Australia in South Africa Test Series - 1st Test

South Africa v Australia

Australia won by 162 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

10.30am local: Hughes to face his first ball at Test level. Steyn has the ball. Three slips in. Game on!

10.27am local: "A good start for the Wanderers ... the electronic scoreboard has crashed before a ball has been bowled," says Brydon. "At least it makes a change from sightscreens not working."

Here come the umpires players. Katich walks out with the rookie, Hughes. A small cheer as Smith and his team appear. There is hardly a crowd in to witness the start of this series. But lets get this started, shall we?

Calling the game today is Jamie Alter.

10.15am local: The pitch looks very good. A few scruff marks near the batting crease. Might be a bit damp underneath the surface, reckons Robin Jackman. Its a consistent track, however, looking pretty even all the length down. No surprises that Australia wanted to have a bat.

10.05am local: South Africa have named the same XI that played in Sydney, so that is: 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Neil McKenzie, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 Jacques Kallis, 5 AB de Villiers, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Mark Boucher (wk), 8 Morne Morkel, 9 Paul Harris, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Makhaya Ntini.

So now we know the two starting XIs. Can you believe Australia are batting Haddin at No. 8?

10.00am local: Australia have won the toss and will bat.

Brydon Coverdale, our man from Australia, has made it all the way over to Johannesburg and says there's quite a lot of cloud cover there, as there has been over the past few days, which will help the ball swing. "The weather is mild but we've been having afternoon showers this week so there's a chance that could happen again," he adds.

9.30am local: Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the first Test of what promises to be another fascinating series. South Africa whipped Australia 2-1 in an epic Test contest recently, in their own back yard, before following it up with a 4-1 one-day win. Australia will no doubt want revenge, while South Africa will be pretty confident of beating them again. This is also a battle for the top spot in the ICC Test points table.

This a big day for three members of the Australian squad - the West Australian middle-order batsman Marcus North, Tasmanian fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus and NSW opening batsman Phil Hughes. Australia have presented all three baggy greens and it's the first time since 1985-86 that more than two men have made their debut in the same match for the Aussies. Hilfenhaus finally gets his chance after several goes as 12th man, while North and Hughes are also making their first appearances as expected. We're just waiting to hear whether it's Andrew McDonald or Doug Bollinger who misses out.

This is also the first time both sides are playing under the video referral system. This is a system that has not been openly embraced by any of the teams to have played under it. The fun continues. Watch this space for more. Here's what the two captains had to say about the referral system.

The on-field umpires at the Wanderers today are Steve Bucknor and Billy Bowden.

And it's just been confirmed that Australia have left out Bollinger, so McDonald gets his chance as the fourth seamer. It also gives Australia a long batting line-up with McDonald and Brad Haddin at Nos. 7 and 8. We're 20 minutes from the toss. Don't stray too far.

Have you made your Fantasy League teams?

Here's the first of the day's feedback emails, and it comes from Matthew. He yells: "WOO HOO!!! Marcus North is going to play. North's cricket club, Bayswater-Morley in Western Australia would be partying! I myself are celebrating and i live a stone throw away to where North plays club cricket. I wish all the debutants the very best."

And another from Christo: "Let's not say this too loud...but the excitement is so huge at our office, that we haven't worked one bit today. I hope this series will be just as compelling as the last. Goooo South Africa you beauty!"

0.1

Steyn to Hughes, no run, good start from Steyn, pitching it up a foot or so outside off stump, and getting just a hint of seam, Hughes for his part does well to leave that one be confidently

0.2

Steyn to Hughes, no run, short of a length outside leg stump and turned to midwicket

0.3

Steyn to Hughes, no run, pitched up wide of off stump and Hughes leaves it be again

0.4

Steyn to Hughes, OUT, super start for Steyn, and a duck for Hughes on debut! Short delivery just outside off stump, rises up off the surface and Hughes jumps at it, trying to slash it over the slips, but can only succeed in getting a faint under-edge through to a gleeful Boucher, who springs up and takes the offer

PJ Hughes c †Boucher b Steyn 0 (1m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Now then, is that a good start or what? Steyn and South Africa celebrate. What a mess of a shot that was from Hughes. A duck in his first innings. He did not need to chase that lifter at all. He was airborne and chasing a wide ball and will admonish himself. Enough about him, here's Ricky Ponting.

0.5

Steyn to Ponting, no run, full down the leg side, Ponting misses the flick, Boucher collects

0.6

Steyn to Ponting, no run, oh whats going on here? Steyn pitches this one up just outside off stump, gets it to swing back just a tad, Ponting lunges at it off the front foot, falling over, the ball jags back in sharply and there's a noise as it passes by, Boucher takes and celebrates, but there's no movement from Steve Bucknor. It is not referred. A good decision in the end, as replays indicate the ball sneaked through the tiny gap between bat and pad and clipped Ponting's trousers.

That was a good ball. Plenty of action in the opening over. First blood to South Africa.

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) Australia 0/1
RT Ponting    0* (2b)      DW Steyn    1-1-0-1
SM Katich    0* (0b)     

Ntini to share the ball. He's running in from around the stumps.

1.1

Ntini to Katich, no run, pitched up wide of the stumps and Katich shoulders arms

1.2

Ntini to Katich, no run, gets across and pokes the ball to backward point

1.3

Ntini to Katich, 1 run, off the mark, hopping and just dabbing the ball away for a single

Ntini changes the angle. Sorry, cannot give you the speeds as they are not showing it.

1.4

Ntini to Ponting, no run, pitched up from wide of the crease, swings in, Ponting leaves

1.5

Ntini to Ponting, no run, pitches it up wide again, inviting the drive, but Ponting shoulders arms

1.6

Ntini to Ponting, FOUR, smacked for four! Ntini holds back the length this time and Ponting swivels on the pull, in a flash, and picks the gap behind square leg, what a cracking shot from him

End of over 2 (5 runs) Australia 5/1
RT Ponting    4* (5b 1x4)      M Ntini    1-0-5-0
SM Katich    1* (3b)      DW Steyn    1-1-0-1

2.1

Steyn to Katich, no run, full outside off stump, Katich leaves, good carry through to Boucher

2.2

Steyn to Katich, no run, full and even wider, Katich gets across and leaves it again

2.3

Steyn to Katich, no run, pitched up a foot outside off, tails back in, Katich leaves confidently

2.4

Steyn to Katich, 1 no ball, oversteps, again pitches it up just outside off and no shot offered

2.4

Steyn to Katich, no run, much fuller and wider, Katich reaches out and drags it back to Steyn

Australia haven't lost a Test at the Wanderers in 15 years, by the way.

2.5

Steyn to Katich, no run, much better from Steyn, hitting a length on off stump and straightening the ball, Katich gets right behind the line and defends it back to the bowler

2.6

Steyn to Katich, no run, back of a length, angling across, gains some height, Katich lets it go

Tidy stuff from Steyn. Just needs to make Katich play more.

End of over 3 (1 run) Australia 6/1
SM Katich    1* (10b)      DW Steyn    2-1-1-1
RT Ponting    4* (5b 1x4)      M Ntini    1-0-5-0

3.1

Ntini to Ponting, no run, very full, Ponting reaches out and goes for a drive, but just gets the toe end of the bat on the ball and sort of stops on the shot, so he ends up smothering the ball

3.2

Ntini to Ponting, FOUR, super shot, Ponting comes onto the front ball and gets to the pitch of this one, just pushing through the line and picking the gap a cover, and the fast outfield does the rest

3.3

Ntini to Ponting, 1 run, full and swinging back in, Ponting shuffles and clips it with an inside edge just wide of Amla under the helmet at short leg, deep fine leg does the mopping up

Ntini moves around the sticks to Katich.

3.4

Ntini to Katich, no run, top line that, sucking a tentative Katich forward, pushing at the ball away from his body, the ball shapes away off the upright seam and beats the bat

3.5

Ntini to Katich, no run, good line again, hitting a length outside off, now Katich opts to leave

3.6

Ntini to Katich, no run, back of a length, good carry to Boucher after Katich shoulders arms

End of over 4 (5 runs) Australia 11/1
SM Katich    1* (13b)      M Ntini    2-0-10-0
RT Ponting    9* (8b 2x4)      DW Steyn    2-1-1-1

4.1

Steyn to Ponting, no run, pitches on a length and Ponting defends it back to Steyn

4.2

Steyn to Ponting, no run, pitched up wider, starts to move away, Ponting comes forward and leaves

4.3

Steyn to Ponting, no run, good line and length from Steyn, pitches it up and swings it away late as well, Ponting comes onto the front foot and then holds back on the shot

4.4

Steyn to Ponting, no run, full again, seaming away, and another positive leave from Ponting

4.5

Steyn to Ponting, no run, even wider, getting some lift off the track, no shot offered

4.6

Steyn to Ponting, no run, this one pitches and comes back in, rather close to off stumps, Ponting gets back and shoulders arms to that one

There are many, many players to have made a duck on debut. Before Hughes, the latest was Sri Lanka's left-handed opener Tharanga Paranavitana, who was out first ball against Pakistan this week.

End of over 5 (maiden) Australia 11/1
RT Ponting    9* (14b 2x4)      DW Steyn    3-2-1-1
SM Katich    1* (13b)      M Ntini    2-0-10-0

5.1

Ntini to Katich, 1 run, short of a length and pushed off the back foot into the covers

5.2

Ntini to Ponting, no run, hits a length and comes in off the seam, starts to straighten and bounce, Ponting pushes at it and has to take a hand off the handle as the ball gains on him, nearly hitting it back to Ntini

Ntini has dismissed Ponting five times ...

5.3

Ntini to Ponting, no run, pitches it up, swings it back in, Ponting opts to shoulder arms

5.4

Ntini to Ponting, no run, can't control the swing, drifts down leg stump, Boucher collects

5.5

Ntini to Ponting, no run, full on off stump, swings in, Ponting gets forward in a flash and smothers the ball with a stride forward, there's a small inside edge, but otherwise well defended

5.6

Ntini to Ponting, no run, holds back the length, angle it in, Ponting waits on the back foot and pushes at the ball, getting an inside edge back onto pad, the ball trickles away to the off side

End of over 6 (1 run) Australia 12/1
RT Ponting    9* (19b 2x4)      M Ntini    3-0-11-0
SM Katich    2* (14b)      DW Steyn    3-2-1-1

6.1

Steyn to Katich, no run, pitched up a foot outside off stump, straightens, and Katich leaves

6.2

Steyn to Katich, no run, pitched up a tad wider, Katich comes forward and shoulders arms

6.3

Steyn to Katich, no run, short ball outside leg stump, Katich gets across and flinches as the ball swings past his ribs to Boucher

6.4

Steyn to Katich, 1 run, full this time and he throws the bat at it, lucky not to drag that back onto the base of off stump, hitting it with too much bottom hand while nowhere near the pitch of the ball, Katich has no clue where the ball is but Ponting does and hustles him for the pinched single

Still three slips in place. Wish there was more of a crowd however.

6.5

Steyn to Ponting, no run, pitches on leg stump, Ponting clips it straight to midwicket

6.6

Steyn to Ponting, no run, well bowled, on an off-stump length and Ponting gets back to defend

Benedict: "The debut ducks, an analysis should be interesting. GR Vishvanath, Marvan Attapatu etc have done very well after a debut duck."

End of over 7 (1 run) Australia 13/1
RT Ponting    9* (21b 2x4)      DW Steyn    4-2-2-1
SM Katich    3* (18b)      M Ntini    3-0-11-0

7.1

Ntini to Katich, no run, pitches on a good length outside off, tails in, no shot offered from Katich

7.2

Ntini to Katich, no run, just not making him play enough, is Ntini, pitching the ball wide of the sticks

7.3

Ntini to Katich, no run, lovely ball, this one is pitched up further, a tad, on off stump and swings back in sharply to beat Katich, pushing forward and down the wrong line, that was might close

7.4

Ntini to Katich, 2 leg byes, strays down the stumps off a length, Katich cannot get bat on ball but does manage a bit of thigh pad and the ball rolls down to fine leg

7.5

Ntini to Katich, no run, more of the normal stuff, Ntini bowling wide and Katich leaving it be

7.6

Ntini to Katich, no run, more of the same, Katich leaving and all that jazz

End of over 8 (2 runs, maiden) Australia 15/1
SM Katich    3* (24b)      M Ntini    4-1-11-0
RT Ponting    9* (21b 2x4)      DW Steyn    4-2-2-1

Greg: "Graham Gooch made a pair on Debut, so yes he is in good company/"

8.1

Steyn to Ponting, no run, hits a length outside off stump and he shoulders arms

8.2

Steyn to Ponting, no run, pitches it up, Ponting comes forward and drives it to mid-off

8.3

Steyn to Ponting, no run, well bowled, hitting the dime on about off stump, Ponting defends it back

8.4

Steyn to Ponting, 3 runs, full on the stumps, he comes forward and punches the ball past midwicket, it was more of a thin inside edge than anything really timed off the middle

8.5

Steyn to Katich, OUT, stunning catch! And i mean stunning! Steyn pitches it just back of a length outside off stump, Katich opens the face and tries to steer the ball away but thats a brilliant effort from McKenzie at gully, diving horizontal to his right and plucking the ball with one outstretched hand, then tumbling to the ground before his team-mates and the fortunate bowler mob him

SM Katich c McKenzie b Steyn 3 (39m 25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.00

He was airborne when plucking that catch. Really a great reflex catch. In comes Hussey.

8.6

Steyn to Hussey, no run, back of a length outside off, comes in, and he shoulders arms

End of over 9 (3 runs) Australia 18/2
MEK Hussey    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    5-2-5-2
RT Ponting    12* (25b 2x4)      M Ntini    4-1-11-0

9.1

Ntini to Ponting, 3 runs, full on the pads and clipped superbly past Harris at mid-on, the ball starts to slow down and the fielder runs after it and stops it near the boundary ropes

9.2

Ntini to Hussey, no run, pitches it up, Hussey comes well forward and dabs the ball to point

9.3

Ntini to Hussey, no run, hits a length, shapes in, Hussey feels for it and gets an inside edge, Ntini belts out the appeal for leg before but that was not out, or was it a catch, as de Villiers dives forward at slip and cups the ball just inches off the turf? Aha, replay showed no bat on that, and he was just outside the line of impact as well.

9.4

Ntini to Hussey, no run, back of a length, swings back in and he turns the ball to midwicket

9.5

Ntini to Hussey, no run, good ball, pitched up outside off stump, drawing a poor waft

9.6

Ntini to Hussey, no run, gets in line and lets the last ball of the over pass out too

End of over 10 (3 runs) Australia 21/2
MEK Hussey    0* (6b)      M Ntini    5-1-14-0
RT Ponting    15* (26b 2x4)      DW Steyn    5-2-5-2

Morne Morkel comes on.

10.1

Morkel to Ponting, 2 runs, swings back into Ponting's zone and he clips just wide of Amla at short leg

10.2

Morkel to Ponting, no run, pitched up just outside off stump, hint of movement, Ponting pushes forward and drives with a sizable gap between pad and bat, no contact, half an appeal from Morkel

10.3

Morkel to Ponting, no run, pitches in line with the stumps and turned to the on side

10.4

Morkel to Ponting, FOUR, strays onto the pads and thats disdainfully flicked past square leg for four

10.5

Morkel to Ponting, no run, back of a length and well wide and he shoulders arms with ease

10.6

Morkel to Ponting, no run, even wider, and really a waste of a ball, as Ponting leaves it alone

End of over 11 (6 runs) Australia 27/2
RT Ponting    21* (32b 3x4)      M Morkel    1-0-6-0
MEK Hussey    0* (6b)      M Ntini    5-1-14-0

Ntini comes around the stumps ...

11.1

Ntini to Hussey, no run, pitches it up and gets Hussey defending with a full stride forward

11.2

Ntini to Hussey, no run, moves the ball away a bit more, off a wider length, and Hussey leaves

11.3

Ntini to Hussey, no run, again just too wide of the stumps and Hussey doesn't need to play it

11.4

Ntini to Hussey, no run, still he continues to pitch wide of off stump and still no shot offered

11.5

Ntini to Hussey, no run, good length this time, much closer to off stump, pitches and straightens, Hussey shoulders arms, the ball then gains and Boucher collects it high

11.6

Ntini to Hussey, no run, pitched up outside off, Hussey advances and reaches out to drive, but cannot get off the mark as the shot is mistimed and short cover dives around to stop the ball

End of over 12 (maiden) Australia 27/2
MEK Hussey    0* (12b)      M Ntini    6-2-14-0
RT Ponting    21* (32b 3x4)      M Morkel    1-0-6-0

12.1

Morkel to Ponting, no run, pitches off line and deviates and Boucher does the collecting

12.2

Morkel to Ponting, no run, pitches down leg stump, angling sharply, Ponting goes for the clip but cannot connect, Boucher follows the ball down the pads and collects

12.3

Morkel to Ponting, FOUR, onto the front foot, punching the full ball square on the off side for four

Ponting is looking good this morning. His feet moving well.

12.4

Morkel to Ponting, 1 no ball, oversteps, pitches short of a length outside off stump, Ponting leaves

12.4

Morkel to Ponting, no run, good ball, pitching full and jagging back sharply to beat the bat between pad and bat, then clipping the flap as Ponting pushes at the ball, struck marginally outside the line

12.5

Morkel to Ponting, no run, short of a length and rising and Ponting shoulders arms

12.6

Morkel to Ponting, no run, another gem, just held back a touch but still seaming back, Ponting is cramped as he attempt to push down the wrong line, and gets hit near the midriff, well bowled

Drinks on the field. Again, apologies for not being able to tell you the speeds. They're not being shown.

End of over 13 (5 runs) Australia 32/2
RT Ponting    25* (39b 4x4)      M Morkel    2-0-11-0
MEK Hussey    0* (12b)      M Ntini    6-2-14-0

Shades of Ishant Sharma versus Ponting in that last over. Here's a change, and its Jacques Kallis.

13.1

Kallis to Hussey, no run, good start, seaming it across and getting some lift to hustle past the bat

13.2

Kallis to Hussey, FOUR, banged in short on the stumps and Hussey opens his account with a controlled short-arm jab past the fielder at midwicket, a very positive shot that

A third slip has been replaced ...

13.3

Kallis to Hussey, no run, pitches it up outside off stump, gently swinging, and no shot offered

13.4

Kallis to Hussey, no run, full ball a foot or so outside off stump, with sharp swing, and he leaves

13.5

Kallis to Hussey, no run, back of a length, hitting the seam, straightens a touch, Hussey leaves with a twirl, as if he wanted to have a go but then decided not to

13.6

Kallis to Hussey, no run, beats him this time, shaping it away from off stump, Hussey pushes forward and then tucks the bat in front of pad, but he was actually beaten by the angle that time

End of over 14 (4 runs) Australia 36/2
MEK Hussey    4* (18b 1x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-4-0
RT Ponting    25* (39b 4x4)      M Morkel    2-0-11-0

14.1

Morkel to Ponting, no run, back of a length, rather pacy delivery, gets some lift and he leaves

14.2

Morkel to Ponting, no run, ah, thats hit him! Ponting pushes forward to one pitched up but the ball seams in and gets some nasty lift, and he cops the ball under the arm, near the elbow, and immediately curses under his breath and walks away in pain, that was a super length from Morkel and the awkward bounce surprised Ponting

Morkel started to walk forward to see how Ponting was but the slips told him to head back to his mark.

14.3

Morkel to Ponting, 1 run, now he bowls a short one and Ponting gets back and pushes the ball into the off side, calling for the sharp single that gets him off strike

14.4

Morkel to Hussey, no run, short of a length again and he leaves this one be

14.5

Morkel to Hussey, no run, hits a good length and seams away and Hussey shoulders arms

14.6

Morkel to Hussey, 1 wide, sharp carry to Boucher, as this one pitches back of a length and seams away exaggeratedly, then umpire Bucknor spreads his wings to signal wide

14.6

Morkel to Hussey, OUT, edged and taken, and the extra ball does the trick! Terrific delivery and good catch by Kallis at second slip, Morkel delivers after the errant wide with one pitched up, straightening, and luring a tentative Hussey into a fatal push which is well snapped up by Kallis

MEK Hussey c Kallis b Morkel 4 (32m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 19.04

A momentary lapse of concentration from Hussey, who was pretty calm in leaving stuff be. Here's Clarke.

End of over 15 (2 runs) Australia 38/3
     M Morkel    3-0-13-1
RT Ponting    26* (42b 4x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-4-0

Not quite shades of England vs SA in November 1999 when Donald and Pollock stunned the English line-up after they chose to bat here after a few days of rain, but South Africa are on top.

15.1

Kallis to Ponting, no run, pitched up, deviates off the seam, and Ponting shoulders arms

15.2

Kallis to Ponting, no run, pitched up again and he lunges forward and then opts to leave

15.3

Kallis to Ponting, FOUR, fractionally short and Ponting clubs that wide of the square leg umpire

15.4

Kallis to Ponting, no run, better delivery, deviating away off a length and no shot offered

15.5

Kallis to Ponting, no run, full again, tempting a drive, but Ponting comes froward and leaves

15.6

Kallis to Ponting, no run, this one pitches full and swings in and Ponting smothers it back

Gary: "No wonder Australia have gone deep on the batting, they just don't bat in pairs like they used too."

End of over 16 (4 runs) Australia 42/3
RT Ponting    30* (48b 5x4)      JH Kallis    2-0-8-0
MJ Clarke    0* (0b)      M Morkel    3-0-13-1

16.1

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short and wide, rising sharply, and Clarke lets that one go to Boucher

16.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, pitches short of a length and nips back in over the top of off stump, Clarke stays on the back foot and shoulders arms to the off cutter

16.3

Morkel to Clarke, no run, even sharper, and another brave leave from Clarke, as that one hit the same length but swung back in sharply over off stump

Third slip is back ...

16.4

Morkel to Clarke, no run, now he goes full but Clarke gets onto the front foot and leaves it be

16.5

Morkel to Clarke, no run, argh, too short and wide and Clarke leaves the misdirected ball be

16.6

Morkel to Clarke, 2 runs, a touch too full and Clarke punches it past mid-off to get off the mark

"If this pair don't build a big partnership, then it will be very tough for Australia. They are the most experienced batsmen in the team," says Kobus Prinsloo.

End of over 17 (2 runs) Australia 44/3
MJ Clarke    2* (6b)      M Morkel    4-0-15-1
RT Ponting    30* (48b 5x4)      JH Kallis    2-0-8-0

17.1

Kallis to Ponting, no run, shoulders arms to one pitched up just outside off, and swinging away

17.2

Kallis to Ponting, no run, this one comes back in and Ponting strides a long way forward to block

17.3

Kallis to Ponting, no run, well bowled from Kallis, holding back the length just so slightly and getting some movement away, Ponting defends and gets an edge along the ground to gully

Indeed, it's down to Ponting to save his team.

17.4

Kallis to Ponting, 1 run, errant ball, and Ponting clips with the inward movement down to fine leg

17.5

Kallis to Clarke, no run, hits a length just outside off stump and swings back in close to off stump, but Clarke has it covered and holds back the bat to allow the ball pass

17.6

Kallis to Clarke, FOUR, pitches it up to get Clarke chasing it, there's a hint of swing but thats a lovely push off the front foot into the gap at cover for a pleasing boundary, his first too

End of over 18 (5 runs) Australia 49/3
MJ Clarke    6* (8b 1x4)      JH Kallis    3-0-13-0
RT Ponting    31* (52b 5x4)      M Morkel    4-0-15-1

18.1

Morkel to Ponting, no run, hits a fullish length and Ponting shoulders arms as the ball goes on

18.2

Morkel to Ponting, 2 runs, overpitched outside off stump, Ponting drives it on the rise through extra cover, Harris gives chase from mid-off and reigns the ball with a stop near the ropes

18.3

Morkel to Ponting, no run, sharp swing back in, Ponting leaves and looks on as the ball rises past

18.4

Morkel to Ponting, no run, pitched up outside off stump and he shoulders arms confidently

18.5

Morkel to Ponting, no run, attempted yorker ends up a touch too full and he jams it to midwicket

18.6

Morkel to Ponting, no run, fullish on middle and off and he pushes it back to Morkel

Morkel has bowled real well to Ponting. Could be a contest to watch this series.

End of over 19 (2 runs) Australia 51/3
RT Ponting    33* (58b 5x4)      M Morkel    5-0-17-1
MJ Clarke    6* (8b 1x4)      JH Kallis    3-0-13-0

19.1

Kallis to Clarke, 3 runs, good shot, punched on the rise off the back foot past extra cover, Amla gives chase and slides near the ropes to keep it from becoming four

19.2

Kallis to Ponting, no run, good bit of movement this time as Kallis pitches short of a length outside off stump, Ponting goes back and fishes away and somehow misses edging to Boucher

19.3

Kallis to Ponting, 3 runs, change of pace, almost a yorker length outside off stump and he square-drives it between point and gully, Duminy goes sprinting after it and stops it near the ropes

19.4

Kallis to Clarke, no run, good ball, back of a length and straightening from off stump, stays a touch low and Clarke pushes it from the crease toward the off side

19.5

Kallis to Clarke, no run, full and swinging away subtly off the seam, no stroke on offer

19.6

Kallis to Clarke, no run, short of a length on off stump, he gets in line and defends to point

Tons of emails asking for the bowling speeds. Once more, I'm sorry but we're not getting them on the tv.

End of over 20 (6 runs) Australia 57/3
MJ Clarke    9* (12b 1x4)      JH Kallis    4-0-19-0
RT Ponting    36* (60b 5x4)      M Morkel    5-0-17-1

Kallis leaves the field and Steyn comes back into the attack.

20.1

Steyn to Ponting, no run, pitches it up wide of off stump and he shoulders arms

20.2

Steyn to Ponting, no run, full again, just outside off stump, Ponting leaves off the front foot

20.3

Steyn to Ponting, no run, and again, no shot offered to one outside off stump

20.4

Steyn to Ponting, 1 run, a tad fuller and swinging away, Ponting is already committed to the front foot and pushes at the moving ball, nearly splicing it into the covers, where a dive stops runs

20.5

Steyn to Clarke, 2 runs, short this time and Clarke flashes it off the back foot into the covers

Brendan from South Africe emails the average speeds - Morkel 145ks, Kallis 132, Steyn 140-145. Thanks!

20.6

Steyn to Clarke, no run, back of a length outside off and he leaves it be

End of over 21 (3 runs) Australia 60/3
MJ Clarke    11* (14b 1x4)      DW Steyn    6-2-8-2
RT Ponting    37* (64b 5x4)      JH Kallis    4-0-19-0

First sign of spin and its that man Paul Harris, former Cricinfo diarist. Slip, short leg, short cover in place.

21.1

Harris to Ponting, no run, tossed up on a length to bring Ponting forward and defending

21.2

Harris to Ponting, no run, tossed up again, Ponting comes forward and pushes the ball to point

21.3

Harris to Ponting, no run, tossed up on leg stump and he turns the ball toward short leg

21.4

Harris to Ponting, no run, quicker and flatter and Ponting pushes it off the front foot to cover

21.5

Harris to Ponting, no run, slower through the air, with some good dip, and Ponting defends

21.6

Harris to Ponting, 1 run, a tad too full on the stumps and clipped past midwicket and mid-on

End of over 22 (1 run) Australia 61/3
RT Ponting    38* (70b 5x4)      PL Harris    1-0-1-0
MJ Clarke    11* (14b 1x4)      DW Steyn    6-2-8-2

We're just short of the luncheon interval and there's still some movement for the quick bowlers.

22.1

Steyn to Ponting, no run, short ball outside off stump, Ponting takes his eyes off it but weaves away

22.2

Steyn to Ponting, no run, now he changes the length, pitching it up on middle and off, Ponting shuffles and looks to clip that across his stumps but the ball stops on him and he nearly taps the leading edge back to Steyn, but the ball pops up and falls well short

22.3

Steyn to Ponting, no run, short again and he rises, forcing it just in front of Amla at point

22.4

Steyn to Ponting, no run, more visible swing, this one is short of a length and Ponting leaves it be

22.5

Steyn to Ponting, 1 run, muted appeal from Steyn after the ball jags back off a length and catches Ponting pressed back, but it was doing too much to warrant a decision from the umpire, Steyn looks to the skies as he realizes it wasn't hitting the stumps, Clarke calls for the sharp single

22.6

Steyn to Clarke, FOUR, short of a length outside off and cracked quite superbly off the back foot

End of over 23 (5 runs) Australia 66/3
MJ Clarke    15* (15b 2x4)      DW Steyn    7-2-13-2
RT Ponting    39* (75b 5x4)      PL Harris    1-0-1-0

23.1

Harris to Ponting, no run, tossed up on a good length and Ponting presses it back to Harris

23.2

Harris to Ponting, no run, quicker ball, but still no turn, defended back from middle and off

23.3

Harris to Ponting, 1 run, this one has some extra air and room on it and Ponting drives to extra cover

23.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, tosses it up to commit Clarke on the front foot, defending to cover

23.5

Harris to Clarke, no run, teasing line this, even if there's no turn, and Clarke has to defend

23.6

Harris to Clarke, no run, starts to come forward, Harris spots him and spears it in to draw a defensive

Good start from the spinner. No turn that I've seen but he's got them playing every delivery, which is key.

End of over 24 (1 run) Australia 67/3
MJ Clarke    15* (18b 2x4)      PL Harris    2-0-2-0
RT Ponting    40* (78b 5x4)      DW Steyn    7-2-13-2

24.1

Steyn to Ponting, no run, edged and Smith drops a dolly at first slip! You are not going to get easier slips catches than that, sorry! Good ball from Steyn, quick and short of a length and straightening and lifting and Ponting is forced to push at that gem, gets a thick outside edge that goes straight into Smith's lap but he muffs a simple take

24.2

Steyn to Ponting, SIX, and what a response from Ponting! Steyn charges in and drops one in short and Ponting hooks with a top edge that goes over Ntini at deep backward square leg for six, my its all happening here

24.3

Steyn to Ponting, no run, pitched up and he shoulders arms, more swing from Steyn

24.4

Steyn to Ponting, 3 runs, super shot from Ponting, just pressing forward and presenting a full face of the bat as he gently nudges the ball past the nonstriker, mid-on runs after it and stops

24.5

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump and he shuffles, turning it to midwicket

24.6

Steyn to Ponting, no run, full outside off stump, shaping away, Ponting leaves comfortably

That over had it all. Smith must be feeling like a dunce right about now. Steyn bowled a super delivery, forced Ponting to play, but was let down by his captain at first slip. It was straight to Smith. He clanged it. Then came a six next ball. Ponting on to 49. Wow.

End of over 25 (10 runs) Australia 77/3
RT Ponting    49* (83b 5x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    8-2-23-2
MJ Clarke    16* (19b 2x4)      PL Harris    2-0-2-0

Ntini back for one over.

25.1

Ntini to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Clarke gets tall and pushes to cover

25.2

Ntini to Clarke, no run, follows up with a full ball and Clarke drops his head to defend it back

25.3

Ntini to Clarke, no run, back of a length, subtle inswing, Clarke gets in line and defends it back

25.4

Ntini to Clarke, no run, sucks him forward with a full ball, nipping back in from just outside off stump, Clarke leaves a gap between pad and bat as he presses forward and the ball darts back in sharply and misses out on kissing the outer edge of the bat

25.5

Ntini to Clarke, no run, back of a length, still from too wide of the crease, and Clarke leaves

25.6

Ntini to Clarke, 1 run, good ball to end the session, and some good running from Clarke, as Ntini moves the ball back in off a length and the batsman turns the ball to square leg

12.33pm local: Australia 78 for 3. South Africa will be glad with their work this session except for that reprieve in the penultimate over. Ponting should have been out had Smith held on to the simplest of chances at second slip. But he's on 49, an innings consisting of some super shots and some testy moments. Morkel v Ponting was quite a contest, reminiscent of Ishant Sharma's fiery spells to Ponting in Perth and in India. Steyn took out the openers and bowled well all morning. It was a thoroughly absorbing two hours.

Thats all for now, see you in about 35 minutes for the afternoon session.

End of over 26 (1 run) Australia 78/3
MJ Clarke    17* (25b 2x4)      M Ntini    7-2-15-0
RT Ponting    49* (83b 5x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    8-2-23-2

Welcome back. Hope you've had a good break. I certainly have. South Africa are back on the field. Looks like its gotten a bit overcast. Not gloomy by any means but there are some clouds overhead. Steyn has the ball after the break. Clarke to face. Plenty of pressure on these two experience Australian batsmen.

26.1

Steyn to Clarke, FOUR, full face of the bat to the overpitched ball, and punched very straight

26.2

Steyn to Clarke, no run, just back of a length outside off stump, no movement, left alone

26.3

Steyn to Clarke, no run, fuller, off stump or thereabouts, hint of swing, Clarke defends it back

26.4

Steyn to Clarke, FOUR, full down the pads and clipped away past square leg in style

26.5

Steyn to Clarke, no run, change of pace, nearly a yorker on middle and off, punched to cover

26.6

Steyn to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off and Clarke shoulders arms

Good over after the resumption for Australia. Punchy shots from Clarke. Its 86 for 3.

End of over 27 (8 runs) Australia 86/3
MJ Clarke    25* (31b 4x4)      DW Steyn    9-2-31-2
RT Ponting    49* (83b 5x4 1x6)      M Ntini    7-2-15-0

27.1

Ntini to Ponting, no run, back of a length and spearing into Ponting, Ponting wanted to work that to midwicket, doesn't connect too well with the ball

27.2

Ntini to Ponting, no run, overpitched on legstump, driven firmly by Ponting, doesn't beat Paul Harris at mid-on

27.3

Ntini to Ponting, no run, Ntini bowls that one very wide off the crease, doesn't get it to angle in enough, it's wide of offstump, Ponting watches it sails harmlessly through to the keeper

27.4

Ntini to Ponting, FOUR, pitched up, on the legstump, Ponting eases it through midwicket for a boundary that takes him to his half-century, wonderfully timed stroke that

27.5

Ntini to Ponting, no run, close to the offstump, back of a length, watchfully left alone by Ponting

27.6

Ntini to Ponting, FOUR, streaky boundary to end the over, Ponting was looking to open the face, gets a thick outside edge, and the ball races away wide of slip to third man for a boundary

End of over 28 (8 runs) Australia 94/3
RT Ponting    57* (89b 7x4 1x6)      M Ntini    8-2-23-0
MJ Clarke    25* (31b 4x4)      DW Steyn    9-2-31-2

28.1

Steyn to Clarke, FOUR, nothing streaky about that boundary, shortish ball from Steyn, Clarke stands tall and square drives that for four

28.2

Steyn to Clarke, no run, expected reply from Steyn, bouncer from him, Clarke evades it easily

28.3

Steyn to Clarke, no run, much better length outside off stump and Clarke shoulders arms

Johann Steyn emails some bad news: "It's bucketing down in the East-Rand. I guess we're no more than 25km away from the Wanderers. It's been raining here for 25 minutes already."

28.4

Steyn to Clarke, no run, again a tight line outside off stump and no shot offered

28.5

Steyn to Clarke, no run, fuller in length, on off stump, Clarke pushes it straight down the track

28.6

Steyn to Clarke, no run, pitches fullish on the stumps, swings in late, Clarke is rooted to the crease as he pushes at it and gets a little inside edge that saves him

End of over 29 (4 runs) Australia 98/3
MJ Clarke    29* (37b 5x4)      DW Steyn    10-2-35-2
RT Ponting    57* (89b 7x4 1x6)      M Ntini    8-2-23-0

29.1

Ntini to Ponting, FOUR, short ball, pulled in the air past square leg, Morkel runs around and dives but makes a mess of it and cannot prevent a boundary

29.2

Ntini to Ponting, 1 run, full this time, with some late inswing, Ponting thuds forward on the drive and inside-edges toward midwicket

29.3

Ntini to Clarke, no run, back of a length, sharp movement back in, Clarke pushes to cover

29.4

Ntini to Clarke, 3 runs, short, fractionally, again it swings in and Clarke pulls just wide of midwicket, the ball again holds up near the ropes

This doesn't seem the usual Wanderers outfield. Its been rather slow.

29.5

Ntini to Ponting, no run, overpitched on off stump, clipped again with the swing to midwicket

29.6

Ntini to Ponting, no run, good ball, and good movement back in, pitches back of a length and gets some sharp swing but Ponting shoulders arms

End of over 30 (8 runs) Australia 106/3
RT Ponting    62* (93b 8x4 1x6)      M Ntini    9-2-31-0
MJ Clarke    32* (39b 5x4)      DW Steyn    10-2-35-2

30.1

Steyn to Clarke, no run, pitched up just outside off stump and he pokes that toward point

30.2

Steyn to Clarke, FOUR, firm stroke from Clarke, firmly grabbing hold of a length ball and cracking it on the rise, off the front foot initially, then standing tall and drilling past cover for four

Clarke has raced along here ...

30.3

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, short and sliding down leg stump, Clarke flicks it in the air to fine leg

30.4

Steyn to Ponting, 1 run, pitches full, darts back in, Ponting turns it off the front foot to deep square

30.5

Steyn to Clarke, no run, well bowled, good yorker into the block hole and jammed out in time

30.6

Steyn to Clarke, 2 runs, overpitched outside off stump, sweetly pushed past cover, Amla mops up

Neal Collins: "Where are all the fans? I used to go to the Wanderers in the 1980s and the local cricket fraternity would have given anything to see a Test against Australia to decide global domination... but all I can see is empty seats!"

End of over 31 (8 runs) Australia 114/3
MJ Clarke    39* (44b 6x4)      DW Steyn    11-2-43-2
RT Ponting    63* (94b 8x4 1x6)      M Ntini    9-2-31-0

Smith opts for Morne Morkel. He's been good so far. Still no sign of Kallis. Must be injured.

31.1

Morkel to Ponting, no run, pitched up on off stump and he pushes a pleasing drive to extra cover

31.2

Morkel to Ponting, no run, full again, a foot outside off stump, and he leaves it be off the front foot

31.3

Morkel to Ponting, no run, very full again, dug out off the front foot to Ntini at mid-off

A little gloomy over the Wanderers. The rain seems to be on its way. Ugh.

31.4

Morkel to Ponting, no run, much wider, and tailing away off the seam, sharply, so Ponting leaves

31.5

Morkel to Ponting, no run, pitches full and Ponting drives it back hard, Morkel tumbles and stops

31.6

Morkel to Ponting, no run, well bowled, hitting a length and jagging back in to catch Ponting forward on the press, hard hands and all, and the ball rolls away toward backward point

End of over 32 (maiden) Australia 114/3
RT Ponting    63* (100b 8x4 1x6)      M Morkel    6-1-17-1
MJ Clarke    39* (44b 6x4)      DW Steyn    11-2-43-2

32.1

Steyn to Clarke, no run, short ball down the stumps, forcing a flinching Clarke to duck under it

32.2

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, pitches on a length, straightens, Clarke nudges to cover and sets off

32.3

Steyn to Ponting, no run, comes onto the front foot and shoulders arms to one pitched up wide

Jay: "For everyone commenting on the empty stands, bear in mind it's a fairly arbitrary Thursday. Tomorrow there'll be a lot more (I and about 15 mates have all taken the day off to go) and Saturday and Sunday you can expect the ground to close to full. Johannesburg is the SA rat race hub. We can pull a sickie on Friday, but not Thursday as well. There's work to be done."

32.4

Steyn to Ponting, no run, back of a length outside off stump and he gets across and leaves it be

32.5

Steyn to Ponting, 3 runs, pitched up and a lovely push back past Ntini at mid-off for three more

32.6

Steyn to Clarke, no run, back of a length on off stump and he gets in line to defend

End of over 33 (4 runs) Australia 118/3
MJ Clarke    40* (47b 6x4)      DW Steyn    12-2-47-2
RT Ponting    66* (103b 8x4 1x6)      M Morkel    6-1-17-1

33.1

Morkel to Ponting, no run, beaten by the fuller length! Ponting is sucked forward and drives at a moving ball and is a fraction late on the shot, there's still some movement out there this afternoon

33.2

Morkel to Ponting, no run, full again, this time going the other way and he shoulders arms firmly

33.3

Morkel to Ponting, FOUR, overpitched on the stumps and thats a vintage Ponting straight drive, yummy

Peter Warrington: "This partnership has G Chappell and Kim Hughes written all over it. Terrible miss by Smith!"

33.4

Morkel to Ponting, no run, presses well forward and pushes at a full ball, steering toward point

33.5

Morkel to Ponting, no run, aye, good ball and good leave, shouldering arms to one darting back late

33.6

Morkel to Ponting, no run, superb spell this, and a good contest brewing! Morkel pitches it up and lands the ball on the seam, it moves away and Ponting, lured forward, chases and misses

End of over 34 (4 runs) Australia 122/3
RT Ponting    70* (109b 9x4 1x6)      M Morkel    7-1-21-1
MJ Clarke    40* (47b 6x4)      DW Steyn    12-2-47-2

Paul Harris gets a second spell. Should be used in brief bursts, methinks. Slip and short leg on.

34.1

Harris to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg and on-driven for a single

34.2

Harris to Ponting, no run, tossed up on off stump, committing Ponting on the front foot

34.3

Harris to Ponting, no run, drifts into middle and leg and Ponting pushes it back to Harris

34.4

Harris to Ponting, 1 leg bye, slows the pace and floats it down leg, it runs off the pads to short fine

34.5

Harris to Clarke, no run, fires it in as he sees Clarke advancing and the batsman defends

34.6

Harris to Clarke, no run, full on middle and leg, Clarke gets well forward and suffocates the ball

Ric: "Regarding Jay's comments, there is definitely people in Jo'burg who could come out to the game, there are always plenty of loafers at News Cafe on a weekday."

End of over 35 (2 runs) Australia 124/3
MJ Clarke    41* (50b 6x4)      PL Harris    3-0-3-0
RT Ponting    70* (112b 9x4 1x6)      M Morkel    7-1-21-1

35.1

Morkel to Ponting, no run, oh well bowled, and the first referral of the innings! Morkel's superb spell continues, he pitches one on the dime and moves it back in sharply, a tentative Ponting thrusts forward and is late on the shot, there's noise as the ball cuts back in and goes on, Boucher takes at a good height and they all appeal ... Billy Bowden is unmoved and Smith asks for it to be referred ... and replays indicate the ball brushed Ponting's back thigh pad ... not out is the verdict, South Africa use up a referral, and Ponting survives

Its been a massive spell of swing from Morkel and Ponting's quixotic innings continues.

35.2

Morkel to Ponting, no run, pitched up outside off stump and Ponting shoulders arms

35.3

Morkel to Ponting, 2 runs, brings Ponting onto the front foot again, defending and edging past gully

35.4

Morkel to Ponting, FOUR, dragged down short, Ponting spots the length and hooks past deep square, bisecting the two men at deep fine leg and deep square leg

35.5

Morkel to Ponting, no run, and then he's beaten again! Morkel pitches it up, locates the seam, swings it back in and Ponting is beaten as he pushes forward, this is good bowling here

35.6

Morkel to Ponting, no run, full again, Ponting comes forward and squirts the swinging ball to cover

End of over 36 (6 runs) Australia 130/3
RT Ponting    76* (118b 10x4 1x6)      M Morkel    8-1-27-1
MJ Clarke    41* (50b 6x4)      PL Harris    3-0-3-0

36.1

Harris to Clarke, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, Clarke comes out and defends

36.2

Harris to Clarke, no run, tossed up on middle and off and more watchful defending from Clarke

36.3

Harris to Clarke, no run, takes a step out and defends the ball to the off side

36.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, tossed up, gets a hint of drift, Clarke stubbornly defends it back

36.5

Harris to Clarke, no run, again he locates it on the right area and Clarke patiently defends

36.6

Harris to Clarke, no run, flatter, drifting down leg stump, Clarke pats it to Amla at short leg

Another tidy over from Harris.

End of over 37 (maiden) Australia 130/3
MJ Clarke    41* (56b 6x4)      PL Harris    4-1-3-0
RT Ponting    76* (118b 10x4 1x6)      M Morkel    8-1-27-1

37.1

Morkel to Ponting, no run, pitches on the stumps, Ponting gets in line and defends it back

37.2

Morkel to Ponting, no run, overpitched outside off stump and he drives a pleasing shot to cover

37.3

Morkel to Ponting, no run, full again, not too far from off stump, tails in and Ponting opts to leave it

37.4

Morkel to Ponting, no run, hits a length and sits up, but its wide enough for Ponting to again leave

37.5

Morkel to Ponting, 1 no ball, full and swinging back in, but wide enough so no shot offered

37.5

Morkel to Ponting, 1 run, swings again, off a lovely length, he drives and inside-edges to the on side

37.6

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, tip and run from Clarke, gently nudging the ball to cover and calling

End of over 38 (3 runs) Australia 133/3
MJ Clarke    42* (57b 6x4)      M Morkel    9-1-30-1
RT Ponting    77* (124b 10x4 1x6)      PL Harris    4-1-3-0

38.1

Harris to Clarke, 1 run, full outside off stump and he drives it to the off side

38.2

Harris to Ponting, 2 runs, flatter, shorter delivery, which Ponting turns wide of Amla at short leg

38.3

Harris to Ponting, no run, tosses it up on the stumps, Ponting drives straight to midwicket

38.4

Harris to Ponting, no run, spears it into leg stump and Ponting presents a full face back

38.5

Harris to Ponting, no run, tosses it up on middle and leg and once more Ponting is watchful

38.6

Harris to Ponting, no run, overpitched on the stumps, he on-drives but straight to the fielder

End of over 39 (3 runs) Australia 136/3
RT Ponting    79* (129b 10x4 1x6)      PL Harris    5-1-6-0
MJ Clarke    43* (58b 6x4)      M Morkel    9-1-30-1

39.1

Morkel to Clarke, FOUR, awesome shot from Clarke, initially pressing forward but then transferring the weight to punch a short ball off the toes into the window between cover and point

That gem brings up the 100-run stand.

39.2

Morkel to Clarke, 2 runs, and again, jumps back into position and forces the ball into the gap

39.3

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, short and sliding down the pads, brushed off the hips down to fine leg and that raises a rather bright half-century from the Australian vice-captain under pressure

39.4

Morkel to Ponting, no run, hits a length wide of the sticks and Ponting shoulders arms

39.5

Morkel to Ponting, FOUR, searches for the yorker but sprays it wide and thats clipped to fine leg

39.6

Morkel to Ponting, no run, full on off stump and driven firmly but the big man fields it well

End of over 40 (11 runs) Australia 147/3
RT Ponting    83* (132b 11x4 1x6)      M Morkel    10-1-41-1
MJ Clarke    50* (61b 7x4)      PL Harris    5-1-6-0

40.1

Harris to Clarke, no run, flighted on the stumps, a determined Clarke gets forward to defend

40.2

Harris to Clarke, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, more of the defensive stuff from Clarke

40.3

Harris to Clarke, FOUR, dances down, collects on the volley and lofts it straight over Harris

That punchy aerial shot brings up the 150 ...

40.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, flatter, shorter and Clarke pushes it to the off side

40.5

Harris to Clarke, no run, comes forward, Harris spots him and keeps it flat to draw a defensive

40.6

Harris to Clarke, no run, slows it up through the air, drops it on leg stump, defended to short leg

End of over 41 (4 runs) Australia 151/3
MJ Clarke    54* (67b 8x4)      PL Harris    6-1-10-0
RT Ponting    83* (132b 11x4 1x6)      M Morkel    10-1-41-1

Another spell for Ntini, who has been a bit disappointing today. Didn't make the batsmen play enough.

41.1

Ntini to Ponting, no run, starts off full and wide, gets some tail back in but Ponting leaves it alone

41.2

Ntini to Ponting, OUT, bowled em! Ponting's decision to leave a full, massively inswinging delivery denies him a century, what was he doing? Ntini pitches the ball up to Ponting, who doesn't get far enough across as he decides not to offer a shot, the ball darts back in, brushes his front pad, and cannons into off stump

RT Ponting b Ntini 83 (188m 134b 11x4 1x6) SR: 61.94

Ponting looked on disbelieving. In comes another debutant, Marcus North.

41.3

Ntini to North, no run, pitches on leg stump and shapes away, North leaves his first ball in Tests

41.4

Ntini to North, no run, pitches on a good line and wobbles away and another leave for North

41.5

Ntini to North, no run, good ball, just moving away from off stump and North shoulders arms

41.6

Ntini to North, no run, gets bat on ball to end the over, pushing a shorter one to point

Not sure what Ponting was doing, or why he looked so shocked. That was Ntini's stock ball that got him.

End of over 42 (wicket maiden) Australia 151/4
MJ North    0* (4b)      M Ntini    10-3-31-1
MJ Clarke    54* (67b 8x4)      PL Harris    6-1-10-0

Smith calls for Steyn straight away. Its become a bit darker too overhead.

42.1

Steyn to Clarke, no run, beaten! Lovely seam position from Steyn, moving the ball away to beat Clarke, rooted to the crease and feeling for it outside off stump

42.2

Steyn to Clarke, no run, overpitched on off stump and Clarke drives the ball to cover

42.3

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, full again, hint of movement, pushed off the front foot into the gap at cover

42.4

Steyn to North, no run, sharp bounce surprises North, who fends at it as the ball rears up toward his throat, he did well to ride the bounce but took his eyes off it, still well played

42.5

Steyn to North, no run, much fuller and wider, seaming away, and now North safely leaves

42.6

Steyn to North, 1 run, full on leg stump and confidently twirled to deep square to get off the mark

End of over 43 (2 runs) Australia 153/4
MJ North    1* (7b)      DW Steyn    13-2-49-2
MJ Clarke    55* (70b 8x4)      M Ntini    10-3-31-1

Ntini changes the angle for the left-hander ...

43.1

Ntini to North, no run, pitches up wide, swings a tad but North shoulders arms with ease

43.2

Ntini to North, no run, fuller and closer to the stumps, tails back in, North shoulders arms

This overcast stuff will surely aid the pacers. Oh, Kallis is back on the field.

43.3

Ntini to North, no run, short of a length, straightening, but wide enough for him to leave it alone

43.4

Ntini to North, no run, short of a length and swinging in, North gets up and pokes it to point

Boucher has a word with Ntini. There's some rain in the air.

43.5

Ntini to North, no run, fuller in length, swinging in, North turns it from off stump to midwicket

43.6

Ntini to North, no run, shorter in length and he plays it off the back foot to cover

Much better over from Ntini actually.

End of over 44 (maiden) Australia 153/4
MJ North    1* (13b)      M Ntini    11-4-31-1
MJ Clarke    55* (70b 8x4)      DW Steyn    13-2-49-2

44.1

Steyn to Clarke, no run, pacy delivery, short of a length and rising but Clarke watches it go

Not long now before the players get taken off the field. Its dark and wet.

44.2

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, fuller on the pads and turned away through square for a single

44.3

Steyn to North, FOUR, short on the stumps but thats a positive shot from the debutant, picking the attempted bouncer and getting the wrists into play, pulling behind square for four

44.4

Steyn to North, 2 runs, pitches outside leg stump and he brushes it off the hips to deep fine

44.5

Steyn to North, no run, better ball, on a much better length, swinging in, and so North defends

44.6

Steyn to North, no run, comes onto the front foot and pushes a fullish ball back to Steyn

End of over 45 (7 runs) Australia 160/4
MJ North    7* (17b 1x4)      DW Steyn    14-2-56-2
MJ Clarke    56* (72b 8x4)      M Ntini    11-4-31-1

45.1

Ntini to Clarke, no run, short of a length on off stump, Clarke gets tall and defends it back

45.2

Ntini to Clarke, 1 run, short outside off stump, Clarke pulls it down into the ground past midwicket

45.3

Ntini to North, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, dabbed to cover and he calls for the run

45.4

Ntini to Clarke, no run, full on off stump and Clarke smothers the movement off the front foot

45.5

Ntini to Clarke, 2 runs, short of a length outside leg stump, Clarke shuffles and turns it away

Ntini moves back over the sticks for the last ball. Two men out for the hook.

45.6

Ntini to Clarke, no run, short and wide, cracked off the toe end of the bat to Duminy at point

End of over 46 (4 runs) Australia 164/4
MJ Clarke    59* (77b 8x4)      M Ntini    12-4-35-1
MJ North    8* (18b 1x4)      DW Steyn    14-2-56-2

Morne Morkel back into the attack. Two slips and a gully in place. Around the stumps comes Morne.

46.1

Morkel to North, no run, full and wide and no shot offered by North

46.2

Morkel to North, no run, fuller, just, swinging away and bouncing and well left by North

Amla comes up from deep square to leg gully.

46.3

Morkel to North, no run, full outside off stump again and no need for North to play at those

46.4

Morkel to North, no run, even wider and still swinging but North says no thanks, mate

46.5

Morkel to North, no run, still swinging, this one off an even wider length, more work for Boucher

46.6

Morkel to North, no run, pitches it up outside off stump, gets some swing, but no shot offered

End of over 47 (maiden) Australia 164/4
MJ North    8* (24b 1x4)      M Morkel    11-2-41-1
MJ Clarke    59* (77b 8x4)      M Ntini    12-4-35-1

47.1

Ntini to Clarke, FOUR, gets back in his crease and drives the wide ball through cover and point

Smith moves backward point down toward the ropes ...

47.2

Ntini to Clarke, no run, bowled from wide of the crease, pitches well outside off and he leaves

Its been a fighting knock from Clarke. Been very positive with the footwork and shot selection.

47.3

Ntini to Clarke, no run, nips back in off a good length and Clarke hurries to get the bat down

47.4

Ntini to Clarke, no run, short of a length, curving back in again, Clarke gets up and forces it to cover

47.5

Ntini to Clarke, no run, gently lobbed up slow and wide, inviting the drive, but Clarke resists

47.6

Ntini to Clarke, no run, goes back and pushes a short ball back to Ntini

End of over 48 (4 runs) Australia 168/4
MJ Clarke    63* (83b 9x4)      M Ntini    13-4-39-1
MJ North    8* (24b 1x4)      M Morkel    11-2-41-1

Grey clouds lurk like unwanted loan sharks.

48.1

Morkel to North, FOUR, good delivery, hitting a length just outside off stump and drawing a thick outside edge from a weak push by North, but its into the window between slips and gully

48.2

Morkel to North, no run, back of a length, deviating, rising, but well left by a confident North

48.3

Morkel to North, 1 run, fuller just on off stump, North stabs at it and the ball rolls to the on side

48.4

Morkel to Clarke, 4 leg byes, can't control the swing and the ball clips the pads and evades Boucher

48.5

Morkel to Clarke, no run, back of a length just outside off stump and Clarke shoulders arms

48.6

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, fuller in length, a tad, and it draws an inside edge from Clarke's defence

End of over 49 (10 runs) Australia 178/4
MJ Clarke    64* (86b 9x4)      M Morkel    12-2-47-1
MJ North    13* (27b 2x4)      M Ntini    13-4-39-1

Smith calls on his strike bowler for another burst. The rain is on its way. Ten minutes till tea.

49.1

Steyn to Clarke, no run, starts off full outside off, swings the ball away, and Clarke shoulders arms

49.2

Steyn to Clarke, FOUR, just back of a length and wide enough for Clarke to drive it on the up into the gap between cover and mid-off, a well timed stroke gets him four more and he moves to 68

49.3

Steyn to Clarke, no run, quick stuff, pitched up a foot or so outside off stump and Clarke lets it be

49.4

Steyn to Clarke, OUT, silly shot and thats the end of Clarke just before tea! A needless shot from the vice-captain, chasing one pitched up rather wide and gently starting to shape away, he's nowhere near the pitch and swings a thick outside edge through to Boucher and Steyn is red-faced in celebration

MJ Clarke c †Boucher b Steyn 68 (159m 90b 10x4 0x6) SR: 75.55

What was the need for that? He'd made his way to 68 classy runs and chucked it away. In comes Haddin. Just a few tense minutes till tea under dark skies. South Africa back on top.

49.5

Steyn to Haddin, 2 runs, short and slipping down leg stump, Haddin initially starts to play at it but then sort of shoulders arms, the ball brushes the pads and runs fine, giving Morkel plenty to do down near the ropes, he slides and knocks it back before colliding with the boundary

49.6

Steyn to Haddin, no run, hits a length outside off stump and Haddin doesn't offer a shot

Massive over for the home side.

End of over 50 (6 runs) Australia 184/5
BJ Haddin    2* (2b)      DW Steyn    15-2-62-3
MJ North    13* (27b 2x4)      M Morkel    12-2-47-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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