Australia in South Africa Test Series - 1st Test

South Africa v Australia

South Africa won by 8 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

10.1

Morkel to Marsh, no run, short ball to open up proceedings, angles into Marsh from outside off and he ducks.

10.2

Morkel to Marsh, no run, is that a bird? Is that a plane? No, that's Mark Boucher. Morne hits the seam as he angles in towards middle and leg and it then swings down the leg side. Boucher takes off and lands beyond leg slip when he pouches it with both hands.

10.3

Morkel to Marsh, no run, there goes Morne, he's taken it the other way already, and Marsh was clearly not expecting that. He's stuck on the seam hoping to cover the line in hope, but the ball does too much for him.

10.4

Morkel to Marsh, no run, beaten outside off, Morne cracks Marsh open with a pearler that comes in and goes away, and Marsh does his best to nick it from the crease, but can't. What an examination!

10.5

Morkel to Marsh, no run, beaten again! Three times in a row. Would Geoff Marsh have gotten bat on that? Shaun can't. He's trying to tuck this to the leg side from the off stump line as it zips away off the seam, making him look a little silly in the process.

10.6

Morkel to Marsh, no run, dangles in from outside off, Marsh gets bat on ball and whispers a silent prayer in thankfulness. Worked to square leg.

Australia 23/2   M Morkel 1-1-0-0

12.1

Morkel to Marsh, no run, Morne tests the muscle on Marsh's bat shoulder, thudding one into the willow from back of a length. It straightens just enough to force Marsh to square up, but he adjusts adequately to play it to the off side.

12.2

Morkel to Marsh, FOUR, too full, and shaping into the pads, Marsh shuffles into line and whips it with the angle through square leg for four.

12.3

Morkel to Marsh, no run, Morne responds with a bouncer, Marsh watches it closely and ducks out of the way as soon as he can, and it almost skims his back on its way.

12.4

Morkel to Marsh, FOUR, he's stuck on the back foot as Morne lands it on a length outside off and gets it to straighten. Marsh is good enough to not nick into the slips, though, adjusting late to open the face and steer it backward of point for four.

12.5

Morkel to Marsh, no run, another bouncer, jarred into the line of Marsh's body and he ducks really low just to be safe.

12.6

Morkel to Marsh, no run, well played Marsh, covers the line well and defends a short of length ball coming in, down the track.

Australia 33/2   M Morkel 2-1-8-0

14.1

Morkel to Marsh, no run

14.2

Morkel to Marsh, FOUR, what a gorgeous corker of a stroke. Marsh leans out to the pitch of a full ball and laces it into the covers with an authoritative swish of the blade through the line.

14.3

Morkel to Marsh, no run, swerves this one down the leg side, Marsh is inside the line as he lets it sway away into Bouch's gloves.

14.4

Morkel to Marsh, no run, hit in the unmentionables. Marsh goes down with a gasp and the crowd feels his agony. No jokes when you are hit in the box. Especially when you choose to shoulder arms to a straight ball angling in from one of the fastest bowlers in the world. Too much seam movement on that to be leaving it, Marsh's shuffle and thrust mean he is a foot closer to it than he need be when it thuds into the muscle that matters. Is there a Nobel Prize for bravery? Institute one, you have a nominee already. Or at least give him the next two editions of the Darwin award. The physio has a look ... if you know what I mean. He's ok now.

14.5

Morkel to Marsh, 2 runs, plays him with the bat this time, the one in his hands. Back of a length and angled into the pads, tucked in front of square for a couple.

14.6

Morkel to Marsh, no run, gets behind the line and defends the last ball of the morning session down the track.

Australia 39/2   M Morkel 3-1-14-0

21.1

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short of a length from over the stumps, Clarke stays back to it which is the right call, and defends down the track.

21.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, Morne goes a foot wider of the crease now, and angles in towards off stump, Clarke covers the line and defends.

21.3

Morkel to Clarke, no run, gets closer to the batsman with the length, Clarke gets forward to play it into the covers.

21.4

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short ball keeps low now. This pitch has everything. It was landed in the halfway house, and Clarke went for the pull but it missed the bat to hit him in the thigh area.

21.5

Morkel to Clarke, no run, well played, stays back, rises on the toes and defends to the off side as the ball jumps up from a length.

21.6

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, slanted into the pads, one too many freebies there for Pup. And he takes a single with a nudge to fine leg ... Uh oh, now he has to face Steyn.

Australia 48/3   M Morkel 4-1-15-0

23.1

Morkel to Marsh, no run, 143 kph, short of a length outside off, and Marsh pats it to the off side in search of a single. Can't get it though.

23.2

Morkel to Marsh, no run, 144 kph, nips into the pads and Marsh plays it to the leg side.

23.3

Morkel to Marsh, no run, bumper whanged down at 146 kph, Marsh ducks early and gets out of the way as it angles in.

23.4

Morkel to Marsh, no run, 144 kph, fuller length outside off and the ball fairly takes off like it has jet fuel propelling it. Bouch looks away as it thuds into his mitts over head.

23.5

Morkel to Marsh, no run, fuller and straighter, in fact too straight and it goes down the leg side.

23.6

Morkel to Marsh, FOUR, adventurous from Marsh, as he goes uppishly over backward point. I think he was hoodwinked by the width there. He committed himself into getting forward and across into the drive, and suddenly realised it was much further from the body than he thought. To his credit, he went through with the shot and lofted it behind square, safely away for four.

Australia 60/3   M Morkel 5-1-19-0

25.1

Morkel to Marsh, no run, angled across from over the stumps, Marsh is on the crease as he shoulders arms to the wafter.

25.2

Morkel to Marsh, no run, Morne misses the line, 141 kph down the leg side and Marsh doesn't play it.

25.3

Morkel to Marsh, no run, full length ball, gets Marsh driving through the off side, but it is a rather loose shot for someone who's batted quite well so far. He was driving away from his body, and was lucky not to edge that as he went between bat and pad.

25.4

Morkel to Marsh, no run, much better, shuffles across and lets it go outside off.

25.5

Morkel to Marsh, no run, here comes the bouncer, Marsh ducks under it. He's been very impressive in reading the bounce today and ducking under them early.

25.6

Morkel to Marsh, no run, length ball on middle and leg, hinting at going across Marsh, who covers the line and defends down the track.

Australia 64/3   M Morkel 6-2-19-0

27.1

Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, Marsh is looking the part here. Short of a length outside off, he covers the line and drops it to the off side for a single.

27.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, another sprightly bouncer, Clarke always seems to be a little late in ducking when he tends to push forward defiantly as part of his trigger movement. He gets out of the way in time this time.

27.3

Morkel to Clarke, no run, wide of off stump, Clarke lets it go as he stays put on the crease.

27.4

Morkel to Clarke, no run, too wide of off stump as Morkel gets one to rise impressively from a length. Needs to be closer to off stump.

27.5

Morkel to Clarke, 2 runs, too straight now, it doesn't straighten down the line the way he normally manages to, and Clarke dabs it square for a couple.

27.6

Morkel to Clarke, 3 runs, a bit of a miscued tennis stroke, it went on the frame really. Short, it sits up like a sponge ball outside off and Clarke double-fist-forehands it towards midwicket and the bat turns in his hand. Still gets it away for a few.

Australia 78/3   M Morkel 7-2-25-0

29.1

Morkel to Clarke, FOUR, steered away. Short ball outside off, hustles him for pace as Clarke tries to ride it and ends up guiding it without much control through a vacant third man area. Robin Jackman is on fire on air, he says that position must be renamed Forgotten Man since it is always vacant!

29.2

Morkel to Clarke, FOUR, he's getting into better positions against bounce now. Not as pacy from Morkel as he lands one back of a length outside off, Clarke climbs on it with a crisp lash cum pull that sends the ball well behind square leg.

29.3

Morkel to Clarke, no run, again short, this time wider outside off, Clarke hops and forces it to the off side off the bottom edge.

29.4

Morkel to Clarke, no run, this is getting a wee bit predictable now. Another short ball, Clarke is bending much earlier now as he gets out of the way.

29.5

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, back of a length at 138 kph, Clarke stays back and slaps it away through point.

29.6

Morkel to Marsh, no run, short of a length from over the stumps, Marsh covers the line as the ball straightens and blunts it down the track. How good he's looked today!

Australia 96/3   M Morkel 8-2-34-0

40.1

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short and wide at 140 kph, it has been a bit of a malaise today, this length. Easy leave outside off.

40.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, again, short and miles wide of off stump, Clarke lets it go through to the keeper.

40.3

Morkel to Clarke, 4 byes, aha, Morne again sends this wide of off stump, it then seams away and dies on Bouch who is miffed as it runs away for byes.

40.4

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, too short, too wide at 142 kph, and Clarke cuts it away square for a single.

40.5

Morkel to Hussey, 1 run, short of a length, easy line on the pads at 142 kph and Hussey turns it round the corner for a single.

40.6

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, too short, too wide, Clarke leans across and hacks it square for another single.

Australia 150/4   M Morkel 9-2-37-0

42.1

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, too short and too wide, Clarke reaches across and cuts to the deep for a single.

42.2

Morkel to Hussey, no run, angled in from wide of the crease, Hussey stays back and nudges off the pads to square leg.

42.3

Morkel to Hussey, no run, big bounce outside off, Hussey watches the rise and stands tall and shoulders arms to keep the bat out of the way.

42.4

Morkel to Hussey, no run, pegs him back with another short ball, Hussey covers the line and defends.

42.5

Morkel to Hussey, no run, a Morne special that. Comes in from wide of the stumps, lands outside off and straightens subtly enough to beat Hussey as he defends down the straight line. It misses the edge too, and hits the thigh. Jaffa.

42.6

Morkel to Hussey, no run, ends the over with a steep bouncer, Hussey tries to get under it and clout the pull away, but it is through him in a big hurry.

Australia 154/4   M Morkel 10-2-38-0

44.1

Morkel to Hussey, no run, back of a length from round the stumps, defended to the off side from the crease.

44.2

Morkel to Hussey, no run, huge indipper, Morne gets this going from well wide of off stump, and Hussey ends up having to really tuck his tummy in and stay back as it keeps coming in.

44.3

Morkel to Hussey, OUT, and another, Hussey is gone off the inside edge. Morne's getting the ball to whistle in sharply now, and it is too good for Mr Cricket. He let the previous one go, but knew it came disconcertingly close to off stump. This time he tries to stay put on the crease and cover the bat pad gap late, but it just kept coming in. It snuck through the gap, but not before it took the inner edge, onto thigh pad. Boucher takes a good low catch. What a huge breach this, Hussey has been scoring runs by the bucket-loads in recent times.

MEK Hussey c †Boucher b Morkel 1 (25m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 5.55

44.4

Morkel to Haddin, no run, short and pacy outside off, climbing away steeply outside off, Haddin lets it go.

44.5

Morkel to Haddin, FOUR, what a hoick to get going. Short and wide outside off, Haddin smashes it away with cartoonish impetuosity. He stands tall, lifts one foot in the air and launches this towards third man.

44.6

Morkel to Haddin, 1 run, gets a single to end the over, which means he faces Steyn now.

Australia 163/5   M Morkel 11-2-43-1

46.1

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, Morne attacks the stumps from over the stumps, Clarke works it square for a single.

46.2

Morkel to Johnson, no run, covers the line as Morne keeps it on a length, and defends with full face to the off side.

46.3

Morkel to Johnson, no run, short of a length outside off, defended from the crease.

46.4

Morkel to Johnson, 2 runs, bouncer, Mitch wants to pull but it climbs extra on him and he's aeons late on the shot and heaves it ungainly in front of square.

46.5

Morkel to Johnson, no run, that's page 1 from 'How not to play the bouncer for dummies'. Mitch stays rooted, doesn't duck, takes his eyes off the ball, holds the bat in front of his face and fends in hope. He manages to keep it down somehow.

46.6

Morkel to Johnson, FOUR, well done Mitch, he knew this was going to be full. He stayed on the crease, but was crouching low to pounce on the half-volley and flick it furiously through midwicket.

Australia 170/6   M Morkel 12-2-50-1

48.1

Morkel to Johnson, no run, buzzes in back of a length from over the stumps, it takes off from there the way it does when Morne bowls, and Mitch stays out of the way.

48.2

Morkel to Johnson, no run, stays on the crease this time and plays with the angle to the leg side.

48.3

Morkel to Johnson, 2 runs, smashes the pull away, absolute swat that as a 142 kph bumper came along. Somehow, it wasn't timed as well as it seemed he would have with such a sumptuous swing. Still worth a couple.

48.4

Morkel to Johnson, no run, Morne goes wider of off stump, Mitch leans out and shoulders arms.

48.5

Morkel to Johnson, FOUR, Mitch is looking super dangerous here from SA"s point of view. Full ball, wide of off stump, inviting the poke or the push, but what does Mitch give it? The kitchen sink. He doesn't try getting close to the line, he just lashes at it and the ball takes off over the cordon.

48.6

Morkel to Johnson, 2 runs, length delivery on middle and leg, Mitch flicks with hard hands, a touch uppish, but he finds the gap and gets a couple through midwicket.

Australia 186/6   M Morkel 13-2-58-1

66.1

Morkel to Clarke, no run, full length and straight, Clarke gets behind the line and blocks

66.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, full ball just outside off, Clarke strides forward and shoulders arms

66.3

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, good length and straight once again, Clarke stays in his crease and opens the face to play the ball towards cover

66.4

Morkel to Siddle, 1 run, Morkel angles a length ball into Siddle, who works it off his hips through square

66.5

Morkel to Clarke, 1 no ball, that is a screamer at 141.5 kph, the ball rose sharply off a good length and roared past Clarke's attempt at defending off the back foot, tight no-ball call

66.5

Morkel to Clarke, 2 runs, fuller length on the pads, Clarke clips through square

66.6

Morkel to Clarke, FOUR, edged and four! Clarke tries to cut one that pitches on a good length and jags back at him, the bottom edge misses the stumps and goes wide of Boucher

Australia 256/8   M Morkel 14-2-67-1

68.1

Morkel to Clarke, no run, full ball just outside off stump, Clarke stays in his crease and drives to mid-off

68.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, good length and straight, Clarke moves back and across to defend. Morkel gets such awesome bounce from a good length

68.3

Morkel to Clarke, no run, how do you play that? The ball pitches on a good length, bounces sharply and seams just a touch away from Clarke, who moves forward to block but is beaten. A near-perfect delivery, only the edge was missing

68.4

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, played through square leg

68.5

Morkel to Siddle, no run, the bouncer at 142kph, Siddle ducks

68.6

Morkel to Siddle, no run, beaten again, the batsman pushed at a full ball outside off

Australia 263/8   M Morkel 15-2-68-1

70.1

Morkel to Clarke, no run, good length just outside off, defended on the front foot

70.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, full and straight, Clarke plays it back to the bowler

70.3

Morkel to Clarke, no run, good length just outside off, Clarke shoulders arms

70.4

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short of a length and right at the batsman, defended off the back foot on the off side

70.5

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, good length ball on off and middle, Clarke plays it close on the leg side and the batsmen sprint the single

70.6

Morkel to Siddle, no run, Morkel fires in a full ball around off, Siddle moves forward and defends

Australia 267/8   M Morkel 16-2-69-1

72.1

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, full ball around off stump, played from the crease on the off side

72.2

Morkel to Siddle, FOUR, short of a length just outside off and Siddle cracks the ball between gully and third slip by opening the face

72.3

Morkel to Siddle, no run, short ball, which Siddle avoids

72.4

Morkel to Siddle, OUT, caught at short cover! Morkel hits a good length once again and slants the ball into Siddle, who plays a loose drive. The ball lobs towards cover where AB takes a comfortable catch. Siddle's played his part, though, in a partnership of 59

PM Siddle c de Villiers b Morkel 20 (73m 54b 2x4 0x6) SR: 37.03

72.5

Morkel to Lyon, no run, the ball springs off a good length and seams away to beat Lyon's defence

72.6

Morkel to Lyon, no run, too wide outside off, Lyon puts in an exaggerated stride and shoulders arms

Australia 273/9   M Morkel 17-2-74-2

74.1

Morkel to Clarke, FOUR, shot! Length ball on a straight line, Clarke simply lined it up and lofted through the line, hitting it over mid-on to the boundary

74.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short of a length just outside off, Clarke pushes to a deep point and refuses the single

74.3

Morkel to Clarke, FOUR, full ball on off and middle stump, Clarke gets to 150 by making some room and drilling the ball hard past the bowler

74.4

Morkel to Clarke, no run, Morkel homes in on middle stump, Clarke stays in his crease and defends on the off side

74.5

Morkel to Clarke, no run, Morkel bowls that unplayable ball again, one that seams away from the right-hander after bouncing sharply off a good length, Clarke pushed forward to play on the off side but was beaten

74.6

Morkel to Clarke, OUT, Clarke's terrific innings ends with his leg stump being detonated from the ground. He made room to a good length ball and tried to heave on the leg side, he missed and Morkel was on target

MJ Clarke b Morkel 151 (266m 176b 22x4 0x6) SR: 85.79

Australia 284/10   M Morkel 18-2-82-3
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Ricky Ponting on his haunches as Australia slump to a loss, South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 3rd day, November 11, 2011

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