Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    30.2 Bollinger strikes! Slips in a full and wide delivery that bounces a little more than McKenzie, reaching out to square-drive, expected and he spoons a catch to Hussey at gully 68/2
    1.2 and he gets his first wicket! Morkel just stands there and rolls the wrists loosely, something of an odd chip shot that is gobbled up by Johnson, tumbling to his left at mid-on 2/1
    41.1 Hauritz gets into the action! Amla goes back to play one turning back in but it bounces more than anticipated and he pops it straight off the hips to Katich at short leg 110/4
    35.3 oh well held, McDonald .. or not? Pitches it up down the stumps, Kallis goes back and starts to turn it to the on side, but the ball takes a leading edge and balloons back up in the air towards the bowler, who flings himself to his right in his follow through and looks like he's taken a stunner ... his team-mates converge but Kallis asks for confirmation, and McDonald admits he's not sure. To the naked eye it looked like he took it, Ponting sticks up a finger even before the umpires are consulted, and after numerous analysis Kallis is adjudged out. Thats a very, very tough call. One angle indicates he took it, the straight view says something else. I'm not convinced he took it. 91/3
    83.6 he's chopped on just before tea! Thats a big wicket for Siddle, drawing a cramped attempt at a cut shot, only succeeding in dragging the ball back onto his stumps 190/7
    70.2 thats plumb! Johnson pitches short of a length and finds a crack, the ball jags back in to hit Duminy on the hop in front of middle stump and Australia celebrate 166/5
    76.5 thats a poor decision from Asoka de Silva, the ball is delivered from wide of the crease, a quick full toss that Boucher cannot pick as he shuffles across towards off stump, it strikes him very high on the pad and would have missed leg stump by some distance 172/6
    90.1 got him now, and Harris' sticky resistance ends, but he doesn't look pleased! The ball pitches on a length and doesn't bounce all that much, Harris hops back to defend and misses out and the ball strikes him in line with the stumps 202/8
    107.4 pitches in line and slides on to hit him right in front of leg stump, Bowden has no doubts and Australia celebrate, MacDonald has made up for the drop 257/9
    not out
    114.2 bowled him! Johnson! Australia win by 103 runs and the SCG celebrates a fantastic, sapping Test match! Johnson pitches full and beats Smith for pace, the ball cuts in off a crack and the stumps go for a walk 272/10
    41 (b 12, lb 18, nb 2, w 4, pen 5)
    272 all out (114.2 Overs, RR: 2.37, 442 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-2 (M Morkel, 1.2 ov), 2-68 (ND McKenzie, 30.2 ov), 3-91 (JH Kallis, 35.3 ov), 4-110 (HM Amla, 41.1 ov), 5-166 (JP Duminy, 70.2 ov), 6-172 (MV Boucher, 76.5 ov), 7-190 (AB de Villiers, 83.6 ov), 8-202 (PL Harris, 90.1 ov), 9-257 (DW Steyn, 107.4 ov), 10-272 (GC Smith, 114.2 ov)
    PM Siddle27.0125432.0000
    DE Bollinger21.055322.5212
    MG Johnson23.274922.1020
    AB McDonald13.063222.4600
    NM Hauritz28.0104711.6700
    MJ Clarke2.01201.0000

Close of Play

  • Sat, 3 Jan - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 267/6 (MJ Clarke 73*, MG Johnson 17*, 88 ov)
  • Sun, 4 Jan - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 125/1 (HM Amla 30*, JH Kallis 36*, 39 ov)
  • Mon, 5 Jan - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 33/0 (ML Hayden 18*, SM Katich 9*, 6 ov)
  • Tue, 6 Jan - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 62/1 (ND McKenzie 25*, HM Amla 30*, 26 ov)
  • Wed, 7 Jan - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 272 (114.2 ov) - end of match

Match Notes