Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
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    8.2 banged in short again, got him, gloved to short leg! Brilliant catch from Duminy, the plan pays out almost straight away. Rogers was hopping around in his crease, the ball got too big for a short man and popped off the glove this time, went in front of square but Duminy flung himself forward and his team-mates wheeled away in synchronised jubilation 24/2
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    75.00
    4.1 whoops! Warner is a powder keg and this time he has exploded in Australia's face, attacking a slightly wide delivery and dragging the ball on to his own stumps! You don't need to give Steyn gifts like that, probably wasn't quite room to cut that delivery, maybe just came back off the pitch a touch and Warner freewheeled the arms, cannoning the ball into the base of leg stump 15/1
    23.1 pulled to midwicket! What a boost for South Africa shortly before lunch. Doolan, having worked so hard and so watchfully, saw a shorter delivery and his eyes lit up at the scoring chance. Went for the pull, couldn't keep it down and found Peterson at midwicket. Perhaps wasn't as short as Doolan initially thought. Reward for a probing spell form McLaren 72/3
    108.3 and another! South Africa fighting back. Entices Marsh, who has left so well in this innings, to fiddle at a length delivery outside off and a healthy edge travels at ideal catching height to Smith at first slip. They check the no-ball, but it's comfortable 348/7
    33.5 banged in, Clarke hooks... and he's gone, caught at deep fine leg! Steyn is pumping his fist repeatedly towards the ground, his face a rictus of pleasure-pain. Australia's captain has fallen, the short ball does for him, South Africa had set up a clear plan of attack and Clarke wasn't able to resist, couldn't keep on top of the stroke and a top edge flew a long way up, Philander had to wait for it but made no mistake 98/4
    103.3 edged and gone! Smith's concentration is broken, he's been leaving them all morning, most of yesterday too, but this time he pokes at one in the channel, hard hands and a thick deflection flew to second slip. Decent line from McLaren, the ball maybe straightened a little more than Smith expected - uncertainty reclaims the corridor 331/5
    104.1 gone! The man who constantly rescued Australia in the Ashes has been given lbw. But he's reviewing. He went for the slog sweep and the question is whether he was struck in line. Or if there's an edge. Doesn't appear either on the first replay. This looks pretty good for Peterson. Haddin did get quite a way across his crease, but it's umpire's call on hitting in line with off stump so the decision will stay. 332/6
    120.1 strikes with his first ball, bowled off a bottom edge! Johnson was aiming a slog-sweep out towards midwicket but the ball skipped on a little low, deflected straight into off stump 391/9
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    61.29
    119.3 bowled him, Harris drags on! Bit too rich for a No. 9, quick and full and Harris was a little late on it, trying to continue the hurry up with a mow through the covers, thick inside edge and off stump toppled over. Magnificent Wagging Tail momentarily stilled 391/8
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    121.6 bowled, another batsman plays on! Steyn collects four-for, his persistence pays off, another zippy, full ball outside off, Siddle driving on the up and chops down his own timber 397/10
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    133.33
    Extras
    25 (b 4, lb 8, nb 2, w 11)
    TOTAL
    397 all out (122 Overs, RR: 3.25, 527 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-15 (DA Warner, 4.1 ov), 2-24 (CJL Rogers, 8.2 ov), 3-72 (AJ Doolan, 23.1 ov), 4-98 (MJ Clarke, 33.5 ov), 5-331 (SPD Smith, 103.3 ov), 6-332 (BJ Haddin, 104.1 ov), 7-348 (SE Marsh, 108.3 ov), 8-391 (RJ Harris, 119.3 ov), 9-391 (MG Johnson, 120.1 ov), 10-397 (PM Siddle, 121.6 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    DW Steyn2967842.6810
    VD Philander2456912.8700
    M Morkel2257313.3110
    R McLaren2047223.6012
    RJ Peterson1504923.2600
    JP Duminy1214403.6600
  • BATSMEN
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    1.4 ripsnorting short ball, Smith in all sorts of trouble - gone! Johnson packed his jalape os, as SK Warne would say, bringing the pace and bounce of his Ashes barrage across the Indian Ocean. It was slung down at about 143kph, got BIG on Biff very quickly and he was too late in trying to evade, clattered into the bat handle and flew over the cordon, Marsh did really well to take the catch running, tumbling back 11/1
    5.3 oh no, Alviro, what have you done?! Short and slightly wide and Petersen feathers a nick behind trying to cut! No obligation to play, probably wasn't quite enough room for the shot and Johnson's pace does for another, just a scrape and Haddin grabs it, punches the air in familiar fashion. That's what happens when you're stuck on the back foot, clenching like nobody's business 15/2
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    12.6 massive appeal for lbw! GIven not out by Aleem Dar. Boy, it looked close. Clarke reviews. Surely only an edge can save him. It nipped back from a full length and caught him deep in the crease. First replay doesn't seem to show an edge. Hit two pads. This is a big problem for Amla. And it's out! Massive blow. Siddle rewarded for keeping a full length 43/4
    7.1 and another! This is brutal from Johnson - 151kph! Du Plessis had no idea, the ball reared at him from short of a length, it wasn't a full-on bouncer, and all he could do was spar at it with his gloves in front of his face and the ball flew off the shoulder of bat to second slip. Fabulous, breathtaking fast bowling. 23/3
    59.6 slower ball, drives again but can't clear mid-off - Johnson has another! Tried to mete out some more treatment, down on one knee to drive but the ball spooned off the toe of the bat. Was 131kph, so only slower by Johnsonian standards... De Villiers' thrilling resistance is ended nine short of a century 202/9
    30.5 goes after Lyon again but he doesn't get hold of it... and Johnson takes a fantastic catch running back from mid-off! The breakthrough comes, after a 67-run stand, and it's Lyon, so often a diamond in the dust for Clarke, who nips one out. Maybe saw Duminy coming and dragged it down slightly, wasn't to the pitch as he tried to loft down the ground again, though he still almost cleared Johnson, who was set a little back, those long, loping legs ate up the ground and he threw himself, full stretch, a brilliant one-handed snag above his head 110/5
    39.2 beauty! Four for Johnson. Comes back from outside off and snakes past McLaren's inside edge to knock back the off stump. Have to say it was a massive gap, but found with pinpoint accuracy 126/6
    45.1 too quick, too accurate, too hostile, too good...Johnson bags his fifth! Another precisely delivered short ball, homing in on Peterson's rib cage and armpit. Those are fiendishly difficult to play for a left hander from round the wicket and all he can do is thrust his gloves up, then the ball balloons off them towards second slip 140/7
    57.2 big appeal for lbw, but surely that pitched outside leg. Given not out on the field. It was quite short and Philander misses his whip off the back foot. Well, Clarke has decided to review. This might actually be closer than I thought. It's pitched in line! He's out! Terrific review from the Aussies. That's clattering into leg stump. 189/8
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    61.1 goes round the wicket, snorting bouncer and there's a thin edge through to Haddin! Johnson has seven-for and Australia have claimed an 191-run lead, not to mention a few dozen psychological Nectar points... Morkel couldn't get out of the way, fending in front of his chin and sawn off in a manner that befell his more-qualified colleagues 206/10
    Extras
    18 (b 14, lb 2, nb 1, w 1)
    TOTAL
    206 all out (61.1 Overs, RR: 3.36, 281 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-11 (GC Smith, 1.4 ov), 2-15 (AN Petersen, 5.3 ov), 3-23 (F du Plessis, 7.1 ov), 4-43 (HM Amla, 12.6 ov), 5-110 (JP Duminy, 30.5 ov), 6-126 (R McLaren, 39.2 ov), 7-140 (RJ Peterson, 45.1 ov), 8-189 (VD Philander, 57.2 ov), 9-202 (AB de Villiers, 59.6 ov), 10-206 (M Morkel, 61.1 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    RJ Harris1735103.0000
    MG Johnson17.116873.9610
    PM Siddle1313312.5301
    NM Lyon1403822.7100
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    1.1 played on, Steyn takes a wicket with his first ball! Rogers can't believe it, looks up at the skies, the crowd erupts... He went back, the bat was slightly angled, maybe didn't get up quite as much as he tried to cut from very close to his body, the ball rebounded straight down off the bottom edge, pop went the bails, like bread from a toaster 1/1
    46.5 a catch is held! The ball runs on outside off and Warner edges a simple chance to slip...end of a fantastic innings, even considering lives he had. The intent was so impressive again 206/2
    57.1 slightly short and wide, Doolan cuts and feather behind! Weary celebrations from South Africa and Doolan has a look of disgust on his face as he drags himself away, 11 short of a century on debut. He probably should have put that away, just a loosener from Duminy but it gets him a wicket 243/3
    72.2 edged, and caught behind! Reward for consistent bowling early this morning, Marsh fiddles outside off without much footwork and the healthy edge is pouched by de Villiers diving to his left 290/4
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    Extras
    24 (b 3, lb 14, w 7)
    TOTAL
    290/4d (72.2 Overs, RR: 4.00, 315 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (CJL Rogers, 1.1 ov), 2-206 (DA Warner, 46.5 ov), 3-243 (AJ Doolan, 57.1 ov), 4-290 (SE Marsh, 72.2 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    VD Philander1122802.5400
    DW Steyn14.226124.2510
    R McLaren1104704.2710
    M Morkel1343802.9200
    RJ Peterson1908714.5750
    JP Duminy401213.0000
  • BATSMEN
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    1.5 there's the first one! It didn't take long. It wasn't the short one. A length delivery on off stump, forcing Petersen to play this time and a healthy edge carries to Haddin's right. That's 250 Test wickets for Johnson. Static footwork from Petersen, he has not looked confident in this match, but quality bowling yet again 6/1
    3.4 what a catch! Would you believe it! That sums the match up for Smith. A full delivery, on middle, and Smith clips it off the middle of the bat and it goes straight to short leg who is stationed quite deep and behind square. Doolan stays low and holds on to a blinder. A bit of luck, yes, when the ball comes so quickly but great skill to stay down in position and seeing the ball. 12/2
    29.4 what a moment! Harris' first wicket of the match. Amla, who has left so well, is drawn into pushing at this length delivery off the back foot. The edge carries at waist height to Marsh at first slip. A rare lapse from Amla who could have left that. 97/4
    16.5 shooter, torpedoed, Siddle has got him! There'll be no du Plessis defence today, certainly not tomorrow, though it's tough luck, absolutely nothing he could do about this delivery, it pitched on a length and then grubbed along about a foot off the surface, he nearly got outside the line - would have been umpire's call - but Illingworth's finger shot straight up. Du Plessis shakes his head and trudges off 49/3
    51.6 drilled and caught! Nothing can stop Johnson. He holds this one back a touch, it's a cutter, full outside off and de Villiers drives it with considerable power but straight to short cover. Sharp catch. 151/7
    45.4 changes the angle, round the wicket... and Doolan has done it again! Amazing reflexes at short leg, takes it on the second attempt, Duminy can't believe it - he'd connected sweetly with a full-pitched delivery on leg stump and probably hit it well enough to get four. Instead, he's heading for the hutch, a dogged resistance curtailed. Johnson is amongst them once more, ten for the match! 128/5
    49.3 that's gone though! Oh, what wonderful, breathless, fearsome fast bowling. Short of a length outside off this time, not quite so short as the previous ball, it climbs and McLaren is sparing at it more out of instinct. Glances the thumb of the glove through the keeper. 140/6
    54.6 that's cruel. A grubber. Basically runs along the ground from a full length. Petersen is on the back foot and the ball goes under his bat to take middle. Even if he'd known that was coming there was little he would have been able to do. 165/8
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    57.3 safe as you like! Regulation stuff. Length ball outside off, didn't really need to play, feeling for it and a nice edge travels to second slip. 178/9
    59.4 it's all over! What a shambolic way to finish! Morkel turned the ball off his body behind square, it was an easy single but he turned and came back for a second. Wasn't even in the frame as the throw from Lyon reached Haddin who broke the stumps. 200/10
    Extras
    27 (b 10, lb 5, nb 1, w 11)
    TOTAL
    200 all out (59.4 Overs, RR: 3.35, 271 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-6 (AN Petersen, 1.5 ov), 2-12 (GC Smith, 3.4 ov), 3-49 (F du Plessis, 16.5 ov), 4-97 (HM Amla, 29.4 ov), 5-128 (JP Duminy, 45.4 ov), 6-140 (R McLaren, 49.3 ov), 7-151 (AB de Villiers, 51.6 ov), 8-165 (RJ Peterson, 54.6 ov), 9-178 (DW Steyn, 57.3 ov), 10-200 (M Morkel, 59.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    RJ Harris12.453522.7610
    MG Johnson1635953.6821
    PM Siddle1665523.4300
    DA Warner20301.5000
    NM Lyon1313302.5300

Match Details

Toss

South Africa , elected to field first

Series result

Australia led the 3-match series 1-0

Player of the match

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30

Match days

12,13,14,15 February 2014 (5-day match)

Test debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Wed, 12 Feb - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 297/4 (SE Marsh 122*, SPD Smith 91*, 90 ov)
  • Thu, 13 Feb - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 140/6 (AB de Villiers 52*, RJ Peterson 10*, 43.3 ov)
  • Fri, 14 Feb - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 288/3 (SE Marsh 44*, MJ Clarke 17*, 69 ov)
  • Sat, 15 Feb - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 200 (59.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Crushed

281

This was the second-highest margin of victory for Australia in Tests v South Africa

Better and better

12

Mitchell Johnson's 12-wicket haul is so far his best in Tests - and the most by a quick against SA since readmission

Mitchell's haul

3

When Johnson claimed Duminy he bagged the third 10-wicket haul of his Test career

Piling them up

128

Number of innings for Hashim Amla to reach 6000 Test runs - second only to Graeme Smith for South Africa

Fancy a bowl?

11

The number of Tests since Warner last bowled - against India in Hyderabad

Elite company

250

Mitchell Johnson is the seventh Australia bowler to take 250 Test wickets (Lillee, McDermott, Warne, McGrath, Gillespie, Lee)

Long way from home

174

Overs South Africa would have to bat for a draw. More than at Adelaide 2012 (148) and the Wanderers 2013 (136)

From 1 for 1 to 1 for plenty

235

Australia's highest second-wicket stand when they have lost their first wicket at 0 or 1

Select company

7th

Alex Doolan is the seventh Australian to make a half-century batting at No. 3 in his debut Test

Big in the second dig

50.20

David Warner's Test average in the second innings, with four hundreds. In the first innings he averages 37.03 (two hundreds)

  • Special and brutal

    Mitchell Johnson's savage spell not only made the South Africans shiver, it broke their intimidating record in Centurion

  • The Mitchell Johnson effect

    Whole batting line-ups have been laid to waste by the raw pace and confidence of Australia's fast-bowling leader

  • A fast-bowling high against South Africa

    Mitchell Johnson's match haul of 12 for 127 are the best by a fast bowler against South Africa since their readmission into Test cricket

  • South Africa's bruises won't fade quickly

    The bowling of Mitchell Johnson has made many people sit up and take notice, leading to comparisons with the very best. South Africa have now had their first-hand experience and it has been a chastening affair

  • We deserve everything we get - Smith

    South Africa have never wanted to get out of Centurion faster. The venue that remains their most successful is now the scene of one of their biggest humiliations