South Africa v Australia, 1st ODI, Centurion October 19, 2011

Australia cruise to win in rain-reduced match

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Australia 183 for 4 (Ponting 63, Clarke 44) beat South Africa 129 (Johnson 3-20, Cummins 3-28) by 93 runs (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Australia were inconvenienced more by rain than South Africa as they rampaged through the hosts in a truncated first ODI in Centurion, winning by 93 runs under Duckworth-Lewis calculations.

Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey guided the tourists to 183 for 4 from 29 overs, setting a target of 223, before the debutant Pat Cummins and Mitchell Johnson shared six wickets to lead their team on a merry path in the field.

The ball swung and bounced in greasy conditions, and in a significant portent for the matches to come, Johnson gained the kind of movement through the air that had helped make him so fearsome on Australia's 2009 visit to South Africa.

Mitchell Marsh, the other teenaged debutant, claimed a wicket in his first over. The spin of Xavier Doherty was also useful as the Proteas subsided, none passing 30 in a searching captaincy introduction for the interim leader Hashim Amla.

Sent off by rain at 3.57pm local time when a promising 96 for 1 after 19 overs, Australia managed to collect another 87 runs in 10 overs when play finally resumed at 8.30pm.

Ponting and Clarke resumed at the rapid pace the equation required, before Australia's captain was unfortunately out when Ponting's drive rebounded off Johan Botha's fingers as Clarke was backing up. Hussey, though, scooted along with typical late-innings speed, and Marsh managed one boundary in his first innings.

South Africa's chase was immediately inconvenienced by the sight of Doug Bollinger and Johnson hooping the ball around. Bollinger swiftly accounted for Graeme Smith, given lbw to one that did not swing but may have been passing over the top of the stumps, and Johnson showed the disconcerting swerve he gained two years ago could be repeated this time around.

Cummins replaced Johnson at first change, and while his first ball in ODIs was slapped impudently over cover for six by Amla, the 18-year-old was soon repeating the trick of his first two Twenty20 internationals by claiming multiple wickets in an over. Jacques Kallis dragged an expansive stroke onto his stumps, before JP Duminy was dismissed for the third time in as many innings by Cummins when he parried indeterminately to Clarke at second slip.

Marsh had Amla caught neatly by Brad Haddin from a squirted drive in his first over, and Doherty struck twice via referrals. First he had David Miller caught at point after the umpires at first adjudged a bump ball, then Mark Boucher was lbw on review to a delivery that drifted towards leg stump and straightened enough to convince Hawk-Eye's ball-tracker.

Johnson added his name to the list of wicket-takers via Faf du Plessis' desperate swing and an outfield catch, as Australia's chief concern turned from South Africa's batting to the skies above. Rain threatened to re-appear, but the final result was not in doubt from the moment the minimum 20 overs had been completed.

Australia had been unable to consider Shaun Marsh and Shane Watson due to injury, and so handed limited-overs debuts to the allrounder Mitchell Marsh, a day before his 20th birthday and Cummins who had yet to take a list A wicket for his state.

David Warner was joined at the top of the batting order by Ponting, an occasional opener down the years, and it was the younger man who swung into early action, gliding Lonwabo Tsotsobe's first ball through point, then cracking a trio of boundaries from Dale Steyn, the last two via the generous avenues of a no ball and a free-hit.

Next ball Steyn corrected, finding the ideal length and a hint of swing to beat Warner's forward prod via the inside edge. This left Clarke and Ponting to set the course of the innings against bowlers they will see plenty of throughout the next month.

Lights were employed inside 10 overs as the skies darkened, and Clarke and Ponting negotiated the odd awkward delivery by Morne Morkel while keeping the run-rate around five. Steyn swung the ball in his second spell but could not split the partnership before thunder, then rain, arrived.

Returning to the pitch more than four hours later, Ponting and Clarke fired off a series of smart strokes before Clarke's ill-luck, and Ponting went on until he sliced Steyn to backward point. Brad Haddin was sacrificed in the effort to lift the run-rate, before Hussey and Marsh pushed the total into dimensions that proved far too vast for South Africa.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on October 22, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Awesome Batting by Ponting and Awesome bowling by Pat Cummins.

  • naveenpnayak on October 21, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Let me tell u guys neither Rudolph nor Albie have made it in the Initial 15 Squad, So their is no way that they can be playing a match until and unless someone in the Initial team gets Injured and they would be called back as replacement. SA Team looks more composed and are better on papers than the Aussie squad. I feel Tahir needs to play a game, He is a very talented lad..Smith looks to be out of form for ages now and should be replaced with some1 better.

  • CricketLife.net on October 21, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    This new lad Pat Cummins is really impressive.

  • SuperSharky on October 21, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Rudolph in for Smith please, otherwise Rudolph is gonna break every domestic record there is. Let Smith do some yards and try to score Rudolph's runs in domestic cricket. Tahir in for Faff du Plessis (except when they play Green Fast Pitches). Botha can bat a bit and brings something diffrent than Tahir's Legspin. But with two new balls from each side, two spinners won't have the same impact as in the past. And why not Albie Morkel for Dave Miller????? Why not??

  • Meety on October 21, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    @Athrylith - Steyn is a very good ODI bowler, its just that he is a GREAT Test bowler. Sometimes in COMPARISON, he doesn't stack up in ODIs. This is only when comparing Steyn the Test bowler to Steyn the ODI bowler. I think Morkel is a more effective ODI bowler! The reason IMO is probably the Vettori/Murali effect - those bowlers being far & away the best bowlers in their sides, would have batsmen not taking many risks against them - happy with 0/35 off 10. I think Morkel gets wickets partly because its NOT Steyn bowling to the batsmen (apart from the fact he is a very good bowler of course).

  • Smahuta on October 20, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Rudolph and Tahir in for the next game please. Lets field a full strength squad for a change eh?

  • Athrylith on October 20, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur... You got to be kidding me. Steyn averages 27 a piece with a strike rate of 32 which I think in the modern one day game is very good, considering how much it is wavering in thefavour of the batsmen. I agree on Smith though. They keep playing him again and again. The most frustrating part is if they play him for the next 2,3 games and he goes on to get a good score then he is going to stay in the team for some 20 more matches I suppose without doing anything. Rudolph comparatively has a better technique and is not all leg side guy. He has one of the coaching manual cover drives they say ... Hope to see him in green and gold soon ...

  • on October 20, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    South Africa traditionally has the mental block of Palying Australia ,Impress with Aussies improving since World cup debacleI fthey approache the same they once again come up with dominating force as the World once feared off

  • Marktc on October 20, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    It is important to remember that those South Africans who have played cricket of late, have played T20 and some none at all. So the loss and the T20 play is no surprise. I am sure they will improve on Sunday. Smith should be playing franchise cricket so he can find form before the tests. Steyn's bowling improved after the rain break, so I do not think the second ODI will be a walk over as number one was. It still boggles my mind that no tour of Zimbabwe or Kenya was arranged to get the SA team ready for an important series like this. Aussies come off a Sri Lanka series.

  • _Australian_ on October 20, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    @timmyw. The reason for that score to chase and not the score Australia got purely has to do with the wickets Australia lost. DL works because it takes wickets lost into account and is very fair. Would you consider it fair if SA were to chase Australia's score and only have 4 wickets to do it? Because I would not think it fair if they had our score to chase with a full compliment.

  • on October 22, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Awesome Batting by Ponting and Awesome bowling by Pat Cummins.

  • naveenpnayak on October 21, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Let me tell u guys neither Rudolph nor Albie have made it in the Initial 15 Squad, So their is no way that they can be playing a match until and unless someone in the Initial team gets Injured and they would be called back as replacement. SA Team looks more composed and are better on papers than the Aussie squad. I feel Tahir needs to play a game, He is a very talented lad..Smith looks to be out of form for ages now and should be replaced with some1 better.

  • CricketLife.net on October 21, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    This new lad Pat Cummins is really impressive.

  • SuperSharky on October 21, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Rudolph in for Smith please, otherwise Rudolph is gonna break every domestic record there is. Let Smith do some yards and try to score Rudolph's runs in domestic cricket. Tahir in for Faff du Plessis (except when they play Green Fast Pitches). Botha can bat a bit and brings something diffrent than Tahir's Legspin. But with two new balls from each side, two spinners won't have the same impact as in the past. And why not Albie Morkel for Dave Miller????? Why not??

  • Meety on October 21, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    @Athrylith - Steyn is a very good ODI bowler, its just that he is a GREAT Test bowler. Sometimes in COMPARISON, he doesn't stack up in ODIs. This is only when comparing Steyn the Test bowler to Steyn the ODI bowler. I think Morkel is a more effective ODI bowler! The reason IMO is probably the Vettori/Murali effect - those bowlers being far & away the best bowlers in their sides, would have batsmen not taking many risks against them - happy with 0/35 off 10. I think Morkel gets wickets partly because its NOT Steyn bowling to the batsmen (apart from the fact he is a very good bowler of course).

  • Smahuta on October 20, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Rudolph and Tahir in for the next game please. Lets field a full strength squad for a change eh?

  • Athrylith on October 20, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur... You got to be kidding me. Steyn averages 27 a piece with a strike rate of 32 which I think in the modern one day game is very good, considering how much it is wavering in thefavour of the batsmen. I agree on Smith though. They keep playing him again and again. The most frustrating part is if they play him for the next 2,3 games and he goes on to get a good score then he is going to stay in the team for some 20 more matches I suppose without doing anything. Rudolph comparatively has a better technique and is not all leg side guy. He has one of the coaching manual cover drives they say ... Hope to see him in green and gold soon ...

  • on October 20, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    South Africa traditionally has the mental block of Palying Australia ,Impress with Aussies improving since World cup debacleI fthey approache the same they once again come up with dominating force as the World once feared off

  • Marktc on October 20, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    It is important to remember that those South Africans who have played cricket of late, have played T20 and some none at all. So the loss and the T20 play is no surprise. I am sure they will improve on Sunday. Smith should be playing franchise cricket so he can find form before the tests. Steyn's bowling improved after the rain break, so I do not think the second ODI will be a walk over as number one was. It still boggles my mind that no tour of Zimbabwe or Kenya was arranged to get the SA team ready for an important series like this. Aussies come off a Sri Lanka series.

  • _Australian_ on October 20, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    @timmyw. The reason for that score to chase and not the score Australia got purely has to do with the wickets Australia lost. DL works because it takes wickets lost into account and is very fair. Would you consider it fair if SA were to chase Australia's score and only have 4 wickets to do it? Because I would not think it fair if they had our score to chase with a full compliment.

  • shovwar on October 20, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    Its not such a big deal defeating the sleeping Lions...Let them awake, they just started the season. The same thing would have happened to Australia if they were Playing their first series after a long break against Saffers...But they did it against Bangladesh...Good warm up and then went to SL ready......

  • shovwar on October 20, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    Mr. POPCORN!!! When was the last time Australia beat SA in a Bilateral series? Maybe almost a decade ago...lol....Time and again? Dont you think this phrase does not suit for SA in Bilateral series!!! Let me wake u up with some of the previous SA-Aus meetings of this decade. 2009 in SA: SA beat Aus 3-2, 2008 in Australia: SA beat Aus 4-1 (wow even in Aus?) and did you forget about 2005??? LOL...SA 3 to Aus 2...the 400+ game....Can Aussie ever erase that record? Now if your talking about the 90s and early 2000 than I donno bro...you should support West Indies then. I neither surprised nor judging this match.....After a six month break from any International fixture as a team cricket would have been wrong if SA pulled of a win today. I dont even think it is possible for SA to win any match out of these 3 ODI series. Australia just played a few competitive series and they are ready and warmed up. SA should use Aus to warm up and get ready for other later series. Any team can win a 20/20

  • on October 20, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    baffling was why tahir is not playing if botha is better than what happened in wc he was behind peterson and tahir for place and australia are looking they are back lokking foward for a gr8 series from december- march and still being an indian its gr8 to see ponting do well

  • JUUREL on October 20, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Extremely poor performance by the proteas.. Next match Rudolph should come in for smith and ingram for miller. Do not know why they keep playing smith in his poor form. Hopefully there will atleast be a contest in the next encounter.

  • popcorn on October 20, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    The Aussies have beaten South Africa time and again IN South Africa. No different this time. What a great youthful bowling attack! And Ricky Ponting the master in sublime touch. And graceful Michael Clarke - so refreshing to see leadership sitting easy on his shoulders. Batting well too!

  • timmyw on October 20, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    @Meety - yeah you know I have been thinking about it and perhaps I was a little bit harsh. Still the raw numbers and the way the score card reads just set me off. Mind you Australia DID win... silver lining to every cloud as they say.

  • timmyw on October 20, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    @Zenboomerang - I know the rules of cricket very well thanks. I also know a complete farce when I see one. D/ L doesn't take into consideration the conditions. Also 183 from 29 overs is a pretty substantial score, why add to that? It had been raining since Aus batted and the ball started doing all sorts. I don't consider that very fair or in favour of a good contest. I am not saying get rid of it but it certainly needs some tweaking. I don't see the point in going from unfair to batting first to exactly the reverse.

  • Matt. on October 20, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    @brisCricFan, one day has made no difference, most of us judge performance over a period of time

  • on October 20, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Australia are the only team since last 20 years that dominated South Africa in South Afrcia, The Current Australian side and the the side that toured SA in 2009 is no way the same class of their preceeding Australian side but yet they have proved more than a atch to their bitter rival south Africa

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 20, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    For me Steyn has time and again failed to be the best bowler he canbe in odi's and i don't know why smith still finds a place across all 3 formats........

    Also, my heartiest congrats 2 Cummins for continued good performances after his discovery in CLT20.......

  • on October 20, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    i don understand why albie morkel is not picked for the team!!!!!

  • veerakannadiga on October 20, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    As I wrote in my previous posting, guyzz, here comes Cummins. I have seen him live in action at Bangalore during CLT20. This young lad is too good. He is the next big thing .Fasten your seat belts and just enjoy high octane fast bowling. Though, I am an Indian, I still feel Aussies are the best in the world. It is just a minor hiccup that they have come down in ranking, but not for long. They have started their ascent already.

  • on October 20, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    Agree on the question about Steve Smith. He doesn't bowl and he bats at 7. When a very young all rounder comes in on debut, he bats ahead of Smith and bowls his allotment of overs. What exactly is Smith in the side for? If he's there as an all rounder, why doesn't he bowl? If he's there as a specialist batsman, is he really the best late order batsman we have available?

  • Okakaboka on October 20, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    @WhitesXI...Good Point! So lets add D.Hussey, Ferguson, James Hopes, Maxwell (no worse than Smith as a bowler but trillion times better batsman),.....geez....we are almost up to a full cricket team. Oh, any performance by a bowler can be discounted in this match due to the run chase set. At least SA had a go to their credit. The Johnston issue is not resolved yet. There is no way Johnston should be selected in the test team for the first match. Harris, Siddle and Copeland are better bowlers. So is Pattinson but.....um...he got shafted. Errrr....yeah...Cummings is also better. Harris, Siddle and Copeland are even more consistent with the bat. No....I said consistent! I would rather have a tail ender make 20 every game than 0, 0, 0, 0, 100, 0, 0, 40, 0, 0, 0, 0, 90, 0, 0, 0. Conclusion: Johnston IS NOT AN ALL-ROUNDER...End of story!

  • Marcio on October 20, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    If the higher run total required for SA boggles your mind, @timmyw, then you must have little understanding of ODI cricket, or just a mind that boggles very easily, LOL. Why should the team batting first lose just because of rain? The reality is that with the advent of T20 cricket, the team batting second in a rain affected match has a greater advantage than ever, because teams know how to bat aggressively for short periods. Anyway, Australia dominated the game. Get over it.

  • gineeshg on October 20, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    Congradulations Australia!! Beating South Africa in their soil is really tough. In this match one of the main reason of failure of South Africa is that of the D/L method.Australia scored only 183 runs in 29 overs. South Aftrica has to be scored 223 runs in the same overs to beat Aus(40 runs more than that of Aus scored).What is this!!!Is this method is using in an international match? D/L method is a depleted one. ICC has to adopt or create new methods instead of this method. In order to keep the spirit of ODIs try JD method. Why ICC reluctant use this method as an experiment?

  • hris on October 20, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Steve Smith is a good talent but he is clearly not ready. Let him go back and play shield cricket for couple of years and he will back a much better players. They are destroying his confidence and also wasting his time. He hardly gets any opportunity to bad or bowl, how do u expect him to perform without opportunity. He gets to bat or bowl once every 2-3 matches that to a few overs and number 7 is not the right place for him. He is not a hitter, he is more of a worker at the start then can launch. He is also a young leggie who needs some confidence from his captian. I hope he plays domestic cricket for a couple of years. He would be an invaluable players for Oz when he comes back.

  • pauldk on October 20, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Regarding the discussions about D/L, people seem to forget that everyone knew about the expected rain at the toss, and SA chose to send in Aus - probably in the expectation of taking early wickets. It even mentioned in the commentary that the expected rain was their reason not to bat first.

  • ajayrcs on October 20, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    There is so much comments about Steyn best bowler currently, but i don't think so for me bowlers like Johnson, Broad and most of the pakistan bowlers are better than him. Bowler are only great when they can make batsman say "Whats going on!" Currently only bowler when in form can make batsman say these words is Mitchell Johnson. HE is a match winner who can win a test match single handedly. but Sadly not in his form what we saw in Ashes in WACA.

  • leetrevor81 on October 20, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Agreed on Steve Smith. He hardly bowls, he usually bats 6 or 7, somtimes lower and never makes an impact. Even at 20 20 level, I've seen him many times trying to score boundaries and struggle when needed, and his strike rate of around 110 tells the story, especially for a lower order batsmen whos role should be to come in and score fast runs. How would a guy like Callum Ferguson feel who has a really good record at one day level. Even in the recent 20 20 tournament he had a couple of great innings against some of the best in the world, and he isn't considered a great 20 20 player. I see the potential in Smith but Ferguson still has many years ahead of him and has proven himself. Ferguson is just an example there are other contenders also.

    I hope the new selectors are consistent, Smith gets constant chances after many failures, then I see a guy like Peter George gets more wickets for South Australia. He got one test, played well and gets pushed to the side and forgotten about.

  • whitesXI on October 20, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    @Okakaboka - Thank god you said it. I was beginning to think I was the only one who believes that S Smith is a complete waste of time. He hasn't bowled in either format for Aus and is a long way from being a specialist batsman. I would add D Hussey and C Ferguson to your list of potential replacements.

  • sanjay37b on October 20, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    Ban this stupid D / L method of setting the target to the side batting second.This method has failed like DRS and the brains behind it need medical consultations.on't follow it.Stop / bycott it at once.

  • zenboomerang on October 20, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    @timmyw... the D/L method was introduced after many unsporting results benefiting the second team when rain reduced overs... maybe you should learn the rules of cricket & how it is applied... this is by far the fairest method produced to date... or do you have a better method???...

  • zenboomerang on October 20, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    Good to see Punter getting runs, but his ODI form has never been in doubt... his stats over the last few years have been good... but he hasn't carried it over to Tests... maybe pressure... maybe not focused enough on 'his' batting... still 2 Tests are not going to give us much info or this short 3 ODI series... this whole tour is a hit & giggle series... sad for the SA cricket public & us as well... think SA & Oz short play an autumn series regularly when little other cricket being played...

  • on October 20, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    timmyw, South Africa were set the higher score off 29 overs because Australia's innings was interupted when they were set a just one down for 96 after 19 overs, a good position for building a big score over 50 overs, but not such a good position for the game they just found out was to be reduced to 29 overs per side. Coming out to bat again, they only had another 10 overs to make use of the remaining ten overs our side had been reduced to.

    Imagine if Australia the game was reduced to 19 overs per side, would anyone think it was reasonable for South Africa to chase just 96?

  • zenboomerang on October 20, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    @Okakaboka... yes I agree... White is there & a far better batter & bowler... compare their ODI stats... Smith only came in as a batter - which he isn't... Mitch Marsh has shown potential & good replacement for Watson, but Smith for Shaun Marsh... you would have to be joking... right about relationships... seems Hilditch has a number of love children... lol... agree on the other players as well... hopefully 1 or 2 of them get a start over Oz summer...

  • brisCricFan on October 20, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    Just yesterday there was a general baying for blood of one Mitchell Johnson... oh what a difference a day makes. The most economical of the bowlers for either side. And 2 wides (whilst still 2 too many from professionals) is not bad at all add too that the conditions and ball would have been a little slippery at best. I saw a little and generally he stuck to a good consistent line that made the batsmen think about shot selection whilst needing to score at better than a run a ball... Life in the young old dog yet!

  • rumyfala on October 20, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    I agree with timmyw. It is retarded. I amjust watching the highlights and it says SA need 224 to win.

  • Meety on October 20, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    @timmyw - read the comments below. Oz innings was interrupted 1/2 way thru (19th over). They came back out & in 10 overs scored another 3/84. At the 19th over, Oz was on target for 300+ (whether they got there is debatable). If Oz were 3/96 at the 19th over, the D/L would of been a lot lower say 200 (I think), if Oz were 6/96, I dare say the D/L score would not of gone up at all. In wet weather games wickets in hand is always important!

  • Gordo85 on October 20, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    Zondeki was really good in Tests for South Africa but he never proved himself in ODI's and commentators told me in the past he will never play for South Africa ever again they think he is gone. Another play is Ethan O'Reilly who is a younger Fast bowler who could be worth a look into. O'Reilly is like 25 and Zondeki is nearing near 30.

  • jfgvjksnkka on October 20, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    Duckworth Lewis is an absolutely great method for adjusting scores. If Australia had known they only had 29 overs to bat do you think they would have batted the same way from the begging? If you want to reduce the game after a team has batted are you going to allow the team chasing to use 10 wickets to chase a score where only 4 wickets were lost based on the assumption that 50 overs were to be bowled? Admittedly it gets a little confusing when a team bats half their overs knowing, half not knowing, the end equation but if Australia had lost 8 or 9 wickets making their total the target set by duckworth would have been considerably less. There is no better equation than D/L so dont even try!

  • timmyw on October 20, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    I didn't get a chance to see this match unfortunately, or stay awake long enough to be able to read the commentary on Cricinfo. I checked the score card first this morning and saw Australia got 183 of 29 overs, then observed that South Africa needed 223 off of 29 overs. I thought it must have been some form of typo. That really is retarded. Really. Sometimes the happenings in this game boggle my mind.

  • Okakaboka on October 20, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    The excuses put forward to retain 'Metcard Smith never fail to stun me! GET OVER HIM! He brings nothing and because of the weather we will have to endure his presence as 'passenger' for yet another game. There are so many other players who would bring MORE to the team. How many more years do we wait for ONE big performance which will ensure his inclusion in the team for the next decade. Whose nephew is he? How would a McDonald or a Christian or a Finch or Butterworth or an O'Keefe or even Cam White not be a more useful team aquisition. Come on, tell me HOW he is a better option than even ONE of these players I have listed.

  • theju on October 20, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    Lack of AB's presence will affect SA's performance. Its another failure of Smith. I think he will be dropped soon and should have to. come back SA.

  • Blazedragon on October 20, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    Ricky is doing well. Keep it up!

  • smudgeon on October 20, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    (Choc chip) cookie for Wozza - well played. I agree Meety, the selectors have done well of late - two Marshes, Copeland, Lyon, Cummins. Bodes well for the future of our bowling stocks, at the very least. Also nice to see Ponting not only willing to move around the order, but also scoring some runs. Who knew that all he needed was to relax? :)

  • PeteB on October 20, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    I'm not defending messrs Duckworth and Lewis, but I suppose the theory is that Australia were initially batting with 50 overs in mind. Suddenly the rain means there's less over to face. if they knew initially that there were going to be fewer overs they would have scored at an even quicker run rate then they did. And hence South Africa's run rate was higher.

    The result aside this team is so much fresher with the new captain and players genuinely competing for positions. It's a great time to be a follower of Australian cricket.

  • Ben1989 on October 20, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    @Calypso & others, like Meety said the D/L target wasn't as bad as how you make it, Aus batted towards a 50over game & were only 1 down at the time, therefore there needs to be some form of compensation made considering SA know what they're chasing the whole time. Plus the other point raised is 200 was chased 3 times in t20 in the CL, I know different condiitions etc. but you had an extra 9 overs to play with, you can't clame this loss on the D/L score, your batters didn't get out because of this, they got out because of decent bowling & bad shot selection.... still a win to Australia 100% we needed to bowl well & get wickets & we did..

  • landl47 on October 19, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    To all those complaining about D/L (that includes Calypso57 who apparently thinks D/L is something to do with UDRS). The side batting second has a big advantage when a game is shortened halfway through. It's much easier to chase a smaller score at a higher run rate, especially with all your wickets in hand. That's why 6 runs an over is an excellent rate in ODIs, but a pathetic rate in T20Is. D/L allows for that by lifting the run rate; the score to be achieved is less important than how many runs per over are needed to get there. As a recent example, India made 304 in 50 overs in England, and it rained during the interval. England's target was changed a couple of time and wound up being 244 from 34. They got there in 32.2. That makes SA's target of 223 from 29 pretty reasonable. SA are showing the cracks from a lack of international cricket and a lack of batting depth. Aus played pretty well and if Johnson can swing the ball, that will give them a great chance in the tests.

  • redneck on October 19, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    another great win with multiple debutees in the team. starting to come out of the rebuild already!!! @Athrylith & Calypso57 they had to use d/l to increase the total as australia had played 19 of its 29 overs under the impression that it was a 50 over match therefore not needing to score as quick. 29 overs each only works if both teams know they have 29 overs at the start of their innings.

  • Meety on October 19, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    I think the match probably should of been awarded T20 status. That looked to be the way in which the Saffas batting line up treated the match. @bobmartin - I really don't think the D/L calculation was that bad, (I am bias), but Oz were interupted after 19 overs of a 50 over match. If Oz were 1 down in a 29 over match after 19 overs - they probably would of been closer to 140. If there was no rain, Oz were on-target for 300+. I know the upping the target made it tough, but in the Champions League recently, 200 was chased successfully 3 times off 20 overs. The target was gettable, but once they were 4 down - they were no hope. @smudgeon - the selectors have had a good run with debutants lately! Got a sniff of the old Punter returning too!

  • Sirchris on October 19, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    Shocking! Absolutely Shocking all-round performance from South Africa! This is what you get when you don't play any international cricket for seven months. It's now probably going to take the majority of this series for SA to get back the sort of mental toughness they need. Not one of the whole team put in a performance worth mentioning!

  • Calypso57 on October 19, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    Thumping win for Aus? More like a win for UDRS.....how does a score of 183 in 29 overs become a target of 223 in 29 overs? SA was always on the backfoot needing to score at more than 7 runs an over in overcast, wet, swinging conditions. Stupid UDRS.....

  • Wozza-CY on October 19, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    @smudgeon- didn't you read the article when Smith was first bought into the side? It's his bubbly personality that has him in the side....."he's always smiling & brings enthusiasm to the unit". Is it a choc chip cookie?....they're my favourite. All jokes aside, I believe Smith has a role to play in the future of Oz cricket, but on this occasion (when Sth Africa left Tahir out) it was clear he wasn't going to get a bowl, maybe it was the injuries to Watson/Marsh that saw him get a start?

  • pkhunter on October 19, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    Aussies are looking good, but this was hardly a fair match. As in England, rain was 12th man.

    Cummins is a good find for Australia. Natural pace.

    Proteas need to find replacements for old beards.

  • bobagorof on October 19, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    @smudgeon: specialist fielder

  • on October 19, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    South Africa need to think of future of their cricket,players like Heino Kuhn ,Richard Levi,should be givven chances if not endland will become stonger :)

  • Athrylith on October 19, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    I do not understand why do you have to use the cool but unimpressive D/L method when a match is reduced to less than 50 overs. Why not just keep it simple and down to "We have a 29 overs each side and the side who plays well in those 29 overs wins"... I can understand the calculations being involved when you are chasing as things are not so simple to figure out then but this is ridiculous. Picture this, the SA side looked to go for plenty when Clarke and Ponting started after the rain but they pulled things back and probably restricted them to 20 runs less where they should have been ... TADA !!! In comes D/L and increases the chase to 30 runs more ... WOW ... This is marvelous ... Test matches being the ultimate asset of the game does not mean that we can turn the one day game into something absurd :(

  • Kaze on October 19, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Not a loss more of a thumping

  • straight_drive4 on October 19, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    pat cummins just earned himself a test cap by showing that the south african batsmen cant handle express pace

  • SnowSnake on October 19, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Unfortunate dismissal of G. Smith. Goes to show that mistakes happen despite UDRS. I would not read much into this game due to rain but SA needs to improve its batting especially the top order batsmen.

  • 30-30-150 on October 19, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    Its high time South Africa drop Graeme Smith to make room for Jacques Rudolph. Smith's inclusion is surprising me with every game... Rudolph is in good form and deserves the place as opposed to Smith who struggles to make contact with the ball at times.

  • on October 19, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    well LUCKY AUSTRALIANS but luck always favours him who derserve to win

  • smudgeon on October 19, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    Okay, so two teenage debutantes for Australia, Ricky opens, and SA end up chasing a score higher than Australia's? Strange days indeed. Bonus round: if anyone can tell me what Steven Smith's role is in the side, you win a cookie. Surely if he's not batting, he should be at least throwing a few down. Anyways, I really like the look of the current Aussie side (Haddin aside), it's exciting to see some new talent, new leadership, and a willingness to mix it up a bit.

  • bobmartin on October 19, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    Another baffling Duckworth/Lewis calculation...

  • on October 19, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    what a loss......still no imran tahir :(

  • Tears_in_heaven on October 19, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    and here i was thinking that "Thurderstorm" was a lightening quick new Saouth African quickie who had put the wrath of God in Australia's batsmen.....

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  • Tears_in_heaven on October 19, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    and here i was thinking that "Thurderstorm" was a lightening quick new Saouth African quickie who had put the wrath of God in Australia's batsmen.....

  • on October 19, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    what a loss......still no imran tahir :(

  • bobmartin on October 19, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    Another baffling Duckworth/Lewis calculation...

  • smudgeon on October 19, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    Okay, so two teenage debutantes for Australia, Ricky opens, and SA end up chasing a score higher than Australia's? Strange days indeed. Bonus round: if anyone can tell me what Steven Smith's role is in the side, you win a cookie. Surely if he's not batting, he should be at least throwing a few down. Anyways, I really like the look of the current Aussie side (Haddin aside), it's exciting to see some new talent, new leadership, and a willingness to mix it up a bit.

  • on October 19, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    well LUCKY AUSTRALIANS but luck always favours him who derserve to win

  • 30-30-150 on October 19, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    Its high time South Africa drop Graeme Smith to make room for Jacques Rudolph. Smith's inclusion is surprising me with every game... Rudolph is in good form and deserves the place as opposed to Smith who struggles to make contact with the ball at times.

  • SnowSnake on October 19, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Unfortunate dismissal of G. Smith. Goes to show that mistakes happen despite UDRS. I would not read much into this game due to rain but SA needs to improve its batting especially the top order batsmen.

  • straight_drive4 on October 19, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    pat cummins just earned himself a test cap by showing that the south african batsmen cant handle express pace

  • Kaze on October 19, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Not a loss more of a thumping

  • Athrylith on October 19, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    I do not understand why do you have to use the cool but unimpressive D/L method when a match is reduced to less than 50 overs. Why not just keep it simple and down to "We have a 29 overs each side and the side who plays well in those 29 overs wins"... I can understand the calculations being involved when you are chasing as things are not so simple to figure out then but this is ridiculous. Picture this, the SA side looked to go for plenty when Clarke and Ponting started after the rain but they pulled things back and probably restricted them to 20 runs less where they should have been ... TADA !!! In comes D/L and increases the chase to 30 runs more ... WOW ... This is marvelous ... Test matches being the ultimate asset of the game does not mean that we can turn the one day game into something absurd :(