7b)
    • SM Katich 7 (5b)
    • M Ntini 1-0-7-0
    • DW Steyn 1-1-0-0

Steyn changes the angle now ...

2.1

Steyn to Katich, no run, 138ks, again too wide and Katich can leave it safely

2.2

Steyn to Katich, 1 run, the length forces him onto the back foot and he gently dabs one to cover

Steyn goes back over the stumps to Hayden ...

2.3

Steyn to Hayden, no run, back of a length and he gets right in line to defend back to Steyn

2.4

Steyn to Hayden, no run, just too wide and Hayden hops across and lets the ball go by

2.5

Steyn to Hayden, no run, and again, carries on wide of Hayden, who shoulders arms

Adam: "To Wayne: Bollinger was picked due to his brilliant form at the SCG. He's picked up something like five five-wicket hauls in the last year. Another example of Australia's horses-for-courses and short-term selection policy."

Blair: "Apparently people think that Bollinger has just been plucked from obscurity. He has toured with the Australian test team as recently as India, and so has always been in contention for a call-up. Add to that his excellent form at Sydney and it seems like a logical choice to me."

2.6

Steyn to Hayden, no run, same stuff, pitching wide to entice the loose shot but Hayden leaves

End of over 3 (1 run) Australia 8/0

    • ML Hayden 0 (11b)
    • SM Katich 8 (7b)
    • DW Steyn 2-1-1-0
    • M Ntini 1-0-7-0
3.1

Ntini to Katich, no run, pitches marginally outside leg stump, Katich mistimes the shuffle across the line, perhaps with an inside edge, and Ntini mutes his appeal, as no one else was interested

3.2

Ntini to Katich, no run, 138ks, angles away from Katich wide of the crease and he leaves

3.3

Ntini to Katich, no run, gets room and flashes the ball hard, but Amla intercepts at short cover

3.4

Ntini to Katich, no run, hits a length and deviates back in, Katich leaves it alone again

3.5

Ntini to Katich, (no ball) 2 runs, too straight and he gets across to whip the ball away, a no-ball too

More issues with the sight screen.

3.5

Ntini to Katich, 1 wide, 143.7ks, but very, very wide outside off stump, well taken by Boucher

3.5

Ntini to Katich, no run, this lands just outside off stump and angles back in, not that full this time and it draws an inside edge from Katich as he defends, Ntini belts out the shout in vain

3.6

Ntini to Katich, FOUR, now he strays fuller and Katich just clips that superbly past midwicket

What a 2008 Katich had. Lets see what 2009 holds for the comeback man.

End of over 4 (8 runs) Australia 16/0

    • SM Katich 14 (14b 1x4)
    • ML Hayden 0 (11b)
    • M Ntini 2-0-15-0
    • DW Steyn 2-1-1-0
4.1

Steyn to Hayden, no run, back of a length a foot wide of off stump and Hayden leaves

4.2

Steyn to Hayden, 1 run, and the SCG cheers as Hayden gets off the mark with a deflection off his pads when Steyn veers too straight with that delivery

Back around the stumps goes Steyn ...

4.3

Steyn to Katich, no run, pitches on off stump and Katich plays it back to the bowler

4.4

Steyn to Katich, no run, pitches very wide and shapes back in as Katich shoulders arms

4.5

Steyn to Katich, no run, hits a length and he gets across to defend it back watchfully

"Re Bollinger, i wouldn't say that it is short term policy, in 2007 Ryan Sidebottom was picked out of obscurity in county cricket because he used to play for yorkshire and they thought he would do well on the headingley pitch, now (when fit) he is a regular in the England team, and arguably our second best bowler (behind flintoff)! I am not saying that bollinger will be as big a success, but don't criticise until he has had a chance," says Edward Emond.

4.6

Steyn to Katich, no run, short of a length and Katich presses forward to defend

End of over 5 (1 run) Australia 17/0

    • SM Katich 14 (18b 1x4)
    • ML Hayden 1 (13b)
    • DW Steyn 3-1-2-0
    • M Ntini 2-0-15-0

Ntini around the stumps. Amla at short cover.

5.1

Ntini to Hayden, 1 run, oh, shot! Just a tad full on the stumps and Hayden pushes it back with a dead straight bat and beats the bowler, stumps, and mid-off with that lovely shot, which only gets him a single

5.2

Ntini to Katich, 1 no ball, oversteps, pitches on a length and Katich defends to cover

A really poor over-rate, that sight screen is the main cause. Billy Bowden walks down and brushes debris off the pitch. This has been slow going this morning.

5.2

Ntini to Katich, 1 run, pitches short outside off stump and angles in, Katich shuffles and clips it down to deep backward square leg

5.3

Ntini to Hayden, no run, pitches wide and he strides forward before leaving

5.4

Ntini to Hayden, FOUR, overpitched on off stump and he drives it hard and wide of mid-on

5.5

Ntini to Hayden, 1 run, how he's back on the toes, steering the ball between cover and point

5.6

Ntini to Katich, 1 run, on middle and leg and tucked into the midwicket region for one

End of over 6 (9 runs) Australia 26/0

    • SM Katich 16 (21b 1x4)
    • ML Hayden 7 (17b 1x4)
    • M Ntini 3-0-24-0
    • DW Steyn 3-1-2-0
6.1

Steyn to Katich, FOUR, gets a bit of room and pokes at it, steering low and through gully

Steyn is continuing around the stumps

6.2

Steyn to Katich, no run, walks across his stumps and defends the ball back to Steyn

6.3

Steyn to Katich, no run, again he exposes leg stump and turns the ball straight to midwicket

6.4

Steyn to Katich, FOUR, how does he do it? This ball pitches full and swings back in from outside off stumps but he so effortlessly clips it across the line and beats midwicket

6.5

Steyn to Katich, 3 runs, now this ball is short of a length but he gets on top of it, once more shuffling to outside off stump, and turns it wide of Morkel at mid-on, nothing more than a push

Steyn changes the angle ...

6.6

Steyn to Hayden, no run, lands outside leg stump and he inside-edges the flick to midwicket

End of over 7 (11 runs) Australia 37/0

    • ML Hayden 7 (18b 1x4)
    • SM Katich 27 (26b 3x4)
    • DW Steyn 4-1-13-0
    • M Ntini 3-0-24-0

After being made to run after the ball, Morkel gets the ball in his hands. Three slips and a gully.

7.1

Morkel to Katich, no run, starts from around the stumps, bangs it in and Katich hops back in defence

7.2

Morkel to Katich, 2 runs, safest place to score your runs! Katich is cramped on the attempted cut to third man, gets an inside edge that runs wide of Boucher and down to fine leg

Morkel runs in and doesn't deliver the ball, Katich takes his eyes off it and flinches. And we have another delay as sawdust is applied to the bowler's mark near the stumps. Looks like Smith is the man to dust off cracks up near the crease.

7.3

Morkel to Katich, 1 run, gets forward and steers the ball towards Duminy at point, safely

7.4

Morkel to Hayden, no run, pitches wide, no movement, and Hayden leaves it be

7.5

Morkel to Hayden, no run, 140.7ks, banged in short but its too wide and Hayden leaves

7.6

Morkel to Hayden, no run, and again, lands outside off stump and he shoulders arms

What this wide stuff is doing is allowing Hayden time at the crease, something key when you're struggling.

End of over 8 (3 runs) Australia 40/0

    • ML Hayden 7 (21b 1x4)
    • SM Katich 30 (29b 3x4)
    • M Morkel 1-0-3-0
    • DW Steyn 4-1-13-0

Katich has issues with the sight screen.

8.1

Steyn to Katich, 2 runs, and he continues to tick away, this time through the off side, leaning forward and pushing on the up wide of the fielder at cover

His strike rate is over a hundred, by the way.

8.2

Steyn to Katich, no run, hops across and mistimes this shot off the pads

8.3

Steyn to Katich, 1 run, banged in short and he hooks out towards Morkel at deep square leg

Steyn goes back over the stumps ...

8.4

Steyn to Hayden, no run, pitches wide and Hayden just watches it go

8.5

Steyn to Hayden, no run, pitches on leg stump and he nudges the ball back to Steyn's left

8.6

Steyn to Hayden, FOUR, there's a good shot to ease the nerves a tad, Steyn drifts too straight and Hayden gets back to tickle the ball down to deep square leg, a confident shot that

"Seven-and-a-bit overs in more than forty-five minutes? The complaint about over rates is like a McGrath delivery - repetitive but fatally accurate. Run-rate penalties must be utilised by the ICC," says Patrick.

End of over 9 (7 runs) Australia 47/0

    • ML Hayden 11 (24b 2x4)
    • SM Katich 33 (32b 3x4)
    • DW Steyn 5-1-20-0
    • M Morkel 1-0-3-0
9.1

Morkel to Katich, no run, 143ks, very wide of off stump and Katich won't chase those again

9.2

Morkel to Katich, no run, back of a length and he shoulders arms as the ball shaves back in

9.3

Morkel to Katich, no run, hits a length and Katich pokes the ball straight to point

9.4

Morkel to Katich, no run, flashes at width on the up and hits it straight to Duminy again

Katich seems to have this attack all figured out

9.5

Morkel to Katich, no run, short of a length and rising but he coolly shoulders arms

9.6

Morkel to Katich, 2 runs, continues to play confidently through the off side, steering this one fine

Mark Row: "The issue is not should it have been Hilfenhaus or Bollinger picked. Either one is a positive move. The question is why the Aussie selectors have been so timid and ineffectual? It's not often in cricket that it's good to make wholesale changes but if ever there was a time it is now in the third test of a lost series. Why is Hayden still in the side? If he fails in this test then a new opener will have to come in at the start of a new series. If he succeeds then he may hang around for another year or so and just as a new side is getting settled they will have to blood a new opener. All the selectors have done is ensure that the rebuilding will take longer than it should.

The other glaring problem that they will never have the guts to address is that Ponting is a great bat but a lousy captain. When he had McGrath, Warne, Gilchrist etc in his side his flaws weren't exposed but whenever Australia has been put under pressure in the last couple of years he has been shown to have poor man management skills, be bad-tempered, indecisive and lacking tactical nous.

Now he is having to cope with what most other current international captains have had to deal with over the years and he has paled by comparison with most of them. He still had some reasonable batting and bowling resources at his disposal in the first two tests and in India, Most of his contemporaries would have done a far better job of marshaling those resources. As long as he remains captain I predict that Australia will never regain the number one spot that they have lost in all but name and are likely to lose that by Wednesday.

End of over 10 (2 runs) Australia 49/0

    • SM Katich 35 (38b 3x4)
    • ML Hayden 11 (24b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 2-0-5-0
    • DW Steyn 5-1-20-0

Jacques Kallis into the attack. He was good at the MCG. Starts off over the stumps.

10.1

Kallis to Hayden, no run, a loosener, pitching wide and going on without swing, Hayden leaves

10.2

Kallis to Hayden, 1 run, well bowled, and luckless! Kallis gets Hayden pushing down the wrong line, rather hard and out in front of his pads, and he gets an edge that doesn't carry to Smith's left at first slip

10.3

Kallis to Katich, no run, angles across Katich, who shuffles across and pokes it to point

10.4

Kallis to Katich, no run, gets back and pushes this one down toward mid-off

10.5

Kallis to Katich, 3 runs, superb shot off the back foot, Katich gets his wrists to work and flicks Kallis with confidence through midwicket, Ntini sprints after it from mid-on and pulls off a terrific diving slide on the ropes to keep them to three

10.6

Kallis to Hayden, no run, unlike Katich, Hayden is more conservative and opts to defend it back

End of over 11 (4 runs) Australia 53/0

    • ML Hayden 12 (27b 2x4)
    • SM Katich 38 (41b 3x4)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-4-0
    • M Morkel 2-0-5-0

Do have a look at our Widget photos

11.1

Morkel to Katich, no run, 138.6ks, tempting the drive outside off stump but Katich leaves

11.2

Morkel to Katich, no run, lands on a tidy length and Katich cannot get across to flick this one away

11.3

Morkel to Katich, FOUR, ah, a bit chancy this time, as Katich squirts a length ball wide of gully

11.4

Morkel to Katich, no run, wider of the stumps this time and he leaves it go for Boucher

11.5

Morkel to Katich, 1 run, this one gets Katich pushing at the ball and chopping wide of gully

11.6

Morkel to Hayden, no run, lands on a length outside off stump and Hayden shoulders arms

So that will be drinks. "Hayden is looking shaky. Will the selectors keep him if he makes an ugly 50?" asks Chuck. Well Chuck, at this point it seems unlikely they will want to lug him out to South Africa in this form. But stranger things have happened.

End of over 12 (5 runs) Australia 58/0

    • ML Hayden 12 (28b 2x4)
    • SM Katich 43 (46b 4x4)
    • M Morkel 3-0-10-0
    • JH Kallis 1-0-4-0

More delays. Some music blaring and causing trouble. Oh brother.

12.1

Kallis to Katich, no run, comes well forward and across and leaves one shaping away gently

12.2

Kallis to Katich, FOUR, ah, lovely, just a forward push past mid-off and Katich admires it

12.3

Kallis to Katich, no run, gets a shorter ball and punches if off the back foot to cover

12.4

Kallis to Katich, no run, gets across and turns the ball to the man at midwicket

12.5

Kallis to Katich, no run, lands just outside off stump and he plays a forward defensive of sorts

12.6

Kallis to Katich, OUT, edged and gone! Katich pushes at one leaving him outside off stump and, perhaps undone by the extra bounce, gives de Villiers at second slip some catching practice

SM Katich c de Villiers b Kallis 47 (65m 52b 5x4 0x6) SR: 90.38

All rather anticlimactic. Having played most of his deliveries with either shuffle across the stumps or a straight bat, Katich opted to flirt with one and steered it straight to second slip's lap. A rather comfortable catch and Kallis has struck. Here's Ponting at No. 3.

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 62/1

    • ML Hayden 12 (28b 2x4)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-8-1
    • M Morkel 3-0-10-0
13.1

Morkel to Hayden, no run, short of a length outside off stump and Hayden shoulders arms

13.2

Morkel to Hayden, no run, and again, lands safely outside off stump and no shot offered

13.3

Morkel to Hayden, no run, no movement as it lands outside off stump and he leaves it be

13.4

Morkel to Hayden, 1 run, pitches on middle and leg and drives the ball to midwicket

Robbie Newman: "Matty Hayden will reach triple figures today because he possesses unbelievable focus and determination. The longer he stays out there the more his confidence will rise and the Hayden of old will return. Whether or not he deserves to be there is really not the point right now.. making runs is."

13.5

Morkel to Ponting, OUT, well bowled and well held! Ponting goes first ball, pushing at a lovely delivery that pitches short of a length and hits the seam, angling back to clip the inner edge of the bat and Boucher moves to his left to collect the catch ... wow, thats a big blow and don't South Africa know it

RT Ponting c †Boucher b Morkel 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

So one struggler joins another. Its Michael Hussey.

13.6

Morkel to Hussey, no run, pitches and angles away and he confidently shoulders arms

Getting Ponting first ball is massive. He was so terrific at the MCG. Lovely player to watch.

End of over 14 (1 run) Australia 63/2

    • MEK Hussey 0 (1b)
    • ML Hayden 13 (32b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 4-0-11-1
    • JH Kallis 2-0-8-1
14.1

Kallis to Hayden, no run, hits a length and a determined Hayden leaves it be off the front foot

14.2

Kallis to Hayden, FOUR, oh shot! A perfectly timed stroke from Hayden with little force, lets the pace of the ball do all the work as he pushes it ramrod straight back down the track

14.3

Kallis to Hayden, 1 run, nothing more than a defensive shot, off the middle of the bat, and some sharp calling gets him one as mid-off is a tad deep, Hayden is looking positive here

14.4

Kallis to Hussey, no run, short of a length and he gets in line to defend

Hussey has 10 runs in four innings this series.

14.5

Kallis to Hussey, no run, shapes away off a length and he leaves it be with a big twirl

14.6

Kallis to Hussey, no run, comes onto the front foot and defends the last ball ever so watchfully

End of over 15 (5 runs) Australia 68/2

    • MEK Hussey 0 (4b)
    • ML Hayden 18 (35b 3x4)
    • JH Kallis 3-0-13-1
    • M Morkel 4-0-11-1
15.1

Morkel to Hayden, no run, hits a length and Hayden is solidly behind the line, defending down

15.2

Morkel to Hayden, 1 run, hops back to a short ball and gently turns it wide of midwicket for one

15.3

Morkel to Hussey, no run, hits a length and leaves Hussey as he ops to shoulder arms

15.4

Morkel to Hussey, 1 no ball, onto the front foot again, letting the ball go by with a raise of the bat

15.4

Morkel to Hussey, no run, angles across him again and he's confidently leaving them all be

15.5

Morkel to Hussey, 1 run, and he pinches a single to point to open his account, flopping forward and dabbing the ball in front of two fielders and urging Hayden across for the single

15.6

Morkel to Hayden, no run, whoah, a big swish to a fuller and wider one outside off, beaten all ends up

"Surely the platform is set for Hayden to prove his worth by holding the Aussies innings together," says Michael.

End of over 16 (3 runs) Australia 71/2

    • ML Hayden 19 (38b 3x4)
    • MEK Hussey 1 (8b)
    • M Morkel 5-0-14-1
    • JH Kallis 3-0-13-1
16.1

Kallis to Hussey, no run, lands on a nagging length outside off and he shoulders arms

16.2

Kallis to Hussey, no run, once more, left alone off the front foot

16.3

Kallis to Hussey, no run, pitches on a length and moves back in, and Hussey defend to point

16.4

Kallis to Hussey, no run, angles across Hussey again and he prefers to leave it be again

16.5

Kallis to Hussey, no run, watchful stuff this, leaving them all be outside off stump

16.6

Kallis to Hussey, no run, this one gets him defending, and he does so solidly to cover

End of over 17 (maiden) Australia 71/2

    • MEK Hussey 1 (14b)
    • ML Hayden 19 (38b 3x4)
    • JH Kallis 4-1-13-1
    • M Morkel 5-0-14-1

Just 13 runs in the last five overs.

17.1

Morkel to Hayden, no run, pitches wide and carries on wide, and this one is left alone

17.2

Morkel to Hayden, no run, short and it gets Hayden on the move, defending it back down the track

17.3

Morkel to Hayden, no run, wide again, and Hayden wants nothing to do with it

South Africa are trying to get Hayden coming at them, but he's been watchful.

17.4

Morkel to Hayden, no run, a good leave to a good delivery, Hayden covering off stump and leaving with a raise of the arms, the ball pitched on a length and tailed back in towards off stump

17.5

Morkel to Hayden, no run, gets across and works a fuller ball towards short midwicket

17.6

Morkel to Hayden, no run, very wide and Hayden doesn't offer a shot to this one

Fascinating to see if Hayden and Hussey bail themselves out of a slump.

End of over 18 (maiden) Australia 71/2

    • ML Hayden 19 (44b 3x4)
    • MEK Hussey 1 (14b)
    • M Morkel 6-1-14-1
    • JH Kallis 4-1-13-1
18.1

Kallis to Hussey, no run, back of a length outside off and no shot offered

Neither Hayden nor Hussey are chasing outside off stump.

18.2

Kallis to Hussey, no run, another raise of the bat and a shuffle as the ball angles away from off

18.3

Kallis to Hussey, no run, more leaving outside the off stump

18.4

Kallis to Hussey, no run, full ball nips back in and Hussey squirts an outside edge along the ground to de Villiers at second slip, that was the attempted yorker that swung late and he jammed it

18.5

Kallis to Hussey, no run, onto the front foot, pushing the ball to the off side cordon

18.6

Kallis to Hussey, no run, back to wide and Hussey can leave those be safely

End of over 19 (maiden) Australia 71/2

    • MEK Hussey 1 (20b)
    • ML Hayden 19 (44b 3x4)
    • JH Kallis 5-2-13-1
    • M Morkel 6-1-14-1

Dale Steyn is back 20 minutes before lunch. Just two slips in place.

19.1

Steyn to Hayden, 2 runs, clips him off his legs and the ball speeds past midwicket

19.2

Steyn to Hayden, no run, attempted yorker, swings in late and he mistimes the flick shot

19.3

Steyn to Hayden, no run, hits a length and nips back in and he defends this time

19.4

Steyn to Hayden, no run, pitches a foot outside off stump and he shoulders arms

19.5

Steyn to Hayden, no run, full swinging yorker on leg stump, Hayden just manages to jam it out

19.6

Steyn to Hayden, no run, on the stumps and a more watchful defensive shot this time

Niren Shah: "Hayden is going to score a century today. He knows how important it is for him and his career."

End of over 20 (2 runs) Australia 73/2

    • ML Hayden 21 (50b 3x4)
    • MEK Hussey 1 (20b)
    • DW Steyn 6-1-22-0
    • JH Kallis 5-2-13-1

Ntini is back.

20.1

Ntini to Hussey, FOUR, runs for Hussey, off a thick outside edge as he pushes hard at the ball, looking toward cover but finding the gap wide of gully with that loose attempt at a drive

20.2

Ntini to Hussey, no run, pitches wide and angles away and now he opts to leave it be

20.3

Ntini to Hussey, no run, more solid this time, getting over the ball and defending it back

20.4

Ntini to Hussey, no run, pitches just outside off stump and leaves him

20.5

Ntini to Hussey, no run, good line, and poor carry to Boucher, after Hussey shoulders arms again

20.6

Ntini to Hussey, no run, ends the over with another leave to one pitched up outside off stump

Hussey's footwork has been indecisive this morning. The back leg hasn't always moved.

End of over 21 (4 runs) Australia 77/2

    • MEK Hussey 5 (26b 1x4)
    • ML Hayden 21 (50b 3x4)
    • M Ntini 4-0-28-0
    • DW Steyn 6-1-22-0
21.1

Steyn to Hayden, no run, thats a firm front-foot push to cover when the ball is pitched up

21.2

Steyn to Hayden, 1 run, identical replay of the previous shot, but Morkel misfields at mid-off

21.3

Steyn to Hussey, no run, a nervous leave from Hussey, shaping to leave a good delivery not that far outside off stump

21.4

Steyn to Hussey, no run, pitches wide and once more Hussey shoulders arms

21.5

Steyn to Hussey, no run, 142.7ks, this one's shorter but draws the same response from Hussey

21.6

Steyn to Hussey, no run, pitches on that same nagging corridor and he opts to leave it be

He looks like the proverbial nervous kid on prom night, does Hussey.

End of over 22 (1 run) Australia 78/2

    • MEK Hussey 5 (30b 1x4)
    • ML Hayden 22 (52b 3x4)
    • DW Steyn 7-1-23-0
    • M Ntini 4-0-28-0

A short cover in place.

22.1

Ntini to Hayden, no run, ah, so close! Hayden pushes at the ball without much foot work and it goes in the air but doesn't carry to Morkel at mid-off

22.2

Ntini to Hayden, no run, pitches wider and he leaves this one be

22.3

Ntini to Hayden, no run, not that far from off stump but Hayden is confident leaving

22.4

Ntini to Hayden, no run, angled across him in anticipation of the drive but Hayden resists

22.5

Ntini to Hayden, no run, seams across and he also leaves it be

"What a contest... two struggling champion batsmen with 11000 test runs between them, gritting it out against 2 brilliant leather flingers with 500+ wickets between them..." says Mark Bailey.

22.6

Ntini to Hayden, no run, comes forward and then leaves this pesky delivery be as well

End of over 23 (maiden) Australia 78/2

    • ML Hayden 22 (58b 3x4)
    • MEK Hussey 5 (30b 1x4)
    • M Ntini 5-1-28-0
    • DW Steyn 7-1-23-0

Probably the last over before lunch ... no sign of spin yet.

23.1

Steyn to Hussey, no run, slides down the pads and there's no faint tickle on that one

23.2

Steyn to Hussey, no run, pitches wide and he leaves it alone

23.3

Steyn to Hussey, no run, 144ks, pitched up to tempt the drive but Hussey shoulders arms

Steyn changes the angle ... there are two men back for the hook.

23.4

Steyn to Hussey, no run, pitched up again, 146.8ks, Hussey leaves off the front foot

23.5

Steyn to Hussey, no run, 145.3ks so he's working up the pace, but Hussey doesn't chase it

Hussey pulls out as something distracts his eyesight.

23.6

Steyn to Hussey, no run, 148ks, served up very full and wide but Hussey says no thanks

12.30pm So that will be lunch on day one at the SCG. South Africa nipped out consecutive wickets about half-way through the session, first getting a fluent Katich for 47 from 52 balls and then Ponting for a golden duck. Hayden has batted with concentration in Hussey's company. A tense morning. Do join us for the second session at 1.10pm.

You could spend the break checking out Cricinfo's Facebook page.

End of over 24 (maiden) Australia 78/2

    • MEK Hussey 5 (36b 1x4)
    • ML Hayden 22 (58b 3x4)
    • DW Steyn 8-2-23-0
    • M Ntini 5-1-28-0

1.10pm Welcome back and I hope you've had a chance to get a bite to eat or drink. I've had my caffeine during the break but it didn't prevent a 2-1 defeat in office cricket to Raghav. He's chuffed, needless to say.

But enough about us, lets get back to the cricket that matters. It will be interesting to see if Australia can settle in the middle session or if South Africa swing the momentum decisively their way. A vigilant Hayden will resume on 22 with Hussey, also in need of a big score, on 5. Ntini will start off proceedings.

24.1

Ntini to Hayden, no run, starts off on the dime and Hayden goes back in the crease to defend

Smith has stuck in a silly mid-off

24.2

Ntini to Hayden, no run, gets a bit of room and cuts the ball straight to the point fielder

24.3

Ntini to Hayden, no run, 137.3ks, leaves another one confidently as the fun continues

24.4

Ntini to Hayden, FOUR, now thats a bad ball and duly thumped off the back foot through the covers, too short and that freebie outside off stump takes Hayden to his best score of the summer

24.5

Ntini to Hayden, no run, fuller and wider and he doesn't need to chase that one

24.6

Ntini to Hayden, no run, hits a tighter line and length and Hayden defends staunchly

He's had to earn his runs but his concentration has seldom wavered. Makes for gripping viewing.

End of over 25 (4 runs) Australia 82/2

    • ML Hayden 26 (64b 4x4)
    • MEK Hussey 5 (36b 1x4)
    • M Ntini 6-1-32-0
    • DW Steyn 8-2-23-0

Dale Steyn takes up the attack.

25.1

Steyn to Hussey, 2 runs, fullish length and he gently pushes the ball past Duminy at cover

25.2

Steyn to Hussey, FOUR, now some timing is showing, and Hussey is doubles his series tally, easing onto the front foot to drive the ball on the up through a diving cover fielder

25.3

Steyn to Hussey, no run, brave leave to one that pitches a fraction outside off stump and then curls back in very close to the top of off stump, thats good bowling from Steyn

25.4

Steyn to Hussey, no run, brings him onto the front foot again, pushing the ball to cover

25.5

Steyn to Hussey, 4 leg byes, errant delivery down leg stump and thats tickled off the pads to fine leg

25.6

Steyn to Hussey, 2 runs, now he squirts an inside edge wide of square leg as he pushes forward

Thats a 12-run over ... Australia have raced off the mark after lunch.

End of over 26 (12 runs) Australia 94/2

    • MEK Hussey 13 (42b 2x4)
    • ML Hayden 26 (64b 4x4)
    • DW Steyn 9-2-31-0
    • M Ntini 6-1-32-0
26.1

Ntini to Hayden, 1 run, good shot and a good dive, Hayden drives the ball off the front foot with confidence and Morkel lumbers and dives to his right at mid-off

Short cover and silly mid-off for Hussey

26.2

Ntini to Hussey, no run, onto the front foot, defending watchfully to the off-side ring

26.3

Ntini to Hussey, no run, stays on the back foot and runs the ball to Duminy at backward point

26.4

Ntini to Hussey, no run, pushes the ball across Hussey, who is comfortable leaving it be

26.5

Ntini to Hussey, FOUR, overpitched outside off and he square-drives between cover and point

26.6

Ntini to Hussey, no run, lands on a teasing length just outside off but he shoulders arms

The break seems to have done some good for Hussey's confidence.

End of over 27 (5 runs) Australia 99/2

    • MEK Hussey 17 (47b 3x4)
    • ML Hayden 27 (65b 4x4)
    • M Ntini 7-1-37-0
    • DW Steyn 9-2-31-0
27.1

Steyn to Hayden, 1 run, streaky drive results in an inside edge to square leg but Australia won't care much because that single has raised the 100 to some cheer from the SCG

27.2

Steyn to Hussey, no run, thats the first bouncer we've seen for ages and Hussey ducks under it

27.3

Steyn to Hussey, 2 leg byes, another short ball, 141.3ks, Hussey ducks and cops it flash on the side of the helmet and the ball pops up wide of Boucher and runs fine

27.4

Steyn to Hussey, no run, 146ks, pitched up and it beats a very loose thrash outside off stump

27.5

Steyn to Hussey, no run, now he bowls it wider to tempt the cut but Hussey resists flashing

27.6

Steyn to Hussey, no run, hits a length and gets Hussey thinking of playing, but he resists the urge

An aggressive, pacy over from Steyn.

End of over 28 (3 runs) Australia 102/2

    • MEK Hussey 17 (52b 3x4)
    • ML Hayden 28 (66b 4x4)
    • DW Steyn 10-2-32-0
    • M Ntini 7-1-37-0

Right then, so both Hayden and Hussey are inching into form. Now they've got starts, they need to press on.

28.1

Ntini to Hayden, no run, ah, a big swish outside the off stump and he fails to connect

28.2

Ntini to Hayden, no run, the typical Ntini angle, slides across Hayden and he leaves it be

28.3

Ntini to Hayden, 2 runs, gets some room and kneels down to play an awkward slashed drive off bent knee, it trickles into the off side and three fielders converge on it

28.4

Ntini to Hayden, no run, a big appeal but no dice! Ntini bowls it short down the pads, Hayden goes back to play it off the pads, the ball brushes thigh pad and Boucher tumbles to his right to hold the ball excellently, he and Ntini celebrate but there is not reaction from Asoka de Silva, simply because bat made no contact with ball

28.5

Ntini to Hayden, no run, lands outside off stump and Hayden offers no shot

28.6

Ntini to Hayden, no run, and again, angles away and he shoulders arms with ease

End of over 29 (2 runs) Australia 104/2

    • ML Hayden 30 (72b 4x4)
    • MEK Hussey 17 (52b 3x4)
    • M Ntini 8-1-39-0
    • DW Steyn 10-2-32-0
29.1

Steyn to Hussey, no run, shapes away from Hussey, also in no mood to experiment

29.2

Steyn to Hussey, no run, short of a length and he goes back to punch the ball to cover

29.3

Steyn to Hussey, 2 runs, too straight this time and he goes back to pinch a couple off the pads

29.4

Steyn to Hussey, no run, 146ks, short of a length outside off but no shot offered

29.5

Steyn to Hussey, no run, too wide and he will probably leave those alone all day

The attack has been all over the place since the interval.

29.6

Steyn to Hussey, no run, even wider and Hussey would need a pole to reach that .. well not really but you get the point ... its too far and he won't need to go after that kind of stuff

End of over 30 (2 runs) Australia 106/2

    • MEK Hussey 19 (58b 3x4)
    • ML Hayden 30 (72b 4x4)
    • DW Steyn 11-2-34-0
    • M Ntini 8-1-39-0
30.1

Ntini to Hayden, no run, drives hard down the track and Amla at silly mid-off sticks out his left hand and saves certain runs, Hayden played a good-looking shot on that occasion

30.2

Ntini to Hayden, no run, comes onto the front foot and defends patiently to the off side

30.3

Ntini to Hayden, 1 run, pitches short of a length outside leg stump, pushed to midwicket for one

Hayden has been out there 75 deliveries and has found a groove for himself.

30.4

Ntini to Hussey, no run, comes forward and dabs the ball to point, then sends Hayden back

30.5

Ntini to Hussey, no run, lands outside off and swings back in late, forcing Boucher to dive around

30.6

Ntini to Hussey, 1 run, pitches on leg stump and Hussey calmly pinches a single to midwicket

End of over 31 (2 runs) Australia 108/2

    • MEK Hussey 20 (61b 3x4)
    • ML Hayden 31 (75b 4x4)
    • M Ntini 9-1-41-0
    • DW Steyn 11-2-34-0
31.1

Steyn to Hussey, no run, back to normalcy, Steyn pitches it up wide and Hussey leaves it alone

31.2

Steyn to Hussey, no run, better, much better, forcing him to defend off the back foot

31.3

Steyn to Hussey, no run, 143.7ks, another short-pitched delivery and he ducks under it

31.4

Steyn to Hussey, no run, follows up with a full ball outside off but Hussey leaves this one too

It has not been pretty viewing but it has been gritty. Two out-of-form batsmen willing to grind.

31.5

Steyn to Hussey, no run, back of a length this time and he weaves out of the way

This stand has yielded 46 runs in 18.1 overs. Steady and crucial. For team and individuals.

31.6

Steyn to Hussey, 1 run, outside leg stump and another shuffled single to end the over

End of over 32 (1 run) Australia 109/2

    • MEK Hussey 21 (67b 3x4)
    • ML Hayden 31 (75b 4x4)
    • DW Steyn 12-2-35-0
    • M Ntini 9-1-41-0
32.1

Ntini to Hussey, no run, driven off the front foot and Amla intercepts with a full dive at silly mid-off

32.2

Ntini to Hussey, no run, this one is straighter and Hussey turns it straight to midwicket

32.3

Ntini to Hussey, no run, pitches on middle and leg and goes over the top of the stumps as he leaves

32.4

Ntini to Hussey, no run, another watchful leave, this off the back foot, as the ball passes by

32.5

Ntini to Hussey, no run, pitches on the stumps and he pushes with soft hands to the off side

32.6

Ntini to Hussey, no run, shoulders arms to one that again angles across the stumps

End of over 33 (maiden) Australia 109/2

    • MEK Hussey 21 (73b 3x4)
    • ML Hayden 31 (75b 4x4)
    • M Ntini 10-2-41-0
    • DW Steyn 12-2-35-0

Australia have been kept in check but Hayden is battling. There's a good audience at the SCG to witness.

33.1

Steyn to Hayden, no run, banged in short down the stumps and he ducks low

33.2

Steyn to Hayden, no run, gets back and works the ball off the pads but to midwicket

33.3

Steyn to Hayden, OUT, dragged on! Hayden's feet go nowhere fast as he flashes a booming drive to a fuller, swinging delivery and instead of the deep cover boundary he deposits the ball back onto his stumps in agony

ML Hayden b Steyn 31 (154m 78b 4x4 0x6) SR: 39.74

That was a loss of concentration and Hayden paid the price. Out walks Michael Clarke.

33.4

Steyn to Clarke, no run, pitches on the stumps and Clarke defends it back down the track

33.5

Steyn to Clarke, no run, 144ks, short and lifting outside off and Clarke drops his wrists to leave

33.6

Steyn to Clarke, no run, short of a good length with some swing and Clarke gets in line to defend

That was a poor choice of shot selection from Hayden. Back to the drawing board for Australia. By the way, Phil Jaques is aiming to be fit for the tour of South Africa next month. He was speaking on Ch. 9 during the lunch break.

End of over 34 (wicket maiden) Australia 109/3

    • MJ Clarke 0 (3b)
    • MEK Hussey 21 (73b 3x4)
    • DW Steyn 13-3-35-1
    • M Ntini 10-2-41-0
34.1

Ntini to Hussey, no run, pitches and goes across and Hussey leaves it be

34.2

Ntini to Hussey, no run, and again, goes on with the angle and he doesn't offer a shot

Ntini changes the angle

34.3

Ntini to Hussey, no run, pitches and angles in and he turns the ball to midwicket

34.4

Ntini to Hussey, no run, lands outside off stump safely and he shoulders arms

34.5

Ntini to Hussey, no run, forces him to drop his head and defend it back towards Ntini

34.6

Ntini to Hussey, no run, slides into middle and leg and Hussey turns it to midwicket again

"Even if Hayden had managed to hang in there and grind out a hundred what would it even have meant? It's a dead rubber and he still isn't looking like he's in any kind of form. He's been a great player over the years but he's used up all his credits and he just has to go. And if Jacques still isn't fit they should take Phillip Hughes to South Africa without question," says Brett.

"Matty. Thanks for the memories. Please retire while we remember you as a champion," says Richard.

End of over 35 (maiden) Australia 109/3

    • MEK Hussey 21 (79b 3x4)
    • MJ Clarke 0 (3b)
    • M Ntini 11-3-41-0
    • DW Steyn 13-3-35-1

Morne Morkel comes back.

35.1

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short of a length on the stumps and Clarke goes back to defend

35.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, slants back in and he plays it back to Morkel

35.3

Morkel to Clarke, 1 no ball, hits a length, though over-stepping, and Clarke defends

35.3

Morkel to Clarke, no run, fuller in length and he defends off the front foot

35.4

Morkel to Clarke, no run, much wider and seaming away and he doesn't offer a shot

35.5

Morkel to Clarke, 3 runs, pleasing shot to get off the mark, a square-drive of sorts that Duminy sprints after and stops near the boundary ropes

35.6

Morkel to Hussey, no run, angles it across and Hussey defends to the off side

End of over 36 (4 runs) Australia 113/3

    • MEK Hussey 21 (80b 3x4)
    • MJ Clarke 3 (9b)
    • M Morkel 7-1-18-1
    • M Ntini 11-3-41-0

Kallis makes an appearance now.

36.1

Kallis to Clarke, 1 run, goes back on the toes and pushes a shortish ball to point, sets off and then Duminy swoops in, collects and misses the stumps, that was rather tight stuff

36.2

Kallis to Hussey, 1 run, goes back in his crease and inside-edges a ball wide of square leg

36.3

Kallis to Clarke, no run, pitches on a length and Clarke leaves it be off the front foot

36.4

Kallis to Clarke, no run, presses forward and then defends it back to Kallis solidly

36.5

Kallis to Clarke, no run, wider off the upright seam and Clarke lets it go through to Boucher

36.6

Kallis to Clarke, no run, onto the front foot again, steering the ball backward of point

End of over 37 (2 runs) Australia 115/3

    • MJ Clarke 4 (14b)
    • MEK Hussey 22 (81b 3x4)
    • JH Kallis 6-2-15-1
    • M Morkel 7-1-18-1
37.1

Morkel to Hussey, no run, pitches wide and goes away further and he leaves it be

37.2

Morkel to Hussey, 1 no ball, oversteps and thats another run to the total, even as Hussey leaves

37.2

Morkel to Hussey, no run, more of the leaving stuff, Hussey just not taking the bait outside off stump

37.3

Morkel to Hussey, no run, gets back and defends a short-of-a-length delivery to cover

37.4

Morkel to Hussey, no run, pitches and goes across and he leaves it alone ... ho hum

37.5

Morkel to Hussey, no run, now he opts to drive, but that shot picks out the man at cover

37.6

Morkel to Hussey, 1 no ball, short and seaming away, no shot offered and another overstep

37.6

Morkel to Hussey, no run, beaten on the drive, sucked forward by the full ball, well bowled

Thats drinks. We've got a special edition Australia-South Africa quiz for you to try and crack. Go for it.

End of over 38 (2 runs) Australia 117/3

    • MEK Hussey 22 (89b 3x4)
    • MJ Clarke 4 (14b)
    • M Morkel 8-1-20-1
    • JH Kallis 6-2-15-1
38.1

Kallis to Clarke, no run, short outside off stump and Clarke resists offering a shot

38.2

Kallis to Clarke, 1 run, better line, forcing Clarke to push off the front foot to short cover, where Amla dives to his right and takes pace off the ball, Clarke waits to see him parry it and then runs

38.3

Kallis to Hussey, no run, angles across Hussey and he lets it go

38.4

Kallis to Hussey, FOUR, a welcome boundary to Hussey and the SCG, the ball is dropped short and Hussey short-arm jabs that well through midwicket for four

38.5

Kallis to Hussey, no run, change of pace and length, getting him defending towards cover

38.6

Kallis to Hussey, no run, pitches on leg stump and he pushes the ball back to Kallis

End of over 39 (5 runs) Australia 122/3

    • MEK Hussey 26 (93b 4x4)
    • MJ Clarke 5 (16b)
    • JH Kallis 7-2-20-1
    • M Morkel 8-1-20-1
39.1

Morkel to Clarke, 3 runs, goes onto the back foot and steers a short one excellently, getting on top of the disconcerting bounce, past the off side field and gets a hard-run triple

39.2

Morkel to Hussey, no run, no such shot from Hussey, comfortable to leave a similar ball alone

39.3

Morkel to Hussey, FOUR, latches onto another short-pitched delivery and pulls in the air just wide of Duminy at midwicket, shouts of catch it but that was well struck and Hussey ticks along

39.4

Morkel to Hussey, no run, 140.6ks, short just outside off stump and no shot offered

39.5

Morkel to Hussey, no run, pitches on middle and leg and Hussey pushes it to the fielder

39.6

Morkel to Hussey, no run, back to leaving deliveries pitched up outside off stump

Hussey appears more relaxed now. The time at the crease absorbs the pressure.

End of over 40 (7 runs) Australia 129/3

    • MEK Hussey 30 (98b 5x4)
    • MJ Clarke 8 (17b)
    • M Morkel 9-1-27-1
    • JH Kallis 7-2-20-1

Its been 40 overs and we first see spin. Paul Harris replaces Kallis, bowling around the stumps. Bat-pad and short cover to go with slip. Boucher rotates the fielding, bringing Steyn in from deep point.

40.1

Harris to Clarke, no run, tossed up on middle and leg and defended back to Harris

40.2

Harris to Clarke, no run, tossed up on leg stump and he turns it to midwicket

40.3

Harris to Clarke, no run, flatter length on middle and leg and Clarke keeps it out

40.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, more flight, landing it on a tidy length and Clarke defends

40.5

Harris to Clarke, 1 run, makes room to leg and drives a flatter one to Ntini at mid-off

Harris changes the angle with the left-hander on strike.

40.6

Harris to Hussey, OUT, and hes' got him pushing at one tossed up outside off stump, the ball turns and takes a simple edge to Kallis at first slip and Harris bursts into celebration

MEK Hussey c Kallis b Harris 30 (117m 99b 5x4 0x6) SR: 30.30

Fancy that? You have to wait 40 overs somewhere in the outfield and then it takes you but six balls to get a wicket. Harris leaped up and seems to have injured himself in the act. Looks like he came down hard on the heel and jarred it. He's wincing as he walks off the field.

End of over 41 (1 run) Australia 130/4

    • MJ Clarke 9 (22b)
    • PL Harris 1-0-1-1
    • M Morkel 9-1-27-1
41.1

Morkel to Clarke, 2 runs, slides down the pads and Clarke tucks if away do square leg

41.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, ah, beaten! Thats a terrific line to beat Clarke as he flirts off the back foot

41.3

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, pushes forward and inside-edges a quick single to midwicket

That brings Andrew McDonald to face his first ball at Test level.

41.4

Morkel to McDonald, no run, and he tucks into a short one angling in, and cops it on the arm guard

Boucher sticks Duminy in at leg gully

41.5

Morkel to McDonald, no run, plenty of cheer as McDonald greets this one with a forward push

41.6

Morkel to McDonald, no run, ah, just short of Kallis at second slip! A short ball gets McDonald feebly pushing at it off the back foot and the regulation thick outside edge drops in front of the fielder

End of over 42 (3 runs) Australia 133/4

    • AB McDonald 0 (3b)
    • MJ Clarke 12 (25b)
    • M Morkel 10-1-30-1
    • PL Harris 1-0-1-1

Harris is back and will bowl.

42.1

Harris to Clarke, no run, tossed up wide and Clarke drives it into the covers

42.2

Harris to Clarke, no run, tossed up on a length and he defends

42.3

Harris to Clarke, 2 runs, dropped! Harris should have had Clarke, skipping down and clubbing the ball to mid-off, where Ntini leaps to his right, gets a hand to it, but cannot clutch on

42.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, tossed up on the stumps and he defends it back

42.5

Harris to Clarke, 1 run, comes forward and pinches a single into the off side

Three men hover around the bat for McDonald ...

42.6

Harris to McDonald, no run, tossed up on a length and he drives pleasingly into the off side

Well, well ... what will Ntini's drop cost South Africa? He timed his leap well but didn't hold on. Could a more agile fielder have held on?

End of over 43 (3 runs) Australia 136/4

    • AB McDonald 0 (4b)
    • MJ Clarke 15 (30b)
    • PL Harris 2-0-4-1
    • M Morkel 10-1-30-1
43.1

Morkel to Clarke, no run, pushes off the front pad and gets an inside edge to midwicket

43.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short of a length and Clarke does well to ride the bounce and defend

43.3

Morkel to Clarke, no run, gets across and defends solidly to the off side this time

43.4

Morkel to Clarke, FOUR, a touch shot that, Clarke riding up and pushing the ball through cover

43.5

Morkel to Clarke, no run, eases forward and defends this one to the man at cover

"Clarke needs to try and bat like Boycott not try and hit it out of the park like Sehwag," says Dr Rao.

43.6

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short-pitched delivery and he gets over it in defence

End of over 44 (4 runs) Australia 140/4

    • MJ Clarke 19 (36b 1x4)
    • AB McDonald 0 (4b)
    • M Morkel 11-1-34-1
    • PL Harris 2-0-4-1
44.1

Harris to McDonald, no run, tossed up gently and he meets it with a firm drive back to Harris

44.2

Harris to McDonald, no run, drives handsomely again but cannot pierce the thick off-side field

44.3

Harris to McDonald, no run, slows the pace and drops it on a length and McDonald defends

44.4

Harris to McDonald, no run, full and flat on the pads and he turns the ball hard to midwicket

44.5

Harris to McDonald, FOUR, great shot to open your account at the international level, a lovely clip off the pads, real Rahul Dravid-like in his pomp, and McDonald is away with a cheered boundary

44.6

Harris to McDonald, 1 run, clips another one off his pads, wide of short leg, and keeps strike

End of over 45 (5 runs) Australia 145/4

    • AB McDonald 5 (10b 1x4)
    • MJ Clarke 19 (36b 1x4)
    • PL Harris 3-0-9-1
    • M Morkel 11-1-34-1
45.1

Morkel to McDonald, no run, back of a length and a tad wide but no shot offered by the debutant

45.2

Morkel to McDonald, no run, 140ks, pins him back on the crease and he defends on the hop

45.3

Morkel to McDonald, no run, aye, thats nasty! Morkel bangs it in short, McDonald takes his eyes off the ball and cops it flush on the back of the helmet, which falls off and very narrowly misses leg stump

45.4

Morkel to McDonald, no run, another short ball and this time he gets tall to defend it properly

45.5

Morkel to McDonald, no run, 140.4ks, good stuff from Morkel, getting steeping bounce from outside off stump and McDonald leave it be for Boucher

45.6

Morkel to McDonald, 1 run, short into the body and he shuffles to flick between two fielders

End of over 46 (1 run) Australia 146/4

    • AB McDonald 6 (16b 1x4)
    • MJ Clarke 19 (36b 1x4)
    • M Morkel 12-1-35-1
    • PL Harris 3-0-9-1
46.1

Harris to McDonald, no run, outside the off stump, McDonald plonks the foot down and defends it with full face of the bat

46.2

Harris to McDonald, no run, outside the off stump, McDonald goes inside out to short cover

46.3

Harris to McDonald, no run, comes forward and pushes it to mid-on

46.4

Harris to McDonald, no run, outside the off stump, comes forward and defends it back onto the pitch

46.5

Harris to McDonald, no run, short outside the off stump, McDonald rocks back and cuts it to short cover. He did middle that

46.6

Harris to McDonald, no run, outside the off stump, McDonald comes forward in defense

End of over 47 (maiden) Australia 146/4

    • AB McDonald 6 (22b 1x4)
    • MJ Clarke 19 (36b 1x4)
    • PL Harris 4-1-9-1
    • M Morkel 12-1-35-1

Kallis comes back into the attack

47.1

Kallis to Clarke, 2 runs, width outside the off stump. Clarke reaches for the delivery and drives it to sweeper cover for a couple

47.2

Kallis to Clarke, no run, outside the off stump, Clarke shuffles across and lets the ball go to the keeper

47.3

Kallis to Clarke, no run, wide outside the off stump and coming in. Clarke, lets go of the delivery again

47.4

Kallis to Clarke, no run, outside the off stump and cutting away. Clarke gets to the line of the delivery and lets it pass

47.5

Kallis to Clarke, no run, fuller outside the off stump, Clarke goes for the drive but can't quite place it as it goes straight to cover

47.6

Kallis to Clarke, no run, outside the off stump. Clarke gets his front foot across and lets the ball pass

End of over 48 (2 runs) Australia 148/4

    • MJ Clarke 21 (42b 1x4)
    • AB McDonald 6 (22b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 8-2-22-1
    • PL Harris 4-1-9-1
48.1

Harris to McDonald, 2 runs, drifts into the pads and works it away wide of short leg and that brings up the 150 for Australia

48.2

Harris to McDonald, 3 runs, another clip through Duminy at midwicket, he's liking that area

For all of those wondering, McDonald is an upright batsman, with not a lot of movement backward. He mostly likes to come forward and drive or flick.

48.3

Harris to Clarke, no run, tossed up and he defends

48.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, tossed up on middle and leg and Clarke drives to the fielder

48.5

Harris to Clarke, no run, gets a good stride forward and defends solidly to the off side

48.6

Harris to Clarke, no run, turns back in and hits pad first, but it pitched outside the line and perhaps was doing to much, Asoka de Silva shakes his head and rejects Harris' appeal

End of over 49 (5 runs) Australia 153/4

    • MJ Clarke 21 (46b 1x4)
    • AB McDonald 11 (24b 1x4)
    • PL Harris 5-1-14-1
    • JH Kallis 8-2-22-1
49.1

Kallis to McDonald, no run, drifts down leg stump and well turned off the pads, Amla at leg slip dives to his left and does brilliantly to take pace off that well-timed shot, not to mention save four runs

49.2

Kallis to McDonald, no run, takes his eyes off a short-pitched delivery as it slides down

49.3

Kallis to McDonald, no run, pitched up wide of off stump and he leaves it be

49.4

Kallis to McDonald, no run, hits a length and he keeps this one out as well

49.5

Kallis to McDonald, no run, short of a length now and he rides the bounce well to defend it

49.6

Kallis to McDonald, no run, gets back in his crease and drives another shortish ball to cover

Just five minutes till tea.

End of over 50 (maiden) Australia 153/4

    • AB McDonald 11 (30b 1x4)
    • MJ Clarke 21 (46b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 9-3-22-1
    • PL Harris 5-1-14-1
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
×
   

MATCH CENTRE

4s

6s

dots

  • RHB

    LHB

  • RHB

    LHB

Partnerships


Hours of play (local time) 10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30

Match Coverage


Day 5
Day 4
Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
Others