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Saffers v Aussies

How well do you know your Australia-South Africa history?

Quiz compiled by Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

1. Since South Africa's readmission, Australia have won five Tests against them where they chased 250-plus targets. On two of these occasions, the winning shot has been a six. Name the batsmen involved.
2. Australia and South Africa have been involved in three ties in ODIs. The first two were in Edgbaston (1999) and at the Docklands stadium in Melbourne (2000). Which was the third venue?
3. This batsman made five of his six Test centuries against Australia. Identify him.
4. From this famous commentary clip, identify the batsman and bowler involved.
5. In the 1997-98 Test series in Australia, Mark Waugh scored a superb century in Adelaide to deny South Africa the chance to level. However, his innings was marked by controversy. What was the incident?
6. Complete the sequence: Stan McCabe, Neil Harvey, Mark Waugh, Ricky Ponting, _________
7. What unique feat did Ricky Ponting achieve in the Sydney Test against South Africa in 2006?
8. Ali Bacher, the South Africa captain against Australia in 1969-70, was involved in a toss-related controversy before the start of the Durban Test. What?
9. Name the batsman who was dropped for nearly six years from the Australian team for playing a rash shot which resulted in Australia's five-run loss against South Africa at the SCG in 1994?
10. Shane Warne reached the landmark of 300 Test wickets in the shortest span of time since debut (six years), in the Sydney Test against South Africa in 1998. Who was the 300th wicket?
11. Only three bowlers have dismissed Lance Klusener in World Cup matches. Gavin Larsen and Vasbert Drakes are two. Name the third.
12. Glenn McGrath walks back with Michael Hussey after a century stand for the last wicket. Identify the venue.
13. In Australia-South Africa Tests, Shane Warne has the most wickets (130), but he is second on the list of bowlers with the most five-fors. Who is first?
14. In the 2001-02 tri-series in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand played the finals following Australia's elimination. How many matches (out of four) did South Africa win against Australia in the league stage?
15. Of the 13 double-centuries scored in Australia-South Africa Tests, only three have come in matches since South Africa's readmission. Greg Blewett and Adam Gilchrist scored the first two in 1997 and 2002. Who scored the last double-century in Australia-South Africa Tests?
16. Name the South African batsman Shane Warne dismissed 11 times in just nine Tests.
17. Don Bradman scored four centuries in an Australia-South Africa series. Only one other batsman has equalled the feat. Name the player.
18. Glenn McGrath conceded just 27 runs against West Indies in Brisbane (2000) while picking up a ten-wicket match haul. McGrath, however, is second on the list of bowlers who have conceded the fewest runs while picking up a ten-wicket match haul. Who is on top?
19. What happened next?
20. Who among the following Australian players played both his first and last Test against South Africa?
21. "I can tell you now it was useless, just a waste of time." Who said this about his sterling effort in an Australia-South Africa match?
22. Identify (in order) the venues of the following Australia-South Africa matches (four different series) from the innings scores. 1. 266, 296, 339, 310/8; 2. 209, 108, 168, 271/8; 3. 451/9, 359, 194/6, 288/2; 4. 315, 167, 186, 340/5
23. "…which is thought to have put him in the temper that led to his disgraceful - and almost unprecedented - outburst when he finally came on and dismissed 'X'. Rarely on a cricket field has physical violence seemed so close." In this extract from a Wisden match report, who are the bowler and batsman (X) in question?
24. In the Johannesburg ODI in 2006 when South Africa chased down Australia's 434, only one bowler finished with an economy rate below seven. Who?
25. In the 1999 World Cup semi-final between Australia and South Africa, A was caught by B off the bowling of C. C hit A for a six and a four in an over before becoming D's only victim. A also picked up the wicket of B. Who are A, B, C and D?


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