November 11, 2011

'Yes, it's Australia and not Austria'

ESPNcricinfo staff
It was a day for bewilderment, tut-tutting and plenty of jokes
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"No Test cricket on the weekend for the Capetonians, they will have to head for the beach!"
Former South African fast bowler Shaun Pollock must be itching to have a bowl at Newlands. But he's stuck tweeting about it

"It's amazing that I completed my batting and fielding in two days and it rained. That must be some sort of record."
South Africa's opening batsman Jacques Rudolph gets an unforgettable welcome back to Test cricket after five years

"I went to bed having watched the first session with South Africa 1 for 49 at lunch. When my phone buzzed it said Australia 7 for 21… By the time I got to the TV to check it all out for myself I just saw Shaun Marsh become [Vernon] Philander's fifth wicket and all of a sudden they were 21 for nine. I was trying to work out what had happened because for a moment I thought I'd missed a whole day of my life. "
A blow-by-blow account of Mark Taylor's disturbed night

"And it looks like I've slept through another amazing day of cricket... 47. Good try, we still own the record. Oh... that's not a good one. "
Iain O'Brien, the New Zealand fast bowler, manages to make fun of the Aussies while being self-deprecatory

"I feel sorry for the groundsman because of course questions will be asked. Yet people are not being peppered [on the body] and the bounce is not a special problem [from a consistency point of view]."
Could there be an ICC enquiry into the Newlands pitch? Former South Africa bowler Craig Matthews makes an early argument on behalf of the curator, Evan Flint

"Australia Test Team are 9 wickets for 21 runs. Yes, it's Australia and not Austria v Sth Africa."
Bryce McGain, former Australia legspinner, would like to make sure there are no misunderstandings

"Batsmen aren't exposed to quality fast bowling a lot, so their game is not equipped mentally as well as technically to cope with good fast bowling when they see it."
Mark Waugh, the former Australia batsman, thinks it's an experience thing

"The talked-about two-match Test series has just turned into one and half."
Tom Moody the former Australia bowler, gives another reason why Test series should be longer

"No pitch in the world is a 21 for 9 pitch."
Commentator Harsha Bhogle concurs

"... given the freakish course of this exciting Test match, the Western Province Cricket Association has decided to allow the loyal cricket supporters ... to use tickets for Saturday and Sunday today, or alternatively for the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras versus Nashua Titans 50 over One-Day Cup match next Friday 18 November."
Other cricket boards could learn a thing or two from the benevolent Western Province Cricket Association

"HOLY MOLY... Is the wicket that bad?"
Kevin Pietersen is shocked

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • on November 13, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Mark Taylor, we all thought we had missed a day in our lives! How can administrators allow a series of only two tests? Look forward to the second test.

  • mightymf2000 on November 13, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Can't belive the total in the innings but love some of the quotes featured.

  • DesiCricketfan on November 12, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Being an Indian I really hate to read comments about ponting. He is not the only culprit here and I fail to understand that ponting is getting thrashed and blamed for the whole match; what happened to rest of the team, why don't oz accept the defeat as a team and an excellent bowling effort from SA. I am not an OZ supporter but hate to see people blaming ponting and Johnson only. It seems like people who comment here are people who have never carried a cricket bat in there life and just make comments like these. Ponting is a great player and will retire when he wants to. I remember those days when people did exactly the same thing to Saurav Ganguly, it seems like ponting is sailing the same boat as ganguly. I hope people understands that cricket is bread and butter for ponting. People retire at 65 but cricketers mostly retires around 34-37; just think you make a mistake at work and if you get fired how will you feel?

  • bullbudman on November 12, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    SIMON KATTICH,SIMON KATTICH,SIMON KATIICH..THE AUSSIES HAS AGAIAN ARROGANTLY BIT THE HAND THAT FED THEM

  • Amol_Gh on November 12, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    @thalib Jafar: ("Even an opening batsman can take 5 wickets of SA"). Yeah, the same opening batman who could NOT even score 10 runs or last 20 balls combined in 2 innings in spite of being given the opportunity to play 2 whole team innings.

  • on November 12, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    Where are the terms:

    1. "Mental tougness" ??????? 2. "Advanced Coaching Techniques"????? 3. "Days long Practice sessions"??????

    Conclusion:

    Is Cricket by chance? or ?????

  • crikey on November 12, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    To the aussinator whatever that means, as an australian supporter, i'm not in distress at all. What comes around goes around. All the years that australia thrashed all comers couldn't last forever, but I enjoyed every minute of it !!!! To all the aussie haters, please get the chips off your shoulders. Your comments about australia say more about you than about us.

  • Muyeen on November 12, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    why are comments based on end result,its so easy to speak after the event. when Aus dismissed SA for 98 and took a substantial lead , lot of comments read Australia back on track as a test team n all that. but now after being dismissed for 47 and loosing test match they need complete overhaul. 3 men are not responsible for this debacle (no iam not huge Ricky, mitchel or haddin fan). As a neutral from India , this is one of the best test match I watched in long time. I just wish SA had lost 5 more wickets to win the game .would have made it all the more interesting. Test Cricket Zindabad!!All hail Test Cricket!!

  • on November 12, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    I was actually looking forward to the Aussies being bundled out for 21...That would have been their lowest score ever by miles.

  • RandyOZ on November 12, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    This is our lowest point in my lifetime, and we are still the second best team in the world. We can only go up from here though.

  • on November 13, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Mark Taylor, we all thought we had missed a day in our lives! How can administrators allow a series of only two tests? Look forward to the second test.

  • mightymf2000 on November 13, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Can't belive the total in the innings but love some of the quotes featured.

  • DesiCricketfan on November 12, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Being an Indian I really hate to read comments about ponting. He is not the only culprit here and I fail to understand that ponting is getting thrashed and blamed for the whole match; what happened to rest of the team, why don't oz accept the defeat as a team and an excellent bowling effort from SA. I am not an OZ supporter but hate to see people blaming ponting and Johnson only. It seems like people who comment here are people who have never carried a cricket bat in there life and just make comments like these. Ponting is a great player and will retire when he wants to. I remember those days when people did exactly the same thing to Saurav Ganguly, it seems like ponting is sailing the same boat as ganguly. I hope people understands that cricket is bread and butter for ponting. People retire at 65 but cricketers mostly retires around 34-37; just think you make a mistake at work and if you get fired how will you feel?

  • bullbudman on November 12, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    SIMON KATTICH,SIMON KATTICH,SIMON KATIICH..THE AUSSIES HAS AGAIAN ARROGANTLY BIT THE HAND THAT FED THEM

  • Amol_Gh on November 12, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    @thalib Jafar: ("Even an opening batsman can take 5 wickets of SA"). Yeah, the same opening batman who could NOT even score 10 runs or last 20 balls combined in 2 innings in spite of being given the opportunity to play 2 whole team innings.

  • on November 12, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    Where are the terms:

    1. "Mental tougness" ??????? 2. "Advanced Coaching Techniques"????? 3. "Days long Practice sessions"??????

    Conclusion:

    Is Cricket by chance? or ?????

  • crikey on November 12, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    To the aussinator whatever that means, as an australian supporter, i'm not in distress at all. What comes around goes around. All the years that australia thrashed all comers couldn't last forever, but I enjoyed every minute of it !!!! To all the aussie haters, please get the chips off your shoulders. Your comments about australia say more about you than about us.

  • Muyeen on November 12, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    why are comments based on end result,its so easy to speak after the event. when Aus dismissed SA for 98 and took a substantial lead , lot of comments read Australia back on track as a test team n all that. but now after being dismissed for 47 and loosing test match they need complete overhaul. 3 men are not responsible for this debacle (no iam not huge Ricky, mitchel or haddin fan). As a neutral from India , this is one of the best test match I watched in long time. I just wish SA had lost 5 more wickets to win the game .would have made it all the more interesting. Test Cricket Zindabad!!All hail Test Cricket!!

  • on November 12, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    I was actually looking forward to the Aussies being bundled out for 21...That would have been their lowest score ever by miles.

  • RandyOZ on November 12, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    This is our lowest point in my lifetime, and we are still the second best team in the world. We can only go up from here though.

  • Aussasinator on November 12, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    @manush. Ponting has shown that he is well among the retired lot in ability. Usman Khwaja is all class and waiting for the grunting grandfather to quit. Australain cricket stands loser in this process. But I'm not complaining. Simply love to see the Aussies in distress.

  • balajik1968 on November 12, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    I followed the match on Cricinfo and was stunned by the 2nd day's play. When the Aussies were bundled out for 47, South Africa were favourites, but for that to happen Smith, Amla and Kallis were key for me. As it turned out, Smith and Amla finished the job. As for Australia, Ponting's time is done. I thought loss of captaincy would liberate Ponting the batsman, but it has not.I also observed universal criticism of Haddin by Aussie fans, they may be on to something here. What I saw of Paine in India, I liked, maybe it is time for him to be no.1 keeper for Australia. Johnson is far too erratic to be the leader of the Aussie attack, maybe the Aussies need to rebuild the attack from scratch. Australia needs to take a very hard look at their team and rebuild. They could put Steve Waugh in charge, I guess they need his ruthlessness.

  • harshthakor on November 12, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    What me must never forget was that the day was one of the greatest days ever witnessed in test cricket.The Aussie collapse facilitated this and the earlier collapse of the Proteas batting line up.Let us give credit to the Proteas bowling attack who bowled with the spirit of Greek gods.What was fascinating was the metamorphosis in the nature of the track from the morning and evening sessions to the one between lunch and tea.The pitch simply flattened out when .South Africa were batting,which to me was the deciding factor.Frankly,I could never imagine the Proteas surviving had the y chased a total in the session between lunch and tea on the the second day.It is irony that S.Africa just scarped the follow on target.

    Overall excessive t-20 cricket is causing the downfall in test batting standards which has been reflected here.

  • on November 12, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    thats really poor performance by the aussies.....remember,PAK got them out for 88 in headingly.......they just cant resisit with this top order.....there shud be two genuine openers.......and y they are not selecting Ben Hilfenhaus????he is much better bowler than Johnson!!!!!!

  • on November 12, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    australia got the trashing they deserved

  • on November 12, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    i was supporting SA & loved the they were bowling, their trump bowler imtan tahir didn't bowl a single bowl in second innings, & they got all the wickets, it's amazing man. !

  • vkkossery on November 12, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    Cricket is played as much in the minds of the players as it is played in the field. Gary is going to untie the knot on the throat of the Proteas which used to choke them in the final stages.This SA team is going to be a force to reckon with in future. But don't write off the Australians.

  • Looch on November 12, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Well I hope this is the end for Ponting and Johnson, they just cannot be carried any more and we have to start picking players on their performances rather than potential. Hopefully with the new selectors will start this process but there is very long road for Australia to travel if we are going to be competitive again. South Africa coming back after being bowled out for 98 was a tremendous effort and certainly on of their best ever Test matches and congrats to them.

    @stockt12: You need to pick another sport to follow junoir, obviously you have no idea about cricket. T20, ODIs, First class and Test matces are very different games and tactics for one type will not work in another!

  • stockt12 on November 12, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Test cricket is dead. IF, and IF Australia had batted their second innings like a T20, they would've made 120 in twenty overs and won this match easily. The freedom and strokeplay would've prevented the frustrating, embarassing single worst performance in the history of cricket. What a shame they didn't get all out for 21. Would've made for a much better headline. Good on the last two for scratching and fighting their way to 47, after a scared and nervous top order brought out all the demons of a 5 year old after the lights get turned out.

  • SriUSA on November 12, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    The last pair added 26 runs. Junst imagine the score of Aussies if they didn't. 21 all out? Lowest?

  • on November 12, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    Gary is gonna take this team to top, theres gonna be no more chokers

  • Manush on November 12, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    I have always maintained that after their 5 heroes( S.Waugh,Warne, Mgcrath,Hayden & Gilchirst ) retired Australians are reduced to a very ordinary team (barring Ponting) like the current West Indies and it only Media and propping commentators, who rated this team high. England effectively exposed the hollowness of this team and now SA rubbed enough salt to the wound.Under pressure Smith performs beautifully, and they have top fast bowler in Steyn and others, effectively supported by good batsmen and fielders.India can further embarrass Australia, if only learn from the drubbing they had in England.

  • on November 12, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    Austrlia have never been able to replace the batsmen from the last decade like hayden, Langer, Hodge(who was very unlucky to have only a few tests) in the 90's to mid 2000's Australia had a large pool of batsmen they could choose from and could rely on any batsman who they called up to deliver.They had the likes of Phil Jaques (who should of got a longer run in the team) Martin Love,Jamie Cox,stuart Law, Darren Lehmann (another batsman who was unlucky not to have a longer test career). At the moment Australia keep picking the same opener Hughes who has a technique for ODI cricket but not test cricket and keep relying on Ponting to turn the clock back to his hey day. The batting lacks mental toughness with the exception of Hussey and Clarke. However, they have eventually unearthed a real batting talent Shaun Marsh(the best young bastman in the team).

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on November 12, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    I can't wait for Cricinfo's Page 2 article on this match. Andrew Hughes are you listening?:-)

  • on November 12, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    Out with old and in with the new. If we are going to be shocking at least let it be with an eye on the future. All of them; including the captain. Time for the cricket smart Tim Paine to stand up.

  • samincolumbia on November 11, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    Aussies supporters are disappearing faster than the African elephant! It's was good to see the arrogant Ponting and his fellow players getting pummelled into submission!!

    Superb bowling by the saffas...Beware of the english scouts!! HAHA...

  • on November 11, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    For S A to preform in this manner after they were bowled out for 96 that's saying they have lots of guts. Australia needs to make a few changes, well done S A looking forward to the next test oh it should have been a 5 match series.

  • orangtan on November 11, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    Nothing wrong with the pitch. Those who saw Vernon Philander in the CLT-20 in India can now smugly state: " We knew he had it in him".

  • InnocentGuy on November 11, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    Interesting to note that Australia have been skittled out thrice in the recent past against quality seam bowling. Aus teams of the past practiced against the likes of Lee, McGrath etc. Now, they are batting badly, which could be an indication of the lack of quality bowlers in the Aus fringes. I'm by no means an Aussie fan (quite the opposite) but even I couldn't believe the shot Haddin played in the second innings. How do you explain/excuse such performances?

  • Timmuh on November 11, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    The good news is, there is now time for it to be a three Test series.

  • on November 11, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    If I am not wrong, thats the same venue where Pakistan got out for 43 in a oneday international in 1992/93, and they were also 20 odd for 9. But surely there's no justification for it in a test match.Excellent pace bowling by South Africa.

  • on November 11, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    And Bangladesh or Zimbabwe had nothing to do with this 47 or 96 All Out by both teams!!

  • mrmonty on November 11, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    Haddin is symptomatic of what went wrong for Aus. The team in general has no grafters in the Dravid, Kallis, Cook and Trott mold. Too many buccaneers, I say matey.

  • on November 11, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    The era of australia ruling cricket is gone...time for ponting to take any big step

  • RameshRayaprolu on November 11, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    I just missed one day of cricket...and when I come back....its the Result day !! shocked really...Go SA Go....and my condolences to AUS....Gary is the HE-MAN...and SA now have the power !! Dear Mr. Gary, why? why did you leave the MEN in BLUE ?? I am sure SA will reach new heights under Mr. Gary.

  • on November 11, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    Fast bowlers.. they can still do it..

  • Navin84 on November 11, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    After SA had made 96 and AUS were 21/9 at one stage, it brought back memories of my primary school days...

  • on November 11, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Simply Unbelievable! What a game/day! Truly a shame it is only 2 Test in this series.

  • Rakim on November 11, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    @"ForwardDefensive: There was more cricket, more enjoyment, more excitement in those two days than in all the T20 games ever played" best comment of the day bro!!

  • on November 11, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    No problem My Dear friends, This is Cricket and Odds like this are bound to happen,.. Cuz there are no Ifs and Buts in Cricket. Anywayz good positive cricket from SA,.. Really Good Cricket

  • podichetty on November 11, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    People just make fun of asian countries saying that they can't play quality fast bowling......'47' by australia has shown that no body likes to face quality fast bowling.....leave alone the asians

  • Vilander on November 11, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Thats it i have had enough, i am heading to south africa and coming back to india with Mr. Kirsten. No excuses.

  • on November 11, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    They are no more chokers... Gary is showing some colours..!! waiting for some more from SA

  • on November 11, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    FROM THE COMMENTS ,IT SEEMS that all r waiting for this to happen against Aussies because Aussies show stars in the day to every team .but it,s cricket it can happen to anyone but the match was really awesome. BCCI should mke pitches like that in all test centres of india,so that batsmen dominance should stop here.

  • Tijara on November 11, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    I think that the problem is that both SAF and Australians thought that if wickets are fallig than you can hit your way out of the trouble, just swing the bat instead of playing seriously, correct cricket shots. They can learn a lot from rahul Dravid.

  • DamieninFrance on November 11, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Two things (from an Australian): First of all - brilliantly played by South Africa! In any other era since their re-entry to cricket, their collapse for 96 would have been the death knell of the test. The way they then managed to then recover, incite and aggravate the panic that the Australian batsmen felt in their second innings was the most amazing sporting drama I've seen in years! Beautifully played, and congrats. Bring on the second test! Second thing - Can Indian supporters just accept that not all of the world's cricket matches are about India? Love the comments from Indian supporters about cricket. But can you keep your references to the Indian side on pages about Indian cricket(ers, or matches). Thanks!

  • on November 11, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    shame to the australian team

  • Bhamo on November 11, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Whats up DOWNUNDER?? That " RED CHERRY " talks and talks so loudly in Cape Town S.A., so that everyone could hear it there in Australia !!

  • on November 11, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    oh my god....................scorecard of SA first and AUSSIES 2nd inning is like readind mobile number..6 4 3 0 2 3......really amazing. south africans are now not choker

  • ibbani on November 11, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    @ RogerC - Not temporarily friend, permanently. They say, Indians are feared of fast bowling. But what good have SA or AUS done, they also faltered against the same fast bowling. so no one dares to utter anything against Indian Team now.

  • praghunathan on November 11, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    I saw the replays. There was nothing wrong with the pitch, as first SA and then Australia tumbled. They were bad cricketing shots, and just bad play all around. There was one questionable lbw, the one the Aussies didn't question, and when they began questioning them, the replays showed they were out.

    My initial feel was the match had been rigged, but then I saw the outs, and one didn't get the feeling there were any fixes. It was just bad batting all round, and some decent bowling.

  • Shan156 on November 11, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    @rahulcricket007, please don't shout. KP is not like Indian batsmen to fear a hostile pace attack. He has faced them before (home and away) and will face them again next summer. He faces a high quality pace attack in the nets too. That way Indian batsmen are unfortunate. They are exposed to a good pace attack only in international games. In the nets, their best chance is to use the bowling machine:-)

    Cricinfo, please publish.

  • on November 11, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    am i dreaming or what.. cant believe this..

  • on November 11, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Never thought I'd live to see an Australian side choke.

    That's normally the preserve of SA.

    What's happening?

  • Silloh on November 11, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    ..and just think ,despite the mingy 46 , the mighty Aussies are not "down under ". Celebrate guys, you almost doubled the score after being 25 for 9 . Good recovery.

  • nayonika on November 11, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Its not only Indian batsmen found wanting against fast bowling in England. Now Aussies and SA find each others fast bowling hot to handle! Two debutants picking 9 and 8 wkts to be man of the match! Congrats to Ashwin and Philander!

  • on November 11, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    big lead went to aussies head(weight) , thatsy 47 all out. but i was disappointed by thaat last wkt patrenship

  • on November 11, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    It was amazing cricket like cricket of yester years,engrossing and awestruck. I think there was nothing wrong with the pitch as the fourth inning play showed. Actually it was the combination of momentum and those fabalous days play which keeps the Test cricket thrive and alive. Australia certainly is not a force as it used to be but I also feel that Amla as well Smith are backbone of the SA,when they are out cheaply,SA also go down...........

  • MENDIS_Forever on November 11, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    o my god! I checked cricinfo scorecard to see what had happened to SA.Suddenly it showed AUS - 21/9.Even 33,000V electric current wouldn't have shocked me that much.Well...I can't imagine what will happen to our Sri Lankan team; they are to face the mighty SA next month.

  • on November 11, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    My attitude is the pitch can't be that bad when you had 3 x hundreds in the match, one of which was a big one from Clarke and another one unbeaten from Smith. The fact is it was a combination of good bowling and poor shot selection Haddins in particular was awful.

    If Lyon and Siddle were able to knock a few runs then Batsmen really have to look at themselves.

    I also think the amount of T20 cricket played has a lot to do with it, the format is by nature frenetic and some players often struggle to switch back to test mode.

  • braindead_rocker on November 11, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Even the USA team would have scored more than 100.

  • on November 11, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Whats happening 2 australia.They have even more problems with ricky turning 37 nxt month,haddin nd hussey also will also turn 37 in the nxt 3-4 months.I think they should build a team with youngsters like fegerson,tim paine,david warner,shaun marsh,cummins,mithchel marsh .after 1nd half year aussies will b without mike hussey,haddin,ricky.

  • on November 11, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    If it was India in place of Australia - every one would have chomped on their heads for not being able to play quality pace bowling. (Especially the former cricketers who were more suspect at playing fast bowling than the current bunch)

  • zico123 on November 11, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    so far Australia carry Mr old Punter and Mr Inconsistent Johnson Australia would not go forward and stay at 4-5 in ranking, both of them should have been dropped 2 years back

  • on November 11, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Gary Kirsten, the star coach is the reason.

  • WilliamFranklin on November 11, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Out, Out, Out!

  • kriskini on November 11, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    Yes its Australia which did not like associates in world cup 2015 and now played like associates in TEST cricket.

  • sherishahmir on November 11, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Well great moments of twist in test cricket, when SA out for 95 oddtrims the tag of chokers ignites on SA's on great moments but the way they reacted and put Ozz 21-9 that changed everything and people reminded the abilities of SA when they did the ever greatest chase in ODI's history against same opposition. A true performance by Proteas that showed them that they are great side. My sympathies are with Ozzies they are probably the most talented and professional side but bcaz of game limitation they victimized. Sorry to read negative comments on punter, he is probably the greatest ever batsman produced by world cricket and afterall he being human being vulnerable to such bad patch.

  • CricketFan365 on November 11, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    I like Mark Taylor's comment the most.. lol.. IND vs PAK, AUS vs SA, always something amazing happens..

  • cricket-is-passion on November 11, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    Well nothing wrong with the pitch, look at how Smith and Amla played in 4th innings and Clarke played in 1st innings. Its something related to shot selection and misread of the ball that's what I would think is the right justice about this pitch and match. Hats off to the pitch curator, he did his job really well that proved how you can score (Smith, Amla, Clarke) and also way to bowl (Philander, Watson, Stayne). Take a bow my friend (Curator) and also to 3 ton warriors and bowling geniuses. Harsha Bogle: Sorry man its not pitch purely shot selection, inexperience, and misread).

  • DaveMorton on November 11, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    There was more cricket, more enjoyment, more excitement in those two days than in all the T20 games ever played.

  • Nadz1987 on November 11, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    It all started for Aussies when India last toured Australia and the Aussies never came back into the test cricket again till now. But this was expected from Aussies and it would have been more exciting if they were bowled out for 22 haha. Would love to c Clarke's and Ponting's expression hahaha

    Anyways sad to know that there is no cricket for the weekend which i wished to go watch it live in Newlands.

  • on November 11, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    Why did Australia lose this test? I have been saying for ages that there is too much pressure on the middle order. Hughes is too unorthodox and erratic, Watson IS NOT AN OPENING BATSMEN!! I have watched in horror as my country has messed with the traditions of test cricket. During the Ashes in our quest for the ultimate all rounder we managed to select no less than THREE - Johnson, Smith and Watson. Test cricket calls for specialists, not inconsistent bit players. This is NOT one day cricket. This performance was sadly inevitable and only highlights the shocking selections of the opening combination and the ensuing pressure on the middle order when you don't choose the best batsmen in the country to openn the batting. Put politics aside and choose the best batsmen in the country. Watson is a good batsmen and a fantastic one day opener, but he is not a test opener! If he batted at 6 or 7 it would give so much more confidence to the middle order, knowing he was still to bat.

  • on November 11, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Other than South Africa's surprising resilience one should ignore all the of the avalanche of statistics from this match. It was a freak event and won't happen again, so all the statistics mean absolutely nothing. I thought South Africa rather let Australia get away with things in that second innings...21/9 shouldn't have been allowed to become 47 all out..;-) One should not dismiss the batting woes completely though. There is no question about it that at no time in this match did the opening batsmen have an easy job. They had a torrid time in all four innings and it was all a question of surviving the first 25 overs. After that it became rather easy to bat. It was definitely a hard-ball paradise and six bowlers who took full advantage of it. Therefore one reality does come from this: Australia has a bit more of a worry about their top three batsmen and a bit more of a worry about their top 3 bowlers. That is about the only sensible cricketing conclusion that can be drawn.

  • on November 11, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    To top the batting contrast between first innings and second innings, SA scored at 8 runs per over from a score of 141/1 to reach 221/1 sealing the match in a matter of 10 overs.

  • on November 11, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Well let me foreclose some hidden truth during the 1st tests between Ind v W I & Aus v S A. When 17 wickets fell at Ferozahkotla & 23 wickets fell at Cape Town there was hue & cry raised over the status of the former pitch that too neither from the players nor from the former players but only from the journalists & the same journalists said it's b'coz of reckless batting from the batsmen that 23 wickets fell & mind you the above 2 different incident happened during the 2nd of the tests. & for some interesting facts between Ind v W I & & Aus v S A:

    1. Visitors batted first.

    2. Home-team conceded huge lead & it looked like the home-team is at the receiving end.

    3. Home-team came back very strongly thanx to some reckless batting coincided with disciplined bowlling efforts.

    4. In the end home-teams won quite comfortably.

    5. The man of the match awards won by the debutants & above all both of them are bowlers.

    regards,

    r neil rashan.

  • on November 11, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    SA is great team even an opening batsman can take 5 wkts of wrld no.1 team what's there power?

  • kvshari on November 11, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Australia 284 and 47 v South Africa 96 and 236/2 http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-australia-2011/engine/match/514029.html via @espncricinfo

    Dreaded 11/11/11 ? Australia started their second innings around 3pm local time which was 00:00 11/11/11 in Australia! :) Any connection?

  • Nadxi on November 11, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Well, Why nobody is talking about Australians Fielding.... At the end, it was worst!.... Hats off on Amla and Smith as the played! so is to SA..... I would love to hear 21 ALL OUT.... But Aussie have strong batting line up to 10 and 11 : D

  • Tatsache on November 11, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    SA vs AUS , mkes history matches .....what a game ..!

  • rahul1981 on November 11, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    oh i love ponting ... he helps australia lose ... hats off to australian cricket board

  • playitstraight on November 11, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    WHAT.A.MATCH!!! really, these Aus v SA matches are so energy draining, you cannot take your eyes off the t.v. I thought Aus had the advantage after they bowled SA for 96, but Aus collapsed for 21/9, and then the bowlers had to avoid embarrasment, so they scored a few runs to make it 47 all out. But really, well played both teams, especially Clarke and Watto for Aus. Smith, Amla, and Philiander, the new debutant,, played exceptionally well. Looking forward to the next test!!!

  • rahulcricket007 on November 11, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    MAY BE PIETERSEN IS FEARING FROM SA PACE ATTACK AS THEY HAVE TO PLAY AGAINST THEM

  • on November 11, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Thank god, this is not Bangladesh. Otherwise, Australian would have said, test cricket is going down the drain!! It is them down under!!

  • joisbalu on November 11, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Ricky Ponting should be dropped soon.. He is spoiling the whole party with Mitch..................

  • on November 11, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 COME ON INDIA IS NOT OVER YET....I FEEL CURRENT INDIAN TEAM VS WI IS THE BEST AT THE MOMENT JUST INCLUDE ZAK IN PLACE OF OJHA AND AARO/YADAV 1 OF THOSE IN AUS AND SEE THE DIFFERENCE..AUS TOOK 188 LEAD AND BECAME COMPLACENT...Y ALL GUYS FRGTNG ABOUT SA 96 ALL OUT..THAT TOO THEIR HOME CONDITIONS..ITS JUST WRONG SHOT SELECTION FROM WATSON,HADDIN,PONTING,AND TAIL....REST WERE GOOD DELIVARIES..AND DURING CHASE PITCH BECAME TOTALY FLAT..HENCE CHOCKER LIKE SMITH MANAGED TO PRODUCE 100.

  • RogerC on November 11, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    This will temporarily stop some Aussie fans from ridiculing Indian team.

  • A.Ak on November 11, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    If it only one side fell in quick time, I would say its badly played. But both team went down in no time. Is it a good bowling and poor batting by both sides ?. no way. Then in the SA second innings two batsman scored ton in quick time?. Just a belated Halloween show for the viewers, I can't believe it.

  • satanswish on November 11, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Aussies were lucky to score an extra run compared to Pommies who were cremated 46 Alll Out by Ambrose, Walsh & Co. in 1994.

  • barath_narayanan on November 11, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    It was awesome match overall

    One of da best comeback matches in test history. In my opinion 2nd best, 1st is India's VVS 281 match against AUS, eden gardens 2001.

    Kudos to SA :). They rock :) :) B-)..

  • MandyBoy on November 11, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    I have always maintained that Ricky Ponting is unnecessarily dragging his career. The batsman Ponting who used to score heavily is a history. Also the Aussie selectors should stop backing him. They are wasting time of a potential new talent! When the big runs retired together the Aus setup never bothered. Same would be the state of Indian cricket as they need to groom younsters in order to avoid the plight which the former no. 1 team is currently facing.

  • Saran_1985 on November 11, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    A perfect revenge by SouthAfrica.Proteas Rocks............

  • Gupta.Ankur on November 11, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Lets see if people question Aus's ability to do well abroad in swinging conditions......considering they lost twice in england and now in SA..............

  • AlanHarrison on November 11, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Interesting evidence there of Pietersen's inability to read a pitch. Perhaps Swann was right about your ability as a captain (or lack of it) after all, Kev ...

  • AlanHarrison on November 11, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Nice to see Bryce McGain piping up with an observation about 9 for 21. If only you could get another test match and get 9 for 21, Bryce, your test bowling record might start to look respectable ...

  • rahulcricket007 on November 11, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    WELL SAID HARSHA . NO PITCH IN THE WORLD IS A 21 FOR 9 PITCH . THERE WAS SOME BAD SHORT SELECTION FROM AUSSIES BATSMEN . LIKE HADDIN, HUSSEY , PONTING . WELL SA MUST BE PUMPING NOW . I BET SA WILL GAIN NO.1 RANKING AFTER ENG TOUR .

  • indianzen on November 11, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    This is what happens if you have people like Siddle, Haddin, Ponting and Beer in the team ahead of really performing players...

  • TheOnlyEmperor on November 11, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    There's nothing wrong with the pitch, given that the century makers from both sides have played so comfortably. I had no doubt SA would win after Oz got bundled out for 47, though I wish it had been 21. That would have been sweet.

  • 9ST9 on November 11, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    how could i forget the 99 semi final epic stuff! you 2 beauties you!!

  • 9ST9 on November 11, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    these 2 sides have the ability to conjure up the most memorable of games across all formats - the 438 game in jo burg, that enthralling 2nd t20 a few months ago and now this... the best of test cricket welcome change from the sl vs pak test eye-sore.

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  • 9ST9 on November 11, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    these 2 sides have the ability to conjure up the most memorable of games across all formats - the 438 game in jo burg, that enthralling 2nd t20 a few months ago and now this... the best of test cricket welcome change from the sl vs pak test eye-sore.

  • 9ST9 on November 11, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    how could i forget the 99 semi final epic stuff! you 2 beauties you!!

  • TheOnlyEmperor on November 11, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    There's nothing wrong with the pitch, given that the century makers from both sides have played so comfortably. I had no doubt SA would win after Oz got bundled out for 47, though I wish it had been 21. That would have been sweet.

  • indianzen on November 11, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    This is what happens if you have people like Siddle, Haddin, Ponting and Beer in the team ahead of really performing players...

  • rahulcricket007 on November 11, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    WELL SAID HARSHA . NO PITCH IN THE WORLD IS A 21 FOR 9 PITCH . THERE WAS SOME BAD SHORT SELECTION FROM AUSSIES BATSMEN . LIKE HADDIN, HUSSEY , PONTING . WELL SA MUST BE PUMPING NOW . I BET SA WILL GAIN NO.1 RANKING AFTER ENG TOUR .

  • AlanHarrison on November 11, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Nice to see Bryce McGain piping up with an observation about 9 for 21. If only you could get another test match and get 9 for 21, Bryce, your test bowling record might start to look respectable ...

  • AlanHarrison on November 11, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Interesting evidence there of Pietersen's inability to read a pitch. Perhaps Swann was right about your ability as a captain (or lack of it) after all, Kev ...

  • Gupta.Ankur on November 11, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Lets see if people question Aus's ability to do well abroad in swinging conditions......considering they lost twice in england and now in SA..............

  • Saran_1985 on November 11, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    A perfect revenge by SouthAfrica.Proteas Rocks............

  • MandyBoy on November 11, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    I have always maintained that Ricky Ponting is unnecessarily dragging his career. The batsman Ponting who used to score heavily is a history. Also the Aussie selectors should stop backing him. They are wasting time of a potential new talent! When the big runs retired together the Aus setup never bothered. Same would be the state of Indian cricket as they need to groom younsters in order to avoid the plight which the former no. 1 team is currently facing.