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

50.1

Harris to Katich, no run, leans forward to drive to mid-on

50.2

Harris to Katich, no run, quicker, full again, just outside off stump, pushed towards covers

50.3

Harris to Katich, no run, pushes towards Duminy at extra cover, they think about a run but kill the thought.

50.4

Harris to Katich, no run, floated full outside off stump, driven hard but Duminy makes a diving stop to his left

50.5

Harris to Katich, OUT, Kato is gone. The readers have woofed him out I think. What an uncharacteristic shot. It was on a length outside off stump, Katich dragged it from there, attempting a sweep shot but could only top edge it to close on the leg side and Imraan Khan takes his first Test catch. Remember he had dropped Katich at point in Ntini's opening spell.

SM Katich c Khan b Harris 55 (229m 160b 7x4 0x6) SR: 34.37

50.6

Harris to Haddin, no run, full, almost yorker length, dug out to the on side

End of over 51 (wicket maiden) Australia 152/5
BJ Haddin    37* (55b 7x4)      PL Harris    7-2-10-2
AB McDonald    0* (0b)      JH Kallis    10-2-31-0

Jeff Dolman: "Re Ponting and Clarke failing to score, when was the last time that the captain and vice-captain fail to score?" Er ... Thanks but no thanks. I am not even trying to find that out.

51.1

Steyn to McDonald, 1 leg bye, runs off the thigh pad to the on side

51.2

Steyn to Haddin, no run, full pitched and driven superbly straight but oh boy too straight .. it cannons off the stumps at the other end.

51.3

Steyn to Haddin, no run, cutting in towards middle, pushed towards mid-on, sets off for a run, McDonald responds but Haddin pulls out of the run.

51.4

Steyn to Haddin, no run, length delivery outside off and Haddin doesn't let our dear readers miss Katich, lets it go through to Boucher

51.5

Steyn to Haddin, FOUR, overpitched and straying on the pads, Haddin clips it away to deep square leg boundary. Again very nicely timed. He is playing a lovely little innings here.

51.6

Steyn to Haddin, no run, shifts the line to middle and off, again driven well but straight to mid-on

End of over 52 (5 runs) Australia 157/5
BJ Haddin    41* (60b 8x4)      DW Steyn    11-4-45-2
AB McDonald    0* (1b)      PL Harris    7-2-10-2

52.1

Harris to McDonald, no run, gets well forward to defend to the off side

Zach has a go: "with the kitchen sink saying, (its an aussie one) the saying is when people go packing and take more than necessary, people say that they didnt forget they threw the kitchen sink in it, to show that they pretty much didnt leave anything home. it just means that it was a ridiculously large swing in cricket terms."

52.2

Harris to McDonald, no run, edged but not to the hands. It drifts in to beat the forward defensive poke and bobs away off bat and pad to right of Amla at short-leg who couldn't get a hand to it. It wasn't that far from him and there was a inside edge. Amla was slow to react. Where is David Boon, he would have swallowed that

52.3

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

52.4

Harris to McDonald, no run, pushed through to mid-on

52.5

Harris to McDonald, no run, another bat and pad but this one goes through silly mid-on. Again, it drifted in, McDonald was driving outside the line and it bobbed off the pad but went in front of the wicket

52.6

Harris to McDonald, no run, leads forward to play an unconvincing push to the off side.

End of over 53 (maiden) Australia 157/5
AB McDonald    0* (7b)      PL Harris    8-3-10-2
BJ Haddin    41* (60b 8x4)      DW Steyn    11-4-45-2

53.1

Steyn to Haddin, no run, gets back to push it to the off side

A short mid-on, almost next to the non-striker, is in place now

53.2

Steyn to Haddin, no run, loud shout for lbw but t'was too high. It cut in from outside off, Haddin was on the hop back and failed to connect with his defensive waft

53.3

Steyn to Haddin, 1 run, another probing delivery, fuller and Haddin is late in getting his bat in front but manages to push the ball to the on side

That short mid-on has disappeared . Only for Haddin.

53.4

Steyn to McDonald, no run, on the front foot, defending to the on side

53.5

Steyn to McDonald, no run, fuller but outside off stump, checking to see if McDonald has a brain freeze but everything is working there and he lets it go through to the keeper

53.6

Steyn to McDonald, no run, aha! this one shaped in from outside off, McDonald shouldered arms and the ball rushed past the off stump

That's tea on the day 1. 92 runs this session for three wickets. Haddin is still out there and he has looked the most fluent Australian batsman today. Katich grafted hard but fell to a rather strange slog sweep - completely uncharacteristic of him - to hand the advantage to South Africa. Join us in a short while for the last session.

End of over 54 (1 run) Australia 158/5
AB McDonald    0* (10b)      DW Steyn    12-4-46-2
BJ Haddin    42* (63b 8x4)      PL Harris    8-3-10-2

Gavin dips into Online Etymology to track down the origin: "Phrase 'everything but the kitchen sink' is from World War II armed forces slang, in ref. to intense bombardment."

Fred: "Interesting morning of cricket here. I have to agree with Jeremy earlier this is a chance for McDonal to prove what he can do with the bat. The selectors focus has to be on the ashes by now and he can really establish his spot here. Haddin is once again proving is worth. "

Gollie: "Regarding the captain & vice-captain both scoring ducks - try checking the period when Courtney Walsh captained the Windies (between '94 and '97). Don't know who was vice-captain then, but it's worth checking!"

David: "not sure if anyone picked it up yet, but I can answer the question about captain and vice captain not scoring. Assuming Boucher was vice, how about SA's first innings at Wanderers this year?!" Man! i didn't think that would be so interesting a trivia to make you guys hunt it down like this. You cricket tragics continue to amaze me!

54.1

Harris to Haddin, no run, on the middle stump line, defended to Amla who is now standing well forward, almost in front of Haddin, at short leg.

54.2

Harris to Haddin, no run, tossed outside off, driven to mid-off

54.3

Harris to Haddin, no run, drifts in towards the middle, nudged to short leg

54.4

Harris to Haddin, OUT, Trapped in front but Haddin, after checking with the non-striker, has gone for the review. It landed on the middle stump line, skidded through quickly to rap him on the pad in front of middle and leg. That's dead duck. No inside edge and the height looks ok as well. Bucknor got it right. Haddin got his bat almost sideways from the off side, rather than from behind the ball, suggesting he didn't pick the arm-ball. He was looking so good in the last session but has been plucked out early in the last .

BJ Haddin lbw b Harris 42 (101m 67b 8x4 0x6) SR: 62.68

54.5

Harris to Johnson, no run, flighted outside off, doesn't turn in much and Johnson lets it go past the off stump

54.6

Harris to Johnson, no run, on the off stump line, full, pushed to silly point

End of over 55 (wicket maiden) Australia 158/6
MG Johnson    0* (2b)      PL Harris    9-4-10-3
AB McDonald    0* (10b)      DW Steyn    12-4-46-2

Louisa: "i like watching katich play, there is something to be said in test cricket for a man who knows the value of an openers wicket and plays accordingly. I applaud a man who at times will battle for his runs, i enjoy the mental toughness it takes to stay in when the wickets are falling around you and you are not scoring at a quick rate. It creates tension and drama and i think that can add to the game."

55.1

Steyn to McDonald, no run, lifting delivery outside off stump and McDonald pulls his bat away from the line of the ball

55.2

Steyn to McDonald, no run, in the channel outside off stump, McDonald has nothing to do with it

55.3

Steyn to McDonald, no run, Ouch. It has crashed into the helmet. It was a snorter, coming in at McDonald who takes his eyes off the ball and just ducks his head and the ball hit him flush in the middle of the helmet.

55.4

Steyn to McDonald, 2 runs, short in length, clipped off the pad past square leg

A leg gully moves in now. Short leg and leg gully

55.5

Steyn to McDonald, no run, short-pitched delivery outside off stump, left alone ...

55.6

Steyn to McDonald, no run, fuller, moving in, trying to trap him lbw but McDonald is upto the task, driving it back to Steyn

End of over 56 (2 runs) Australia 160/6
AB McDonald    2* (16b)      DW Steyn    13-4-48-2
MG Johnson    0* (2b)      PL Harris    9-4-10-3

jim Wheeler from Aus: "not a big fan of Mcdonold, i have no idea why he has played this many Tests so far,dont know why aussie selectors just wont go with James Hopes. ,Macdonold bowls ok but his batting ... just looks like he is going to get out every delivery,need Hopes for the ashes."

56.1

Harris to Johnson, no run, goes back to nudge a short-of-length delivery to short leg

56.2

Harris to Johnson, no run, turning in from outside off, a rather tentative poke from Johnson.

56.3

Harris to Johnson, no run, again gets on the back foot to defend to the off side

56.4

Harris to Johnson, no run, stretches forward this time to push to silly point

56.5

Harris to Johnson, 2 runs, flighted on the middle, drifting towards middle and leg, whipped through midwicket for couple of runs

56.6

Harris to Johnson, no run, flatter, lands on a length outside off and Johnson pushes it to cover point region

End of over 57 (2 runs) Australia 162/6
MG Johnson    2* (8b)      PL Harris    10-4-12-3
AB McDonald    2* (16b)      DW Steyn    13-4-48-2

Our regular feedbacker returns. Mark Kidger from Spain: "A return to Australian dead rubber syndrome? Or hurt South African pride coming out? Interesting anyway. After three consecutive Australian wins and a reassertion of their #1 status, South Africa are still biting at their heels."

57.1

Steyn to McDonald, no run, gets forward to defend to the off side. Steyn goes across to pick the ball up.

57.2

Steyn to McDonald, no run, shaping in to McDonald who goes back to push it towards mid-on

Andre: "Brilliantly done by Harris. He has been a thorn in the flesh for Aus. I wonder how the lack of a good off-spinner in the Ausie side will influence the game? Right now one have to say the momentum is with SA. They are dragging themselves kicking and screaming from the doldrums of mediocrity over the past couple of weeks to show a fighting spirit again..."

57.3

Steyn to McDonald, no run, full in length, holding its line outside off stump, McDonald thinks about playing a shot but decides to let it go

57.4

Steyn to McDonald, no run, fuller but lands outside off and veers away further, easy decision to leave this time for McDonald

57.5

Steyn to McDonald, no run, short in length, moving in to the off stump line, McDonald stands tall to get on top of it and defend towards mid-off

57.6

Steyn to McDonald, no run, the bouncer arrives and its a good one too - on the middle stump line and McDonald does well to move towards the off stump to evade it

End of over 58 (maiden) Australia 162/6
AB McDonald    2* (22b)      DW Steyn    14-5-48-2
MG Johnson    2* (8b)      PL Harris    10-4-12-3

58.1

Harris to Johnson, no run, gets back to drop the ball near his feet

58.2

Harris to Johnson, no run, Harris is egging Johnson to hit. Flighted full, driven to Duminy at mid-off

58.3

Harris to Johnson, no run, on the middle, spins in a bit, turned to short leg

58.4

Harris to Johnson, FOUR, Johnson accepts the invitation finally. He got forward to loft a flighted delivery from outside off to the long-on boundary. We got a contest now.

58.5

Harris to Johnson, 1 run, fuller but drifting towards the pads, tickled behind square for a single

58.6

Harris to McDonald, no run, takes a couple of steps down the track and defends to the on side as Harris drags back the length

End of over 59 (5 runs) Australia 167/6
AB McDonald    2* (23b)      PL Harris    11-4-17-3
MG Johnson    7* (13b 1x4)      DW Steyn    14-5-48-2

Mario Smit also mentions the World War II for the origin for the sink phrase before adding, "Does anyone still have a porcelain sink?" I don't. I have lots of trash in the sink though. Got to get back and clear it tonight.

59.1

Steyn to Johnson, no run, Cutting away from the short of length and bounces as well, Johnson shaped to play and is beaten as he withdraws his bat late

59.2

Steyn to Johnson, no run, suddenly, this over, the back lift has got higher and pushed this one to the on side. Perhaps, Steyn will fire in a fuller one now

59.3

Steyn to Johnson, no run, he does but overpitches it outside off and Johnson gets the bat down from that high back lift and drives pleasingly but straight to mid-off

59.4

Steyn to Johnson, no run, short in length, cutting across from the leg stump line, pushed back to the bowler. Johnson then suggests that he should have pulled that one. Hmm... let's see what happens next ball. Will it be a yorker? or a bouncer?

59.5

Steyn to Johnson, no run, It's a yorker and crashes into the pad before Johnson can get the bat down from that high back lift. Steyn turns around to appeal but it was missing leg stump.

59.6

Steyn to Johnson, FOUR, thinks a yorker but serves a full toss on the off stump and Johnson plays a crisp off drive well to the left of mid-off

End of over 60 (4 runs) Australia 171/6
MG Johnson    11* (19b 2x4)      DW Steyn    15-5-52-2
AB McDonald    2* (23b)      PL Harris    11-4-17-3

60.1

Harris to McDonald, 1 run, flighted on the middle and leg, clipped past square leg

60.2

Harris to Johnson, no run, gets forward to offer the dead-bat

John: "It's a funny thing about McDonald: he's not a good enough batsman to be a number six, and he's not a good enough bowler to be a number eight."

60.3

Harris to Johnson, 1 run, slows up the pace, tosses it up, Johnson is made to wait; he does before turning it to square leg

60.4

Harris to McDonald, no run, drifting in towards middle stump, pushed to the on side of the pitch

60.5

Harris to McDonald, no run, slower through the air, flighted outside off, Harris jumps expecting a mistake but McDonald calmly pushes it to silly point

60.6

Harris to McDonald, no run, leans forward to defend it down the track

End of over 61 (2 runs) Australia 173/6
AB McDonald    3* (27b)      PL Harris    12-4-19-3
MG Johnson    12* (21b 2x4)      DW Steyn    15-5-52-2

Jack from Hongkong: "It really is just great test cricket, and has been all summer long. Two pretty good sides, not great sides, they will both have bad sessions, going hard at it."

61.1

Ntini to Johnson, no run, full and it landed on the middle and off stump line before slanting away, Johnson takes the brave decision to let it go. That seemed a risky thing to do.. could have knocked out the off stump

61.2

Ntini to Johnson, 2 runs, slightly short in length and on the middle and leg line and that length allows Johnson to get back and wrist it through wide mid-on

61.3

Ntini to Johnson, no run, full pitched outside off, driven to mid-off

61.4

Ntini to Johnson, no run, angled across Johnson who has a easier decision this time to let Boucher come into play

Gareth: "Keep in mind Mark Kidger that the Oz tail has killed us over the summer...Johnson made 90 odd in the last test."

61.5

Ntini to Johnson, no run, stands up tall to punch to mid-on

61.6

Ntini to Johnson, no run, again close to the off stump and Johnson shoulders arms .. again seemed a tad close to leave; hope he knows his off stump well

End of over 62 (2 runs) Australia 175/6
MG Johnson    14* (27b 2x4)      M Ntini    13-6-24-0
AB McDonald    3* (27b)      PL Harris    12-4-19-3

62.1

Harris to McDonald, no run, on the off stump line, defended to the off side

62.2

Harris to McDonald, no run, skids in to the middle, the arm-ball and again Harris jumps after delivery in expectation of a wicket, clipped to midwicket

62.3

Harris to McDonald, no run, flighted, fuller, around off and middle, driven to mid-off

62.4

Harris to McDonald, 1 run, a touch quicker but slightly shorter, McDonald gets back to work it past square leg

62.5

Harris to Johnson, no run, turns in from outside off, from a length, Johnson doesn't offer a shot

62.6

Harris to Johnson, no run, flighted fuller on the middle, Johnson waits before turning it to Imraan Khan at midwicket

End of over 63 (1 run) Australia 176/6
MG Johnson    14* (29b 2x4)      PL Harris    13-4-20-3
AB McDonald    4* (31b)      M Ntini    13-6-24-0

Warren: "That's why McDonald is batting 7. Give the guy a break he's currently averaging 24.75 with the ball. IF you judge his batting on 4 tests do the same with his bowling."

63.1

Ntini to McDonald, no run, shuffles outside off, exposing the sticks and defends the full delivery outside off to the off side.

63.2

Ntini to McDonald, no run, again that walk across towards off - didn't notice it till this over - driven to covers

63.3

Ntini to McDonald, no run, moves towards off stump, again exposing the stumps, almost daring Ntini to bowl it on middle and leg, flicked from off to midwicket

63.4

Ntini to McDonald, no run, ends up outside off and Ntini fires in a bouncer and McDonald ducks

63.5

Ntini to McDonald, no run

63.6

Ntini to McDonald, FOUR, edged but it drops short and rushes through between the diving Boucher and the lunging Kallis. He again shuffled outside off but Ntini kept it just outside off to induce the edge. It didn't carry to Boucher who flung himself to his right

End of over 64 (4 runs) Australia 180/6
AB McDonald    8* (37b 1x4)      M Ntini    14-6-28-0
MG Johnson    14* (29b 2x4)      PL Harris    13-4-20-3

64.1

Harris to Johnson, no run, stays back to punch a delivery turning in to covers

64.2

Harris to Johnson, no run, on the middle and off stump line, defended down the track

64.3

Harris to Johnson, no run, beaten by the one that didn't turn in. It was flighted nicely outside off, drawing Johnson forward and he ends up pushing inside the line

64.4

Harris to Johnson, no run, fuller, straighter, driven to mid-off

64.5

Harris to Johnson, no run, on the middle, worked towards midwicket

64.6

Harris to Johnson, no run, floated outside off, driven to right of cover where Prince makes a fine stop

End of over 65 (maiden) Australia 180/6
MG Johnson    14* (35b 2x4)      PL Harris    14-5-20-3
AB McDonald    8* (37b 1x4)      M Ntini    14-6-28-0

65.1

Ntini to McDonald, no run, walk walk walk towards the off stump and defends a length delivery outside off

65.2

Ntini to McDonald, 3 runs, he makes that technique work for him this time. He stands with his bat on the off stump line, shuffles to outside off and works a full pitched delivery from outside off through wide mid-on region

65.3

Ntini to Johnson, no run, bounces away as it slants across Johnson who decides to leave it

65.4

Ntini to Johnson, no run, fuller, on the middle stump line, defended to the on side

Mark Kidger: "My father was born in Durban and I am (distantly) related to the former Australian seamer Geoff Dymock, so I am neutral in this brawl..." Nice try but no thanks. We are all getting after you Mark!

65.5

Ntini to Johnson, no run, gets behind the line to defend to the off side

65.6

Ntini to Johnson, FOUR, Shot! It was short in length and outside off and Johnson punched on the up and through the line and the ball sped away through wide mid-off region

End of over 66 (7 runs) Australia 187/6
MG Johnson    18* (39b 3x4)      M Ntini    15-6-35-0
AB McDonald    11* (39b 1x4)      PL Harris    14-5-20-3

Steve: "McDonald averages 37 with the bat and 29 with the ball in first-class cricket. That's good enough to bat 7 and be a fourth bowler in tests. Brett Lee, as a comparison, bats at half the average and has a bowling average just 0.6 better."

66.1

Harris to McDonald, 1 run, flighted on the leg stump line, turned towards wide midwicket region

66.2

Harris to Johnson, no run, slow through the air, nicely tossed up, Johnson is made to wait on the front foot and he defends to the on side

66.3

Harris to Johnson, no run, again slower, slightly short in length and Johnson tries to whip that length away but is early into the shot and it hits him high on the thigh pad

66.4

Harris to Johnson, 1 run, leans forward to drive wide of mid-off for a single

Kallis gets across to have a chat with Harris

66.5

Harris to McDonald, 1 run, flighted on the middle stump line, on driven towards mid-on for a single

66.6

Harris to Johnson, no run, beaten again by the one that doesn't spin in. He leaned forward to defend but the bat went inside the line as the ball tailed past the off stump

End of over 67 (3 runs) Australia 190/6
MG Johnson    19* (43b 3x4)      PL Harris    15-5-23-3
AB McDonald    13* (41b 1x4)      M Ntini    15-6-35-0

67.1

Ntini to McDonald, no run, walks outside off and shoulders arms

Mark Taylor is fuming: "I dont understand SA's approach to Johnson. They should bowl flat out and aggressively, as he does to them. He put our captain out of the series, gave Kallis one on the jaw, and demolished our top order (all with utter class) and here we are bowling him cute full deliveries he can drive at. Steyn and Morkel should be putting them at his teeth. He will do it to us again. We need to more agressive at him...."

67.2

Ntini to McDonald, no run, shuffles right outside off and Ntini ends up pushing it wide outside off

67.3

Ntini to McDonald, OUT, Ntini's patience has paid off. McDonald walked across outside off again. Ntini kept it full and even further outside off. McDonald went for the cover drive but edged it into the bucket hands of Kallis at first slip.

AB McDonald c Kallis b Ntini 13 (71m 44b 1x4 0x6) SR: 29.54

67.4

Ntini to Siddle, no run, in the outside off stump channel and left alone

Jarrod Lange: "Give Ronnie a chance! This season, McDonald averaged 44.50 at a strike rate of 56 (with 22 wickets as 21) in 7 matches for Victoria (the best team in the best domestic competition). Good? Or is he just carried by Rogers, Hodge, Hussey and White. And all this talk about Ferguson, how about Rogers, Hodge or Hussey? And yes, I'm a Victorian, and proud of it!"

Dinesh: "McDonald is a throwback to the mid and late 90's - the era of the "bits and pieces" cricketer. England used to churn a great deal of them like Dermot Reeve, Mark Ealham, Mathew Fleming, Adam Hollioake to name a few."

67.5

Ntini to Siddle, OUT, Ntini takes out Siddle. He straightens a length delivery outside off and Siddle lunges forward to stab it to left of second slip where AB swallows it. Out for a duck. Eight for 190.

PM Siddle c de Villiers b Ntini 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

67.6

Ntini to McGain, no run, edged again but falls short of second slip. Similar delivery and another jab but this one rolls away to AB

End of over 68 (wicket maiden) Australia 190/8
BE McGain    0* (1b)      M Ntini    16-7-35-2
MG Johnson    19* (43b 3x4)      PL Harris    15-5-23-3

68.1

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

68.2

Harris to Johnson, no run, turns in from outside off stump, defended off the back foot

68.3

Harris to Johnson, FOUR, Johnson opens his shoulders. Flighted outside off and Johnson swings it over wide midwicket. Here we go. Will he keep going after Harris? Will Harris get him?

68.4

Harris to Johnson, 1 run, he steps down the track, Harris remains calm and slows it up further and Johnson is early into his swing and ends up dragging it to Imraan at deep midwicket

68.5

Harris to McGain, no run, just outside off stump, defended to silly point. Watch out for the arm-ball

68.6

Harris to McGain, 1 run, drags this one short and is lapped around the corner past square leg to get his first runs in Test cricket.

End of over 69 (6 runs) Australia 196/8
BE McGain    1* (3b)      PL Harris    16-5-29-3
MG Johnson    24* (47b 4x4)      M Ntini    16-7-35-2

Dave from Germany want to have the final word: "McDonald now has both batting average and bowling average better than Mark Kidger's uncle Geoff Dymock! That's GOT to stop the knockers."

69.1

Ntini to McGain, no run, short in length and outside off, dabbed to right of third slip where Prince makes a neat diving stop

69.2

Ntini to McGain, no run, just outside off stump, rushing past the defensive poke

69.3

Ntini to McGain, no run, full in length and outside off, McGain tries to play a defensive shot but it has gone past the outside edge

69.4

Ntini to McGain, 1 run, fires in a yorker on the off stump, McGain manages to hold his balance, crouches to dig it out close on the off side and they rush across for a single

69.5

Ntini to Johnson, no run, full pitched around off stump, driven cleanly but can't beat mid-off

69.6

Ntini to Johnson, 2 runs, length delivery around the off stump, Mitch swats it across the line and through wide midwicket

End of over 70 (3 runs) Australia 199/8
MG Johnson    26* (49b 4x4)      M Ntini    17-7-38-2
BE McGain    2* (7b)      PL Harris    16-5-29-3

70.1

Harris to McGain, no run, quicker, flatter, short in length, McGain goes right back to defend to short leg

70.2

Harris to McGain, no run, fuller, bit more air, driven to the off side of the pitch

70.3

Harris to McGain, 1 leg bye, drifts towards the pad, rolls away to fine leg

70.4

Harris to Johnson, FOUR, drags this short and Mitch hangs on the back foot to pull it away with contempt.

70.5

Harris to Johnson, 1 run, dropped by Imraan Khan at deep midwicket. What a mess. Harris had dragged back the length after seeing Johnson advance and it was swung straight to Imraan who didn't judge it all all. He seemed to be going back instead of taking couple of steps forward. He realised his mistake and rushed forward. Too late. Clang!

70.6

Harris to McGain, no run, leans forward to defend

End of over 71 (6 runs) Australia 205/8
BE McGain    2* (11b)      PL Harris    17-5-34-3
MG Johnson    31* (51b 5x4)      M Ntini    17-7-38-2

David: "Being a fully patriotic South African I must say that seeing a player of Johnson's calibre reminds me why I love to hate Australia so intensely...oh that we too would have a player that could bowl a million overs get thousands of wickets and score loads of runs consistently...keep them coming Johnson you give the rivalry fuel."

Mark: "Stop it. Johnson's our allrounder. Botham. Batting Av 33.5. Bowling 28.4. Johnson- 28 and 27.6. Not a lot in it..apart from a few centuries i'll grant you!" Andrew: "Hell must have frozen over! Someone just compred McDonald to Brett Lee - they must be Victorian!"

71.1

Steyn to Johnson, FOUR, Superb shot to welcome Steyn. It was full and Johnson thrust his front foot out to slam it between the bowler and mid-on

71.2

Steyn to Johnson, no run, shorter in length, cutting across Johnson who pushes it to cover point and there is a confusion between the two about the single. Johnson walks over to have a chat with McGain

71.3

Steyn to Johnson, OUT, Mitch is gone, going for a six. It was a length delivery and a tad slower as well and Johnson got under the ball more than he wanted and got elevation instead of distance. Prince ran to his left from long-on to hold on to the ball. Nine down.

MG Johnson c Prince b Steyn 35 (73m 54b 6x4 0x6) SR: 64.81

71.4

Steyn to McGain, no run, short and wide outside off, McGain thinks about having a dab but decides against it

71.5

Steyn to McGain, no run, short in length and holding its line outside off stump, McGain pushes inside the line and is beaten comprehensively

71.6

Steyn to McGain, OUT, 209 all out. Full and straight outside off, McGain is caught at the crease and hangs his bat out and stabs it to third slip.

BE McGain c de Villiers b Steyn 2 (22m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

Good disciplined show from South Africa to bowl out Australia for 209. How will their batsmen go about their task? Remember, they have new openers. Join us in a short while for the reply.

End of over 72 (4 runs) Australia 209/10
     DW Steyn    16-5-56-4
BW Hilfenhaus    0* (0b)      PL Harris    17-5-34-3
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