South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 3rd day November 11, 2011

Amla, Smith tons lead SA to incredible win

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South Africa 236 for 2 (Amla 112, Smith 101*) and 96 (Watson 5-17, Harris 4-33) beat Australia 284 (Clarke 151, Steyn 4-55) and 47 (Philander 5-15, Morkel 3-9) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla both struck centuries that completed South Africa's humiliation of Australia on the third day at Newlands, where they cruised to victory by eight wickets. If Australia thought their Cape Town experience could not get any worse after they were dismissed for 47 on the second afternoon, they were badly mistaken, with Smith and Amla adding to the hurt for the visitors.

The winning runs came when Smith, who finished unbeaten on 101, clipped Peter Siddle through midwicket and South African fans jumped to their feet to celebrate a famous victory. This was a team that on the second day had been bowled out for 96.

In doing so, South Africa became just the second team in 60 years to win a Test having been bowled out for less than 100 in their first innings; the only other occasion in the modern era was New Zealand's success against India in Wellington in 2002. They also completed the second-highest chase in a Newlands Test.

But it was the way they batted on the third morning that highlighted the ridiculous nature of the second day, on which 23 wickets fell. After a quiet first hour in which they added 31, getting accustomed to the conditions, Amla and Smith demolished the Australia attack. Amla played some wonderful strokes, straight drives, cover drives and flicks off the pads, proving that there was nothing in the pitch that could not be handled by good technique.

He brought up his century, his first against Australia, with a cut for four off Mitchell Johnson from his 126th delivery and the crowd - by that stage anticipating a South Africa victory any moment - erupted. Amla had been dropped twice by the Australians, including off the last ball of the second day, and he made them pay for those errors.

The 195-run partnership ended when Amla, on 112, slashed at Mitchell Johnson and was caught at gully by Michael Clarke with 14 runs still needed for victory. Kallis and Smith pushed them over the line with ease.

Smith was equally masterful, after a couple of lucky edges early in the day. He brutalised Shane Watson during an over that cost 13, smashing a cut for four and walking at the bowler to drive another boundary. His hundred came up with the run that levelled the scores, a single pushed past mid-off from his 138th delivery.

The South Africans batted superbly but Australia's bowlers were disappointing. Johnson collected the late wicket of Amla and in doing so avoided the second wicketless Test of his career, but he found no swing and was rarely threatening. Harris did not bowl terribly but was costly, while Peter Siddle tried hard. But they never looked like taking nine wickets under sunny skies.

Australia had their chance to break into the middle order when in the third over of the day, Amla, on 30, edged Harris to first slip, where Watson moved to his left and put down a catch he should have taken.

It was the last realistic opportunity Australia had, until the match was gone. A desperate use of the referral system confirmed that an lbw appeal from Harris to Amla was rightly denied by the umpire Billy Doctrove, the ball sailing well down the leg side, and it was just another example of the frayed mindset the Australians were experiencing after their humiliating day on Thursday.

They have six days to collect their thoughts before the second Test at the Wanderers.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • RandyOZ on November 14, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    @5wombats, what? I said I don't mind Khawaja, Strauss, Prior, Symmo etc. Don't put them in the same pile as the poached Trott and KP. And yes I would rather not see Trott, KP, Kieswetter. They're holding back Englishmen who are potentially the next Beefy! @DazTaylor, you obviously know nothing, because at least half of the so-called "islanders" were born and bred Aussie. In fact Faingaa is even indigenous! Don't believe me? Do some research then!

  • Yevghenny on November 14, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    And of course, he mentions Symonds, yet fails to mention Symonds has no Australian parents, and KP can at least say his mother is English!

  • DazTaylor on November 14, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    @RandyOz So by those comments, I assume you cant stand your rugby teams? I only ask as a lot of those are actually Pacific Islanders. Dont be a hypocrite.

  • 5wombats on November 14, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    @RandyOZ - you're new here.... and it really shows. So what would you rather - would you rather NOT see Pietersen, Trott, Khwaja, Symonds, Wessels, etc, playing Test cricket? Wouldn't you rather like for your children to watch these great talents, admire them and learn from them? My 8 year old watched KP get a double hundred against india this summer and thinks KP is amazing - and what's wrong with that? Great Cricketers entertain us and fascinate us - long may it ever be so. Where they come from is irrelevent. Please think big picture, not picture envy.

  • Meety on November 14, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    @Biggus - I stayed up to watch (on cricinfo) the match unfolding & at the time I wondered 'how crucial was the 3 runs that Tahir & co scored for the 10th wicket - avoiding the follow on??? Secondly at the time, I thought that these conditions (pitch, atmospheric & astrological alignment of the planets etc) were replicating some olden day tests - & I sent a post in pondering whether Pup should of tinkered with the batting line up & put some tail enders in early. It was a ploy I'd seen had been used on sticky wickets over 70 years ago (no blame on the pitch)? Particularly in light of the fact that with Marsh's injury - the line up was always going to be tinkered with, also in light of Watto's bowling - I'd of tried to give him a rest.

  • Meety on November 14, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    @Biggus - Katich hasn't been in the best touch with the bat of late, but he is almost the lead spinner this season, so I could give him a cap as a #7/8 spin bowling all-rounder!!!!! (I'm only half joking!!!!!)

  • RandyOZ on November 13, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    @JG2704, as many know, I am not against the odd player here or there not being born in the country they are playing for, especially in the case of say Ussie because he moved here when he was about 3 (similar to Symmo). My problem with England is the blatant a.) number of imports b.) Poaching of players who played for Suoth Africa but couldn't get a gig. Look to be honest I don't care about the likes of Strauss and Prior, they learnt their trade in England (and Oz in Stauss' case) but the likes of Pietersen, Trott and Kieswetter are a joke. I think even most English fans would rather have Englishmen in there. Furthermore, Ussie will be the 8th non-Aussie born player in our entire histroy. You have that in your current squad. That's my issue. It also shows something about the lack of depth in the county system if you ask me.

  • JG2704 on November 13, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    RandyOz - You are echoing Meety's teams etc . So you have no problem with a Pakistan born player playing for Australia , despite your views about SA born players playing for England? @Meety - Sorry for my ignorance , but is Pup Clarke's nickname? Also would you mix the batting order up like that based on one very bad innings of test cricket? It just seems a little panicky to push Hussey up to open and drop Watson down the order. One things for sure is that you can't afford to have a number 11 in the side who only bowls 3 overs in the whole match

  • on November 13, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    real stunning effort by proteas,these types of test matches shows the real essence of test cricket. Test cricket at its best

  • IndiaNumeroUno on November 13, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Fact is... we seem to pick on such rare occasions to justify Test matches.. lets face it.. Test matches are really boooooooooooooring... ODI's are the real deal!!

  • RandyOZ on November 14, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    @5wombats, what? I said I don't mind Khawaja, Strauss, Prior, Symmo etc. Don't put them in the same pile as the poached Trott and KP. And yes I would rather not see Trott, KP, Kieswetter. They're holding back Englishmen who are potentially the next Beefy! @DazTaylor, you obviously know nothing, because at least half of the so-called "islanders" were born and bred Aussie. In fact Faingaa is even indigenous! Don't believe me? Do some research then!

  • Yevghenny on November 14, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    And of course, he mentions Symonds, yet fails to mention Symonds has no Australian parents, and KP can at least say his mother is English!

  • DazTaylor on November 14, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    @RandyOz So by those comments, I assume you cant stand your rugby teams? I only ask as a lot of those are actually Pacific Islanders. Dont be a hypocrite.

  • 5wombats on November 14, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    @RandyOZ - you're new here.... and it really shows. So what would you rather - would you rather NOT see Pietersen, Trott, Khwaja, Symonds, Wessels, etc, playing Test cricket? Wouldn't you rather like for your children to watch these great talents, admire them and learn from them? My 8 year old watched KP get a double hundred against india this summer and thinks KP is amazing - and what's wrong with that? Great Cricketers entertain us and fascinate us - long may it ever be so. Where they come from is irrelevent. Please think big picture, not picture envy.

  • Meety on November 14, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    @Biggus - I stayed up to watch (on cricinfo) the match unfolding & at the time I wondered 'how crucial was the 3 runs that Tahir & co scored for the 10th wicket - avoiding the follow on??? Secondly at the time, I thought that these conditions (pitch, atmospheric & astrological alignment of the planets etc) were replicating some olden day tests - & I sent a post in pondering whether Pup should of tinkered with the batting line up & put some tail enders in early. It was a ploy I'd seen had been used on sticky wickets over 70 years ago (no blame on the pitch)? Particularly in light of the fact that with Marsh's injury - the line up was always going to be tinkered with, also in light of Watto's bowling - I'd of tried to give him a rest.

  • Meety on November 14, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    @Biggus - Katich hasn't been in the best touch with the bat of late, but he is almost the lead spinner this season, so I could give him a cap as a #7/8 spin bowling all-rounder!!!!! (I'm only half joking!!!!!)

  • RandyOZ on November 13, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    @JG2704, as many know, I am not against the odd player here or there not being born in the country they are playing for, especially in the case of say Ussie because he moved here when he was about 3 (similar to Symmo). My problem with England is the blatant a.) number of imports b.) Poaching of players who played for Suoth Africa but couldn't get a gig. Look to be honest I don't care about the likes of Strauss and Prior, they learnt their trade in England (and Oz in Stauss' case) but the likes of Pietersen, Trott and Kieswetter are a joke. I think even most English fans would rather have Englishmen in there. Furthermore, Ussie will be the 8th non-Aussie born player in our entire histroy. You have that in your current squad. That's my issue. It also shows something about the lack of depth in the county system if you ask me.

  • JG2704 on November 13, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    RandyOz - You are echoing Meety's teams etc . So you have no problem with a Pakistan born player playing for Australia , despite your views about SA born players playing for England? @Meety - Sorry for my ignorance , but is Pup Clarke's nickname? Also would you mix the batting order up like that based on one very bad innings of test cricket? It just seems a little panicky to push Hussey up to open and drop Watson down the order. One things for sure is that you can't afford to have a number 11 in the side who only bowls 3 overs in the whole match

  • on November 13, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    real stunning effort by proteas,these types of test matches shows the real essence of test cricket. Test cricket at its best

  • IndiaNumeroUno on November 13, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Fact is... we seem to pick on such rare occasions to justify Test matches.. lets face it.. Test matches are really boooooooooooooring... ODI's are the real deal!!

  • Biggus on November 13, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    @Meety-Not our best work to say the least. Still not happy with Hughes opening-for me he has No.5 or 6 written all over him but not opening against test attacks. Argus review notwithstanding I still think the selectors have their heads where the sun doesn't shine frankly. I will be gutted if India come down under and hammer us-we'll never hear the end of that! As for the openers......jeez....what are Ian Redpath and Bill Lawry doing these days? Joking of course but that's what I want to see up the top though I can't see anyone bar Monsieur Katich who might fit the bill and he is presumably persona non grata at the moment. We are in deep, deep mule cake matey, and we better get get used to the vultures circling and the crows crowing. This is going to take a while.

  • RandyOZ on November 13, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    @Meety, I am loving your two teams there. Echo my sentiments PERFECTLY

  • Cricket-Holic on November 13, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    What about Jerome Taylor's, brillant spell against England, (9-4-11-5) where he almost single handly bundled eng out for 51. Two words "FREAKING AMAZING".....

  • RandyOZ on November 13, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    @dave, there's no shame in being beaten by the only team really ranked above you. SA have one of the most complete attacks I have seen in a long time. Philander looks like he was knocked Lopsy well off the perch. Speaking of knocking people off the perch, that's exactly what this attack will do to England next year. You think 51 was bad? I am expecting 3 calls to 000.

  • candycrutch on November 13, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    ha ha I don't no why every one is complaining? Brad Haddin had one of the better test matches I've seen him play!! 5 than 0 .... He has to go! can't even remember the last stumping he has had? i say teach David Warner to wicket Keep! They have 2 all rounders in one team Watson and Johnson!! That in its self is silly? Johnson should go and Watson back down the order as an all rounder !! Though limit his bowling!! This Has to be the team: Hughes , Khawaja, Ponting, Hussey, Clarke, Watson, Warner, o,Keefe, Siddle, Harris, Copeland Unsure about the spinner? but give him a crack!! Harris and copeland have to be there for balance! one is line and length the other genuine wicket taker!! if not siddle.. may be cummings?

  • bul98 on November 13, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    I am watchin cricket for 30 yrs and there are 3 most outstanding and classic innings I will never foget..Javed Miandad 72 against WI in 1981 at Perth against Robert, Croft, Clark, Holding attack..those of his toes shots still gives u ghost bumps. Arvinda De Silva century in WC 96 Final against AUS..Those covers Drives. unforgettable..Sir Viv Richard 189 against England 1984 unbelivable..and now this Hashim Amla classic against Aus. what an inning..what display of shots..touch...simply Superb!!!!!

  • Meety on November 13, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    @Biggus - total loss for words. Weak is possibly giving the bating too much credit. For me, I have been a strong supporter of Haddin, prepared to overlook his recent poor form because he was very good during the Shaes, his keeping standard has lifted of late. However, the way he got out twice during the test is unforgivable. I would immediately sack him before the 2nd test & replace with Wade. Nothing short of a century from Punter will save him after the 2nd test, (assuming he plays). Watson cannot be the opening batsmen. As I am sick of Marsh's injury list, (not his fault for 9/21 - but if he had come out in the top 4, you would assume a better performance). My team for Test 2, 1. Hughes, 2. Hussey, 3. Khawaja, 4. Ponting, 5. Pup, 6. Watson. 7. Wade (flies over), 8. MJ, 9. Harris, 10. Cummins, 11. Copeland. For NZ 1. Hughes, 2. Warner, 3. Khawaja, 4. Cooper/M Hussey, 5. Pup, 6. Watson, 7. Wade, 8. O'Keefe, 9. Butterworth, 10. Cutting, 11. Copeland - 12th Maxwell/Herrick

  • DazTaylor on November 12, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    @RandyOz It still hurts, doesn't it? :-)

  • on November 12, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Amla and Smith have formed valuable partnerships before ... nice to see Proteas back in the hunt ....

  • bumsonseats on November 12, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    dont u just love him rz u never fail to disappoint. some on here do feel sorry for a team who are bowled out to a below 50 total but as is the norm. you come out with such comments. i can understand how u feel. but most on here had to watch the great austrailian team over a long time overwhelm us all. please let us have our day in the sun. its not the truth and downright blinkered. sure fight your teams corner. but it is a cricket site. why tell the truth when u can hide it with lies. please post as this needs saying. dpk

  • Marcio on November 12, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    India recently went through an entire tour of India with hapless performance after hapless performance, and didn't win a game. Australia tour SA and win four out of six games, then have a terrible 24 hour run in a test match, and from the comments here you'd swear they have performed worse than the Indians in England. And this is on top of winning the very recent test and ODI series in SL. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Most people here just cannot see beyond the last 5 minutes, and make wild, illogical extrapolations from short term microscale trends. How is one 24 hour period decent evidence that Australia is hopeless, and SA unbeatable? Even in this test match there were periods when AUS was brilliant, and SA simply awful. Human perception is truly geared towards the irrational.

  • SunAndSea on November 12, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Amazing how some contributors are plaintively bleating, along the lines of "if the weather played along, Australia would have won." They need a reality check: Australia came up against a Proteas side desperately short of match practice, built a 188 run lead and still got royally stuffed.

  • 5wombats on November 12, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    @BattosaiXX - The wombats will remember your comment and remind you of it throughout the forthcoming SA tour of England. Plenty of india fans made comments like that before india toured England - and look what happened to them. Nobody takes comments from india fans seriously anymore now that they have been whitewashed.

  • ashes61 on November 12, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Of course the pitch - & the weather & pre-match weather - had a strong influence on play at times, but it wasn't a minefield & some of the batting showed a lack of old-fashioned application usually required in the first hour or two of a Test match innings. It was entertaining for neutrals & obviously exciting for Saffers to see such a remarkable turnaround, but even allowing for the bizarre stats & the fact that all really exciting Tests must have their share of errors, this one fails to enter the "great" category simply because cricketing standards were too low for much of the time. The drama, low scores & early finish depended too much (but not entirely) on v. poor batting. It had T20/ODI-style influence written all over it! But Clarke's masterly 151 shouldn't be overlooked, and his captaincy was hardly that bad - I think he'll be a good skipper. Amla's timing was sublime - could watch him all day! Smith's style, v. ugly but nuggety, is somehow effective! 2nd Test? 50/50!

  • Percy_Fender on November 12, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    I liked Marico's comments I agree with JG2704 that this chap Dravid_Gravitas is not very objective. I just want to tell them that such things do happen in cricket where luck is very important.I go back to the Australia India Delhi test of 1969/70 to show how similar that Test was to the one played out between India and West Indies recently where WI led.In that game,Australia scored about 250 in their first innings.In reply India scored about 200.Australia in the 2nd innings were bundled out for just over 100 by Prasanna and Bedi.India scored over 180 quite easily in the last innings to win the game.The point is that for no explicable reason sometimes, a team crumbles.Having seen the 1rst Test between SA and Australia on TV recently,I do not think that on the day when 27 wickets fell there was any cloud cover.Just as Watson bowled incredibly well, Philander also did the same.So let us just give attribute such things to the vagaries of this great game not any magical change in the pitch.

  • S_African on November 12, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    It seems to me that people would rather go back to the days where we see 500-600 plus scores on dead, miserable, boring, tiring backbreaking pitches where you get distracted by watching the paint dry on your wall. I think the curator was brave to break the mould and create a pitch that made you pay constant attention to every ball incase you lost any of the action. I loved it and I hope there will be more to come in the future. I hope those dead rubber games are a thing of the past, because I'll simply turn off the tv if I see another. Much better to see fast bowlers zipping it through with good application from batsman like Clarke get rewards for hard work.

  • JG2704 on November 12, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    @5Wombats - Fair play , Guess it would have worked better for me had the follow up comms been posted

  • JG2704 on November 12, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    @A_Yorkshire_Lad - I'm afraid I can't take the cred for the bouncebackability word. Not sure whether I've read it in a cricket article or a boxing article. I suppose many teams have shown it over the last year. Australia by coming back from the 1st ashes test thumping to thump us to level the series and then us in turn winning the next 2. India after getting beaten in every international over here , thumping us in the ODI's and then England winning the T20 match. Now SA showing it by coming back from 96 all out and a near 200 run deficit to skittle Aus for 47 and then hold their nerve with bat. Now can Aus show it in the 2nd test

  • JG2704 on November 12, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    @landl47 - Lol at your comms re the delusion of Randy Oz

  • Aax1m on November 12, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    ‎12 March 2006 at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. Australia scored 434 for 4 off their 50 overs & in reply, South Africa scored 438-9. 9,10,11 November 2011 Played at Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa 236 for 2 (Amla 112, Smith 101*) and 96 (Watson 5-17, Harris 4-33) beat Australia 284 (Clarke 151, Steyn 4-55) and 47 (Philander 5-15, Morkel 3-9) by eight wickets something fishy here hmmmm !!

  • bumsonseats on November 12, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    as a home or neutral supporter u can say a great match. bet the aussies dont say that of this game. we said in 05 birmingham test similar. another 3 runs the they would have said great game. bet its not on the aussies xmas present list a dvd of the game from santa. dpk

  • bjg62 on November 12, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    I am one who doesn't place all the blame on conditions for Australia's dismal batting... Isn't there anyone around any more who can grind out runs these days? Everyone seems to be in such a hurry these days to score runs. And talk about technique - no one seems to maintain balance when batting these days (ie keep your head still) - Ponting falling across his stumps and trapped lbw & not to mention Haddins deplorable shot in second innings. I can't see any improvement in Australia's batting against quality bowling since the Ashes debacle last summer. Hopefully, the new Australian coach will be able to sort out the players who can bat properly and send those who can't bat (or have lazy techniques) back to Shield cricket or the IPL.

  • Jabulani on November 12, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    To all of those who are blaming the pitch, show me one wicket that was caused by a rogue ball? Not one of the wickets were from a ball that had misbehaved due to the pitch. The wickets did fall due to players not being used to lateral movement, this wicket was very reminiscent of what wickets were like in the 90's where there was a fairer battle between bat and ball, not like the runways of today.

    To those Indian and Sri Lankan fans trying to draw parallels between Newlands and Galle or the few Indian pitches that have been criticised, "Leave your patriotism aside (this is not you vs us)" and look at the dismissals. This test did not have any that were a direct result of a misbehaving pitch unlike the know bad pitches of the past.

  • yorkslanka on November 12, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    if SA continue to play like this, next summers contest between Eng and SA will be a cracker and probably too close to call, even in English conditions as the proteas have a superb bowling line up now and a solid batting line up...cant wait...as for those who say that Aus are #2 in the world, i would disagree personally, and think they are fourth after Eng, SA and Ind...these four teams are far ahead of the chasing pack in terms of test cricket...

  • on November 12, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    To the conditions argument I'd like to add this. The conditions did get easier for the last Aus pair because the ball (finally) got older and softer. Had the top order done its job in seeing off the new ball threat then this collapse would not have occurred.

  • bumsonseats on November 12, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    ranndy oz u never fail to amuse. but iv the following to say. the pitch on day 1 was not fit for test cricket. by not fit i mean there was to much moisture, as the norn in SA the grass to long. further for australia to get over 275 was basically bad bowling by SA on that wicket on that day, england would have got them out for under 100. so 92 on day 2 to me was a pretty poor score also. the aussie bowlers did what the saffers should have done on day 1. clarke to say on the toss he would have batted, beggers belief. so win the toss win the match did not come into it. its nice to see some of our favorite aussie supporters back. ( as they say better late than never ) . now the last point well it had to be as the aussie score in their 2nd innings. it was the worst batting iv seen in over 45 years of watching cricket , but i loved it, 47 all out, but 21 would have been better. they should thank the 2 best batters on the day lyon and siddle. i had a smirk on my face all day. dpk

  • hhillbumper on November 12, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    RandyOz. You are a truely blessed individual.Despite all evidence you still proclaim yourself the second best team.Mate Bangladesh would give you a wallpoing at present.As for all your jokes re England looking at South African bowlers I think you will find all our bowlers recently except Meaker and Dernbach are English born.The last two mentioned should not be picked. We have Woakes,Harris,Finn and in a few years Topley.Maybe with people like yourself will explain why Australia have fallen so far.Why don't you get your dvd out of when you had a decent team.Or you can watch the Ashes from last year and explain how unlucky you got.

  • 5wombats on November 12, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    @JG2704 hey mate. The wombats have been pursuing them and sinking their sharp little teeth into them for months. It doesn't make any difference - in spite of the 4-0 whitewash, which renders the credibility of these posters as zero - they are carrying on as if nothing happened! Brazen and ridiculous.

  • on November 12, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    A most unaustralian performance. Despite what some of you are saying, I don't believe the pitch had much to do with the hapless aussie batting. Sure, it nipped around a bit, but a decent technique and better shot selection was the key the aussies simply couldn't find. I also worry about their bowling attack. When shane Watson is your leading wicket taker something doesn't add up...This really isn't the Australia of Mgrath, Warne and co., and it may be a long time before 11 guys of that stature don the baggy green again. As an Englishman I'm hardly crying into my (warm) beer...;D

  • fearless69 on November 12, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    As a neutral fan, it's a great time to watch cricket.. Viewers can expect tight matches.. All teams are equal.. there won't be any 1 sided contests.. Australia should worry for their batting.. I think ponting should retire now, his time's up!! // Africa won the match, credit goes to Gary kirsten.. I'm indian

  • on November 12, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    With all the reporting of the match not once as it been suggested that SA was the better side on the day by Australian news media funny that still think they number one so they think, need to give the young guys a go lose a match or to that how you build great sides

  • tdobbo on November 12, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    I agree with Freddie, the aussies are chokers. Marcio, can't help but laugh at your comments, very funny indeed you must be getting paid by someone to write that tripe

  • Marcio on November 12, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Those suggesting the conditions didn't have a huge baring on the outcome of the game are not facing the facts. Go back and read what Michael Clarke said at the end of DAY 1 of the game. "The pitch had lots in it for the bowlers when it was overcast, but it was like a different pitch when the sun came out, and it was a good batting strip." When the 19 wickets fell for 95 odd runs, it was a totally different pitch than by the afternoon of day 2, and Day 3 there was just no comparison. And those saying this is a terrible Australia team, get real. They won 4/6 games on this tour before this test. They also led by 180+ on the first innings of this test too, bowling and fielding superbly. If SA had batted another 20 overs in their second innings, it would have been AUS batting in sunny conditions on the 3rd day. That's the way it goes sometimes. Bring on the next game, and hopefully AUS will remove a couple of pieces of dead wood from the team, but mass changes are not required.

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on November 12, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    @ JG2704 ' bouncebackability ' , eh ? Hmm , like it !! I think you've just created a new phrase mate , well done !! :)

    @RandyOz et al - a very bad loss for you but , come on , up and at 'em in Jo'burg !

  • PradyunJagan on November 12, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Don't think Aus batsmen should be overly criticized. It was a freak innings and that's about it. I don't think philander is that a class bowler to repeat this frequently. Steyn's pace has considerably decreased as well. It is sad to see a world class fast bowler bowl at 130K. I dont know if ponting should go or not but please take mitch out of the team.

  • 5wombats on November 12, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    Yes - I know Copeland didn't play. cricinfo didn't post my follow up which was; That was the joke - Copeland was better than Siddle even though Copeland didn't play.... hence the brackets. Hopefully cricinfo will post this.

  • JG2704 on November 12, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    @BattosaiXX - The ICC rankings - with 3 English bowlers in top 10 , and 5 in the top 25 would render your comms as laughable

  • JG2704 on November 12, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas - Why are people like you so blinkered in your views? As I (if these posts get published) and others have mentioned , there were batsmen who scored well on this pitch.Even on the 2nd day when all the wickets fell , Australia put on 70 for the last 2 wickets and SA were 49-1 and 73-3 in the 1st inns and were 81-1 on close of play. Are you trying to tell me that the pitch misbehaved only for the middle part of that day? Also there was little/no inconsistant bounce to speak of.

  • JG2704 on November 12, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    @5Wombats - I still feel SA will be a huge test for England in England. I think they may have been a little complacent in their 1st inns and Australia were a little excited in the 2nd inns. Have you noticed the folk booing about conditions of the pitch - if it happened in our country etc ? Please post this cric info as surely we have a right to debate such ridiculous comms

  • 2929paul on November 12, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    I still think Day 2 was poor Test batting and decent bowling and putting blame on the conditions is just searching for excuses. After all, the Saffers ended the day on 81-1. Look at some of the dismissals. Rudolph missed a straight one. Smith bowled, played on, playing with an angled bat. Kallis edged an attempted hook - poor shot selection. Prince missed a straight full toss. Watson missed a straight one and should have reviewed it. Hughes did his usual and gave the slips catching practice. Ponting did his usual and played around his pads to a straight one. Hussey guided one to gulley for catching practice. Haddin played a T20 shot. Johnson slapped a long hop to gulley. When Smith and Amla gritted their teeth and got stuck in - like Clarke and Marsh did in the first innings - they could score runs. To my mind, the best cricket was Steyn's bowling and Clarke's batting on Day 1. Day 2 was exciting but the standard of cricket was not as good.

  • JG2704 on November 12, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    I notice that some folk are booing about conditions (if it happened in our country..) even when their team isn't playing.Isn't it about time they released the chip of their shoulder? As I explained in another post , the fact that Aus added 70 runs for the last 2 wkts in the 1st inns , SA were 49-1 and 73-3 in their 1st inns and were 81-1 directly after the Aus collapse suggested that the pitch wasn't as bad as the batsmen made it look , even on the 2nd day. That is unless you say it started playing up in the middle of the day and then played true again later on? I can't predict what comments will come from the Aus fans but most have either blamed bad batting, bad selection or both , but not bad conditions. Even in Australia's 2nd inns their final pair scored more than the top 9 combined , are we to believe that conditions suddenly got better for them?

  • SuperSharky on November 12, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Allan Donald will be happy the way the Zaffers bowled and Gary Kirsten would surely appreciate the second innings comeback. I think the Zaffers got a better bowling attack than the Auzzies, but I don't think you will see 23 wickets fall in one day at The Wanderers in Johannesburg. I feel the game is still on, although the Auzzies sits now under tremendous pressure and are now one down in the psychological test. But even with Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin playing, I still think the Auzzies got the juice to comeback.

  • on November 12, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    congratz to southafrica on their convincing victory. superb performnce shown by amla and smith and african bowlers

  • Patchmaster on November 12, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    @ Randy OZ - you need to get a DVD out of the last two ashes series - AUS got thumped, big time. ENG are way ahead of Aus, as are India and SA.

  • on November 12, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    i just dont understand why Amla after compltion of his century didnot help to smith for completingn his century like Kallis helped him by refusing a legbye

  • on November 12, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Wow. Entertaining!

    Granted - only one game, but South Africa are showing glimpses of ominous form. If Philander can keep going after this magnificant debut, alongside Steyn and Morkel, and if Tahir can come to the fore, they could have a seriously scary attack. That's not even counting Kallis' very handy medium/fast bowling! Not sure about Rudolph still, and with Boucher and Philander at 7 and 8 maybe their lower-middle order is vulnerable.

    Australia. Hmmm. Can't help but feel Ponting, Johnson, Haddin and Siddle could so with some time out of the team to regain form. Khawaja deserves a run in the team, but I can't see Ponting getting dropped so he'll only come in if Marsh is unfit. Without a ready replacement, Haddin is going to have to find form somehow, and I'm not convinced Paine is a Test match wicket-keeper; he's more of a ODI/T20 player. Johnson's reputation is dropping faster every game, but again, due to the squad, Cummins will replace Siddle, thus keeping a left-arm option.

  • Optic on November 12, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    @Marcio That's the thing though mate, as they said in commentary on quite a few occasions as the Aussies collapsed, it was bright sunshine out there not a cloud in the sky. On top of that your batting line up has had how many failures the last couple of years, there's too many passengers in the team imo that should have been replaced some time ago. You've been bowled out for less than 3 figures 3 times in the last 12 months,In 25 years before that, 277 Test matches, you were bowled out for double figures only once, that is pretty damning. I don't think you can take much from the SL series, yes you played decent cricket and won a test but the SL's have one of the most toothless attack's going and they also seem to be going through their own problems at the moment. The funny thing is I agree with you, the Aussie side can pick themselves up and win the odd test , we've seen it and I don't think this SA side is all that, as they showed with their own collapse.

  • on November 12, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Mazdonal. 98% of us there were Africans, me included.

  • Optic on November 12, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    @Brenton1 Beating this comedy Aus side in your own back yard, after being bowled out yourselves for less than 100, does not make you the No1 team, I mean how long is it since you won a series at home, less of the hyperbole.

  • jmcilhinney on November 12, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    @Param Connur, he knows what the rankings are but he just doesn't care. He's Australian and he wants Australia to be the best so they are. Every fan is a bit biased towards their own team but then there are some who go a bit beyond that. There's a whole generation of Australian cricket fans that grew up with Australia dominating world cricket and for them winning was the default. They never learned what losing felt like because Australia were so good for so long. Those days are past though but some have yet to come to terms with that. You've got to feel sorry for him, poor little guy. Australia are a long way from dominating anything though, so there will be at least as many losses as wins for some time to come.

  • harshthakor on November 12, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    Congrats to South Africa for pulling of one of test Crickets most sensational turnabouts to beat their arch-rivals,the Aussies.If they consistently reproduce such performances and display such spirit they could well take over the mantle of the champion test team which they have come close to in recent years.What is lacking is consistency and very often they falter after achieving great successes in the lat 15 years.S.African pace attack the most lethal of all and Philanderer was absolutely sensational.S.Africa needs to work on strengthening their batting middle order which is often prone to collapses.

    Overall the game was a great win for test Cricket.

  • Marcio on November 12, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    People are taking too much from one game. The Australian team has been playing excellent cricket since Clarke took over, and winning most of their games in all three formats. One bad game, no matter how terrible, does not a summer make. Nor does this win define the S African team, not taking anything away from them. To get a bit of perspective, it pays to keep in mind that if the weather had remained overcast for the entirety of the game, and the pitch had not dramatically improved, Australia would have won this game, beyond any reasonable doubt, even after their dismal second innings performance. Remember, SA lost 9 for 49 on the second day, Australia 10 for 47. Those figures are almost identical. There's no reason that Australia can't pick themselves up and win the 2nd test. This is a potentially very good team. But they must replace Johnson, and perhaps one or two others. Selectors cannot continue to reward mediocre performance.

  • on November 12, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    The Problem rise in Australian attack at the moment even though their Batting has been big Blunder in the second inning being rolled out for paltry 47 But 236 still score they could have defended on the basis of last Three inning in the same Kingsmead Pitch in spite of that Proteas Handsomely crushed the Aussies by 8 wicket in their 236 runsOn the Current Aussie line up now one in the Side Can be called as Express bowler even though Mitchel Johnson can claimed to be but he is wayward addition to that Aussies failed to find the spinner even regarded as class of International level rather than suitable replacement of their spin Wizard Shane Warne stillwide range of concern

  • on November 12, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    Just goes to show what modern day cricket, especially T20 cricket has done to the mindset of modern day batsmen......they would prefer getting out and cool their heels in the dressing room rather than fight it out against bowler friendly conditions

  • RandyOZ on November 12, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Amla is the best batsman in the world at the moment. Stunning hundred although was dropped twice. Reminds me of Punter in his heyday this bloke.

  • veerakannadiga on November 12, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Australia being decimated like this is a worry for cricket.As it is only 8-10 countries play cricket, out of which WI is not a super power anymore,Pakistan is in crisis,Bangladesh & Zim are yet to take off,India,NZ & SL are struggling. SA and England are the only two teams that are way ahead of the rest. This does not augur well for Test Cricket. The fact that in a cricket crazy country like India only 5000 people turned up to watch the one day mtch btwn India and England at Calcutta is a case to ponder. Even club cricket in India used to attract more crowds.Overdose of cricket could be one reason.Unless all the cricket playing nations pull up their socks and start competing real hard it is curtains for cricket. AMEN.

  • landl47 on November 12, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Got to love RandyOz, beaten three times by an innings by England in Australia, beaten twice in a two-game series by India, bowled out by SA for 47 and somehow he thinks Aus are #2. I don't know where your head is, RO, but I bet it's dark in there.

  • timmyw on November 12, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    @RandoyOZ - Australia, second in the world? You have to be joking right? Bangladesh has a better bowling attack than us. If we were number two in the world why do two of our strike bowlers leak runs all the time? Siddle and johnson are terrible, the amount of times I have seen them shove the ball onto and outside the leg stump, hips, legs you name it. They leak runs like a tap with a tissue washer. To be 2nd in the world we need a good bowling attack and ours is mediocre at best. We need an attack that can build pressure in pressure situations, not an attack that just lets the pressure off at any opportunity and allows quick runs. Australia 2nd.... pfeh. Don't even get me started on our batsman.

  • on November 12, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    @RandyOZ..what sport are you talking about when you say Aus is the real #2, maybe you are delusional, or still fast asleep and dreaming. Yes they were #1 for years and years, but facts are facts and recent performances say they are #5, and let us not forget it. Being charitable to them, since Pak has not really had too much test cricket lately, or else would be #6. So please get up and smell the coffee.

  • jmcilhinney on November 12, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    @Saket Waghmode, notice how batting seemingly became easier on this wicket by the third? Do spinning wickets in the subcontinent get easier to bat on as the game progresses? That is the big difference and the reason that it is not a double standard. @Brenton1, SA were bowled out for 96 in the first innings and they showed who is the best team in the world? England fans have been informed by some that beating Australia 3-1 in Australia with three innings victories didn't really count because Australia aren't the great team they were anymore. I don't accept that but I also don't accept that this one test on home soil where they were down by 188 after the first innings proves that SA are a worthy #1. The ICC rankings are based on performance over time so negating England's #1 ranking based on this one wacky game seem just slightly unjustified.

  • jmcilhinney on November 12, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    @RandyOz, if that was the first post of yours that I'd read I would have thought that you were trying to be funny. The fact that you weren't trying is what actually makes it funny.

  • RandyOZ on November 12, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    Punter, Haddin, Jono, Siddle - ALL HAVE TO GO. Fergusen or Khawaja to come in. Any of George, Coulter-Nile, Butterworth, Hazlewood, Pattinson, Starc, M. Marsh, Cummins to come in for the bowling. We have incredible stocks, lets start using them!

  • on November 12, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    To RandyOz: What on earth made you think Aus is #2 side ? The top 3 are Eng, SA and Ind in that order and Aus is way below 4th almost closer to SL 5th, & Pak 6th ranked sides. Aus is no more a top side - you are 2 years behind reality.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/rankings/content/page/211271.html Matches Points Rating England 37 4634 125 South Africa 21 2469 118 India 37 4336 117 Australia 31 3224 104 Sri Lanka 31 3062 99 Pakistan 28 2757 98

  • on November 12, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    Incredible Test Match seen over the years! Day 2 was the most amazing oeriod of play with the tables turning every session! Congrats to the Proteas for standing to their ground and with some brilliant batting techniques adapted by smith n amla guiding them to a great victory! Looks like the Mighty australians got a taste of their own medicine and the beginning of their downfall looks inevitable!

  • on November 12, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    @ randyOz number two? might want to check the test rankings again bud

  • Marcio on November 12, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    I think people are jumping the gun a bit here. This is hardly "the weakest Australian attack ever", as someone below wrote. The team has been playing well this season, and let's not forget that. How did they bowl SA out for 90 odd runs if they are so weak? However Johnson must be dropped immediately. He is not a test standard bowler & we have many better who can replace him. Siddle tries hard, but in in my opinion is also not amongst our best bowlers. If Australian cricket is so poor, how have they just managed to beat SA and SL in two consecutive ODI series? They also just beat SL in SL in a test series, and that is not easy, even despite SLs weakened present team. Selectors need to remove non-performing players, & that means Haddin and Ponting too. I have no doubt AUS can bounce back & win the 2nd test. If weather & conditions had remained the same on day 3 as for days 1 & 2, AUS would have won this 1st game, and probably by a big margin. It might pay to keep that in mind.

  • heathrf1974 on November 12, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    Australian batting in the second innings was woeful but they should take heart from claiming 9 for about 40 on a helpful wicket. But the Aussies need some changes to their batting. What a bizarre test and a bizzare wicket.

  • RandyOZ on November 12, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    The two best teams in the world and SA got us. I guess that's why we are the real number two. Well played SA, just watch your stocks England are circling. Our attack was toothless as others have said. Siddle and Johnson to be dropped ASAP.

  • thebill970 on November 12, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    Well done South Africa but this victory speaks volumes about the state of Australian cricket. South Africa had not played a test match in nearly a year and we still couldn't beat them. Johnson, the most over-rated bowler in the game should now be dropped (he should have been dropped 2 years ago, but that's another story) and Cummins or Copeland or some other promising young bloke should be given a go. It is a travesty of Austrlian cricket that such a sub-standard, wayward bowler as Johnson remains in the team and prevents some young bowler from getting a go. I believe Haddin should be dropped as this is not the first time he has wantonly abandoned the team by throwing his wicket away. In this day and age you don't keep a man in the side on wicket-keeping alone - he must be able to bat. I think time's also up for Ponting as it has been a long time since we've seen a century from him. There are also others on borrowed time but I've run out of space to comment.

  • on November 12, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    This is the kind of pitch we need for test matches, everywhere. It truly tests both batsmen & bowlers.It separates true skills from showmanship. Men from boys in cricket. It is a shame, that there is no system to applaud the curators' great work. No special rewards or awards.They come into the picture, only when things go terribly wrong, and when everyone is in search of scapegoats.

  • Biggus on November 11, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    Incomprehensible batting initially from SA in their first innings and then this great debacle from us in our second. I didn't manage to watch all that much of the game but from what I saw the pitch seemed 'sporting' but hardly diabolical. Poor technique and lack of mental application seem to be at the root of this. It surely must be time to bring out the axe and start chopping. I think Copeland would have bowled well on this surface, and Cummins should be looked at as well. Up until now I've been in favour of retaining Ponting in the belief that he just had to come good at some point but I'm starting to think it's time for the little fellow to go. Haddin must be a goner, I'm sick of 'Maybe next time Mitch' and have been for some time. Harris seemed down on pace but I'd hang on to him. Most of all I want to see two solid openers picked and I don't care if they're not flashy, as long as they can hang around and make the bowlers work for their scalps. Five hard years in front of us.

  • mazdonal on November 11, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    What a lovely ground and wonderful to see so many people in a festive, picnic mood. Where were the Africans, though?

  • spence1324 on November 11, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    @BattosaiXX seams you are chest pumping a bit here,did Sa not get bowled out for 96? @5wombats is right you bat like that in england jimmey anderson and co will have SA's pants down!

  • Lmaotsetung on November 11, 2011, 22:48 GMT

    @m_rbhat - SPOT ON! Hardly a minefield of a pitch when there were 3 centuries and with one being 150+. Batting techniques are being called into question once there is a hint of assistance to the bowlers. This track was no where near as bouncy as say Perth or swinging as much as Trent Bridge. Just a good competitive surface where batsmen need to apply themselves. Just look at SA's 2nd inning. A couple drop catches, a few edges between slips and gully but that's cricket. If any had gone to hand, would have been a different story and both Smith and Amla played beautifully and carefully. Once the target was in sight we all saw how easy they were able to score. This people is TEST Cricket. A test of the mental strength and techniques (both bat n ball) of everyone involved. Stray on line and length you get whacked for a boundary...play the wrong line you lose your off stump. That's the beauty of test cricket.

  • Lmaotsetung on November 11, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    LOL@people comparing this pitch to sub standard pitches in sub-continent. Good sporting pitch with both teams having a chance to win regardless of the toss.

  • dsig3 on November 11, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    Wombats you need to get your facts straight. Obviously you have not been watching any of this test match as you got some facts very wrong. You must be still basking in your glory and resting on your laurels, just like after the ashes in 2005. Live it up while you can mate but leave the comments to people who have a clue.

  • InnocentGuy on November 11, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    @Will Aussies be the new WI? LOL. It'll be interesting if that happens, and then if WI had the sanity to bring Gayle/Pollard/Bravo back and actually build a good Test team while Aus continue to crumble, at some point in the future when such a collapse happens again in some other team, people will ask "Is this team the new Aus?" :D How I wish there were 3 or 5 tests, and SA complete a whitewash and head to England and pummel the poms.

  • JG2704 on November 11, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    @5Wombats - Sorry to pick you up on something but Copeland wasn't in the Australian side. Lyon (who may be the guy who you are confusing him with) did and bowled 3 overs in the whole match. Not sure if there was an injury to him but if not , having a number 11 bowl a total of 3 overs in a test match has to be an awful selection.

  • on November 11, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    congrats proteas,love hashim amla 's batting

  • on_the_level on November 11, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    Hmmmm, this one needs to be looked into by the ACSU.

  • on November 11, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    Small error - New Zealand's success against India in 2002 was the Hamilton Test, not the Wellington Test.

  • on November 11, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    Where's News of the World when you need it. Australia dismissed for their lowest score in 100 aftre getting a lead of 188!! They didn't even get out at such a low score on uncovered pitches in England~!

  • Q72941 on November 11, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Now, that is how an interesting Test match is played. Well done Team SA. Please take a head from this & never get under pressure from now on. Good Luck

  • BattosaiXX on November 11, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    @5wombats , England best bowling attack? HAHAHAHAHAHAAHA, Australia Part timers are better than England bowling attack, who cant bowl anywhere else beside extreme bowler friendly pitches. Got swept in INDIA after whitewashing them in England. England bowlers are nothing, their stats only good cause of playing in England. Cricket my friend is an international sport. South Africa bowling would pawn england. England bowling is only better than Bangladesh, India, West Indies and Zim. England # position is only there till they go out and tour another country. Australia is going downhill, however beating them is always fun.

  • OhhhhMattyMatty on November 11, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    Aus team next year: Katich(c), Warner, Khawaja, Marsh, Clarke, Watson, Wade(wk), O'Keefe, Harris, Copeland, Cummins. Mediocre. But the best they have! 5-0 in the next Ashes!

  • Marcio on November 11, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    So, @maximum6 the Aussie bowling is "a bit plain and straight up and down". How do you then explain the fact that they bowled out SA for 96 in the first innings? Or shall we just pretend that didn't happen, and that only the batter-friendly conditions of the second innings was real? Genuine evaluation is not selective, but inclusive.

  • nlambda on November 11, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    What this shows is that there is nothing "superior" about the Aussie "system". Around 2007 there was a lot of talk of how the Aussie social attitudes and coaching system bred better players. Ian Chappell wrote a big article about this after the 2nd test of the 2007 Ashes. People like me believed it. Now you realize that Australians were just "lucky" to have 5 great players and 4-5 other very good ones all at the same time. Once the greats retired, the system is not throwing up any other good replacements. Just accept that the 1999-2007 period was due to extraordinary good fortune and such a strong team may not be seen for decades now...

  • Rakim on November 11, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Way to go SA!! Hashim is da man!!

  • Shan_Karthic on November 11, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Can't understand some comments; One of the great Test matches of all time? Why is it acceptable for a pitch to assist fast bowlers to take 23 wickets but when a subcontinent pitch assists spinners then the pitch is reported and reprimanded? Anyone remember recent Aus tour of SL?

  • trueindian on November 11, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Great Test!! Is it the nest Gen SAFFA era coming to dawn??? I think so. Ho, they are unbeatable. Amla, Steyn, Morkel, Rudolph and de Villers and also Philander. Believe me, the next era will be built around these guys. Many more memorable and exciting eras 2 come.....Poor Clarke...He was alone..in batting..in fielding...

    Tahir had an ordinary game...remember it was a seaming wicket and the ball wasnt doing anything like spin! He will play next Test. Well, Australia has got too much a problem (which is usual with a losing team). Usman Khawaja is getting his due next perhaps in place of Marsh. Ricky, better watch. Well, to summarise, it was fantastic, especially reading all the commentaries by Nitin and Co. Well done. SA winning series 2-0 (?)

  • Marcio on November 11, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    I'm sure that nObody in the media will write this, it was obvious that the deciding factor in thie game was the weather. Not taking anything away from SA, but it was the same bowlers who bowled out SA for 90 odd, at less than ten runs a wicket as who took 2/240 at 120 runs wicket in the second innings. I'm sure many will want to attribute the massive difference to SA determination or Ausralian lack of will (clearly ability was no different from one day to the next) , but the reality is that conditions were the prime mitigating factor . Sure, there were a couple of dropped catches, but that made little difference. SA lost 9/47 on day two, AUS 10/49, almost identiacal figures, then the pitch began to dry out. The same AUS team that led by 190 runs on the first innings will be fronting up in the second test. All things being equal, AUS will have a good chance of winning. I predict AUS will win the 2nd test.

  • DazTaylor on November 11, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Why all the talk about Austalia being bowled out for 47? Yes it is truly shocking, no question. But SA got bundled out for 97 against one of the poorest Australian attacks in memory. Bat like that in England next summer and SA will lose each test match by an innings.

  • jaykdane81 on November 11, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Congratulations Saffa!!! Well done... Please repeat this next year against the Poms and I will become a permanent fan..

  • salilnagvekar on November 11, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Once again proved that the quality of batsmenship has deteriorated considerably through out the world. Slightest of movement or some spin is enough for most line ups to collapse. Its high time the administrators strike balance a make the game more bowler friendly. The shot played by Brad Haddin was an absolute insult to test cricket, may be an effect of t20.

  • on November 11, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    What a match. It is a clear sign that it will be very difficult for Aussies to fill up the greats. I am want to see what they have performed after ponting`s retirement. Ponting, Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar, Chanderpaul and even kallis: Take the right decision about retirement. You should follw the path of Warne, Lara, Muralitharan & even Dada. They retired in a perfect time.

  • Rajeev129 on November 11, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    Please do not blame the pitch it did really well. Aussie batsman should take the full responsibility of this defeat especially triple H's and Ponting. I never seen Hussey making so many comments before a match by saying that Safari's are short of match practice and said that we got advantage over them. Ultimately what they proved in this match is that the present Australian batsman is just not afraid of facing a quality spin attack also shear pace attack. Lets see how do they recover from this match.

  • Romenevans on November 11, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Aus collapsed against philander's lil movement both ways, lol what they'll do against Praveen Kumar's wobbles, when India will tour them?

  • IndiaNumeroUno on November 11, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    "best bowling attack in the world (Anderson, Tremlett, Broad, Bresnan, Finn, Swann, etc...) " ?

    ..still got thrashed 5-0 in India :-)

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 11, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    I'm sure if it was India who crumbled like this in their batting, the daggers would have been out on BCCI, Indian 'flat' pitches that don't aid fast bowling and, of course, IPL. Also, if this kind of a collapse happened on spin friendly tracks of India the daggers would have been out to declare it unfit and underprepared pitch when grazing field pitches in SA and England easily pass up as spicy, juicy, sporting and some such hilarious stuff. I say it again, the pitches in England, SA and Australia have to be closely scrutinised and sanctions should be in place against such horrible monotonous grazing field pitches.

  • on November 11, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Congratulations SA! Well done!!!

  • 5wombats on November 11, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    @ashes61 - hey mate! Agreed. South Africa folded to 96 all out against an "attack" consisting of Johnson (LOL), a rookie (Copeland), Harris, and a part-time bowler. 96 all out against that! The wombats were laughing! How on Gods Green Earth are those SA batsmen going to get on in England against the best bowling attack in the world (Anderson, Tremlett, Broad, Bresnan, Finn, Swann, etc...) on their home pitches? It'll be fun to watch! As for Australia -? Well, this has been coming; the 2010 Boxing Day Test followed by what happened at Sydney should have given the Aussies fair warning. But nothing seems to have been done. Ponting, incredibly - is still there. Haddin - simply for playing that shot that he got himself out with yesterday - should also be dropped. Johnson isn't good enough. Hughes? shame! Without Hauritz Aus still have no spinner worth the mention. Instead Clarke kicks out Katich! Make the changes now and take the pain for 2 or 3 years, otherwise Aus is going nowhere fast.

  • on November 11, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Well done Proteas - I was fortunate to watch the second day at the grounds. Brilliant recovery South Africa - well done Gary Kirsyen.

  • Puffin on November 11, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Questions may well be asked about that pitch. I know, it makes a change from all those boring batfests. But should a test match be played on a surface that goes from minefield to straightforward one day to the next? Or is it just some lousy Aussie batting? Partly the latter I think, seeing what happened last winter.

    What a shame the series is half over already.

  • AllroundCricketFan on November 11, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Well done SA. What a game. One of the best Tests this century. Amla - batting genius and serenity personified; Smith - back to his best. Philander - for a debut - five for- that must have hurt the aussies/ Amazing feat from these 3, unlucky Clarke even though you gave the aussies some respectability in the 1st innings. If only ICC had given us 5 tests to enjoy.

  • on November 11, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Congratulations, South Africa.. Especially after conceding such a huge lead in the first innings. We, Indian Cricket fans just finished celebrating such an experience. Just like two proven players saw you through safely in the 4th innings, two of our proven veterans saw the Indian team thru its 4th innings too. You got a debutante bowler with a five for. We also got a debutante bowler with a five for. Amazingly, a lot of similarities. But you guys were great!

  • on November 11, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    Only regret from this match? Missing the world record by 21 runs!!

  • 2.14istherunrate on November 11, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Aussies in meltdown? will they be the 'new' west Indies? Bowling is a bit plain,given watson can't bowl all the overs.Mitch is a joke, though he does get wickets, and Siddle and Harris are straight up and down, journeymen at best.As ponting heads off into the sunset, clarke will be left with a sinking ship. What a dainty dish to set before a king!! Perhaps warney'll return here too.

  • on November 11, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    Wow...now that's what I call test cricket...well done SA!

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on November 11, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    I am eagerly waiting for the "Daniel Brettig report" for the match . I am wondering how he would fit the usual "Australian cricket superiority" in it. Congrats to South Africa, but i still feel they have a fragile middle order . If they can have a settled middle order then they are in for a lot of good times.

  • Gordo85 on November 11, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    What an interesting match it was. When South Africa were all out for 96 about 80% of me thought they were gone but however I never lost belief in them at all. One of my favourite things about the South African cricket team in any form of cricket is that they have this never say die attitude. Australia need some serious changes but maybe having too many New South Wales players in the team didn't help too much and I am meaning Hughes and Haddin. Haddin in my mind his Test Cricket carrer is over at age 34 which I think is a good call because he is too old and can't make runs and it is time to bring a younger keeper in the team. The worry for me is if Hughes chances are they will bring in another player from NSW to replace him but Ed Cowan would be good. Also if you end up getting rid of Michael Hussey then Usman would in my mind replace him and if you replace Ponting it should be Ferguson,Cosgrove but stay away from NSW. Johnson should be dropped for Cummins next Test one wicket in match.

  • on November 11, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Where's jonesy2 when you need him...?

  • BabishMohan on November 11, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    There is a definite lack of class in both the teams when wicket had something in it.This once again proves alien conditions are difficult for non subcontinent teams as well.There are no talks of chin music here as both teams which are born and brought up in the familair conditions were bowled out atleast once under 100.

  • Yevghenny on November 11, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    I've tried writing "sympathies to Australia" whilst keeping a straight face, but it's too hard. Instead I can appreciate what the aussie supporters must be feeling like right now as it wasn't too long ago the Windies smashed England for 50 all out to win by an innings. Things like this can either build the side's character or smash it to pieces, it really depends on who they've got in that dressing room. Long live test cricket!

  • i_witnessed_2011 on November 11, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    @davidpk: I do not think this was a poor pitch. 3 centuries ( one 150+ score) have been scored at very good run rate all three days. I think it was all about adapting to condition on a particular day. T20 is not killing bowlers actually. It is killing batsmen. Offer them a pitch and condition with some assistance to bowlers, They will succumb like never before!.

  • on November 11, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Only two batsmen managed to make double figures twice in the game: Smith and Rudolph, the opening pair for South Africa. In a game where the hard ball ruled completely, all the openers had a torrid time in all four innings. It was not a game for opening batsmen, indeed the worst test for the top-order in history. And then, after the first 25 overs have gone by, the conditions suddenly turn into a batting paradise. One word comes to mind: WEIRD. Smith completely outscored everyone else barring Clark, so much for all the Biff-haters. He had more luck than any other opener but he sure knows how to rub it in! The most important conclusion (if any) that can be drawn from this freak game, is that the Proteas have learnt how to fight back. After seventeen quick wickets fell in no time, they came out in the second innings in an attacking, positive mood. Gutsy!

  • Praxis on November 11, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Fans will remember this match, for a long long time.

  • TheRobotINDIAN on November 11, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Here the match over in three days with so many wickets tumbling in a day, are all saying "Wow wat a match....great wicket"... if the same happens in india and the wicket is spinner friendly and the match over in three days or the fourth day... all say "bad wicket....".....

  • PACERONE on November 11, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Clarke,Smith and Amla showed that batsmen who play sound cricket strokes can play well on any surface.Check out the great Gary Sobers. I enjoyed their batting.

  • Srini_Indian on November 11, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Australia now being dismissed under 100 3 times in a couple of years. They are blown away by the swing and seam. Its funny how these players brought in seaming and bouncing pitches but can't play swinging ball. Would be nice if Australia go on to lose even badly in Jo-burg

  • Antomann on November 11, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    I guess the Aussie players will be hurting after this one, but it doesn't mean much. A one-off freak poor innings cost us the game. A bigger problem is our attack, which looks feeble. Siddle still no better than a journeyman, and Johnson has had enough chances. Steyn is the best bowler in the world and has proved that again. If he can stay free of injuries, he'll go down as one of the greats.

  • Srini_Indian on November 11, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Ha ha ha, loving it. 21/9??? lol Would be happy if England breaks the record of lowest ever test score set by NZ, Australia threatened to take that record.

  • on November 11, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Its India vs NewZealand in Hamilton and not Wellignton!!!!

  • on November 11, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    tee hee - the ozzies at 6s and 7s again. it must be incredibly frustatiing to 1st punter, and now pup, that they really dont know what they are going to get from their main strike weapon until they throw him the ball, How can you execute plans if your a bowler light from ball 1? the only option for them that i can see is to drop him, and then watson down the order to provide more bowling backup to whoever replaces him - at least then they might have consistancy. But let the chaos reign. its very satisfying watching them tie themselves in knots trying to get back to the top when they simply dont have the personel to do it. Bring on the Proteas next summer? it will be a marvelous, if too short, series competed by the undoubted best 2 test teams in the world and should make for some great test matches.

  • Integrity1 on November 11, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    @indicricket, this test match and the 96 match in Ahmedabad have nothing in common. The Ahmedabad pitch WAS substandard and, like in many other cases when you play cricket in India, the match was lost at the toss of the coin. Were it not for Fanie de Villier's 1st innings 67 (he was playing reverse sweeps throughout his innings) the match would have gone according to this predictable script: . Home team wins toss, bats, posts up score . Pitch deteriorates on day 2 and visitors fall short of a lead . Pitch deteriorates even more and home team is bundled out for low score. (Local commentators intentionally hype up the visitors' fightback) . Visiting team gets thrashed Watch the Ahmedabad match again. You will notice that during Fanie's first innings, puffs of dust were exploding out of the pitch whenever the ball hit the ground) Perhaps thats where the term, "dustbowl" comes from? . Visi

  • on November 11, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    The bizarre slump has given rise to a serious debate about the technique being emoloyed by the contemporary batsmen against swing bowling, rather quality swing I should say... but the sight which really hurt was the way a highly accomplished batsman like huss departed,,,, you certainly dont expect dravid, mahela or huss to tackle 134-37 kph deliveries away from their body like a rookie... dravid showed his spirit in england... such fighting spirit is expected from mr cricket as well, hopefully he does better at wanderers... gr8 performance by the ever smiling smith :)

  • on November 11, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Indeed it is a Incredible Win........

  • tappee74 on November 11, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Few situation challenge the human imagination like the just concluded test match. Cricket ,glorious cricket,a game that defines the unpredictability of what sometimes seems to be the other way around .Both teams are great competitors, and with SA bowled out for under 100 in the first innings, even the most knowledgable cricket geek would have concluded that its an Australian finish.Smith and Amla are two world class players who have demonstrated that this game can have its twist and turns.CONGRATULATION SA,from J behari USA and Guyana.

  • cricfan800 on November 11, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    I was shocked to see the score card I Just see Australia bowled for 284-10 Clarke 151.Then 49-1 South Africa then i just got back and see 29-9 Australia???South Africa 96-10 WoW!The Greatest Moment Of My Life in Cricket!!!!

  • mars2009 on November 11, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Love to see that match, hats off to Clarke , Amla & Smith.... Mates you tons are special on the wickets with seam, swing and bounce... Unlike other players with lots of 100's of your era who never scored 100 in these condition..

  • on November 11, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    The pitch had flattened out. Dont read too much into this victory. This is why Test cricket is so unpredictable, the conditions make a such a big difference giving the home side a Huge advantage. But Well played SA to make mots of it.

  • on November 11, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Even though you have to have a very healthy heart to be a Protea supporter and many a time shed tears of utter frustration I will keep supporting the Proteas . . . Why? They don't know the first thing of lying down and accepting defeat even if it stares them in the face, exactly as it did with a deficit of 188 and the entire Australian team coming in to bat. I switched off the TV to my shame, I couldn't take seeing them dismissed for a paltry 96 runs and losing this test. This is G. Smith's victory, for sure, but it is also a team victory, a team that fights until there is nothing more, a team that gets up even after a potential death blow and continues. I love you guys, you are simply fantastic!

  • Amol_Gh on November 11, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    That was a great job by SA. If only they could play enough Tests every year and not so less like they are now they would be No. 1 all the time. I shudder to think of the stats of Steynwould have had if he had played a lot more Tests throughout his career than JUST ABOUT SIX he has per annum.

  • Biggus on November 11, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Well done South Africa! Not so good for us. The thing that will annoy most sensible Aussie fans the most is not the loss per se-after all I haven't bought this "all is well again" rubbish that some have been on about-it's the lack of fight in that second innings. We want to see some of that "they'll never take me alive" stuff that Allan Border personified so well. Cummins must surely play in the next game, and as for the batting......Oh hell, words fail me.

  • wbh6 on November 11, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    There was nothing wrong with the pitch at all. What is wrong with conditions that favour the bowlers? It just demands technique and application from the batsmen. Great test cricket.

  • hhillbumper on November 11, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Aussie fans.Normally we hear from the usual suspects about how good you are but you all seem strangely quiet.Are we going to see a decline like the West indies suffered.It is very easy to be arrogant when you ahve the team you used to have but there is no Warne now so what next? Its getting so bad we wouldn't want your players in country cricket as it would just lower the standard.

  • shovwar on November 11, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Gary and Donnald in the house......to redeem themselves from th "C" tag......

  • on November 11, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    When I see the Sydney Harbour Bridge everyday on my morning run, I feel proud to be Australian. Then I look at the Australian cricket team. Although I admire Clarke's innings as a batsman, I have to admit his captaincy today was pathetic. Usually I am a huge Clarke fan, but even though his century was impressive, I want to forget this game, yet I know I never will. Being one of the few Generation Y that follows Test cricket, it is results like these that keeps teens away from Tests, a sad anomaly on what is one the purest games of all. It pains me to say that when I see Australian cricket, instead of seeing pride and devotion to perfection, I see humiliation and defeat. For now, I will support the boys through their tough patch, but to be honest, I'm questioning whether I should just give up on them now. They've given up themselves, I mean what a pathetic shot from haddin when the team's 5 down for not many. Changes will need to be made, or I fear Tests in Australia will be diminished.

  • teo. on November 11, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Go SA GO! GO GO! I used to love the epic battle of SA vs Aus as the 2 best teams of old... i think it will be a while before Aus can get to that level again...I hope they do... until then, wishing SA well, and hoping Aus can recover from a defeat oh so humiliating :D

  • on November 11, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    well first up it was so amazing to see both the team's batsman struggling to cope with fast bowling on a slightly bouncy pitch. Except for watson, none of the aussie bowlers managed any decent swing. The intensity in SA bowling in both inings was pretty focused. And then in the4th, Amla played with such authority that aussies looked very pedestrian. Reminds of the domination with which clive or viv richards use to play. With this bowling attack AUS are unlinkely to win anything in SA.

  • on November 11, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    The stats of NZ win over India is wrong. Here is the link for the same match ironically from cricinfo http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64020.html

  • on November 11, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    EVERY WHERE, THERE S TALK OF TEST CRICKET LOOSING OUT TO ODIs AND T20s. AND WHAT'S ICC DOING TO KEEP THE ORIGINAL CRICKET VERSION ALIVE? A SERIES OF JUST 2 TEST MATCHES BETWEEN OZ AND SA. TEST CRICKET IS SO CHARMING WHEN BOTH TEAMS HAVE WORLD CLASS FAST BOWLERS. I DID SKIP OFFICE TO WATCH THE 2nd DAY OF THIS HISTORIC (ASK THE AUSTRALIANS) TEST MATCH JUST TO WATCH THE SWING AND CUTTERS OF THE FAST BOWLERS.

  • thirdmanboundary on November 11, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Also: glad to see this test wasn't dominated by money concerns. So, it only lasted 3 days, but they were 3 days of perfect intensity. The TV folk can run some old soaps to make up for the empty time. Meanwhile, real test cricket fans are loving this stuff. Roll on the Wanderers. Will Australia drop Johnson for Cummins? Could be interesting.

  • bumsonseats on November 11, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    if anderson/onions/bresnan had bowled the 1st day the aussies would not have got a 100. it was the perfect wicket for that type of english seamer. so for the saffers to win after that 1st day play was excellent. i thought aussies get 275 and the saffers would not win. but we were told the aussies are back, but im affraid thats not the case. there nearest rivals england and SA on this showing with their pace attacks are way ahead. as a rider they may now think that johnson is a bowler who good times as few as they are, are behind him as i think he has little heart for the fight. dpk

  • thirdmanboundary on November 11, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    What a thriller! What a brilliant advertisement for test cricket, the finest form of the game. SA had worried that their pantry of quicks was almost bare. But on this tour, first Marchant De Lange, now Philander have stepped up. If SA takes the immortal Steyn, the man-mountain Morkel, swing-it-both ways Philander, lightning-fast-former-javelin-thrower De Lange, and awkward-bounce lefty Tsolekile to Australia for the 2nd leg of the series, the attack should have plenty of teeth. Hopefully Tahir will still catch fire. There was nothing in this pitch for him.

  • 2929paul on November 11, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Can't wait for Eng v SA next year. Some of the Day 2 batting was pretty poor. The pitch was doing a bit but no way should a Test team be bowled out for 47. Just like England shouldn't have been bowled out for 51 by WI two years ago. Poor batting and decent bowling but nothing outrageous in the pitch. Australia must be worried about their front line seamers after this performance. I'm not sure if there is any England fan who can understand why they persist with Mitchell Johnson. Except for comedy value of course.

  • Vindaliew on November 11, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    What a wonderful match between two great teams, and what a travesty that it's only two matches in the series.

  • Heghm on November 11, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    I think Man of the Match would have been the DRS.

  • SnowSnake on November 11, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Congratulations to SA! It is always a pleasure to see Amla and Smith scoring runs. As for Australia, this thing was long time coming. The ruthlessness of selection board has been replaced by excessive compassion. Ponting and Hussey-- Ponting in particular-- are kept in team side for far too long. Had Ponting being fired earlier, Australia would have found a replacement in these years. Also, Katich was replaced too soon. All the blame for this loss should rest on selection board.

  • JG2704 on November 11, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    What a very strange test match indeed. Personally I don't see that the wicket should be called too much into question. The reason being that in the Aus 1st inns Clarke scored 150+ and in the SA 2nd inns Amla and Smith both scored tons. In SA's 1st inns they were 49-1 before collapsing to 96 all out. Also on the 2nd day , Aus added about 60 or 70 runs for the final 2 wickets - which would exceed expectations and SA only lost 1 wicket for 80 runs in the 2nd part of the day. Surely the wicket would either be bad all day , bad in the beginning part or bad towards the end of the day , not ok for the beginning and end of the day and particularly dodgy in the middle. Personally I think it was the combo of very decent bowling and maybe careless/complacent batting from both sides that contributes to such a fall of wickets. Credit to SA (known as chokers) for their bouncebackability.

  • on November 11, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    It was the last wicket partnership for SA in the first inning for which they have won this match. SA were 83/9 in their 1st inning & were 201 runs behind Aus. if last wicket had fallen on same score then they might had to follow on & looking to 2nd days pitch they might had lost by an inning, so they must realise the importance of that last partnership.

  • yuio3456 on November 11, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    ponting is at the end of his career, he should have the send off he deserves in the aussie summer. paine should come in for haddin before then, while mitch should be dropped for cummins or copeland.

  • Kookaburra_balls on November 11, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    While the record keeping boffins will record South Africa verses Australia at Cape Town 9-13 November 2011, there can be no doubt that an underlying and significantly deeper challenge was in progress. The result, South Africa by a knockout in the third round, provides all cricketing followers with the concept that test cricket is still alive and well. That said, the manner in which the victory was achieved will viewed by some as one of the most, if not the most humiliating defeat Australia has suffered for almost a century. Even a loss after enforcing a following on (India) or the inability to protect a hundred odd runs (England and Botham at THAT game) remain distant memories. No, the real challenge was one on one. Not Steyn vs Hughes, or Johnson vs Smith, or Australia's bowlers vs de Villiers. No, the real challenge was with out any doubt Smith vs Ponting. I put it to you readers that this victory was a complete and total train smash from Smith to Ponting with love. RIP SGC 2006

  • bumsonseats on November 11, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    poor pitch. but was waiting for the the 3 aussie usual suspects. last night or today to write in. not heard much from them. dpk

  • on November 11, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    our hearty CONGRATULATIONS!!! to former team INDIA coach GARY... All the very best for next game... U r going to be the champion of all coaches... whole INDIAN fans wishes for u!!!... knock the AUS down ....

  • ashes61 on November 11, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Well, it was good entertainment for a neutral spectator like me, but a lot of the play was not up to the standard of sides sitting 2nd & 4th in the rankings. Still, all good teams have off days - as we saw yesterday! I thought AUS went into the Test with a fairly toothless attack and they clearly still don't know their best attack. And they won't for some time because of their shortage of Test class bowlers, a reflection on current Shield standards. Yesterday, leading by by a huge 188 in what was looking like a low-scorig game, I couldn't see AUS losing this one - and yet they have been hammered out of sight in the end. Clarke's superb knock concealed a total score of 133 from the rest. 133 & 47 - plus a bowling attack STILL having to carry Mitchell - suggests they're a long, long way from climbing the rankings. Two routine but vital catches dropped, too. For SA, Smith looks hugely overweight & cumbersome. Worst SA fielding side for some time - where are the new Blands & Rhodeses?

  • on November 11, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    oh my GOD Zim can do better man ooh not OZ wat um man...

  • BnH1985Fan on November 11, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    This is why we need test cricket to thrive! The craziness! The only thing predictable is that the game is unpredictable! All the nonsense about SA not having any match practice in the longer version has been laid to rest. I hope the series will be as cracking as the first match (but I hope remaining matches last 5 days)!

  • Aussasinator on November 11, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    The domination is total and overwhelming. SA's first innings batting was just a careless aberration as it turned out. The Oz will take years to recover from this rout.

  • Wozza-CY on November 11, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Well played South Africa. Good attack, solid, responsible batting & Philander an inspired selection. Australia....well, where do you start? If you're going to pick a spinner who bowls three overs in the test, pick someone who will score runs i.e. D.Hussey, M.North, T.Cooper, S.Katich, A.Voges etc.etc. If you're going to pick your 'spearhead' bowler only to have your opening batsmen bowl as many overs as him, what does it say about your spearhead? Einsteins definition of madness is doing the same thing over & over again & expecting a different result. If we had a team of debutants who scored 47 you could kind of accept it. Time for the common denominators of recent poor performances to go. Punter, Haddin, Johnson, Cooley should join thier mates Neilsen, Hilditch, Cox & Jack Clarke.

  • RednWhiteArmy on November 11, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    47.....Oh dear

    hahahahaha!

  • on November 11, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Chokers? definitely not this time :)

  • on November 11, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    What an irony and come back for SA. Will Wanderers going to be any different.

  • indicricket on November 11, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Congrats SA. I just want to add that, if this match was played in India and had India won and worse, if spinners had taken majority of the wickets there would have been a huge hoohaa. For example, I remember in the Ahmedabad test in '96 when Srinath(a fast bowler) routed SA with 6/21. My god how they whinged.

  • Saffa_1 on November 11, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    Well Done SA!!!.... The better team won!

  • Rotormaster on November 11, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Australia seriously need to consider getting rid of the "dead wood", they have started with selectors, coaches, its stands to reason now players. First to go is Siddle, Johnson has to go. Lyon needs more of a chance but looks promising. they should consider Copeland,Patinson, Hazlewood, Cutting, and Cummins must play next test. Haddin has past his prime 2 years ago, Paine is a Shoe in , Wade also playing well. Batting order where do you start? Watson needs to move down the order, 2 reasons so he can bowl more and he struggles against the new swinging ball. Hughes has 1 shot. Ponting MUST GO. Marsh is looking ok however injury's seem to follow him. Hussey had a bad game but has been very solid last 12 months also a shoe in. My Team: Warner,Khawaja,S.Marsh,Clarke,M.Hussey,Watson, Paine, Harris, Cummins, Patinson, Copeland, Lyon. Full Marks to Clarke who I thought would struggle as captain has been 10 out 10 in his captaincy, honest comments and great batting.

  • CRICKETZEAL on November 11, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Incredible! This must go down has one of the most thrilling matches in Test Cricket. In the modern era this will go down as an unforgetable classic! Three centuries, two 5 wicket hauls, one major collapse, one innings totaly ripped apart. Batsmen single score amounting for more than two innings. All 4 innings bating in a single day. 4 drop cathces, no 11 top scoring in an innings,23 wickets in a day... swing, pace and seam. 2 and a half days and not to forget SA and AUS! Do these two sides make for mind blowing cricket or what! What a fabulous comeback by Smith! He makes History in 4th innings chases by being the only man to score 4 Hundreds in successful chases. To collapse to 96 all out and come out and bowl the oppos out for 47 and then slaughter the bowling and win by 8 wickets! Speechles and looking foward to JOBURG. Congrats SA. I hope Clarke will come back to earth now after placing Himself on a pedastle.

  • Bharat175 on November 11, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    supperb victoryby SA....congrats ...Gary Kirsten looks Lucky Mascot for SA,being fan for SA I would love to see Aus bowled out at lowest under 27.Soon Amla Will become the greatest batsman ever..he has superb technique and timing ...great work by SA....I wish they should win in 2nd test as well to take series 2-0..hope Kirsten will give SA one of the ICC trophy.....cheers....oh poor Aussies Ur golden days are over

  • on November 11, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    Wel done Proteas! A bowling victory of note! Mr Donald in the house!

  • pikk0n on November 11, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Australia loss. Despite being a fan, the moment they picked an attack which contained Siddle and Johnson, I knew this was going to happen. Bad karma having these 2 together. I hope they go for Copeland in the next game because from SA's second innings, it's obvious that we need someone to stop the leak of runs. Drop either Johnson or Siddle for Copeland, just please don't ever have those 2 selected in the same test match. Both are only ever good for one innings. The batting collapse was disgraceful too but judging from the first innings and Shaun Marsh's injury, I expected the collapse. I was hoping for a follow-on but kudos to SA's last 2 wickets which avoided the follow-on. Well played to the Saffers and I hope Australia sorts their batting and bowling out.

  • dinuhebbar on November 11, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Two venues - New Delhi and Cape Town Two visitors - West Indies and Australia Two first innings - Visitors post decent total, bundle out home team to secure substantial lead. Two second innings - Home team strikes back, visitors collapse and home teams win convincingly. Two debutantes - R Ashwin and Philander, plays important part in the second innings collapse and ends up winning Man of the Match awards. One question for which i have no clue - Whether Philander is unmarried and if so, is it possible that he ties not just before the second test to equal Ashwin's acheivement?

  • Brenton1 on November 11, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    SA showed who is really the best team in the world. At the end of the summer SA will be ranked #1 as well. Aussies had us after the 1st innings but SA showed true fighting spirit. I think it will be tough for the Aussies to come back in the next test. SA bowlers are miles ahead of the Aussie bowlers and ultimately its the bowlers that win tests

  • nickydude on November 11, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Well, to put it bluntly, Pup does not've the fire or intensity, nor does he command any respect after the Katich saga, in leading a team from dire situations like Punter did & Ponting is not innerested in anything apart from catchin up with Sachin! Result is there for all to see :)

  • hhillbumper on November 11, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    It was a great innings by Amla.Those punch drives are brilliant to watch.Smiths was good too but Amla is just a step above when on form.Good showing by the Saffers to come back from there poor first innings.Where does this leave Australia though?

  • genuineIndianFan on November 11, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    Most of the rules in cricket favor batsmen so there should be something in the pitch, at least for the bowlers. Good test in that regard.

  • on November 11, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Where are all those people who would be complaining about the pitch if 23 wickets fell in a day in India/ SL? I remember how Ponting and his team were whining about the pitch when they got rolled in Mumbai in 2004...what happened to their voices now? It's hypocritical to praise a match when 23 wickets fall in a day in SA and then gripe about spinning wickets in the sub-continent....Then again, hypocrisy is nothing new for Ponting and Clarke.That said, it really was an excellent match. For once, I felt bad for Michael Clarke...in time, his 151 must be mentioned as one of the all-time great innings....a guy doesn't deserve to lose after playing like that....Kudos to SA for coming back the way they did....On this evidence, this should have been a longer series....congratulations to both teams for making it so unbelievably exciting!!!

  • on November 11, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    cmon oz ee what happened

  • on November 11, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Damn fine one!....Love it when the Aussies get smacked!

  • on November 11, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Fantastic and deserved win!!!

  • on November 11, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Now that's a bizzare test! SA allout for 96, oh wait! Aussies bundled for 47!

  • rahulcricket007 on November 11, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    THE REAL PERSON BEHIND THIS GREAT COMEBACK PERFORMANCE FROM SOUTH AFRICA IS GARY KIRSTEN . UNDER GARY'S COACHING INDIAN TEAM WAS ALSO KNOWING FOR HIS BOUNCEBACK CAPABILITY . WE MISSED YOU GARY.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on November 11, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    I'm so happy I'm crying! What a great great day for test match cricket. The greatest choke EVER in the history of test cricket. First innings lead of 188, and then lose by 8 wickets. 21/9 and 47 all out? Wow! Just Wow! Ha ha, Australian fans you will never hear the end of it. This loss will haunt Australia for 50 years.

  • on November 11, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Unbelievable game of cricket. We need more of these games in the future for test cricket to be alive.

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  • on November 11, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Unbelievable game of cricket. We need more of these games in the future for test cricket to be alive.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on November 11, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    I'm so happy I'm crying! What a great great day for test match cricket. The greatest choke EVER in the history of test cricket. First innings lead of 188, and then lose by 8 wickets. 21/9 and 47 all out? Wow! Just Wow! Ha ha, Australian fans you will never hear the end of it. This loss will haunt Australia for 50 years.

  • rahulcricket007 on November 11, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    THE REAL PERSON BEHIND THIS GREAT COMEBACK PERFORMANCE FROM SOUTH AFRICA IS GARY KIRSTEN . UNDER GARY'S COACHING INDIAN TEAM WAS ALSO KNOWING FOR HIS BOUNCEBACK CAPABILITY . WE MISSED YOU GARY.

  • on November 11, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Now that's a bizzare test! SA allout for 96, oh wait! Aussies bundled for 47!

  • on November 11, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Fantastic and deserved win!!!

  • on November 11, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Damn fine one!....Love it when the Aussies get smacked!

  • on November 11, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    cmon oz ee what happened

  • on November 11, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Where are all those people who would be complaining about the pitch if 23 wickets fell in a day in India/ SL? I remember how Ponting and his team were whining about the pitch when they got rolled in Mumbai in 2004...what happened to their voices now? It's hypocritical to praise a match when 23 wickets fall in a day in SA and then gripe about spinning wickets in the sub-continent....Then again, hypocrisy is nothing new for Ponting and Clarke.That said, it really was an excellent match. For once, I felt bad for Michael Clarke...in time, his 151 must be mentioned as one of the all-time great innings....a guy doesn't deserve to lose after playing like that....Kudos to SA for coming back the way they did....On this evidence, this should have been a longer series....congratulations to both teams for making it so unbelievably exciting!!!

  • genuineIndianFan on November 11, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    Most of the rules in cricket favor batsmen so there should be something in the pitch, at least for the bowlers. Good test in that regard.

  • hhillbumper on November 11, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    It was a great innings by Amla.Those punch drives are brilliant to watch.Smiths was good too but Amla is just a step above when on form.Good showing by the Saffers to come back from there poor first innings.Where does this leave Australia though?