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SCUDERI ON MARCH 20, 2017, 22:20 GMT Also, SA are 3rd on the list of teams with the best win/loss ratio, behind Aus and Eng. Where are the facts to back up your claims?
@SCUDERI ON MARCH 20, 2017, 22:20 GMT South Africa has drawn 30% of all tests and won 37%. South Africa is 7th on the list of highest percentage of draws and 2nd on the list of highest percentage of wins. India have the highest % of draws @ 41.87% and Aus highest % of wins @ 47%. So, SA have more wins than draws. By the way, who are you comparing SA to? Aus? Eng? Ind? BD? Who?
http://www.espncricinfo.com/nzvind2009/engine/match/386496.html - What about this?
@VAQARMALIK: Sorry I forgot that performance by Pakistan. It was Hanif's great fightback that saved the day
New Zealand vs South Africa in Wellington in 2012 when Kane Williamson scored 102* off 228 balls to lead NZ from 1/2 to 200/6 and draw the test
SL's definitive rearguard against Eng at Lords in 2006 early summer to erase of 356 runs lead in follow on and paved the foundation to draw the test series and win One days 5-0...!
cardiff 2009 is a glaring omission from this list. england wouldnt have won the ashes if it were for that 10th wicket partnership, it would have been drawn 2-2. much like south africa did in adelaide, both these draws australia were in the ascendancy, it killed our momentum not getting over the line and both times resulted in crushing defeats in the next test matches. hopefully india suffers a similar fate this time round! i recon if monty was asked he'd rate his effort in cardiff higher than auckland also!!!
@ SCUDERI ummmm are you sure????? Of course so many countries can celebrate beating Australia in Australia for 3 test series in a row! Or go unbeaten in an away test series for over a decade yep we south Africans dont know anything about winning. Oh dear.
@ARUPSBT1988 This is a list in RECENT times .. else there is no rearguard better than the Hanif Muhammad's 337 against WI ... Remember it was 1958 ... A young Pak team against WI ... WI Ist Innings 579 , Pak 106 ... Pak following on with a deficit of 473 --- Then came the longest innings in Test history - Hanif's 970-minute 337 against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1957-58
There are so many great rescue acts but SA in 2012 against AUS is at the top in my opinion. AB had no boundaries and scored 33 runs in 220 ball. Wow! Faf was unflappable. Some of the best of test cricket has been in grinding out draws from difficult positions. This is where Test cricket is head and shoulders above all other form of sports.
Some of the comments about South Africa are ridiculous. You people do realize that a test match can be won, lost or drawn, right? A draw is a legitimate result and when the circumstances call for, no less than a win. And in case you didn't notice, most of those draws eventually resulted in series wins. Sour grapes much?
what about India's Napier survival when they bat for almost 7 sessions to save a test.
What about the miracle of Cardiff in 2009? Monty and Jimmy keeping out the Aussies is definitely up there.
Diri i think the writer didnt want SA on the list for a third time.... But have to agree with you the blockathon in sril lanka against Herath and co on a turning pitch was epic... SA went on to win that series in 2014.
VVS and Gambhir against NZ ?? has to be one of the best survival innings considering the deficit and time they had to bat.
abdul razzaq & kamran akmal in india if u remember
By the way, interesting to note that in the SA v India one, Ashwin took no wickets in 36 overs in the last innings. May be a theme, when Ashwin's not at his best, India find it hard to win.
I would definitely add Gambhir's Napier knock here. The kind of resilience and grit he showed against his natural aggressive instinct was totally commendable. It was a draw worth a win for India having batted for more than 2 days to save the Test.
@ARUPSBT1988 Read the topic : "five famous Test rearguards in recent years" In RECENT years.
What about Vengsarkar & Viswanath at Lord's in 1979, a five hour twenty minutes heroic resistance for the third wicket against Botham, Hendrik, Lever & Phil Edmonds when all seemed lost. India had been bowled out for just 96 in the first Innings. A similar one would be Sobers & Holford in 1966 against England, again at Lord's in 1966 when they put on 274 runs for the sixth wicket to save the test match. Test cricket is filled with such great escape acts.
@__PK: If you can't applaud the draws, applaud the series wins that these both of the draws mentioned here resulted in. Think 'Big Picture'.
@SCUDERI: 438. Anything else?
@ROJAYAO When SA loses a strike bowler they beat Aus with the remaining bowlers, in Aus. Most captains mention luck in their victory interviews - all teams need some of it to achieve great things - doesnt make them less great. You don't have to like Faf, but you can't deny his achievements are as great as any.
Mike Atherton? Mark Greatbatch?
I'd applaud the SA draws if it wasn't for the fact that that's how they play all their cricket.
It's not recent, but I was brought up on stories of Lords 1953. England 3 down at the start of the last day, and 4 down shortly afterwards with their best batsmen gone, but Watson and Bailey batted for hours. And as Praspunter says about others, the draw ended up winning England the series.
England against South Africa in 1995. Atherton and Jack Russell batted basically the whole fifth day. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/63701.html
Ah yes, SA in Adelaide. No mention of the fact that Australia had a strike bowler injured and out of the game, or that Faf, as good as he was, gave atleast two chances, one of which definitely should've been taken. They got lucky that day, but I guess in drawing games, that's exactly what teams need. Don't like Faf.
South africa have more famous draws than wins, and their fans think its so great. Every time they talk about the great things theyve done, it involves not losing, rather than winning. Its probably why they suck at tournament cricket, its about winning.
India saved Lords 2007 thanks to a fine knock by M.S Dhoni . India went on to win that series. Aus batted out for a draw in test 3 of
Ashes '05, thanks to a fine 150+ by Ricky Ponting. The thing about these rearguards is that, more often than not, the teams that saved
games this way won the next ones and eventually the series - Eng - Ashes '09 & '10/'11, SA in Aus 2012 , India in Eng 2007 - a couple of notable
exceptions - Aus saved tests #3 of Ashes 05 and 09 but lost both the series. Just a few that I could recollect.
Mohali 2005 by Akmal and Razzaq and Gambhir, Laxman and co. in 2009 (Yet again in NZ)
mohali test 2005..pak vs ondia..kamran akmal and abdul razzaq....briliantly batted and saved the test and pakistan won next match n drew series 1-1
Eng vs SA,Lords,2008. Eng score more than 500 cortesy of Kevin Pietersen. Sa score 250 odd courtesy of Ashwell Prince's ton. But SA still trail by a lot and all this before day 3. Out come Captain Biff gutsing it out with a staunch Neil Mckenzie. Smith scores a 100 and then comes in Hashim Amla who follows suit,acoring a 100 all the while beside Neil who scores a 100 lasting more than 50 overs. And the Proteas draw the game!! Batting out 2 days!!
Smith's influence on this team is undeniable. He is his own man, but the quiet, down-to-earth determination reminds me of Allan Border - and there is no greater compliment in Aus cricket than that. So 1-1 and all to play for, especially for Aus for whom victory in this alien cricket world would be history-making.
From an aussie pov this fighting draw means so much, over the history of test cricket we are clearly the greatest test side winning a higher % of games than any other nation but even during good times we could not fight out these grinding draws, an aussie side that can dominate when on top but also grind it out when behind should have the rest of the cricket world very worried.
SA have done many more such great saves recently. What about their hard fought draw in the first test in Srilanka in 2014???? They went on to win the series afterwards.
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