SA v Australia, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 2nd day February 21, 2014

De Villiers joins elite club

Stats highlights from the second day's play between South Africa and Australia at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth

  • AB de Villiers's century in this innings was his 19th in Tests and his first at this venue. De Villiers has scored 1361 runs at 80.05 including six hundreds and six fifties in his last 12 Tests, since November 2012. Only Kumar Sangakkara averages higher than de Villiers among batsmen with a minimum of 300 runs during this period.

  • De Villiers has hit five Test hundreds against Australia equalling the record for the most tons against Australia by a South Africa batsman. Eddie Barlow, Graeme Pollock and Jacques Kallis. have also scored five Test centuries against Australia.

  • JP Duminy's 123 was his first century at home and his third in Tests. The innings ended what was a rather lean patch for him in Tests at home. Since his last fifty at home, against England in Centurion in December 2009, Duminy had managed just 128 runs at 11.36 from 11 innings. He also completed 1000 Test runs in this innings. He has now scored 1046 runs at 34.86, with three hundreds and five fifties.

  • De Villiers and Duminy added 149 runs for the sixth wicket, which is the highest partnership for this wicket at St George's Park, beating the 131-run partnership between Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar against New Zealand in 2013.

  • Their partnership was also the second-highest sixth-wicket stand for South Africa against Australia and the highest such partnership since 1970 when Graeme Pollock and Tiger Lance added 200 runs for the sixth wicket at Kingsmead.

  • Nathan Lyon's five-for was the first five-wicket haul by a spinner at this venue in more than 50 years. The last spinner to take a five-wicket at this venue was also from Australia: Richie Benaud took 5 for 82 in South Africa's second innings in 1958. Spinners have taken only five five-wicket at this ground.

  • Lyon's five-wicket haul was also the first by an Australia spinner in South Africa since Shane Warne's 6 for 86 at Kingsmead in 2006. Click here for five-wicket hauls by Australia's spinners in Tests in South Africa. The last five-wicket haul by an Australia offspinner in South Africa came in 1970, Ashley Mallett's 5 for 126 in Cape Town.

  • Lyon took his first five-for in four Tests in South Africa. In his previous three Tests here, Lyon had totally bowled 59 overs, taking six wickets at 31.83. In this Test so far, Lyon has already bowled 46 overs and taken five wickets at 26.00.

  • Australia bowlers were made to toil hard on this slow pitch. For the first time since the second Test against India in Hyderabad in March last year and in 22 innings, Australia's bowlers were required to bowl 150 or more overs to dismiss the opposition. Including this innings, they have had to bowl 100 or more overs in only four of the 13 innings since the start of the Ashes in Australia last year. This was also the first time in 25 innings, since the Mohali Test in March 2013, that Australia conceded 400-plus runs to the opposition in an innings.

  • Since the Ashes, Australia's regular fast bowlers had taken 96 wickets in six Tests, at 18.23 and at a strike rate of 40.6. However, South Africa's doughty batting and the benign conditions meant that Australia's fast bowlers took only two wickets from the 86 overs they bowled between them in the first innings, collectively giving away 229 runs. Mitchell Johnson, who had taken 49 wickets since the Ashes at a staggering average of 13.14 and a strike rate of 27.1, removed Hashim Amla early enough, in his third over of the innings. But since then, he has bowled 135 deliveries and conceded 67 runs without taking a wicket.

    Australia fast bowlers since the Ashes and this inns
      Overs Wkts Ave SR
    Since the Ashes 651.1 96 18.23 40.6
    This Test 86 2 114.50 258.0

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  • Varnendra on February 22, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    @Fan1969, I admire Virat a lot and am positive he is going to be the best. However one has to wait, see and be fair before claiming his countryman is great. One Indian who writes particularly good English even claimed Pujara as the world's best a few weeks ago!

  • David on February 22, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    @ mirandola tries very hard to convince us that "De Villiers is a talented cricketer but he is nowhere near 'the best in the world', or even in that division … and no books have been rewritten.

    Perhaps you missed the finer points of the above article, but one book HAS been re-written: the RECORD book. AB de Villiers is the only cricketer in test history to score city or more runs in twelve consecutive matches. Viv Richards, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are next with 50s in 11 consecutive tests. As the sole holder of the record, AB rewrote the record books - right?

    As for asserting that he is not currently the "best in the world," no other player is rewriting the record books, or is ranked #1 by the ICC in both tests and ODIs. Or in fact, is consistently spoken of as the best, as is AB. You make some astute points in your post, but you are way off the mark on this point!

  • Android on February 22, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    de villiers is the best batsman in the woeld right now. he excels in every format. in t20 and odi also. plus he is wicket keeper. plus he is one of the best fielders around

  • Billy on February 22, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    Amazing achievement by AB

  • Sepathie on February 22, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    We Have to rethink about Bradman as the greatest batsmen of all time. just look at these figures. They are phenomenal. Considering Bradman only scored 'his Centuries in australia and England. He never scored a century outside these 2 countries.

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2014, 10:11 GMT;filter=advanced;opposition=1;opposition=140;opposition=2;opposition=3;opposition=4;opposition=5;opposition=6;opposition=7;opposition=8;orderby=batting_average;qualmin1=300;qualval1=runs;spanmin1=30+Nov+2012;spanval1=span;template=results;type=batting -> Let's exclude bangladesh and zimbabwe and see how good sangakara is?

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    De Villiers works hard and cares about his country and his team. Well done ABDV. Proteas watch out for the infamous Australian batting tail. Many tests have been lost after having Australia 6 down early. The Proteas are once again bowling too many short-pitched deliveries. They are only good for the ego, and that is a selfish tactic. Warner was also given way too much width. After being spot-on to start with, Parnell quickly faded with inaccuracies, just like Steyn.

    If Steyn cannot reach 140 km/h anymore he should make way for someone who's willing to put in more effort. Yes, he is a great bowler but that is no excuse for not giving 110% to the national squad. That is a Bafana Bafana attitude, and look where it got them.

  • Jackie on February 22, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    I think De Villiers is a great batsman but look at the difference in the reaction to his achievement rather than the reaction to Bell in 2011. When Bell had 5 centuries in 8 tests in 2011 with an average of 118 I don't remember anyone saying anything. Nothing on Cricinfo? He wasn't on any long list of Test batsmen never mind short list. I think Derek Pringle wrote a piece about the purple patch of Cook and Pietersen and Trott who were also batting well. But Bell who actually went to the top of the world figures in runs until other batsmen had more Tests in the year was only granted a sort of 'mauve' patch. You can't make it up.

  • Nirjhar on February 22, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft I would agree with your batting rating in Tests but in ODIs Virat is much better than Clarke, Kallis and Sanga. I would infact rate Chanderpaul ahead of Kallis now that Kallis has retired.

    Virat still has to play in England, SL etc and is still too young to be rated with all the others who are 30 plus and been playing tests for many years.

    As far as Virat's age players Smith, Warner, Marsh and Doolan they have all played a few good innings and have not shown the consistency Virat has displayed. Virat over both Test and ODI formats has shown better performance. In ODIs Virat already has 18 centuries, ahead of all current batsmen except Gayle.

    Frankly enjoying the game is more fun than rating players but felt I must respond to you. I thought u were enjoying putting Virat and Indian fans down, that is unfair to a youngster and to Indian fans

  • Varnendra on February 22, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    The world's best batsmen 1)AB (by far), 2)Clarke, 3)Amla, 4)Kallis, 5)KP(lacks consistent tall scores else he is a bona fide competitor against AB), 6)Sanga. India's Virat Kohli may not find a spot in the World Test XI even if Kallis is not available. For the Indian fans who try to equate Virat with AB please note Virat is still not world class because what Virat have done in tests is not that difficult for Aussies Marsh, Doolan, Smith and Warner with Smith and Warner have already done more than Virat.

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