Australia in South Africa Test Series - 3rd Test

South Africa v Australia

South Africa won by an innings and 20 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Hello and a warm welcome to the third Test between South Africa and Australia. The news is that Bryce McGain, the legspinner, will make his debut as Marcus North is yet to recover from the fever.

I am Sriram Veera and will bring you all the action from this Test. Thanks for logging on.

Toss Ricky Ponting has won again and has chosen to bat. "It's bare at both ends and it might take spin later," says Ponting.

Kallis: "There is going to be something early this morning. There will be some moisture and we have to make some inroads."

This is the sixth Test between the two sides this summer; Australia lead 3-2.

South Africa: 1 Imraan Khan, 2 Ashwell Prince, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 Jacques Kallis (capt), 5 AB de Villiers, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Mark Boucher (wk), 8 Albie Morkel, 9 Paul Harris, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Makhaya Ntini.

Australia: 1 Phillip Hughes, 2 Simon Katich, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Hussey, 5 Michael Clarke, 6 Brad Haddin (wk), 7 Andrew McDonald, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Peter Siddle, 10 Bryce McGain, 11 Ben Hilfenhaus.

Pitch and conditions The weather looks perfect. We should have five days of cricket if the teams stretch the game that far. Robin Jackman did the pitch report: "The pitch is bare at both ends but I believe the bare patches are pretty full and so the spinners will have to depend on natural wear and tear and bowler's footmarks. There is some dampness on the surface. It will be slowest today and should quicken up as the sun comes down. It looks a batting track."

As many of you have mailed in, Ponting has won the toss 6th time in a row against SA.

Geoff in Perth: "Argh! Don't you think this series could have turned out so differently if Ponting hadn't won every single toss?" Hmm .. but why the Argh?! Not enjoying the OZ wins eh?

Steve Bucknor walks out for his last Test match. Hope you read Brydon Coverdale's interview with Bucknor . Very interesting stuff. "There's a routine. As a youngster I started umpiring as a protector of batsmen because I got so many bad decisions," he said. "My thoughts before making a decision: I am trying to find every reason to say not out. When that has expired, when there is nothing to say that he is not out, then I make my decision to say out. I am never truly happy to say that's out. I'd rather look it over, I have my [mental] replays. I think about it and I will linger a little bit longer. I am trying to say not out every time."

0.1

Steyn to Hughes, no run, full and on the middle stump line, curving in slightly, Hughes, as ever, stays adjacent to the line and dabs it to leg gully

0.2

Steyn to Hughes, no run, this one moves away from Hughes who lets the ball go through to Boucher

0.3

Steyn to Hughes, no run, full in length, on that middle and leg line, Hughes stays back to jab it to leg gully.

0.4

Steyn to Hughes, no run, wide outside off stump and Hughes is not interested in it.

0.5

Steyn to Hughes, no run, two slips and gully watch as Hughes shoulders arms to a delivery whizzing past the off stump

0.6

Steyn to Hughes, no run, bit of rubbish, wide outside off, and Hughes doesn't have to play and he doesn't.

End of over 1 (maiden) Australia 0/0
PJ Hughes    0* (6b)      DW Steyn    1-1-0-0
SM Katich    0* (0b)     

Jackie is murmuring to himself: "If there was a 4th test Kallis should've just walked to the pitch, say bugger the toss and asked ponting "...so ricky, what would you like to do today..?"...shake hands, and walk off. Losing 6 in a row is just insane...though being 2-3 down is even more insane......makes you wonder doesn't it..."

1.1

Ntini to Katich, FOUR, good delivery, jumping outside off, Katich shuffles across and stabs it away in the air but in the gap between slips and gully .. Not convincing but he is off the mark

1.2

Ntini to Katich, 1 wide, wide outside off - what's happening out there today, not a great start from the bowlers, left alone

1.2

Ntini to Katich, no run, much better delivery, closer to the off stump, going away with the Ntini angle and Katich leaves. He now hammers the ground with the bat

1.3

Ntini to Katich, no run, fuller, on the off stump, Katich is on the back foot, picks the length late, tries to lunge forward and edges the drive to his pad ..

1.4

Ntini to Katich, no run, loud loud shout for Lbw but it's turned down. Kallis, at first slip, looks at Boucher to say whether we should go for a review but Boucher shrugs. It was full in length and straightened on the middle stump, Katich got the bat way outside the line and was hit in front of middle and off. IT would have crashed into off and middle! oh boy!

1.5

Ntini to Katich, no run

1.6

Ntini to Katich, no run, another good delivery, on the off stump line, Katich covers his off stump and shoulders arms

End of over 2 (5 runs) Australia 5/0
SM Katich    4* (6b 1x4)      M Ntini    1-0-5-0
PJ Hughes    0* (6b)      DW Steyn    1-1-0-0

2.1

Steyn to Hughes, no run, turns it behind square to leg gully. This is the third time, iirc, that Hughes has jabbed the ball to that fielder. That's how he plays. Very useful spot for him.

2.2

Steyn to Hughes, no run, lifting delivery on the middle, Hughes goes forward before hopping back to stab it to the on side. He had to take the bottom-hand off the handle in a real hurry there

2.3

Steyn to Hughes, no run, full in length but Hughes is no where in position; he was on the back foot, expecting a short delivery, but manages to push it away to the off side

2.4

Steyn to Hughes, no run, straightens on the off stump and Hughes does what he does, shaping to come forward before hopping back and little sideways and ends up edging it down the track

2.5

Steyn to Hughes, 2 runs, fuller but drifting to the pads and Hughes turns it past square leg for couple of runs

2.6

Steyn to Hughes, FOUR, Whack. Hughes pulls of one of his specials. He might look edgy, moving here and there in the crease but lashes out whenever an opportunity is presented. This one was short in length and just outside off, Hughes rocked back to knife it on the up and through extra cover. The bat covered the full arc.

End of over 3 (6 runs) Australia 11/0
PJ Hughes    6* (12b 1x4)      DW Steyn    2-1-6-0
SM Katich    4* (6b 1x4)      M Ntini    1-0-5-0

3.1

Ntini to Katich, no run, edged but falls short of third slip. It was angling away from Kato who shapes to hang his bat out before trying to withdraw it. The ball bobbed away off the edge but doesn't carry

3.2

Ntini to Katich, no run, similar delivery but Katich doesn't flirt this time

3.3

Ntini to Katich, no run, on the off stump line, Katich does that ugly shuffle across and jabs it to gully.

3.4

Ntini to Katich, no run, shuffles across and lets go another delivery outside off

I rmbr doing a interview with Katich on his "boring batting". Lovely chap, next day when I met him and said that the interview has come good, he went, "Good? I thought i was boring" and we had a hearty laugh. Very self-aware of his batting and limitations

3.5

Ntini to Katich, no run, And again. Just outside off and Katich doesn't play.

3.6

Ntini to Katich, no run, angling away towards the keeper and Katich lets it reach its destination: Boucher

End of over 4 (maiden) Australia 11/0
SM Katich    4* (12b 1x4)      M Ntini    2-1-5-0
PJ Hughes    6* (12b 1x4)      DW Steyn    2-1-6-0

4.1

Steyn to Hughes, 5 runs, late in getting forward but he eventually does so and pushes the full length delivery to cover point region. There is a direct hit at the striker's end and the ball deflects to the boundary.

4.2

Steyn to Katich, no run, on a length, around the off and middle line, Katich defends to the on side of the pitch and Steyn picks the ball on his follow through

4.3

Steyn to Katich, no run, lands on a length but outside off stump and stays there. Boucher collects.

4.4

Steyn to Katich, 1 run, short in length, some bounce there but Katich rides it well, punching it to cover point for a single

Gareth: "One thing about this new referal system is that it has changed the burden of a bad decision. Now, if they don't go for a review and it would have been out, the spotlight seems to be on fielding captain for not asking for it, as opposed to the umpire. Probably for the best, umpires have a damn hard job without people getting up in arms for decisions with mere millimeters in it!"

4.5

Steyn to Hughes, no run, the bouncer finally arrives, just outside off and Hughes drops his wrists, gets his bat down and arches back

4.6

Steyn to Hughes, no run, another bouncer, even higher and easily left alone .. you got to get the bouncer curving into his body to have some effect

End of over 5 (6 runs) Australia 17/0
PJ Hughes    11* (15b 1x4)      DW Steyn    3-1-12-0
SM Katich    5* (15b 1x4)      M Ntini    2-1-5-0

5.1

Ntini to Katich, no run, stands up on his toes to get top of the bounce and defends to the leg side

5.2

Ntini to Katich, no run, moving away from Katich who lets Boucher earn his salary

5.3

Ntini to Katich, 1 run, goes back to push a short-of-length delivery on middle and leg towards midwicket for a single.

Elizabeth from SA: "Would appear that the Proteas are having absolutely no luck with the Referral System - when they should call for it they don't and they could have had the guy out, and when they do use it they're always wrong! Either the Aussies are one lucky bunch or the Saffies are just bloody useless!"

5.4

Ntini to Hughes, no run, beaten outside off. That technique I tell you is going to make the bowlers tear their hair apart. It was short of length delivery outside off, Hughes hops, doesn't go either forward or back, may be a touch sideways and tries to punch it through the off side ..

5.5

Ntini to Hughes, no run, jumps again but this time stays closer to the ball and defends to the off side

5.6

Ntini to Hughes, no run, fuller, on the middle and leg, tickled to the leg side.

End of over 6 (1 run) Australia 18/0
PJ Hughes    11* (18b 1x4)      M Ntini    3-1-6-0
SM Katich    6* (18b 1x4)      DW Steyn    3-1-12-0

Stew from OZ is in a generous mood: "im beginning to wonder if its time for a change from the toss before a match. im glad we won them and put us in good positions, but the same thing has happened to us in reverse also. maybe they should toss a coin at the beginning of the series and whoever wins it chooses what they want to do in first test. then the other capt chooses in next test and so on. too many matches decided by toss with these flat batting decks now." Whatever happened to the fact that the best team won?

6.1

Steyn to Katich, 1 run, pushed through the on side for a single

6.2

Steyn to Hughes, 1 run, curves in from short of length, cramping up Hughes who creates room by jumping sideways to push it to wide midwicket

6.3

Steyn to Katich, no run, well wide outside off stump and Katich watches it sail past him. He then goes down the pitch for some gardening.

6.4

Steyn to Katich, no run, short in length, straightening on the middle stump line, defended to the on side

6.5

Steyn to Katich, 1 run, moving away from Katich who drops it close on the off side, towards cover point, and rushes across for a single

6.6

Steyn to Hughes, no run, high and harmless bouncer, left alone

End of over 7 (3 runs) Australia 21/0
PJ Hughes    12* (20b 1x4)      DW Steyn    4-1-15-0
SM Katich    8* (22b 1x4)      M Ntini    3-1-6-0

7.1

Ntini to Katich, no run, lands outside leg stump, moves in from short of length, Katich is on the shuffle and is hit high on the thigh

7.2

Ntini to Katich, no run, bursts through the off-stump channel, expertly left alone by Katich

7.3

Ntini to Katich, no run, short in length and jumping across outside off, guided to backward point

7.4

Ntini to Katich, no run, ooh very close to that off stump, Katich was on the shuffle, stopped the movement and let the ball whizz past the off stump

7.5

Ntini to Katich, no run, another loud shout for lbw, again turned down by Asad Rauf. This time they go for the review. It looked high. It landed short in length, just outside the leg stump and moved towards the middle and off, Katich was on the shuffle and was hit high on the pad. Two things: it pitched outside leg and might have gone over the stumps as well. Oh well. Another review from SA that has gone nowhere.

7.6

Ntini to Katich, no run, fuller this time, Katich tickles it to the pad and the ball rolls to the on side

End of over 8 (maiden) Australia 21/0
SM Katich    8* (28b 1x4)      M Ntini    4-2-6-0
PJ Hughes    12* (20b 1x4)      DW Steyn    4-1-15-0

8.1

Steyn to Hughes, 2 runs, on the pads, turned to deep backward square leg for couple of runs

8.2

Steyn to Hughes, no run, goes back to tap it back down the pitch

8.3

Steyn to Hughes, FOUR, Thump. Full in length and outside off, Hughes stays back to force it through covers. Lovely expansive shot.

8.4

Steyn to Hughes, 1 run, shapes in towards middle and leg, hops back to work it past square leg and Amla moves from leg gully to pick the ball

8.5

Steyn to Katich, no run, in the corridor outside off, left alone without any fuss

8.6

Steyn to Katich, 1 run, shapes in towards middle and leg, that shuffle allows Katich to work the ball to fine-leg

End of over 9 (8 runs) Australia 29/0
SM Katich    9* (30b 1x4)      DW Steyn    5-1-23-0
PJ Hughes    19* (24b 2x4)      M Ntini    4-2-6-0

9.1

Ntini to Katich, no run, in the outside-off channel, Katich allows the ball to take refuge in BOucher's gloves

9.2

Ntini to Katich, no run, lands outside leg stump, moves in to hit the pad and the ball rolls away to the leg side. Hughes is on the look out for the run, Katich doesn't know where the ball has gone and Hughes gets back in time

9.3

Ntini to Katich, no run, short in length and Katich stands tall but mistimes a punchy shot to mid-off

9.4

Ntini to Katich, no run, Ntini switches to round the stumps and brings the ball back in with the angle but Katich judges correctly that it hasn't done enough and so, shoulders arms

9.5

Ntini to Katich, no run, shorter in length and stays outside off stump, left alone again

James: "What a beautiful setting for Bucknor's last test. Paul Reiffel is the obvious replacement international test umpire, pity he is Australian as we Aussies wont get to enjoy his outstanding umpiring skills displayed at domestic level."

9.6

Ntini to Katich, no run, coming in with bounce, Katich stays back and is hit on the thigh pad

End of over 10 (maiden) Australia 29/0
SM Katich    9* (36b 1x4)      M Ntini    5-3-6-0
PJ Hughes    19* (24b 2x4)      DW Steyn    5-1-23-0

10.1

Steyn to Hughes, no run

Another player turned into a umpire recently. Kumar Dharmasena, who played in that '96 World Cup for Sri Lanka, stood in the recent India-Sri Lanka ODI series.

10.2

Steyn to Hughes, no run, sharp bouncer and Hughes arches back at the last minute to evade it

10.3

Steyn to Hughes, no run, oh beaten by the slower one. It was fuller and just outside off, Hughes didn't pick it at all, ended up lunging, bat away from the body, gloved it but it doesn't carry to Boucher.

10.4

Steyn to Hughes, no run, rushes past the nose of Hughes who watches it well and sways away at the last minute

10.5

Steyn to Hughes, no run, short in length outside off, Hughes was on the back foot, looking to crash it through covers but ends up mistiming it completely.

10.6

Steyn to Hughes, no run, a tad slower again, Hughes goes for the big booming off drive but is too early into the shot and the ball rolls away towards mid-off

End of over 11 (maiden) Australia 29/0
PJ Hughes    19* (30b 2x4)      DW Steyn    6-2-23-0
SM Katich    9* (36b 1x4)      M Ntini    5-3-6-0

11.1

Ntini to Katich, no run, from round the stumps, full in length, just outside off stump, defended to the on side

11.2

Ntini to Katich, no run, outside the off stump, left alone, Ntini looks down the pitch and Katich walks away to the on side

Tobias: "Maybe South Africa should opt for someone in close in front of the stumps.. not in a potential catching position but as referal-go-to-guy.. his only job being keeping an eye on these pseudo lbw shouts and indicating when to refer them.. not a serious idea.. but this is hopeless use of the new system by south africa." ha.. the way they are going, they might really need one.

11.3

Ntini to Katich, no run, full and outside off stump, left alone

11.4

Ntini to Katich, no run, length delivery outside off stump, Katich covers the off stump and shoulders arms

11.5

Ntini to Katich, no run, lands well outside the off stump and moves in a bit; not enough to interest Katich, though.

11.6

Ntini to Katich, no run, back over the wicket, angles the ball with bounce, steered to backward point.

End of over 12 (maiden) Australia 29/0
SM Katich    9* (42b 1x4)      M Ntini    6-4-6-0
PJ Hughes    19* (30b 2x4)      DW Steyn    6-2-23-0

Okie .. one final comment on the toss; I think we have had enough already. Scott from OZ: "Though nice in theory, captains taking turns after a pre-series toss would just lead to pitch doctoring."

12.1

Kallis to Hughes, no run, bouncer on the middle stump line, left alone by Hughes who goes down under

12.2

Kallis to Hughes, no run, length delivery on the middle stump line, defended to the off side of the pitch and Kallis gets across to pick it up

12.3

Kallis to Hughes, no run, the "heavy ball" this time, jumping around the off stump, Hughes stands up tall but pushes his bat away from the body and almost drags it back to his stumps. The ball rolls past the leg stump

12.4

Kallis to Hughes, no run, just outside off stump, Hughes pushes it to the off side.

Interesting technique: It appears part of him is going towards the ball and the other half pushes him sideways, away from the ball ..

12.5

Kallis to Hughes, no run, bangs in another bouncer and Hughes gets under it

12.6

Kallis to Hughes, no run, kicks up nastily on the middle stump line ,Hughes yanks up to jab it to the on side. It's also because his technique that I used the word nastily I think. He shapes to move forward before getting back and to the on side and all that movement meant the ball caught up on him quicker than he thought

End of over 13 (maiden) Australia 29/0
PJ Hughes    19* (36b 2x4)      JH Kallis    1-1-0-0
SM Katich    9* (42b 1x4)      M Ntini    6-4-6-0

13.1

Ntini to Katich, no run, Dropped by the debutant Imraan Khan. What a clanger. It was full and Katich sliced it head-high to Imraan who cupped his palms in front of the face but dropped it .. Ntini is operating from round the stumps.

13.2

Ntini to Katich, no run, full and outside off, left alone

13.3

Ntini to Katich, no run, shaping in from round the stumps, defended down the track

13.4

Ntini to Katich, no run, beaten, this time from over the wicket. It straightened from short of length, just outside off stump, Katich was caught on the shuffle and jabbed at it and the ball rushed between bat and pad

13.5

Ntini to Katich, no run

13.6

Ntini to Katich, no run, moves across the stumps to squeeze it to the off side

End of over 14 (maiden) Australia 29/0
SM Katich    9* (48b 1x4)      M Ntini    7-5-6-0
PJ Hughes    19* (36b 2x4)      JH Kallis    1-1-0-0

14.1

Kallis to Hughes, 2 runs, pushed through the off side for two runs

John: "Hard to tell from the commentary, but it seems that Hughes is comfortable with the conditions and the bowling, but Katich is not. Is that right?" Well . let me put it this way,. the best bowler on view has been Ntini and Katich faced 39 balls from him while Hughes faced just three.

14.2

Kallis to Hughes, no run, stands up tall to defend down the track

14.3

Kallis to Hughes, FOUR, short and outside off, Hughes gets back to crash it past the diving backward point fielder Imraan Khan for a fine boundary

14.4

Kallis to Hughes, 1 run, run out chance missed. fuller, straighter, pushed towards mid-on for a quick single. The fielder rushes in from midwicket and fires a throw at the non-striker's end. Had it hit, Hughes would have been a goner

14.5

Kallis to Katich, no run

14.6

Kallis to Katich, no run, leans forward to push a full delivery to the off side

End of over 15 (7 runs) Australia 36/0
SM Katich    9* (50b 1x4)      JH Kallis    2-1-7-0
PJ Hughes    26* (40b 3x4)      M Ntini    7-5-6-0

15.1

Morkel to Hughes, no run, starts off his international cricket with a bouncer, left alone

15.2

Morkel to Hughes, no run, kicks up at 136.2 kmph outside off and the extra bounce surprises Hughes. He was shaping to cut it but the ball flew past the startled Hughes

15.3

Morkel to Hughes, no run, full and outside off stump, Hughes is late in getting forward and ends up mistiming a swat drive

15.4

Morkel to Hughes, no run, ooh almost dragged on again It was short in length and climbing, Hughes went nowhere with his footwork - doing that tango of initially going forward before hopping back - and ended up inside edging a jab almost to the stumps ..

15.5

Morkel to Hughes, no run

15.6

Morkel to Hughes, no run, short-pitched delivery outside off, swayed away

End of over 16 (maiden) Australia 36/0
PJ Hughes    26* (46b 3x4)      JA Morkel    1-1-0-0
SM Katich    9* (50b 1x4)      JH Kallis    2-1-7-0

16.1

Kallis to Katich, no run, full in length, just outside off stump, defended to the off side

16.2

Kallis to Katich, 2 runs, overpitched on the legs, flicked away to deep backward square leg region

16.3

Kallis to Katich, no run, moving away from Katich who lets Boucher collect that one

16.4

Kallis to Katich, 2 runs, even fuller, on the middle, Katich arrests his shuffle and wrists the ball through wide midwicket region

16.5

Kallis to Katich, no run, on a length, around the off stump, guided to the off side

16.6

Kallis to Katich, no run, short in length and just outside off stump, left alone

End of over 17 (4 runs) Australia 40/0
SM Katich    13* (56b 1x4)      JH Kallis    3-1-11-0
PJ Hughes    26* (46b 3x4)      JA Morkel    1-1-0-0

17.1

Morkel to Hughes, no run, full in length and outside off, Hughes is expecting a short one and stays back before eventually coming forward to jab it to the off side

17.2

Morkel to Hughes, no run, on the middle and leg, tries to clip it away but misses and the ball rolls off the pad

17.3

Morkel to Hughes, no run, outside off stump, punched to covers

17.4

Morkel to Hughes, no run

17.5

Morkel to Hughes, 2 runs, short in length, on the hips, clipped through the on side

17.6

Morkel to Hughes, no run, fullish on the off stump, a ugly defensive poke from hughes.

End of over 18 (2 runs) Australia 42/0
PJ Hughes    28* (52b 3x4)      JA Morkel    2-1-2-0
SM Katich    13* (56b 1x4)      JH Kallis    3-1-11-0

18.1

Kallis to Katich, no run, full in length, on the off stump line, pushed to the off side

18.2

Kallis to Katich, no run, short in length and slanted across Katich who gets his bat high in the air and lets Boucher do the fielding

18.3

Kallis to Katich, no run, lunges out to defend. Both batsmen have a rather ugly defensive pushes, jabs, and stabs. Ugliness is subjective of course ..

18.4

Kallis to Katich, no run, slanted across Katich who doesn't offer a shot

18.5

Kallis to Katich, 2 runs, overpitched and put away nicely by Katich. He leaned into the wristy flick through midwicket

18.6

Kallis to Katich, no run, shuffles to almost outside off and drives towards mid-off

End of over 19 (2 runs) Australia 44/0
SM Katich    15* (62b 1x4)      JH Kallis    4-1-13-0
PJ Hughes    28* (52b 3x4)      JA Morkel    2-1-2-0

Kicker from SA has a plan: "I think if the Proteas can stop Hughes scoring completely, dry all his runs, then sooner or later he will play an exspansive shot that isn't on."

19.1

Morkel to Hughes, no run, 140kmp lifting delivery into the rib cage, Hughes hops, manages to get the bat in front of the body to jab it to the on side.

19.2

Morkel to Hughes, 1 run, turned to the fine-leg region

Andrew from Oz sends us this chuckle: "Have a guy in the crowd wearing a pink shirt, with a walkie talkie. Have another guy watching intently on TV, also with a walkie talkie. Its easy to pick LBWs on the first replay. If its out, tell the pink shirt to stay standing. If its not out, tell him to sit down. Easy for the captain to :confer: with players till he sees the signal man. Sure its cheating, but it would be impossible to prove, so it will happen."

19.3

Morkel to Katich, FOUR, That Katich shuffle attracts the bowlers into doing things they don't want to be dong; like drifting to the pads. Katich moves across to flick it away without any trouble.

19.4

Morkel to Katich, no run, short delivery outside off stump, left alone

19.5

Morkel to Katich, no run, full pitched on the off stump, too much bottom-hand comes into the shot, the bat-face shuts and the ball rolls away limply towards mid-off

19.6

Morkel to Katich, no run, 132.1 kmph yorker, on the off and middle, Katich stops his shuffle and digs it out to the on side

End of over 20 (5 runs) Australia 49/0
SM Katich    19* (66b 2x4)      JA Morkel    3-1-7-0
PJ Hughes    29* (54b 3x4)      JH Kallis    4-1-13-0

20.1

Kallis to Hughes, no run, lunges forward, goes down on his knee to drive but can't beat Dale Steyn at short cover

20.2

Kallis to Hughes, no run, drops in a bouncer and Hughes sways even as he gets down and the ball flies to Boucher

20.3

Kallis to Hughes, no run, shifts to round the stumps and tries to ping him with another bouncer. Hughes drops his wrists, gets the bat down and sways away

20.4

Kallis to Hughes, no run, comes in from a length, Hughes contrives to get squared up but holds his balance in the end to defend to the off side

20.5

Kallis to Hughes, FOUR, What he does well is to put away the loose ones. This was overpitched on the middle and off, from round the stumps, and Hughes drives to the straight boundary

20.6

Kallis to Hughes, no run, length delivery outside off, Hughes pushes at it hard and gets the edge to gully region

End of over 21 (4 runs) Australia 53/0
PJ Hughes    33* (60b 4x4)      JH Kallis    5-1-17-0
SM Katich    19* (66b 2x4)      JA Morkel    3-1-7-0

21.1

Morkel to Katich, no run, angled across Kato who watches it go through to the keeper

21.2

Morkel to Katich, no run, shuffles from outside leg to off and defends the short-of-length delivery to the on side of the pitch

21.3

Morkel to Katich, 1 no ball, banged in really short and Katich doesn't have to do anything but just watch it fly past him

21.3

Morkel to Katich, no run, loud loud shout for a catch by Boucher. Asad Rauf turns it down and the Saffers don't go for the review. It was pretty full in length outside off, Katich was surprised by the change in length and ended up trying to work it to the on side and missed it completely. The bat hit the ground as the ball rushed past the outside edge.

21.4

Morkel to Katich, FOUR, How many times we have seen this. Four after a dropped catch or an appeal. Full and on the legs, whipped through the on side

21.5

Morkel to Katich, no run, leans across to push to the off side

21.6

Morkel to Katich, no run, in the zone outside off, left alone

End of over 22 (5 runs) Australia 58/0
SM Katich    23* (73b 3x4)      JA Morkel    4-1-12-0
PJ Hughes    33* (60b 4x4)      JH Kallis    5-1-17-0

Time for spin

22.1

Harris to Hughes, no run, flighted outside off stump, Hughes leans forward to defend

22.2

Harris to Hughes, no run, Dropped by Duminy at short cover. Oh boy what is happening out there. It was floated outside off and Hughes drove it straight to Duminy who couldn't hold on.

22.3

Harris to Hughes, no run, leans forward to defend

22.4

Harris to Hughes, OUT, Harris says bugger off you fielders, I will do it myself. It was flighted around the off stump, Hughes went for the sweep but failed to connect. It would have hit the stumps all right but was the point of contact outside off? I will confirm after I get hold of a replay. And yes, Hughes was struck outside the off stump. He didn't ask for the review, though

PJ Hughes lbw b Harris 33 (101m 64b 4x4 0x6) SR: 51.56

22.5

Harris to Ponting, no run, flighted from round the stumps, low full toss, pushed to the on side

22.6

Harris to Ponting, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

And yes Hughes was struck outside the off stump. He didn't ask for the review, though.

End of over 23 (wicket maiden) Australia 58/1
RT Ponting    0* (2b)      PL Harris    1-1-0-1
SM Katich    23* (73b 3x4)      JA Morkel    4-1-12-0

23.1

Morkel to Katich, 1 run, short in length, on the pads, clipped behind square for a single

23.2

Morkel to Ponting, no run, well outside the off stump and Ponting lunges forward to leave the ball as aggressively as ever.

23.3

Morkel to Ponting, no run, better delivery, closer to the off stump, left alone

23.4

Morkel to Ponting, no run, lunges forward to leave another fullish delivery outside off stump

23.5

Morkel to Ponting, OUT, What a beauty to get rid of the Australian captain. It was a lovely outswinger and Ponting was lured into the big drive but ended up nicking it. It was full and Ponting shaped to drive but it swung away late. Ponting didn't expect it to curve away as he went for the straight drive and didn't cover for the late swing. Superb delivery.

RT Ponting c †Boucher b Morkel 0 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

23.6

Morkel to Hussey, no run, pushes this well across Hussey who doesn't play a shot

End of over 24 (1 run) Australia 59/2
MEK Hussey    0* (1b)      JA Morkel    5-1-13-1
SM Katich    24* (74b 3x4)      PL Harris    1-1-0-1

24.1

Harris to Katich, no run, floated full outside off, driven to Duminy in covers

24.2

Harris to Katich, no run, low full toss outside off, whipped to mid-on

24.3

Harris to Katich, 1 run, a tad quicker, full in length, holding its line, squeezed to backward point region

24.4

Harris to Hussey, 1 run, full in length, driven to right of mid-off for a single

24.5

Harris to Katich, no run, flighted outside off stump, turns in, defended to the off side

Interestingly, the Hot Spot didn't show anything on that Ponting dismissal.

24.6

Harris to Katich, no run, on the off stump line, defended on the front foot

End of over 25 (2 runs) Australia 61/2
SM Katich    25* (79b 3x4)      PL Harris    2-1-2-1
MEK Hussey    1* (2b)      JA Morkel    5-1-13-1

25.1

Morkel to Hussey, no run, full and moving away from Hussey but a tad too wide to force him into any indiscretion

25.2

Morkel to Hussey, no run, closer to the off stump and Hussey lets it go past him

25.3

Morkel to Hussey, no run, in the zone outside off stump - good probing line this - left alone again

25.4

Morkel to Hussey, no run, banged in short and just down leg side, Hussey ducks

25.5

Morkel to Hussey, no run, gets forward and across, covers his off stump and shoulders arms

Declan Barnett: "One of my best friends, Neil D'Costa, coaches Phillip Hughes. He says that Phillip is the quickest learner he's ever seen. It won't matter what tactics the bowlers use, he'll adapt his game to suit and score runs."

25.6

Morkel to Hussey, FOUR, from round the stumps this time, full and outside off, Hussey is late in getting forward but goes through with the square drive nevertheless and manages to get it wide of the point fielder. He wasn't in control of that shot.

End of over 26 (4 runs) Australia 65/2
MEK Hussey    5* (8b 1x4)      JA Morkel    6-1-17-1
SM Katich    25* (79b 3x4)      PL Harris    2-1-2-1

26.1

Harris to Katich, no run, goes right back to defend a full delivery

26.2

Harris to Katich, no run, on the off stump line, driven to mid-on

26.3

Harris to Katich, no run, flighted on the off stump line, leans forward to defend

26.4

Harris to Katich, 1 run, oh ho .. that curving arm-ball from Harris and that almost gets his man. Katich managed to hold his balance and got the bat in front of the pad to squeeze it off the outer edge to the off side ..

26.5

Harris to Hussey, no run, leans forward to defend to the on side

26.6

Harris to Hussey, no run, flighted full on the off stump line, leans across to wrist it to the on side

Interesting little session, there. Australia won the toss and got off to a cautious start. South Africa messed up with the review system again and dropped catches again but bounced back through Albie and Harris to peg Australia back at lunch. Join us in a short while for the second session.

End of over 27 (1 run) Australia 66/2
MEK Hussey    5* (10b 1x4)      PL Harris    3-1-3-1
SM Katich    26* (83b 3x4)      JA Morkel    6-1-17-1

Welcome back. An indifferent first session. Katich is still batting, having survived an appeal and a drop. Hussey is new to the crease. Katich will face first thing after lunch. Steyn to bowl. Three slips and a gully wait.

27.1

Steyn to Katich, no run, pitched up two feet outside off stump and he leaves

27.2

Steyn to Katich, no run, full and outside off stump, he was looking to curve it back in but it doesn't; left alone

27.3

Steyn to Katich, no run, pushed it wide outside off stump, left alone

27.4

Steyn to Katich, no run, full pitched outside off, inviting a drive but Katich is not in the mood

27.5

Steyn to Katich, no run, on a length but again a tad too wide outside off stump to interest Katich

27.6

Steyn to Katich, no run, switches to round the stumps, keeps the ball outside off, again left alone

Jackie from SA: "very little has been said about this before the test. the importance of Albie's debut that is.He is the 1st player to be selected (other than Kallis) as a geniune allrounder since the departure of Shaun Pollock.If Albie can take 6+ sticks and score 100+ in the game he could be the long term solution for SA's allrounder woes.I rate him...and believe me,after that ODI series down under,so does the Aussies!"

End of over 28 (maiden) Australia 66/2
SM Katich    26* (89b 3x4)      DW Steyn    7-3-23-0
MEK Hussey    5* (10b 1x4)      PL Harris    3-1-3-1

Louis: "I don't think the Proteas' catching has ever been this bad. Its embarrassing".

28.1

Ntini to Hussey, no run, In the zone outside off, angling further away, left alone

28.2

Ntini to Hussey, no run, full and just outside off stump, Hussey lets it go and then practices the off drive

28.3

Ntini to Hussey, no run, full pitched around off stump and this time Hussey drives but straight to mid-off. He now suggests he should have got it straighter

28.4

Ntini to Hussey, FOUR, slightly short in length and Hussey rocks back to cut it past point. Very nicely played; got on top of the bounce pretty well and didn't hit it hard.

28.5

Ntini to Hussey, no run, straighter and Hussey leans forward to defend down the track

28.6

Ntini to Hussey, 3 runs, dug in short and Hussey goes for the pull, doesn't quite time it well but it drops safely behind midwicket

End of over 29 (7 runs) Australia 73/2
MEK Hussey    12* (16b 2x4)      M Ntini    8-5-13-0
SM Katich    26* (89b 3x4)      DW Steyn    7-3-23-0

Blake from Aus: "South African allrounder woes?! Is Jackie serious? Jacques Kallis has been the best allrounder in the world for the last 15 years. Australia has recently had Watson and Symonds. Woes?"

29.1

Steyn to Hussey, FOUR, banged in short again and Hussey plays a feisty pull through square leg. He connected rather well this time.

29.2

Steyn to Hussey, no run, dug in shorter and it climbs above Hussey, who watches it fly through to the keeper

29.3

Steyn to Hussey, FOUR, the short-pitched barrage against Hussey continues and he is putting them away. He swiveled off the front foot to pull it right between deep square leg and fine leg. And he has reached 3000 Test runs as well.

29.4

Steyn to Hussey, OUT, He is gone immediately after bring up his 3000th Test run. It kicked up on the middle stump line, Hussey got back to stab it away to the off side but it ran off the inner edge, bounced once before flicking the top of the stumps. He was beginning to look good there but is gone now ..

MEK Hussey b Steyn 20 (27m 20b 4x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Quintin: "I think when Boucher retires and AB [de Villiers] keeps, still batting at 4 or 5 it will give SA much more options."

Van: "What is going to happen to SA test side is Boucher will be dropped to make way for the 2 Morkel brothers, De Villiers will do the keeping. Sad but thats the way the cooky crumbles."

29.5

Steyn to Clarke, no run, beaten outside off stump. It was full and in the zone, Clarke came forward to drive but missed it completely

29.6

Steyn to Clarke, no run, cuts back in a touch, from outside off, Clarke gets right behind the line to defend to the off side

End of over 30 (8 runs) Australia 81/3
MJ Clarke    0* (2b)      DW Steyn    8-3-31-1
SM Katich    26* (89b 3x4)      M Ntini    8-5-13-0

30.1

Ntini to Katich, no run, length delivery through the corridor and Boucher gathers

30.2

Ntini to Katich, no run, angling away from Katich who covers his off stump with his shuffle before letting the ball go through to the keeper

30.3

Ntini to Katich, no run, fuller and in the same zone but Katich is not tempted

30.4

Ntini to Katich, no run, loud shout for lbw but Bucknor is not impressed. They have gone for the review. What have we got here? A inside-edge! It landed in line with the stumps and straightened a bit, Katich came forward to defend and got a nice little edge on to the pad. It was hitting the stumps but South Africans missed the edge. No more referrals for SA.

30.5

Ntini to Katich, no run, angling away from Katich who allows it to pass the off stump

30.6

Ntini to Katich, no run, fullish and driven to covers

C.O from France: "Mike Hussey crossed the 3000-runs barrier in his 63rd innings, which ranked him on the 16th ranks on the list of the fastest players to reach that total, tied with Worrell, Gilchrist and that duo of friends that are Smith and Pietersen."

End of over 31 (maiden) Australia 81/3
SM Katich    26* (95b 3x4)      M Ntini    9-6-13-0
MJ Clarke    0* (2b)      DW Steyn    8-3-31-1

31.1

Steyn to Clarke, OUT, Clarke has been cleaned up by Steyn. What an awesome delivery. It landed slightly short in length on the off stump line and straightened to hit the off. Clarke pushed inside the line and heard the death rattle.Not so awesome on replay. It was a very good delivery indeed but it landed just outside off stump and Clarke thought it would nip back in more than what it did but Steyn had got it straighten a bit.

MJ Clarke b Steyn 0 (9m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

31.2

Steyn to Haddin, no run, kicks up from short of length, Haddin hops to defend

31.3

Steyn to Haddin, no run, gets behind the line to defend to the on side

31.4

Steyn to Haddin, no run, outside off and Haddin allows it fly past the off stump

31.5

Steyn to Haddin, no run, this one straightened from the off stump line but Haddin does well to cover the line to push the ball to Prince at mid-off

31.6

Steyn to Haddin, no run, Three slips and gully watch as Haddin jumps to get on top of a lifting delivery from short of length and defend to the off side

End of over 32 (wicket maiden) Australia 81/4
BJ Haddin    0* (5b)      DW Steyn    9-4-31-2
SM Katich    26* (95b 3x4)      M Ntini    9-6-13-0

32.1

Ntini to Katich, no run, in the zone outside off stump and Katich does what he does: shuffle to off, cover the stumps and shoulder arms

32.2

Ntini to Katich, no run, fuller but again slanting away from Katich who offers no shot

32.3

Ntini to Katich, 1 run, full pitched around the off stump, pushed through cover point for a single

32.4

Ntini to Haddin, no run, full in length, moving into off and middle line, Haddin gets forward to defend. The style of play there almost looked like Damien Martyn on that occasion.

32.5

Ntini to Haddin, no run, cutting in to Haddin who goes back to push to the on side

Canno: "I think it is time that the selectors bite the bullet with Mike Hussey and bring in Callum Ferguson. Hussey has been great but he keeps failing. Bring in a younger player."

32.6

Ntini to Haddin, no run, full pitched, driven nicely but straight to the fielder on the off side

End of over 33 (1 run) Australia 82/4
BJ Haddin    0* (8b)      M Ntini    10-6-14-0
SM Katich    27* (98b 3x4)      DW Steyn    9-4-31-2

33.1

Steyn to Katich, FOUR, inside-edge but it flies past the stumps. Full pitched, from round the stumps, and Katich went for the off drive but too much bottom hand shut the bat-face and he got a thick edge.

33.2

Steyn to Katich, no run, still from round the stumps, hurls this one full and outside off, left alone

33.3

Steyn to Katich, 1 no ball, length delivery, pushed to mid-off

Luke goes for Clarke's head: "Yet again Pup fails under pressure. Gets all his big scores when others have done the hard work. Drop him and get Callum Ferguson in there."

33.3

Steyn to Katich, no run, leans across to place the ball to point region, bat away from the body

33.4

Steyn to Katich, no run, homing in on the off stump, from that angle, Katich gets behind the line to offer the dead-bat

33.5

Steyn to Katich, FOUR, from wide of the crease, he sends down a overpitched delivery and Katich has driven it through covers. Again lots of bottom-hand in that shot; he almost flicked that cover drive, if you know what I mean.

33.6

Steyn to Katich, 1 run, from over the stumps now, full pitched on the middle and leg, flicked through midwicket

End of over 34 (10 runs) Australia 92/4
SM Katich    36* (105b 5x4)      DW Steyn    10-4-41-2
BJ Haddin    0* (8b)      M Ntini    10-6-14-0

34.1

Ntini to Katich, no run, lands around the off stump, shapes away, left alone by the patient Katich

34.2

Ntini to Katich, no run, similar delivery, same result

34.3

Ntini to Katich, no run, And again.

Keshin: "I think its not about AB taking over. Watch out for the Dolphins (Team form the East Coast of South Africa), their wickey Darren Smith will take over and AB will be a specialist batsmen."

34.4

Ntini to Katich, 1 run, it was outside off, Katich squeezed it past square leg

34.5

Ntini to Haddin, no run, coming in towards middle, Haddin pushes it to the on side

34.6

Ntini to Haddin, no run, leans across to defend to the off side

End of over 35 (1 run) Australia 93/4
BJ Haddin    0* (10b)      M Ntini    11-6-15-0
SM Katich    37* (109b 5x4)      DW Steyn    10-4-41-2

35.1

Morkel to Katich, 1 run, turned off the hips for a single

35.2

Morkel to Haddin, no run, lands on a length outside off stump and moves away, left alone

Pitty hits with: "We need to clone Callum Ferguson a few times and replace the top six with Callum Ferguson."

35.3

Morkel to Haddin, FOUR, banged in short and Haddin waited for the ball to arrive before pulling it front of square. He rolled his wrists and hit it straight to the ground

35.4

Morkel to Haddin, 4 leg byes, drifts to the pads, Haddin misses the flick shot but it runs off the pad down to the fine-leg boundary

35.5

Morkel to Haddin, no run, outside off stump, from slightly short of length and holding its line, left alone

35.6

Morkel to Haddin, FOUR, well-timed square drive. It was full and wide no doubt but Haddin reached out to play a delicious drive

End of over 36 (13 runs) Australia 106/4
BJ Haddin    8* (15b 2x4)      JA Morkel    7-1-26-1
SM Katich    38* (110b 5x4)      M Ntini    11-6-15-0

Gareth: "DeVilliers has stated that we doesnt want to keep for SA, would prefer to concentrate on his batting and establish himself as the worlds best...Pity, but has some merit to it."

36.1

Ntini to Katich, FOUR, short and wide, cut away to the point boundary. Ntini stands there for a while, mumbling to himself.

36.2

Ntini to Katich, no run, Ntini switched to rounds-the-stumps attack. He gets this ball to dart back in from outside off but Katich lets it go after making sure it has not come back in line with the stumps

36.3

Ntini to Katich, no run, this one moves in towards the off stump line, Katich goes back and across to push it to the on side

36.4

Ntini to Katich, no run, leans forward to allow the ball to pass the off stump

36.5

Ntini to Katich, 3 runs, full and well outside the off stump, Katich reaches out and drives -- too much bottom hand and he ends up dragging it through wide mid-off but has enough meat on it to send the ball almost to the boundary where Prince makes a sliding stop

36.6

Ntini to Haddin, no run, from wide of the crease, moves in towards middle, Haddin gets back and across to defend to the off side

End of over 37 (7 runs) Australia 113/4
BJ Haddin    8* (16b 2x4)      M Ntini    12-6-22-0
SM Katich    45* (115b 6x4)      JA Morkel    7-1-26-1

37.1

Morkel to Katich, no run, short in length, around off, tapped towards mid-off

37.2

Morkel to Katich, no run, short and lifting down leg, left alone

37.3

Morkel to Katich, no run, just outside the off stump, Katich moves across to leave it alone

37.4

Morkel to Katich, no run, bouncer but dug in too short and Katich has lots of time to duck

37.5

Morkel to Katich, no run, full in length, moving away, Katich thought about leaving it, was late in withdrawing the bat and ended up sort of steering it to right of gully where a diving stop is made

37.6

Morkel to Katich, no run, fuller, straighter, pushed to mid-off

End of over 38 (maiden) Australia 113/4
SM Katich    45* (121b 6x4)      JA Morkel    8-2-26-1
BJ Haddin    8* (16b 2x4)      M Ntini    12-6-22-0

Isaak: "luke - need we remind you what happened in the first test, when we were 3 for not much and clarke made 60 odd? And what about in Melbourne when he hung in for a gutsy century with the tail? the guy clearly does not crumble under pressure."

38.1

Kallis to Haddin, no run, length delivery outside off stump, Haddin allows it go through to Boucher

38.2

Kallis to Haddin, no run, gets forward and across to leave another full-length delivery outside off

38.3

Kallis to Haddin, FOUR, Fabulicious extra-cover drive, the most beautiful shot of the day. It was full in length and outside off stump, Haddin leaned across to cream it through the off side. Again, reminded a bit of Martyn there

38.4

Kallis to Haddin, no run, leans across to push it to the off side

38.5

Kallis to Haddin, FOUR, drifting in to the middle and leg line, Haddin got forward to wrist it to right of the diving mid-off fielder

38.6

Kallis to Haddin, no run, mistimes the drive to the on side

End of over 39 (8 runs) Australia 121/4
BJ Haddin    16* (22b 4x4)      JH Kallis    6-1-25-0
SM Katich    45* (121b 6x4)      JA Morkel    8-2-26-1

Dustin: "Callum Ferguson...he's not the guy from South Australia who averages 35 in first class cricket? I'm jealous! I averaged 2 for bowling one season playing cricket at school...clone me!"

Pelham Borton: "On the South African wicket keeping debate, if SA do select Daryn Smit, they will have the option of using him as an extra spin bowler (leg breaks). Look at the Dolphins first class bowling averages this season, and you will see that he has bowled more overs than any single team mate. In that case, AB de Villiers is the obvious man to share the wicket keeping while Smit bowls." Hmmm ...

39.1

Morkel to Katich, no run, short in length and outside off stump line, left alone

39.2

Morkel to Katich, FOUR, short and wide, Katich threw the kitchen sink at it .. Tell me isn't it difficult to thrown the kitchen sink actually? Do they mean like throwing the dirty utensils into the sink?

39.3

Morkel to Katich, no run, full in outside off stump, left alone

39.4

Morkel to Katich, no run, short in length, cutting away, left alone

Brian: "Look out for Heino Kuhn, wicket-keeper from the Titans to take over from Boucher," He averages 43.72 in first-class

39.5

Morkel to Katich, no run, pushes it wide across Katich who leaves it for Boucher

39.6

Morkel to Katich, no run, closer to the off stump but Katich seems to know where his off stump is.

End of over 40 (4 runs) Australia 125/4
SM Katich    49* (127b 7x4)      JA Morkel    9-2-30-1
BJ Haddin    16* (22b 4x4)      JH Kallis    6-1-25-0

40.1

Kallis to Haddin, no run, short in length, stood up tall to punch it to covers

Stef: "Yes I saw what De Villiers said about wanting to focus on his batting. That is unfortunately not where SA needs him - they need him batting at 5 and keeping in order to include an batting all-rounder."

40.2

Kallis to Haddin, no run, in the zone outside off stump, Haddin watches Boucher collect that

40.3

Kallis to Haddin, no run, leans forward to drive to mid-off

40.4

Kallis to Haddin, no run, outside off and left alone again. Haddin has moved to 16 and looking good so far

40.5

Kallis to Haddin, no run

40.6

Kallis to Haddin, no run, over pitched outside off, dug out towards covers

End of over 41 (maiden) Australia 125/4
BJ Haddin    16* (28b 4x4)      JH Kallis    7-2-25-0
SM Katich    49* (127b 7x4)      JA Morkel    9-2-30-1

41.1

Morkel to Katich, no run, lands outside off stump, left alone by Katich. Left alone, allows it pass past the off stump, watches Boucher gather, lets it through to the keeper ... man i am running out of lines to write with our lovely patient Kato

41.2

Morkel to Katich, no run, hmm looks he also ran out of patience on this occasion . He went for the cut outside off, it was not so short and he couldn't connect

41.3

Morkel to Katich, no run, back to regular programming. Boucher collects.

41.4

Morkel to Katich, no run, Boucher crouches to catch the ball in front of him as he shuffles to his left side!

41.5

Morkel to Katich, no run, banged in short, Katich goes for the pull but misses and it goes down leg

41.6

Morkel to Katich, no run, outside off stump, left alone

41.6

Morkel to Katich, no run, outside off stump, left alone

End of over 42 (maiden) Australia 125/4
SM Katich    49* (133b 7x4)      JA Morkel    10-3-30-1
BJ Haddin    16* (28b 4x4)      JH Kallis    7-2-25-0

42.1

Kallis to Haddin, no run, pitches back of a length and Haddin goes back to defend

42.2

Kallis to Haddin, 1 run, bad ball, short and wide but Haddin cannot beat backward point

42.3

Kallis to Katich, no run, well bowled, a clever little yorker which is jammed to midwicket

42.4

Kallis to Katich, no run, pitches on a length and he gets right over it in watchful defence

42.5

Kallis to Katich, no run, gently pitches on a length, just outside off stump, and shapes away but Katich shoulders arms contently

42.6

Kallis to Katich, no run, pitches on middle and leg, straightens, Katich pats it back

A good over from Kallis. Katich has been stuck on 49 ...

End of over 43 (1 run) Australia 126/4
SM Katich    49* (137b 7x4)      JH Kallis    8-2-26-0
BJ Haddin    17* (30b 4x4)      JA Morkel    10-3-30-1

43.1

Morkel to Haddin, FOUR, overpitched on the stumps and thats not much more than a defensive push off the toes that beats mid-on quite comfortably

43.2

Morkel to Haddin, no run, on the pads again and this time turned to midwicket

43.3

Morkel to Haddin, no run, pitches back of a length and he gets back to defend to cover

43.4

Morkel to Haddin, no run, gets tall and punches a good-looking shot off the back foot but Amla at cover times his dive to his right superbly and denies Haddin runs, good stuff there

43.5

Morkel to Haddin, no run, another full one in the blockhole and Haddin digs it out in time

43.6

Morkel to Haddin, FOUR, ah, close! Haddin chases a full, wide, swinging delivery and just spoons in in the air behind backward point to raise the 50-run stand, a loose shot but he survives

End of over 44 (8 runs) Australia 134/4
BJ Haddin    25* (36b 6x4)      JA Morkel    11-3-38-1
SM Katich    49* (137b 7x4)      JH Kallis    8-2-26-0

44.1

Harris to Katich, 1 run, slip and short leg watch as Katich reaches his fifty with a little drive towards mid-off. He was in some trouble early on against Ntini but has hung around to graft another important fifty

A long-on in place for Haddin

44.2

Harris to Haddin, no run, pushed to the on side of the pitch where Harris, the former Cricinfo diarist, makes a diving stop

44.3

Harris to Haddin, no run, slightly short, cut away to point

44.4

Harris to Haddin, 1 run, goes back to turn a delivery skidding in past square leg for a single

44.5

Harris to Katich, no run, leans across to defend a flighted delivery outside off

44.6

Harris to Katich, no run, flatter, pushed to the off side

End of over 45 (2 runs) Australia 136/4
SM Katich    50* (140b 7x4)      PL Harris    4-1-5-1
BJ Haddin    26* (39b 6x4)      JA Morkel    11-3-38-1

Louis: "Also Heino Kuhn scored 99 against Aus in the warm up game."

45.1

Morkel to Haddin, FOUR, lovely peachy drive. It was full in length and Haddin went through with the drive; it was in the air but superbly bisected the umpire and mid-on.

45.2

Morkel to Haddin, no run, pushed wide outside off stump, left alone

45.3

Morkel to Haddin, 1 run, full in length and outside off, Haddin gets forward to drive to mid-off

45.4

Morkel to Katich, no run, lands on a length around off stump, cuts away past Katich

45.5

Morkel to Katich, 1 run, clipped through the on side to Amla at deep square leg region

Letraix from SA: "The expression is "throw everything but the kitchen sink", which has been altered (I suspect by cricket commentators) to "throw the kitchen sink". Kitchen sinks are surprisingly easy to throw, but are usually connected to pipes, drains, etc. Which I suppose is why it would escape the throwing in the first place..." Ah

45.6

Morkel to Haddin, no run, length delivery on the off stump line, Haddin gets forward to push to the bowler who threatens to throw and Haddin turns back quickly but one minor detail- the ball slips out and rolls to the off side

End of over 46 (6 runs) Australia 142/4
BJ Haddin    31* (43b 7x4)      JA Morkel    12-3-44-1
SM Katich    51* (142b 7x4)      PL Harris    4-1-5-1

46.1

Harris to Katich, no run, goes right behind to work with the turn to midwicket

46.2

Harris to Katich, no run, floated in the air outside off stump, square driven to point

46.3

Harris to Katich, 1 run, leans forward to push to wide mid-off for a single

46.4

Harris to Haddin, no run, leans forward to drive to mid-off

Philip is getting ambitious: "A nice stat for SA: In the last six test matches played at Newlands : 5 Of them were WON by the team batting second, only one was a draw." We get it! no need to shout won in caps please!

46.5

Harris to Haddin, no run, skids on and Haddin goes back to push it down the track

46.6

Harris to Haddin, 1 run, pretty full in length, squeezed wide of midwicket where Duminy makes a sliding stop

End of over 47 (2 runs) Australia 144/4
BJ Haddin    32* (46b 7x4)      PL Harris    5-1-7-1
SM Katich    52* (145b 7x4)      JA Morkel    12-3-44-1

Jeremy: "McDonald has to come in next, for two reasons, one, if a wicket falls soon Johnson could be forced too much of a load and will affect his batting, and secondly, if the selectors really like McDonald we need to find out if he is any good with the bat and not just a tight bowler who takes a few wickets. "

47.1

Kallis to Haddin, 1 run, holds its line outside off after landing on a length and Haddin pushes it to cover point for a single

Shaun: "Hahaha - Life of the commentator. Imagine watching the "time-less" test and having to watch all those balls go through to the keeper" Laugh away sir!

47.2

Kallis to Katich, no run, leans forward to push a length delivery to the off side

47.3

Kallis to Katich, no run, gets behind the line of a length delivery to push it to the on side of the pitch

47.4

Kallis to Katich, no run, just outside off, stays in that region and Katich does his signature no shot

47.5

Kallis to Katich, no run, cutting away from Katich and it bounces once before it reached Boucher.

47.6

Kallis to Katich, no run, fuller, straighter, forcing Katich into playing a shot and he obliges with a defensive poke

End of over 48 (1 run) Australia 145/4
SM Katich    52* (150b 7x4)      JH Kallis    9-2-27-0
BJ Haddin    33* (47b 7x4)      PL Harris    5-1-7-1

Sean: "Brian - I agree with you about Kuhn, and he is also used to opening the batting though in Tests that will be harder. Stef - What batting alrounder, wish we had them but SA will never find another Kallis who is probably the ultimate batting allrounder.

48.1

Harris to Haddin, 2 runs, drifts in from round the stumps, Haddin shapes to defend but it runs away off the inner edge to fine leg. Oohs and aahs from Harris

48.2

Harris to Haddin, 1 run, flighted, slower through the air, clipped off the pads for a single

48.3

Harris to Katich, no run, leans forward to defend down the pitch

48.4

Harris to Katich, no run, flighted full, whipped to deepish midwicket, Haddin thinks about the single, Katich doesn't and he wins

48.5

Harris to Katich, no run, on the off stump line, turning in, gets forward to defend

48.6

Harris to Katich, no run, outside off stump, this one doesn't turn in, left alone

End of over 49 (3 runs) Australia 148/4
SM Katich    52* (154b 7x4)      PL Harris    6-1-10-1
BJ Haddin    36* (49b 7x4)      JH Kallis    9-2-27-0

49.1

Kallis to Haddin, no run, leans forward to drive to extra cover

49.2

Kallis to Haddin, no run

49.3

Kallis to Haddin, no run, on a length, around the middle and off stump line, pushed past the bowler to mid-on

49.4

Kallis to Haddin, no run, fuller, around the off stump, driven to the off side of the pitch where Kallis makes the stop

49.5

Kallis to Haddin, 1 run, dips in late, towards middle and off, driven to mid-off where there is a fumble and Haddin picks up a single

49.6

Kallis to Katich, 3 runs, drifts to the pads , overpitched as well, whipped through midwicket for three runs

Ryan has had enough of our Kato: " Lovely patient Kato? Give me a break...he is undoubtedly the luckiest, most boring batsmen on the planet!I have no idea why SA doesn't have 3 third men fielding as that is the only place he scores his runs." ha! You should read this

End of over 50 (4 runs) Australia 152/4
SM Katich    55* (155b 7x4)      JH Kallis    10-2-31-0
BJ Haddin    37* (54b 7x4)      PL Harris    6-1-10-1
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