Australia in South Africa Test Series - 2nd Test

South Africa v Australia

Australia won by 2 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Not too far away from the start now. The focus will be on Cummins, obviously, and on Johnson, to see if he can get it together. If they fire in unison, South Africa's batsmen will have some serious pace to contend with. If not, Clarke's options will be limited on what Allan Donald called a good batting pitch.

Scott: "How are people sending in comments if they don't have the 'send commentary feedback' like me?!" You should have it by now. Ask Mark Kidger, he used to send the first email in ages before anyone else for matches past.

Game time. Jacques Rudolph and Graeme Smith are South Africa's openers. Rudolph will take strike, facing Mitchell Johnson, bowling from over the wicket. Three slips and a gully in place. Short leg as well.

10.15 am "Absolutely stunning day in Johannesburg - hot, sunny, few clouds, and probably a thunderstorm later," says Firdose Moonda from the Wanderers. "Although the stadium looks pretty empty, there were quite a few people walking in and loads of cars, so all set for a good turn out."

SomeoneStoleMyLungi: "Pat Cummins could be the next Brett Lee. I'm excited for this young kid."

James: "As much as I like Michael Clarke's captaincy, if he can't start winning tosses something may have to be done about it." I can't remember Clarke winning one for ages either.

On Saturday, the Wanderers will turn pink in a campaign to raise awareness for breast cancer, in conjunction with the McGrath foundation.

Sam: "I faced Patrick Cummins at NSW rep trials last year. I barely saw the ball and it was all accurate. Look for him to have a huge game."

Dave: "Pat Cummins could be the next Pat Rafter for all anyone could possibly know about him. Quite amazing to pick someone after just 3 FC games."

Toss, 10.00 am Michael Clarke calls tails, it's a head. South Africa are batting first. Graeme Smith's side is unchanged.

Clarke says he's happy he's getting a chance to bowl first, to use whatever moisture there is in the wicket. It's the ninth consecutive toss he's lost.

The Bear: "I for one am expecting a tussle in this match. Everyone seems to be conveniently forgetting that SA were skittled for under 100 in the first innings. Had a few early drop catches stuck in SA's second dig, it could very well have been a different story. Drop catches don't get much press but it's amazing how often they can affect the course of a match."

9.50 am No news of South Africa's XI yet, though no changes are expected. The weather in Johannesburg is sunny at the moment. Not much cloud around. Toss in ten minutes.

Harry Smith is our early bird for today. "Don't you love a bowling attack of "hard worker" Siddle, "he bowls to the left, he bowls to the right" Johnson, "who are ya" Lyon and "the Shining Star" Cummings... we are in trouble." Not much of an optimist, is Harry.

Tim: "As an Australian who has just witnessed Matthew Wade and Ed Cowan make centuries in consecutive days the only worry I have about Aus cricket going forward is that we aren't going to drop enough people from this current team."

9.35 am The news from Wanderers is that Patrick Cummins, the 18-year-old fast bowler, will make his Test debut for Australia. Ryan Harris isn't playing, he was stiff and sore after the previous match. Cummins received his baggy green from Ricky Ponting. He is Australia's second youngest debutant, after Ian Craig.

Usman Khawaja is slotted to replace Shaun Marsh at No. 3. So two changes to Australia's XI from the Newlands Test.

9.30 am Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of the second Test between South Africa and Australia at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. This is, unfortunately, the last Test of this series, which South Africa lead 1-0. We had a memorable match at Newlands last week, here's hoping for more such excitement.

In his preview of the Test, Daniel Brettig asks if Australia can remain unaffected by the nightmare of 47. Brydon Coverdale says careers could be on the line at the Wanderers, including those of Ricky Ponting, Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin.

Australia will definitely make one change for this Test. Shaun Marsh is not fit so Usman Khawaja, who was the only reserve batsman in the squad until David Warner was flown in, is set to play. There is a question over Ryan Harris' fitness as well. He was stiff and sore and if he doesn't recover, one of Patrick Cummins or Trent Copeland could come in. Either of those two bowlers could also replace Peter Siddle, if Australia decide they want to change their bowling attack. Johnson, however, looks likely to retain his place even though he was the most unimpressive bowler at Newlands.

South Africa have no such problems. They are likely to play an unchanged side. "There was a real focus and a really good intensity," Smith said about practice on the eve of the match. "We have to build on the things we did well. On day two and three [of the Newlands Test] our cricket really improved from what it was on day one. We were consistent in the areas we wanted to control. The areas that we hit and the pressure we created was far better than in the first innings."

0.1

Johnson to Rudolph, no run, short of a length outside off stump with good carry through to Haddin after Rudolph lets it go

0.2

Johnson to Rudolph, no run, fuller length outside off stump, with a little movement away from Rudolph as he shoulders arms

0.3

Johnson to Rudolph, no run, three balls on a similar line, that's a steady start from Johnson. This one is on a good length outside off and Rudolph lets it go again, 140 kph

0.4

Johnson to Rudolph, no run, a straighter line on off stump and Rudolph has to play this time, he moves forward and defends, 142 kph

0.5

Johnson to Rudolph, no run, now he strays down leg side with a full delivery, Rudolph tries to glance but can't reach it

0.6

Johnson to Rudolph, no run, too wide outside off stump this time, Rudolph lets it go with ease

End of over 1 (maiden) South Africa 0/0
JA Rudolph    0* (6b)      MG Johnson    1-1-0-0
GC Smith    0* (0b)     

Pat Cummins is sharing the new ball, Australia's second youngest Test debutant. Siddle gives him a pat on the back at the start of his run up. Cummins is running in from over the wicket at Smith, who pulls out of his stance as Cummins approaches the crease. Three slips, gully and short leg in place.

1.1

Cummins to Smith, no run, the first ball angles across the left-hander, pitches outside off stump, and seams away, Smith lets it go

1.2

Cummins to Smith, 1 run, full ball outside off stump, Smith reaches out for it and plays through point to get off the mark

1.3

Cummins to Rudolph, no run, 140.4 kph, he delivers one on a good length and Rudolph moves forward to block

1.4

Cummins to Rudolph, no run, 142kph, good length outside off stump, Rudolph lets it go through to Haddin

1.5

Cummins to Rudolph, no run, Cummins appeals for lbw as Rudolph gets hit on the back pad while defending from the crease, there was an inside edge

1.6

Cummins to Rudolph, no run, good length on leg stump, Rudolph tries to play towards square off his pads but misses

End of over 2 (1 run) South Africa 1/0
JA Rudolph    0* (10b)      PJ Cummins    1-0-1-0
GC Smith    1* (2b)      MG Johnson    1-1-0-0

Nathan: "Haven't seen much of Cummins before. His action reminds me of someone in international cricket, can you think of someone? Trying to remember the person. Very nice action though." I can't think of anyone he resembles. Cummins has a good strong action though.

2.1

Johnson to Smith, no run, the ball rises on Smith from short of a length and he gets beaten just outside off stump as he tries to defend on the back foot

2.2

Johnson to Smith, no run, wider outside off stump from Johnson, Smith lets it go this time

2.3

Johnson to Smith, no run, fuller delivery closer to off stump, driven to cover off the front foot

Not much swing or seam movement for the fast bowlers so far.

2.4

Johnson to Smith, no run, Smith gets behind the line of a good length ball and defends with a straight bat

2.5

Johnson to Smith, FOUR, 143 kph, but the length is too full around off stump, Smith moves forward and drives the ball powerfully past the fielder at mid-off. There was a loud sound as bat hit ball

2.6

Johnson to Smith, no run, defended from the crease on the leg side, that ball was shorter in length

End of over 3 (4 runs) South Africa 5/0
GC Smith    5* (8b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-1-4-0
JA Rudolph    0* (10b)      PJ Cummins    1-0-1-0

3.1

Cummins to Rudolph, no run, full delivery angling across the left-hander, Rudolph lets it go outside off stump

3.2

Cummins to Rudolph, 1 run, Rudolph is lucky there, he pushed forward at a full toss outside off stump and got an inside edge past his stumps towards fine leg. 138 kph that was

3.3

Cummins to Smith, no run, 142.4 kph on a good length outside off stump, the batsman lets it go

3.4

Cummins to Smith, no run, 138 kph, Cummins pitches around off stump from over the wicket and angles the ball away from short of a length, Smith lets it go

3.5

Cummins to Smith, no run, 144.6 kph, short of a length closer to off stump at serious pace, Smith brings his bat down late and is beaten

3.6

Cummins to Smith, no run, Smith pushes off the front foot to mid-off

Lonwabo Tsotsobe was not considered for the Test today because he has a side strain He missed training on Tuesday, because of flu and yesterday he picked up the side strain He will be out for 10 days.

End of over 4 (1 run) South Africa 6/0
GC Smith    5* (12b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    2-0-2-0
JA Rudolph    1* (12b)      MG Johnson    2-1-4-0

Jim: "@Nathan: He [Cummins] reminds me a whole lot of Shane Bond, which doesn't bode well for his durability, although if he emulates the wicket-taking ability I'll be happy."

4.1

Johnson to Rudolph, no run, full ball outside off stump, played from the crease to point

4.2

Johnson to Rudolph, no run, good length on off stump, tight line but no movement, 140kph. Rudolph defends

4.3

Johnson to Rudolph, FOUR, too full outside off stump, Rudolph moves forward a little and drives the ball past the diving fielder at mid-off

4.4

Johnson to Rudolph, 2 runs, width offered outside off stump, Rudolph pushes off the front foot through cover, it won't go to the boundary this time

4.5

Johnson to Rudolph, 1 run, too full on the pads, Rudolph whips towards fine leg

The Bear: "That gazelle-like hop of Cummins might make for a short career. It's murder on the knees. Just ask Brett Schultz! (Anyone remember him?)"

4.6

Johnson to Smith, FOUR, length ball with width outside off stump, Smith stays in his crease and opens the face to play the ball through point, Lyon chases and dives full length but can't prevent the boundary

End of over 5 (11 runs) South Africa 17/0
GC Smith    9* (13b 2x4)      MG Johnson    3-1-15-0
JA Rudolph    8* (17b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    2-0-2-0

5.1

Cummins to Rudolph, no run, 142.3 kph, the ball pitches outside leg and hits Rudolph's pads before he can glance, Haddin moves to his right and dives to prevent leg byes

5.2

Cummins to Rudolph, no run, 142 kph, on a good length outside off stump, Rudolph lets the ball pass

5.3

Cummins to Rudolph, no run, fuller length, pitching in line with the stumps, Rudolph moves forward and plays back to the bowler

5.4

Cummins to Rudolph, no run, a fast ball outside off stump, Rudolph shoulders arms

Scott: "Get Johnson out of the attack. NOW! In fact get him out of the team, out of the squad, out of everything! He makes me pull my hair out! Get him out before I go bald!" Calm down!

5.5

Cummins to Rudolph, FOUR, in the air but through the gap between gully and third slip. The short of a length ball rose on Rudolph and angled across him, he stayed on the back foot and opened the face to play the ball to the third man boundary. Hussey dived to his right at gully but couldn't reach it

5.6

Cummins to Rudolph, no run, short of a length delivery played on the leg side

End of over 6 (4 runs) South Africa 21/0
JA Rudolph    12* (23b 2x4)      PJ Cummins    3-0-6-0
GC Smith    9* (13b 2x4)      MG Johnson    3-1-15-0

6.1

Johnson to Smith, no run, pitches on a good length around off and goes straight through, Smith plays from his crease towards the leg side

6.2

Johnson to Smith, no run, fuller length angling into off and middle stump, Smith stays in his crease and pushes towards mid-on

6.3

Johnson to Smith, no run, played off the back foot towards cover

James: "Scott, I like seeing Mitch in the side. But then I'm English."

6.4

Johnson to Smith, (no ball) 2 runs, Johnson over-steps and delivers a length ball outside of stump, Smith stays in his crease and plays through backward point

6.4

Johnson to Smith, OUT, Johnson is ecstatic as Smith edges to second slip. He landed the ball short of a length just outside off stump and got it to straighten after pitching, Smith played for the angle into him and pushed forward at it, giving Clarke a simple catch

GC Smith c Clarke b Johnson 11 (31m 18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 61.11

Matt: "Even a blind squirrel occasionally finds a nut." That is harsh, very harsh. Amla is the new batsman.

6.5

Johnson to Amla, no run, defended on the back foot towards point

6.6

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves back and plays a short of a length ball towards wide mid-on for a single

End of over 7 (4 runs) South Africa 25/1
HM Amla    1* (2b)      MG Johnson    4-1-19-1
JA Rudolph    12* (23b 2x4)      PJ Cummins    3-0-6-0

7.1

Cummins to Amla, no run, Cummins gives Amla a pacy bouncer first up, the batsman ducks under it

7.2

Cummins to Amla, no run, 144 kph, short of a length but wide outside off stump, lots of carry through to Haddin, who collects above his head

7.3

Cummins to Amla, no run, fuller length on the pads at 145 kph, Amla misses the glance and the ball brushes his pad and goes to Haddin

7.4

Cummins to Amla, no run, 144 kph, full ball just outside off stump, Amla was late on the drive, he was beaten for pace as he played from the crease

7.5

Cummins to Amla, no run, defended off the back foot towards point

7.6

Cummins to Amla, no run, Amla strides forward to defend a good length ball towards mid-off

End of over 8 (maiden) South Africa 25/1
HM Amla    1* (8b)      PJ Cummins    4-1-6-0
JA Rudolph    12* (23b 2x4)      MG Johnson    4-1-19-1

Andrew: "Oh God, here we go, same old story; Johnson receives ultimatum, plays well in last chance scenario, holds spot and goes straight back to poor form before getting another ultimatum in two or three series time. Call me premature (given the match is 40 minutes old), but am I the only one who feels like this happens often with Australian cricketers? Glad to see Cummins in the team, though."

8.1

Johnson to Rudolph, no run, short of a length but too wide outside off stump, 142 kph, Rudolph lets it go

8.2

Johnson to Rudolph, no run, good length outside off stump, Rudolph shoulders arms again

The Bear: "There once was a bowler named Mitch, He tends to bowl all over the pitch, Watchers of cricket, Say he can't buy a wicket, And then BANG, he gets Smith. Man, thats rich"

8.3

Johnson to Rudolph, FOUR, short of a length outside off stump, Rudolph uses the width to cut hard from the crease, he hits it in the air but through the gap between gully and point

8.4

Johnson to Rudolph, FOUR, shot! Rudolph presses forward and plays a scorching cover drive to hit a full ball outside off stump to the boundary

8.5

Johnson to Rudolph, 1 run, full length around off stump, Rudolph moves forward and taps the ball towards mid-on and runs

8.6

Johnson to Amla, no run, 141 kph, full delivery but too wide outside off for Amla to play a shot

End of over 9 (9 runs) South Africa 34/1
HM Amla    1* (9b)      MG Johnson    5-1-28-1
JA Rudolph    21* (28b 4x4)      PJ Cummins    4-1-6-0

Adrian: "@Andrew, that's the sort of thing that happened to English players throughout the 90s. If you think it's happening to Aussies; be worried!"

9.1

Cummins to Rudolph, no run, good length ball around off stump, defended towards the fielder at short leg

Vinod: "@Andrew - It happens very often in India... Look at Harbhajan Singh's career for example"

9.2

Cummins to Rudolph, no run, a full delivery at 141 kph, Rudolph stays in his crease and defends towards the bowler

9.3

Cummins to Rudolph, no run, a full toss beats Rudolph for pace and hits the pad, Cummins appeals but that was swinging down leg side

9.4

Cummins to Rudolph, no run, defended back to the bowler from the crease

9.5

Cummins to Rudolph, 3 runs, fuller length outside off stump, Rudolph leans forward and punches through cover

9.6

Cummins to Amla, no run, Amla defends a 143 kph delivery from around off stump towards cover point

End of over 10 (3 runs) South Africa 37/1
HM Amla    1* (10b)      PJ Cummins    5-1-9-0
JA Rudolph    24* (33b 4x4)      MG Johnson    5-1-28-1

Luke: "Am I the only one who thinks Cummins is making Johnson look distinctly average. 12 years junior and showing him how to do it." Johnson has the wicket though.

10.1

Johnson to Rudolph, 2 runs, length ball outside off stump, Rudolph stays in his crease and punches fluently through cover point

10.2

Johnson to Rudolph, no run, Rudolph moves forward and tries to cut a short of a length ball that bounces sharply, 144 kph that was and it beat him for pace and bounce

10.3

Johnson to Rudolph, no run, a full ball outside off stump at 142.7 kph, Rudolph hammers the cover drive straight to the fielder at short cover

10.4

Johnson to Rudolph, 1 run, full on the pads this time, Rudolph moves across his stumps and plays the ball to fine leg

10.5

Johnson to Amla, no run, a huge appeal for lbw, Billy Bowden says not out, and Clarke reviews it. Here we go. The ball pitched in line with the stumps, angling across the right-hander, and then shaped back just a little. The ball brushed the pad before smacking into the middle of the bat. Replays show it was clipping the outside of off stump, so the verdict is that the decision will remain with the on-field umpire's call. So Amla survives. If Amla had been given out, and he reviewed it, he'd have had to go. Such is life, and cricket.

10.6

Johnson to Amla, no run, played off the back foot on the off side

End of over 11 (3 runs) South Africa 40/1
HM Amla    1* (12b)      MG Johnson    6-1-31-1
JA Rudolph    27* (37b 4x4)      PJ Cummins    5-1-9-0

Cummins has completed his first spell in Test cricket - 5-1-9-0. An impressive start. Peter Siddle replaces him, bowling from over the wicket ...

11.1

Siddle to Rudolph, no run, short of a length and straight, played back to the bowler

Nathan: "Hate that ruling. If the ball is hitting the stumps when bowled, does it matter how much of the ball hits the stumps?" Well it was a marginal call, the system isn't there to reverse marginal calls.

11.2

Siddle to Rudolph, 2 runs, short of a length on leg stump, Rudolph moves across and plays through square

11.3

Siddle to Rudolph, 1 run, Rudolph moves a long way across his stumps and then flicks a full delivery to fine leg, he hit that from about off stump

11.4

Siddle to Amla, no run, 139 kph, Siddle gets the ball to swing away from the right-hander after pitching outside off, Amla shoulder arms

11.5

Siddle to Amla, no run, 139 kph, good length delivery angling towards off stump, Amla defends on the front foot

11.6

Siddle to Amla, no run, fuller length outside off stump with some seam movement away from Amla as he lets the ball pass

Javed: "This is the problem with reviewing things like LBW decisions. Nathan is, technically, correct, but if you implement it in that way, we will have a lot of 1-day test matches."

End of over 12 (3 runs) South Africa 43/1
HM Amla    1* (15b)      PM Siddle    1-0-3-0
JA Rudolph    30* (40b 4x4)      MG Johnson    6-1-31-1

Shane Watson replaces Johnson, bowling from over the wicket.

12.1

Watson to Rudolph, no run, short of a length with width outside off stump, Rudolph plays a cracking cut but straight to the fielder at point

Jarrod: "After seeing that decision I think there should be a slight tweak to the DRS. If a review is made, and the decision is determined to be an 'Umpire's call', then I think the review should stay intact. So in other words Australia would still have 2 reviews remaining at the moment. I don't think it's fair to lose a review like that over such a tight decision." That I agree with.

12.2

Watson to Rudolph, no run, good length and a straighter line, defended from the crease on the off side

12.3

Watson to Rudolph, no run, fuller length around off stump at 131 kph, Rudolph strides forward and defends

12.4

Watson to Rudolph, no run, full length on of stump, driven of the front foot to cover

Justin: "but take a look at tennis - they over rule shots that land less than a mm either side of the line. i think if the tech is there - use it. its been shown to at least be as capable as any umpire." But in tennis the technology isn't predicting anything. It's just showing us what happened, not what might have happened.

12.5

Watson to Rudolph, no run, short of a length just outside off stump with some movement away from Rudolph, who tries to cut but gets beaten

12.6

Watson to Rudolph, no run, Rudolph misses the flick against a full ball and gets hit on the pad, the Australians abort their appeal, perhaps because of an inside edge

Erik: "Jarrod, I disagree. Then every marginal call would be reviewed. The system is there to get rid of the howlers where everyone but the umpire knows what happened. You need limited chances to avoid captains using it on frivolous appeals."

The players are having a drinks break.

End of over 13 (maiden) South Africa 43/1
JA Rudolph    30* (46b 4x4)      SR Watson    1-1-0-0
HM Amla    1* (15b)      PM Siddle    1-0-3-0

Siddle to continue after drinks ...

13.1

Siddle to Amla, no run, full length around off stump, played off the front foot towards mid-on

Nick: "Remember the umpire has the right to call a decision not out if there is doubt - thats why he gave it not out and the review confirmed this - there was DOUBT!" And lets put the discussion about that decision to rest.

13.2

Siddle to Amla, no run, good length outside off stump, left alone by the batsman

13.3

Siddle to Amla, no run, another full ball outside off, Amla drives towards the two gullies by opening the face

13.4

Siddle to Amla, no run, a short ball, which Amla ducks under

13.5

Siddle to Amla, no run, good length close to off stump, nearly 140 kph, Amla watches it closely and shoulders arms

13.6

Siddle to Amla, no run, tight line and length just outside off stump, Amla lets it go again

End of over 14 (maiden) South Africa 43/1
HM Amla    1* (21b)      PM Siddle    2-1-3-0
JA Rudolph    30* (46b 4x4)      SR Watson    1-1-0-0

14.1

Watson to Rudolph, no run, Rudolph moves forward to defend a good length ball with bat close to front foot

14.2

Watson to Rudolph, no run, short of a length delivery pitches outside off and shapes slightly towards the left-hander, Rudolph stays in his crease and watches the ball go past

14.3

Watson to Rudolph, no run, straighter line on leg and middle, Rudolph defends on the leg side from the crease

14.4

Watson to Rudolph, OUT, caught behind! Watson pitches just short of a length around off stump and slants the ball across the left-hander, Rudolph stays on his crease and pushes tentatively, he gets an edge through to Haddin. A soft way to go after playing some fabulous shots full of intent

JA Rudolph c †Haddin b Watson 30 (71m 50b 4x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Jacues Kallis is the new batsman.

14.5

Watson to Kallis, FOUR, what a way to start! The ball was full and wide outside off stump, Kallis could have had a sighter and let it go. Instead, he moved forward and played a classy cover drive to draw level with Brian Lara on the list of Test cricket's highest run-scorers

14.6

Watson to Kallis, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

End of over 15 (4 runs) South Africa 47/2
JH Kallis    4* (2b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-1-4-1
HM Amla    1* (21b)      PM Siddle    2-1-3-0

15.1

Siddle to Amla, no run, Amla moves forward to drive but gets beaten by a full ball that pitches around off stump and moves away from the right-hander

15.2

Siddle to Amla, no run, the length is shorter and the line is wider, Amla lets it go

15.3

Siddle to Amla, no run, Amla lets another one go outside off stump

15.4

Siddle to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Amla lets it go again

15.5

Siddle to Amla, no run, Amla punches the full ball back at Siddle who reaches out with his right hand to field but can't collect the ball, he pretends he has and threatens to throw it at Amla

15.6

Siddle to Amla, no run, wide outside off stump, Amla doesn't play a shot

End of over 16 (maiden) South Africa 47/2
HM Amla    1* (27b)      PM Siddle    3-2-3-0
JH Kallis    4* (2b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-1-4-1

16.1

Watson to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis goes past Brian Lara to No 4 with a nudge off the pads behind square. Tendulkar, Dravid and Ponting are ahead of him

16.2

Watson to Amla, no run, defended from the crease back to the bowler

16.3

Watson to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off stump, played from the crease on the off side

16.4

Watson to Amla, no run, Amla presses forward and defends a length ball towards point

16.5

Watson to Amla, no run, Watson pitches the ball on a good length outside off stump and moves it away, Amla lets it go

Ryan: "You can say many things about this Australian attack, you can whinge, you can defend, you can cry for changes, but basically the problem is this: they cannot bowl more than 2 balls in exactly the same area, the country of Glenn Mcgrath should be worried." They've done OK today.

16.6

Watson to Amla, no run, left alone outside off stump

End of over 17 (1 run) South Africa 48/2
HM Amla    1* (32b)      SR Watson    3-1-5-1
JH Kallis    5* (3b 1x4)      PM Siddle    3-2-3-0

17.1

Siddle to Kallis, FOUR, a half-volley outside off stump, Kallis moves forward and drives the ball through extra cover

Anton: "Kallis is my favorite cricketer! He is also perhaps the most under rated on.. look at runs, centuries, one-day and T20 record.. he just has not got the respect and adoration he deserves.. perhaps the best all-rounder ever.. but does anyone talk about him? Probably this comment will also be not published... shame.."

17.2

Siddle to Kallis, no run, short of a length and straight, Kallis gets behind the line and blocks

17.3

Siddle to Kallis, no run, pitches on a good length just around off stump and seams away from Kallis, who stays in his crease and lifts his bat out of the way

17.4

Siddle to Kallis, 2 runs, Kallis drives the ball a touch too early, hitting it in the air towards the bowler, Siddle stretches out his right hand but only brushes it with his fingertips, the ball won't reach the straight boundary though

17.5

Siddle to Kallis, FOUR, Kallis stays in his crease and opens the face to drive a length ball through cover for four more

17.6

Siddle to Kallis, FOUR, extraordinary! Kallis was actually squared up by one that pitched on a good length in line with the stumps and seamed away from the right-hander, he got a leading edge that went through cover and beat the fielder's chase

End of over 18 (14 runs) South Africa 62/2
JH Kallis    19* (9b 4x4)      PM Siddle    4-2-17-0
HM Amla    1* (32b)      SR Watson    3-1-5-1

18.1

Watson to Amla, FOUR, Amla breaks free by square driving on the up through point for another boundary, they are flowing now

18.2

Watson to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Amla lets it go

18.3

Watson to Amla, no run, Good length and quite straight, Amla defends on the back foot

18.4

Watson to Amla, FOUR, and again! A half-volley wide outside off stump, Amla gets down on one knee and plays a delightful square drive past point

Watson stopped in his run up and went back to the top of his mark, and now Clarke has gone all the way from slip to have a word with him. Wonder what that's about?

18.5

Watson to Amla, no run, full ball outside off stump, driven on the off side

Watson grimaced as he released that ball. Clarke's had another word with him and Watson is going off the field. Not sure what the problem is at the moment. He isn't clutching anything or limping.

Johnson will complete the over for Watson ...

18.6

Johnson to Amla, no run, short of a length delivery that's straight at Amla, he just drops his wrists and wears it on the arm

End of over 19 (8 runs) South Africa 70/2
HM Amla    9* (38b 2x4)      MG Johnson    6.1-1-31-1
JH Kallis    19* (9b 4x4)      PM Siddle    4-2-17-0

Cummins is back ...

19.1

Cummins to Kallis, no run, he gives Kallis a 141 kph bouncer to deal with, Kallis ducks

19.2

Cummins to Kallis, no run, another speedy short ball at 143.2 kph, Kallis ducks and Haddin leaps to his left to collect, smart take

19.3

Cummins to Kallis, no run, full length and straight at 146.4 kph, Kallis stays in his crease and blocks

Gary: "I talk about Kallis's hair all the time - it's pretty impressive"

19.4

Cummins to Kallis, FOUR, and what about his cover drive? He's just driven a length ball from outside off stump through extra cover with seemingly remarkable ease

19.5

Cummins to Kallis, no run, beaten outside the off stump, Kallis pushed at the ball from the crease and was beaten by some extra bounce from a good length

19.6

Cummins to Kallis, no run, short of a length outside off, Kallis lets it go this time

End of over 20 (4 runs) South Africa 74/2
JH Kallis    23* (15b 5x4)      PJ Cummins    6-1-13-0
HM Amla    9* (38b 2x4)      MG Johnson    6.1-1-31-1

Scott: "No. NO! Not Watson! He's the guy that's been holding the whole Aussie team together! Pleases let it be not serious!"

20.1

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, played off the back foot towards midwicket

Luke: "Might be a new low point coming up here for Australia. To potentially lose Watson now could be catastrophic."

20.2

Johnson to Kallis, no run, short of a length down leg side, Kallis moves across his crease to glance off the hips but can't connect

20.3

Johnson to Kallis, 2 runs, short of a length on the pads, Kallis moves back and pushes the ball through midwicket, the fielder from deep square leg has to run a fair bit

20.4

Johnson to Kallis, 2 runs, short of a length delivery on the hips once again, Kallis stays back and plays through midwicket

20.5

Johnson to Kallis, 1 run, this line is poor, on the pads yet again, Kallis stays back and clips behind square

It's a 7-2 off side field.

20.6

Johnson to Amla, no run, good length delivery pitches around middle and angles across Amla, who defends on the back foot towards the off side

End of over 21 (6 runs) South Africa 80/2
HM Amla    10* (40b 2x4)      MG Johnson    7.1-1-37-1
JH Kallis    28* (19b 5x4)      PJ Cummins    6-1-13-0

21.1

Cummins to Kallis, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Kallis lets it go

21.2

Cummins to Kallis, 4 byes, that's a full ball fired down leg side, Haddin dives to his right, the ball hits his glove and goes to the boundary

21.3

Cummins to Kallis, no run, wide outside off stump, Kallis lets it go

21.4

Cummins to Kallis, no run, that is a rapid bouncer at 145kph, Kallis ducks in a hurry

Matt: "@scott, Watson hasn't scored a 50 this year in test cricket in 9 innings... Wouldn't exactly say he has been holding the team together. I think he is as much to blame as anyone."

21.5

Cummins to Kallis, FOUR, Kallis is feasting on half-volleys, he strides forward to another one and drives superbly through cover. He began his innings this way

Ryan: "This is a masterclass from Kallis. If you want to show youngsters how to play the cover-drive, show them that shot off Cummins - it is exemplary."

21.6

Cummins to Kallis, no run, short of a length and straight, Kallis gets behind the line on the back foot and defends

End of over 22 (8 runs) South Africa 88/2
JH Kallis    32* (25b 6x4)      PJ Cummins    7-1-17-0
HM Amla    10* (40b 2x4)      MG Johnson    7.1-1-37-1

22.1

Johnson to Amla, 2 runs, Johnson bowls a short of a length ball on leg stump, Amla tucks the ball off his hips through square leg and only a full-length dive from Cummins, who ran to his left from fine leg, saved the boundary

22.2

Johnson to Amla, no run, short of a length delivery at the body, Amla moves back and lets the ball thud into his arm

22.3

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, this time Amla moves back, gets on top of the bounce of a short of a length ball aimed at his body, and plays it down behind square

22.4

Johnson to Kallis, no run, Johnson slants wide outside Kallis' off stump, the batsman lets it go

22.5

Johnson to Kallis, no run, Lbw! Kallis has been given but he's reviewed the decision. And with good reason, he got a massive inside edge on to the pad. Kallis had pushed from his crease at one that angled across him after pitching in line with the stumps

22.6

Johnson to Kallis, no run, short of a length outside off stump, played off the back foot on the off side

End of over 23 (3 runs) South Africa 91/2
JH Kallis    32* (28b 6x4)      MG Johnson    8.1-1-40-1
HM Amla    13* (43b 2x4)      PJ Cummins    7-1-17-0

Andrew: "THAT is what UDRS is for. Perfect, perfect example of its intended use."

23.1

Cummins to Amla, no run, a full ball just outside off stump, Amla stays in his crease and plays on the off side

23.2

Cummins to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off stump at 143 kph, Amla lets it go

23.3

Cummins to Amla, 4 byes, Haddin can't collect another fast ball down leg side, he leaped to his left and got a bit of glove on it, tough take

23.4

Cummins to Amla, no run, left alone outside off stump

Brydon Coverdale, who is at the Wanderers, has sent me this: "CA confirms Watson has an injury to his right hamstring. He's being treated now but it's unknown at this stage how severe it is or whether he will make it back on to the field."

23.5

Cummins to Amla, no run, fuller length and closer line to off stump, Amla lets it go, good leave

23.6

Cummins to Amla, no run, full and straight, Amla plays from his crease on the off side

End of over 24 (4 runs, maiden) South Africa 95/2
HM Amla    13* (49b 2x4)      PJ Cummins    8-2-17-0
JH Kallis    32* (28b 6x4)      MG Johnson    8.1-1-40-1

This should be the final over before the lunch break. Nathan Lyon will bowl it ...

24.1

Lyon to Kallis, FOUR, Kallis lays into him! He moves forward and towards the off side to lift the ball off his pads to the midwicket boundary. One-bounce four

24.2

Lyon to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis moves forward and drives powerfully to a deepish mid-on, Johnson fumbles

24.3

Lyon to Amla, 1 run, Amla plays the ball off his pads behind square

24.4

Lyon to Kallis, no run, Lyon appeals as the ball spins and hits Kallis' pad as he tries to play behind square. No one else joins him, that was missing leg

24.5

Lyon to Kallis, SIX, he's cleared the midwicket boundary this time. He walks forward and towards the off side to lift the ball with the turn, powerful shot. The ball flew through the rarefied air of the highveld

24.6

Lyon to Kallis, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side, what a strong finish to the session from South Africa

Lunch, 12.35 pm South Africa' session, I'd say. They lost two relatively early wickets but Kallis is batting wonderfully. So is Amla, though to a lesser degree. Amla wore a couple of Johnson deliveries on the arm. They've scored at more than four runs per over in the session. Worryingly for Australia, Shane Watson has hurt his hamstring, we are waiting to hear how serious it is.

Spike: "As I read that Kallis had struck another six a smile creased my face and I realised that I had become a bigger fan of SA cricket than of my native West Indies team. Can anyone blame me really?"

Greig: "Amazing how Kallis has increased his strike rate in the last few years without sacrificing quality. He's always been a Rolls Royce, but the turbo upgrade is very impressive."

And on that note, I'll be back at the start of the second session. Hold fire on those emails until then.

End of over 25 (12 runs) South Africa 107/2
JH Kallis    43* (33b 7x4 1x6)      NM Lyon    1-0-12-0
HM Amla    14* (50b 2x4)      PJ Cummins    8-2-17-0

About five minutes away from the start of the second session. Kevin C: "I wish Kallis never had to retire. It is such a joy to watch him bat. It will be a very sad day when he does decide to hang up his bat." Well he isn't going anytime soon, so enjoy it.

Amla to face the first ball after lunch, from Cummins ...

25.1

Cummins to Amla, no run, short of a length and straight, Amla defends on the back foot

25.2

Cummins to Amla, no run, length delivery angling into the right-hander, Amla moves back and across and defends

25.3

Cummins to Amla, no run, Amla defends from the crease towards cover

25.4

Cummins to Amla, no run, that's a well directed bouncer, Amla ducked and took his eyes of the ball, turning his head away to let it pass

25.5

Cummins to Amla, no run, fuller ball outside off stump, Amla moves slightly forward and drives to mid-off

25.6

Cummins to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves across and fends a short of a length ball behind square, the ball hit the glove

End of over 26 (1 run) South Africa 108/2
HM Amla    15* (56b 2x4)      PJ Cummins    9-2-18-0
JH Kallis    43* (33b 7x4 1x6)      NM Lyon    1-0-12-0

Peter Siddle from the other end ... bowling over the wicket with two slips and a gully.

26.1

Siddle to Amla, FOUR, too full outside off stump, Amla stays in his crease and squeezes the ball between gully and backward point

26.2

Siddle to Amla, no run, short of a length delivery angling into the body, Amla gets hit on the thigh as he moves back to defend

26.3

Siddle to Amla, no run, length delivery on off stump, Amla gets behind the line and defends

26.4

Siddle to Amla, no run, left alone outside off stump

26.5

Siddle to Amla, no run, full length outside off, Amla drives with power from the crease but hits it to the fielder at cover

Sundar: "Watson is on the field?" No.

26.6

Siddle to Amla, no run, short of a length delivery pitching outside off stump and seaming away, left alone by the batsman

End of over 27 (4 runs) South Africa 112/2
HM Amla    19* (62b 3x4)      PM Siddle    5-2-21-0
JH Kallis    43* (33b 7x4 1x6)      PJ Cummins    9-2-18-0

27.1

Cummins to Kallis, no run, 144 kph, short of a length outside off stump, Kallis lets it go

27.2

Cummins to Kallis, no run, Kallis stays on the back foot and defends a 144 kph short of a length ball towards point

27.3

Cummins to Kallis, 1 run, a fuller ball homing in to the stumps, Kallis is caught on the crease as he tries to defend and the inside edge goes towards long leg

27.4

Cummins to Amla, no run, short of a length but the line is a bit wide, Amla lets it go

27.5

Cummins to Amla, no run, short of a length but once again the line is wide enough for Amla to leave with ease

27.6

Cummins to Amla, no run, Amla defends from the crease towards cover point

End of over 28 (1 run) South Africa 113/2
HM Amla    19* (65b 3x4)      PJ Cummins    10-2-19-0
JH Kallis    44* (36b 7x4 1x6)      PM Siddle    5-2-21-0

28.1

Siddle to Kallis, SIX, what a shot that is! Kallis picks up a full ball on the pads and flicks it powerfully over the long leg boundary, he reaches 50 with that shot, and is on 11,999 Test runs

28.2

Siddle to Kallis, no run, short of a length outside off, Kallis lets it go, Ponting appeals from second slip, for some reason

28.3

Siddle to Kallis, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

28.4

Siddle to Kallis, FOUR, Kallis goes past 12,000 by edging a short of a length ball between second slip and gully. Kallis stayed on the back foot and pushed away from his body at a short of a length ball. He gets a standing ovation from his team-mates and the ground

28.5

Siddle to Kallis, OUT, caught at midwicket! Kallis flicks a length ball off his pads straight to Khawaja at midwicket, who had to jump as the ball lobbed towards him. Kallis takes a look at the pitch after the dismissal, I think that ball stopped on him a little. Siddle is pumped and gives him a small send-off

JH Kallis c Khawaja b Siddle 54 (64m 41b 8x4 2x6) SR: 131.70

Australia have cut short Kallis' dangerous innings, he was scoring at will. AB de Villiers is the new batsman.

28.6

Siddle to de Villiers, no run, short of a length delivery pitches outside off and shapes away from the right hander, AB lets it go

End of over 29 (10 runs) South Africa 123/3
AB de Villiers    0* (1b)      PM Siddle    6-2-31-1
HM Amla    19* (65b 3x4)      PJ Cummins    10-2-19-0

29.1

Cummins to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Amla lets it go again, Cummins needs to make him play

29.2

Cummins to Amla, no run, good length just outside off stump at 144 kph, Amla moves back and across to let it go

James: "at 18 Cummins is quicker and more accurate than any bowler to play for Australia in the last 2-3 years. Amazing. Get him alongside Pattinson and Bollinger and we have a complete attack."

29.3

Cummins to Amla, no run, good length just outside of stump, Amla stays on the back foot and shoulders arms

29.4

Cummins to Amla, 1 leg bye, Amla tries to work a short of a length ball off his hips, he doesn't make proper contact and plays it awkwardly

29.5

Cummins to de Villiers, no run, short of a length outside off, AB shoulders arms

29.6

Cummins to de Villiers, 1 run, AB drives a full ball towards cover where Khawaja fumbles to allow the single

End of over 30 (2 runs) South Africa 125/3
AB de Villiers    1* (3b)      PJ Cummins    11-2-20-0
HM Amla    19* (69b 3x4)      PM Siddle    6-2-31-1

Johnson's just gone off the field ...

30.1

Siddle to de Villiers, FOUR, AB strides forward to a full ball shaping away from him and drives sublimely through cover, splendid to watch

30.2

Siddle to de Villiers, no run, defended on the back foot, the length was shorter

Hugh: "@James - How about you don't heap all the expectations on him and Pattinson. They're young lads - a fit Ryan Harris should be leading the attack - let's see a bit more of the young guns before making rash predictions."

30.3

Siddle to de Villiers, no run, short of a length just outside off stump, AB stays back and defends on the off side

Sam: "Give that wicket to Cummins. He did what was needed last test. At his pace tying up an end is invaluable." True, Cummins has been the best bowler by far.

30.4

Siddle to de Villiers, no run, AB jumps back and opens the face to play a short of a length ball towards gully, more of an outside edge that was

30.5

Siddle to de Villiers, no run, tight line and length on off stump, AB defends with a straight bat on the front foot

30.6

Siddle to de Villiers, no run, short of a length at the body, AB moves back and defends on the leg side

End of over 31 (4 runs) South Africa 129/3
AB de Villiers    5* (9b 1x4)      PM Siddle    7-2-35-1
HM Amla    19* (69b 3x4)      PJ Cummins    11-2-20-0

31.1

Cummins to Amla, OUT, there's his first Test wicket! Cummins bowls a fullish ball outside off stump, Amla tries to play a powerful drive through cover. He reached out for it without really moving his feet and went hard at the ball. The outside edge flew rapidly to Ponting at second slip, he caught it at head height. Sharp catch. Cummins has been rewarded for a fine effort on debut

HM Amla c Ponting b Cummins 19 (117m 70b 3x4 0x6) SR: 27.14

Prince is the new batsman.

31.2

Cummins to Prince, 1 run, Prince gets going by moving back and playing the ball off his hips behind square

David: "Cummins thoroughly deserved that, tight and precise bowling. Good lad."

31.3

Cummins to de Villiers, FOUR, shot! The length is a bit short and the ball sits up for AB, who swivels and pulls majestically through midwicket. That ball didn't come off the pitch as quickly as the others have. Or maybe AB was just that quick, because he seemed to have a lot of time

31.4

Cummins to de Villiers, no run, short of a length once again, AB defends on the back foot this time

31.5

Cummins to de Villiers, no run, left alone outside off stump

31.6

Cummins to de Villiers, 1 run, fuller length outside off stump, AB plays the ball towards cover where the fielder fumbles and deflects the ball towards mid-off, allowing the single

End of over 32 (6 runs) South Africa 135/4
AB de Villiers    10* (13b 2x4)      PJ Cummins    12-2-26-1
AG Prince    1* (1b)      PM Siddle    7-2-35-1

Johnson's back on the field, with the ball in his hand ...

32.1

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, pitches on a good length around off stump and angles across the right-hander, AB lets it go

32.2

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, played off the back foot towards point

32.3

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, short of a length and straight, AB square drives off the back foot towards point

Jack: "Considering Australia are missing their two front line bowlers in Harris and Watson, they have done well so far. Imagine SA without Steyn and Morkel, they would have trouble getting Haddin out!" On evidence of the previous match, perhaps not.

32.4

Johnson to de Villiers, 1 run, too straight from Johnson, AB moves back and glances the ball off the pads towards fine leg

32.5

Johnson to Prince, no run, Prince plays an awful shot, reaching far away from his body to try and hit a wide ball through point, he didn't move his feet and was beaten

32.6

Johnson to Prince, no run, good length and line, just outside off stump, Prince lets it go this time

End of over 33 (1 run) South Africa 136/4
AG Prince    1* (3b)      MG Johnson    9.1-1-41-1
AB de Villiers    11* (17b 2x4)      PJ Cummins    12-2-26-1

With Kallis gone, Lyon's back for another over. Kallis had attacked Lyon brutally before lunch. Slip and short leg in place.

33.1

Lyon to de Villiers, no run, full ball, which AB drives to mid-on

33.2

Lyon to de Villiers, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

33.3

Lyon to de Villiers, no run, flat and straight, AB moves forward an across to defend to the bowler

33.4

Lyon to de Villiers, no run, tossed up on off stump, AB tries to drive but hits the ball on to the boot and towards the bowler

33.5

Lyon to de Villiers, no run, played back to the bowler on the front foot

33.6

Lyon to de Villiers, no run, AB moves forward and mis-times the drive from outside off stump to mid-on

End of over 34 (maiden) South Africa 136/4
AB de Villiers    11* (23b 2x4)      NM Lyon    2-1-12-0
AG Prince    1* (3b)      MG Johnson    9.1-1-41-1

34.1

Johnson to Prince, no run, Prince has worn a short ball from Johnson on the shoulder. It was fast and Prince looked away from the ball as it sped towards him

34.2

Johnson to Prince, no run, left alone outside off stump

34.3

Johnson to Prince, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

Hugh: "@Jack: but how huge a problem is it that Watson has become a frontline bowler? No offence, but he's not much more than very useful; he'll never be quality. He's only bowling the number he does because Johnson won't show up."

34.4

Johnson to Prince, no run, short of a length and straight, Prince gets behind the line and plays back to the bowler

34.5

Johnson to Prince, FOUR, Prince stays back to a much fuller ball and pushes outside off stump, he gets an outside edge that goes along the ground between second slip and gully

34.6

Johnson to Prince, no run, length delivery angling into the left-hander, Prince moves back and defends

End of over 35 (4 runs) South Africa 140/4
AG Prince    5* (9b 1x4)      MG Johnson    10.1-1-45-1
AB de Villiers    11* (23b 2x4)      NM Lyon    2-1-12-0

35.1

Lyon to de Villiers, 1 run, played off the front foot towards mid-on for a quick single

Josh: "@Hugh - I don't agree, he is the one Australian bowler who can reliably swing the ball, more than useful in this attack"

35.2

Lyon to Prince, no run, defended from the crease towards cover

35.3

Lyon to Prince, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Prince lets it go

35.4

Lyon to Prince, no run, flighted outside off stump from round the wicket to the left-hander, Prince comes forward and blocks

35.5

Lyon to Prince, FOUR, Prince steps out of his crease, Lyon beats him in the flight by dropping short, Prince waits and slaps the ball through cover for four

35.6

Lyon to Prince, 2 runs, this time the ball is driven fluently through cover

End of over 36 (7 runs) South Africa 147/4
AG Prince    11* (14b 2x4)      NM Lyon    3-1-19-0
AB de Villiers    12* (24b 2x4)      MG Johnson    10.1-1-45-1

36.1

Johnson to de Villiers, 1 run, a bit too straight, AB nudges a length ball off his pads towards deep backward square leg

Anthony: "@Josh. But is that not Hugh's point? Aussies need to find 4 reliable bowlers that allow the opening bat to bowl his useful stuff now and again. Not all the time."

36.2

Johnson to Prince, FOUR, too full, slanting into the left-hander, Prince whips it with the angle into him through midwicket and times it superbly

36.3

Johnson to Prince, no run, defended back to the bowler

36.4

Johnson to Prince, FOUR, another full ball on the pads, Prince leans across and flicks the ball through midwicket once again, top shot

36.5

Johnson to Prince, no run, Prince stays in his crease and plays towards mid-off

36.6

Johnson to Prince, FOUR, Johnson is doling out freebies in this over, a half-volley outside off stump, which Prince drives through cover off the front foot

End of over 37 (13 runs) South Africa 160/4
AG Prince    23* (19b 5x4)      MG Johnson    11.1-1-58-1
AB de Villiers    13* (25b 2x4)      NM Lyon    3-1-19-0

37.1

Lyon to de Villiers, FOUR, shot! AB gives Lyon the charge, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts over the fielder at mid-on, one bounce four

37.2

Lyon to de Villiers, no run

37.3

Lyon to de Villiers, no run, defended on the off side

37.4

Lyon to de Villiers, no run, AB moves forward and defends

37.5

Lyon to de Villiers, no run, AB moves forward and drives to mid-on

37.6

Lyon to de Villiers, FOUR, AB strides forward and opens the face while playing a drive through cover, there's no turn for Lyon at the moment

End of over 38 (8 runs) South Africa 168/4
AB de Villiers    21* (31b 4x4)      NM Lyon    4-1-27-0
AG Prince    23* (19b 5x4)      MG Johnson    11.1-1-58-1

38.1

Siddle to Prince, no run, short of a length just outside off stump, defended on the back foot

38.2

Siddle to Prince, no run, good length angling across the left-hander from over the wicket, Prince stays back and defend son the leg side

38.3

Siddle to Prince, no run, a length delivery with width outside off stump, punched from the crease towards cover

38.4

Siddle to Prince, no run, Prince pushes forward at a fuller ball that angles across him and gets a thick outside edge towards point

38.5

Siddle to Prince, no run, played back to the bowler off the back foot

38.6

Siddle to Prince, no run, full delivery around off stump, played past the bowler to mid-off

The players are taking a break for drinks.

Allen: "Are the SA batsmen playing aggressively or the Aus bowlers bowling a lot of mediocre stuff along with a few good balls?" Both.

End of over 39 (maiden) South Africa 168/4
AG Prince    23* (25b 5x4)      PM Siddle    8-3-35-1
AB de Villiers    21* (31b 4x4)      NM Lyon    4-1-27-0

Michael Hussey is going to have a bowl, giving the others a break. Watson is still off the field.

39.1

Hussey to de Villiers, no run, that's very wide outside off stump

39.2

Hussey to de Villiers, no run, good length but wide outside off again, AB lets it go

39.3

Hussey to de Villiers, no run, edged but short of gully! AB pushed far away from his body at a gentle outswinger and edged it. He played too early

39.4

Hussey to de Villiers, no run, left alone outside off stump

39.5

Hussey to de Villiers, 1 wide, another wide ball outside off stump, this time the umpire calls it

39.5

Hussey to de Villiers, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

Simon: "I see the Aussies are unleashing their secret weapon. The demon bowling of one Michael Hussey. AB and Prince must be terrified... "

39.6

Hussey to de Villiers, no run, left alone outside off stump

End of over 40 (1 run) South Africa 169/4
AB de Villiers    21* (37b 4x4)      MEK Hussey    1-0-1-0
AG Prince    23* (25b 5x4)      PM Siddle    8-3-35-1

40.1

Siddle to Prince, no run, good length delivery shaping away from the left-hander from over the wicket, Prince lets it go

40.2

Siddle to Prince, no run, short of a length outside off stump, punched off the front foot towards mid-off

40.3

Siddle to Prince, no run, Prince moves forward and drives a full ball towards mid-off

40.4

Siddle to Prince, no run, full once again and Prince drives straighter this time, towards the bowler, Sidle gets a hand on it and the fielder from mid-off mops up

40.5

Siddle to Prince, no run, shorter length, Prince tries to play it through square but gets hit on the thigh

40.6

Siddle to Prince, no run, short of a length outside off, Prince begins to duck but then realises the ball isn't that high, so he sways out of the way and lets it pass outside off stump

End of over 41 (maiden) South Africa 169/4
AG Prince    23* (31b 5x4)      PM Siddle    9-4-35-1
AB de Villiers    21* (37b 4x4)      MEK Hussey    1-0-1-0

41.1

Hussey to de Villiers, 1 wide, another wide outside off stump

Kevin: "Should Hussey be considered as one of Aus front line bowlers? He does have an avg. of 28.25. . . Siddle would take that and run into the hills shouting,"I'm free!"

41.1

Hussey to de Villiers, 1 run, played from the crease through cover

41.2

Hussey to Prince, no run, fuller and straighter from Hussey, Prince moves forward and defends

Alex: "Sure enough put Hussey in the attack and 3 overs without a boundary."

41.3

Hussey to Prince, no run, played off the back foot towards mid-on

41.4

Hussey to Prince, no run, full ball on leg stump, Prince loses some balance as he tries to play on the leg side and gets hit on the pad, that pitched outside leg stump, so no appeal

41.5

Hussey to Prince, no run, played off the back foot on the off side

41.6

Hussey to Prince, no run, that's very wide down leg side

End of over 42 (2 runs) South Africa 171/4
AG Prince    23* (36b 5x4)      MEK Hussey    2-0-3-0
AB de Villiers    22* (38b 4x4)      PM Siddle    9-4-35-1

42.1

Siddle to de Villiers, no run, defended from the crease on the leg side

James: "Maybe all the boundaries are part of Clarke's masterplan to lull the Saffer batsmen into a false sense of security so the occasional decent ball gets wickets. Worked so far."

42.2

Siddle to de Villiers, FOUR, short and wide outside off, AB waits on the back foot and plays a cracking cut to the backward point boundary

42.3

Siddle to de Villiers, FOUR, AB strides forward to drive but gets a thick outside edge along the ground to the third man boundary, it was a fuller and straighter ball, these two have now added 50 runs ...

42.4

Siddle to de Villiers, FOUR, edged and four! This time the ball flew in the air between second slip and gully. The ball was full outside off stump and AB reached far away from his body while trying to drive through cover

42.5

Siddle to de Villiers, no run, played towards mid-on from the crease

Jethro: "Every time I see the words "de Villiers" and "FOUR" or "SIX" I giggle like a little girl."

42.6

Siddle to de Villiers, no run, short of a length outside off, AB lets it go

End of over 43 (12 runs) South Africa 183/4
AB de Villiers    34* (44b 7x4)      PM Siddle    10-4-47-1
AG Prince    23* (36b 5x4)      MEK Hussey    2-0-3-0

Here's Mitchell Johnson ... from over the wicket.

43.1

Johnson to Prince, 1 run, he's too straight with his line, Prince moves across and glances off his pads towards fine leg

43.2

Johnson to de Villiers, 1 run, another one on the pads after pitching outside leg stump, AB doesn't make proper contact with the glance. So Johnson's too straight to both the left and right hander

43.3

Johnson to Prince, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

43.4

Johnson to Prince, no run, full and straight, defended back to the bowler

43.5

Johnson to Prince, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Prince stays in his crease and plays on the off side

43.6

Johnson to Prince, no run, played off the back foot towards mid-off

TimP: "I love it when Johnson comes back into the attack...it gives me a warm snug feeling.....a feeling that there will be a flurry of boundaries..." But there wasn't ...

End of over 44 (2 runs) South Africa 185/4
AG Prince    24* (41b 5x4)      MG Johnson    12.1-1-60-1
AB de Villiers    35* (45b 7x4)      PM Siddle    10-4-47-1

44.1

Hussey to de Villiers, 1 run, a full ball shaping away from AB outside off stump, he reaches for it and square drives through point

44.2

Hussey to Prince, no run, good length and straight, Prince moves across his crease and defends

44.3

Hussey to Prince, no run, that's really far down leg side, Haddin is standing up to the stumps but he manages to move quickly to his right and collect. How is that not a wide?

44.4

Hussey to Prince, no run, defended on the leg side

44.5

Hussey to Prince, 1 run, full ball outside off stump, Prince drives on the front foot towards wide mid-off, where Siddle moves to his right and slides

44.6

Hussey to de Villiers, 1 run, defended from the crease on the leg side

End of over 45 (3 runs) South Africa 188/4
AB de Villiers    37* (47b 7x4)      MEK Hussey    3-0-6-0
AG Prince    25* (45b 5x4)      MG Johnson    12.1-1-60-1

45.1

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, that's a well-directed short of a length delivery at 140 kph, AB stays in his crease and sways back to let it pass

45.2

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, fuller ball angling across the right-hander from over the wicket, AB lets it go

45.3

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, short of a length outside off, played from the crease towards cover

45.4

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, short of a length and straight, defended back to the bowler from the crease

45.5

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, defended on the front foot

Ah, Watson's back, standing at first slip.

45.6

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, full ball slanting across AB, who moves forward and lets it go

End of over 46 (maiden) South Africa 188/4
AB de Villiers    37* (53b 7x4)      MG Johnson    13.1-2-60-1
AG Prince    25* (45b 5x4)      MEK Hussey    3-0-6-0

46.1

Hussey to Prince, 2 runs, Prince waits in his crease and glances the ball off his pads towards fine leg

46.2

Hussey to Prince, 1 leg bye, Prince gets hit on the pad as he tries to play off the back foot

46.3

Hussey to de Villiers, 1 bye, a full ball down leg side, the ball beats AB's glance but thuds off Haddin's pads towards fine leg

46.4

Hussey to Prince, 2 runs, Prince waits for the ball to angle into him and works the ball of his pads through square

46.5

Hussey to Prince, no run, punched from the crease towards mid-off

Watson can bowl again (if he's fit to bowl, that is) at 4.45 pm. That's a little less than two hours away.

46.6

Hussey to Prince, no run, defended on the off side

End of over 47 (6 runs) South Africa 194/4
AG Prince    29* (50b 5x4)      MEK Hussey    4-0-10-0
AB de Villiers    37* (54b 7x4)      MG Johnson    13.1-2-60-1

Cummins replaces Johnson ... bowling from over the wicket.

47.1

Cummins to de Villiers, no run, short of a length outside off stump, left alone by the batsman

47.2

Cummins to de Villiers, FOUR, Cummins bowls a rare loose ball, on AB's pads, the batsman glances past the keeper to the boundary

47.3

Cummins to de Villiers, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, AB waits in his crease and cuts the ball through cover point for four more

47.4

Cummins to de Villiers, no run, caught behind! Or is it? Apparently not. AB went to pull a short ball but was beaten, the ball grazed the grille of the helmet and was caught by Haddin. Clarke doesn't review the not out decision

47.5

Cummins to de Villiers, no run, left alone outside off stump

47.6

Cummins to de Villiers, no run, good length outside off stump, AB lets it go

End of over 48 (8 runs) South Africa 202/4
AB de Villiers    45* (60b 9x4)      PJ Cummins    13-2-34-1
AG Prince    29* (50b 5x4)      MEK Hussey    4-0-10-0

Johnson's swapped ends ...

48.1

Johnson to Prince, no run, short of a length but wide outside off stump, Prince reaches out for it and bottom edges into the ground towards second slip

48.2

Johnson to Prince, 1 run, good length but a bit straight, Prince moves forward and across to nudge the ball behind square

48.3

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, good length outside off stump, AB lets the ball go as it angles across him from over the wicket

48.4

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, AB stays in his crease and defends on the off side

48.5

Johnson to de Villiers, FOUR, AB plays from his crease, pushing at a good length delivery, and gets an outside edge that goes along the ground past second slip for four

48.6

Johnson to de Villiers, 2 runs, AB gets to his half-century by working the ball off his pads to deep square leg, he's got there off only 64 balls

End of over 49 (7 runs) South Africa 209/4
AB de Villiers    51* (64b 10x4)      MG Johnson    14.1-2-67-1
AG Prince    30* (52b 5x4)      PJ Cummins    13-2-34-1

49.1

Cummins to Prince, no run, full ball outside off stump, Prince lets it go

49.2

Cummins to Prince, no run, defended on the back foot

49.3

Cummins to Prince, no run, Prince moves back and defends on the leg side

49.4

Cummins to Prince, no run, Prince stays in his crease and mis-times a drive to mid-off

49.5

Cummins to Prince, no run, full and wide outside off stump, Prince lets it go

49.6

Cummins to Prince, no run, Prince moves forward and hits a short of a length ball towards cover

Shantanu: "Great fifty from de Villiers here. He came in under pressure, and played a mature hand to keep his team going. Shows why he's captain of the limited-overs sides. Now for AB to convert this one into a hundred."

End of over 50 (maiden) South Africa 209/4
AG Prince    30* (58b 5x4)      PJ Cummins    14-3-34-1
AB de Villiers    51* (64b 10x4)      MG Johnson    14.1-2-67-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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Nov 21, 2011

Pat Cummins and Mitchell Johnson celebrate the culmination of a thrilling chase, South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, 5th day, November 21, 2011

Pat Cummins and Mitchell Johnson celebrate the culmination of a thrilling chase

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Nov 21, 2011

Pat Cummins and Mitchell Johnson walk off after Australia's successful chase, South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, 5th day, November 21, 2011

Pat Cummins and Mitchell Johnson walk off after Australia's successful chase

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