Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

3500dRobert Houwing

Weaklings turn bullies

South Africa have never, yet, snared a series in Australia. But suddenly their corner looks very compellingly like the one to be in

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Lee way for South Africa

Cricinfo presents the plays of the day from the fifth day of the first Test between Australia and South Africa in Perth

Day 4

3501dBrydon Coverdale at the WACA

Australia's drinking problem

Plays of the day for the fourth day of the first Test between Australia and South Africa in Perth

3501dBrydon Coverdale in Perth

Nielsen questions three-hour sessions

Australia's coach Tim Nielsen has questioned the wisdom of playing Test cricket well into the evening after stumps was not called until 8.03pm on the fourth day of Australia's match against South Africa in Perth

3501dBrydon Coverdale in Perth

'Tomorrow the most important day of the summer' - Lee

Brett Lee expects the final day at the WACA to be the most telling of the summer for Australia and South Africa as both aim to land the first blow in the battle of the world's top two sides

3501dBrydon Coverdale in Perth

Smith 2.0 upgrade works wonders

Graeme Smith's century on the fourth day in Perth sent a louder message to Australia than any amount of verbal banter

Day 3

3502dBrydon Coverdale at the WACA

Ridden by doubt, Hayden's time is running out

On a day when Rahul Dravid at least delayed further queries about his retirement plans, Matthew Hayden's second failure of the match against South Africa has only intensified speculation over his future

624dBharath Seervi

Elgar's best, Duminy's second-best

All the key numbers from the third day of the WACA Test, where Dean Elgar and JP Duminy starred at the venue where they debuted

3502dBrydon Coverdale at the WACA

Pitch is the key with match in balance

Conventional wisdom states that the WACA gets easier to score on as the match wears on but South Africa will face a tall task to begin the series with a win after Australia extended their lead to 322.

Day 2

3503dBrydon Coverdale at the WACA

'We don't see the game as down and out' - Kallis

The most severe scars do not heal quickly and Australia's dominance of South Africa's batsmen over the past decade gave Ricky Ponting hope leading into this series that the old wounds could be reopened. For much of the second day in Perth it looked like t

3503dBrydon Coverdale at the WACA

Johnson has a ball in his new home

Mitchell Johnson is like a wind-up toy. He'll tear in at the same speed all day but he has to be pointing in the right direction when the string is pulled

3503dBrydon Coverdale at the WACA

Decisions, decisions

Cricinfo presents Plays of the Day from the second day of the first Test between Australia and South Africa in Perth

Day 1

3504dBrydon Coverdale at the WACA

Neither side goes the distance

Since the teams last met nearly three years ago Australia's power has diminished while South Africa have grown stronger

3504dBrydon Coverdale at the WACA

Duck, duck, goose?

Cricinfo presents Plays of the Day from the first day of the first Test between Australia and South Africa in Perth

Others

3499dBrydon Coverdale

Haddin backs Lee to hit his straps

Brad Haddin has backed Brett Lee to return to his best despite taking only one wicket in Australia's loss to South Africa in Perth

3497dCricinfo staff

Lee and Hayden not washed up

Australia's selectors hope Brett Lee and Matthew Hayden will continue to be part of their plans for the Ashes

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McGrath says Lee is on track

Glenn McGrath expects Brett Lee to return to his best with a couple of wickets and has encouraged the fast bowler to remain upbeat

3500dBrydon Coverdale in Perth

Chokers no more

History is written by the victors and this year South Africa have made so many alterations to the accepted version that the past is now irrelevant

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No usurpers here

Why South Africa aren't really challenging Australia for No. 1 yet

3500dBrydon Coverdale in Perth

Australia's aura fades away

Australia's aura is fading by the day, and they face an uphill battle to avoid a home-series defeat to South Africa

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End the spin uncertainty

Australia's rotation of their spinners, which continued on Monday with Nathan Hauritz replacing Jason Krejza, must be stopped

3502dBrydon Coverdale

An umpiring blooper

Plays of the day for the third day of the first Test in Perth

3505dBrydon Coverdale in Perth

Calm Smith shakes off mind games

Last time South Africa visited Australia for Tests Graeme Smith tried to talk the series up as an action-packed thriller that might just have a surprise ending

3505dBrydon Coverdale in Perth

Teams go for spin but Steyn the key

Dale Steyn and his fast-bowling colleagues have attracted all the attention but both teams have taken a conservative approach by leaning towards including a spinner on the bouncy WACA pitch

South Africa 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st19ND McKenzieGC Smith
2nd153HM AmlaGC Smith
3rd7JH KallisHM Amla
4th124JH KallisAB de Villiers
5th111JP DuminyAB de Villiers