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South Africa v Australia, 2008-09

May 1, 2010: Wisden's review of South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, 2008-09

Geoffrey Dean

South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Durban

McGain faces uphill battle to debut

Mar 3, 2009: Bryce McGain's chances of making his Test debut in Durban this week are looking slim after Ricky Ponting declared it would be difficult to change Australia's winning side

Brydon Coverdale in Durban

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 5th day

'We weren't precise enough with the ball' - Smith

Mar 2, 2009: It's no real surprise that fast bowling emerged as the key difference between Australia and South Africa at the Wanderers, where discipline is required to make the most of the seam- and swing-friendly conditions

Brydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 5th day

Fresh faces come to the party

Mar 2, 2009: With an Ashes tour coming up during the Australian winter, now is the perfect time for the likes of North, Hughes, Hilfenhaus and McDonald to complete irresistible auditions

Brydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 5th day

Johnson the all-round hero

Mar 2, 2009: Stats highlights from the first Test between South Africa and Australia in Johannesburg, which the visitors won by 162 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series

S Rajesh

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 5th day

Australia sing when they are winning

Mar 2, 2009: Brydon Coverdale presents the plays of the day from the fifth day of the first Test between South Africa and Australia

Brydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 5th day

Disciplined Australia take series lead

Mar 2, 2009: It was an inexperienced Australia bowling line-up but that didn't prevent them from taking the eight wickets needed on the final day to take a series lead in the top-of-the-table clash with South Africa

The Bulletin by Dileep Premachandran

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 4th day

Testing pitch makes this harder than Perth - Harris

Mar 1, 2009: Paul Harris, the South Africa spinner, said their task on this occasion was more difficult than in Perth because of the tough conditions, and Tim Nielsen is in no doubt Australia are in the stronger position

Brydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 4th day

Feisty Hughes makes his mark

Mar 1, 2009: That Hughes went on to post 75 in his second Test innings was a credit to his determination. His runs didn't come easily, nor prettily, but it was impossible to look away during his 159-minute innings

Brydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 4th day

Jacques of all trades

Mar 1, 2009: Brydon Coverdale presents the plays of the day from the fourth day of the first Test between South Africa and Australia in Johannesburg

Brydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 4th day

Scrapping South Africa keep game in balance

Mar 1, 2009: The first Test of a high-profile series between South Africa and Australia was heading for a gripping finish after both teams ended up on just about even terms

The Bulletin by Jamie Alter

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Johannesburg

Australia's search for an allrounder ends

Mar 1, 2009: Mitchell Johnson's unbeaten 96 in Johannesburg has seasoned judges predicting he will develop into a fully-fledged allrounder - or better

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day

Industrious greenhorns warm to challenge

Feb 28, 2009: If the third day at the Wanderers is anything to go by, Australia's pace attack's green tinge might not be such a bad thing

Brydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day

Ambitious de Villiers on the right track

Feb 28, 2009: AB de Villiers' final contribution of 104 out of 220 was a mammoth effort in trying circumstances

Brydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

Plays of the day

Referral of misfortune

Feb 28, 2009: Brydon Coverdale presents the Plays of the day from the third day of the first Test between South Africa and Australia

Brydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day

Australia take big lead on curtailed day

Feb 28, 2009: A dazzling century from AB de Villiers - his eighth, in his 50th Test - entertained the faithful on Fanatical Fans Day, but it was Australia that continued to dominate the opening Test at the Wanderers

The Bulletin by Dileep Premachandran

Kallis passes 10,000 Test runs

A patient accumulator

Feb 28, 2009: Jacques Kallis may not count among the most exciting of run-machines, but it's been a rather sturdy engine that has helped the South African clock 20,000 international runs

Mathew Varghese

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 2nd day

Century yet to sink in for debutant North

Feb 27, 2009: Cricket throws up a lot of pointless statistics that are forgotten as quickly as they are uncovered but a century on Test debut is the type of record that will be remembered forever

Brydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 2nd day

Series could be a tale of the tails - Kallis

Feb 27, 2009: Jacques Kallis has predicted the series could come down to a battle of the tails after Australia's final five pairs contributed over 60% of their total in the first innings

Brydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 2nd day

Australia don't need a Flintoff clone

Feb 27, 2009: Instead of scratching their heads for clone of Andrew Flintoff, who haunted them during the 2005 Ashes, the penny has started to drop that attempting to copy natural ability is like trying to replicate the Mona Lisa

Brydon Coverdale at the Wanderers
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