South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 3rd day February 22, 2014

Amla builds dominant lead for South Africa

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South Africa 423 and 192 for 4 (Amla 93*, de Kock 9*) lead Australia 246 (Warner 70, Smith 49, Morkel 3-63) by 369 runs
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Video report: Australia using the wrong pitch

This was much more like the sort of cricket you come to expect from the No. 1 team in the world; aggressive, hostile bowling followed by forceful batting to set up a position of complete dominance with two days to go. With Hashim Amla stroking the ball beautifully to reach 93, South Africa's lead stands at 369 although Graeme Smith will not be without a quandary or two with a dodgy forecast for the final day and Wayne Parnell unlikely to bowl again in the match due to a groin strain.

However, given the state his side was in a week ago this position represents an overwhelming turnaround of fortunes. South Africa must now give themselves every chance to level the series - and set up a humdinger of a finale in Cape Town - and it will be a good test of Smith's instincts when he feels the balance of runs and time is where he wants. If they are still denied by weather, or a rearguard, then that is the game but he must not be cautious.

Amla, who earlier dislocated a finger when he missed a tough chance in the gully, ensured South Africa's innings was always moving at the sort of tempo needed after Australia had been removed for 246. By his standards he has endured a lean time of late - seven innings with a best of 36 including a first-innings duck here - but he made a mockery of any talk about his form as he unfurled a collection of exquisite boundaries, his off-side drives from front and back foot one of most pleasing sights the game currently offers.

Amla was given a life on 83, when he glanced Mitchell Johnson down the leg side and Brad Haddin could not hold on, and took a glancing blow on the helmet from a sharp bouncer but was barely troubled otherwise. It was only towards the close that he reigned himself in a touch, ensuring he was there for the charge in the morning. His partnership with AB de Villiers was, for the 67 deliveries it lasted, a masterclass of batting from the pair as they increasingly did what they pleased to push South Africa's lead forward at five-an-over.

The pair's quality was put into further context by the fact that other batsmen still had to work hard for their runs. Graeme Smith's difficult series continued when he fell to Johnson, an inside edge cannoning into leg stump. Tensions had become frayed even before a ball was bowled when Smith was not ready to face the first ball. If smoke was not coming out of Johnson's ears then, it was when the ball was eventually clipped for four.

Peter Siddle removed Dean Elgar from round the wicket and his delivery to find Faf du Plessis' edge, lifting and nipping away off a length, will not have gone unnoticed by the South Africa pacemen. This is not the lifeless pitch that it appeared to be on the opening day.

Still, with time perhaps being an issue later in the game, one thing South Africa will have to do in the second innings is take all their chances. Their catching has been unusually fallible so far in this series - and today Robin Peterson, on as sub for Amla, dropped a dolly at square leg to reprieve Steven Smith - but the bowlers continued to create enough opportunities that no single miss proved overwhelmingly costly, although the errors could yet add up to hurt.

David Warner had been among those given a life when he was dropped on the second evening by AB de Villiers, but his innings was ended early in the morning session when he was tempted to drive a full delivery from Vernon Philander.

Four balls later, Nathan Lyon was dismissed for the first time in nine innings spanning 160 deliveries when Morne Morkel's barrage from round the wicket succeeding in forcing Lyon into playing the ball into stumps from way outside leg. South Africa could have had another scalp in the next over when Amla dropped Haddin on 1 and Smith cashed in on his lifeline from Peterson.

Halfway through his ninth over, Parnell pulled out of his delivery stride and, on trying to start again, aborted all efforts. He walked to Smith, handed him the ball and trudged off with a slight limp. He was immediately taken to hospital for scans which confirmed a strain, but not a more serious tear. He is unlikely to bowl in the second innings.

Dale Steyn continued to find movement with the ball beginning to reverse and following an appeal for lbw, when one tailed back into Haddin, he then found a gap between bat and pad as the keeper went for a drive, the ball snaking to take out middle stump. With a bowler down, Smith had little choice but to introduce spin and Australia briefly counterattacked against JP Duminy but life was much tougher at the other end.

Morkel produced another fierce spell, battering the ribs and helmet of Johnson, and it was a wicket for Morkel whatever the scorebook might say when Johnson missed a straight delivery from Duminy. Shortly after lunch, Smith became Morkel's second when he was given caught behind via the DRS, the third umpire using a spike on Snicko to decide it was sufficient proof to over-turn the on-field not-out. The look on Darren Lehmann's face suggested he did not believe it was conclusive proof.

Siddle and Ryan Harris showed that the surface remained true for batting with a pesky last-wicket stand of 37, although Siddle could have been out for nought if South Africa had reviewed for a gloved short ball off Steyn. Instead, Harris cleared the follow-on target with a six over midwicket off Philander - although it was unlikely Smith would have enforced - before giving Morkel a third which was the least he deserved.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 24, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    When the Aussies were comfortably cruising with more than 100 runs for no Wicket loss, despite some half chances not having been grabbed by the Proteas, the SA Team seemed to have their heart in their mouth as gauged through their body language.

    This was more due to some inclement weather having been predicted for Monday but Kudos to the Proteas for their untiring efforts & strategy,which enabled them to pluck the much deserved victory from the clutches of Weather[ if at all, the weather had played spoilsports on Monday ] on the penultimate day itself.Good Fight Indeed !

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 23, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    @Snambidi He did it because of the chance of weather interruptions tomorrow, not to be sporting. Not to mention that the world record chase is 418 runs and Australia have been set 448 to win. If you think that's a "sporting declaration" that's great for you, but I think you might be pushing it a bit there.

  • Snambidi on February 23, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    This is perhaps the most sporting Declaration of recent times in Cricket. smith should be congratulated for this great sporting gesture One Full day & more than 2 sessions left for Australia to get 436 runs Though it is not easy to meet the Target offered by SA,yet it is not impossible. So let us watch this interesting Declaration& further progress of it.Though it looks Sa'schances to win are bright,yet this is cricket& anything could happen! Cricket is a Glorious Game of Uncertainty!

  • xtrafalgarx on February 23, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Still lots to play for for a lot of the Australian players. Rogers needs to keep the wolves at bay, Doolan and Marsh need to cement their spots in the team, Clarke needs to regain form, Warner needs to capitalise on his good form (and luck) and it would be good to see Smith continue his growth as a class player.

  • disco_bob on February 23, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Good on Smith for not batting on. There will not be much time lost to rain tomorrow, maybe even none at all if it is times with lunch. 477 is very gettable at less than 3 an over. Good captaincy from Smith to dangle the carrot. Unlikely we can pull this off but let's see if our boys can give SA a fright. I think they can.

  • Mitty2 on February 23, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Full credit to SA for turning this around so brilliantly. Did this in Perth and are doing it now. A truly world class team. On paper they clearly are the best - only blips in the team are the lack of spinner, Smith's captaincy and currently the fielding. Otherwise have the best batters and I'd say equal best seamers. Let's see if they can bury us - it'll be difficult on a dead pitch with only three seamers and a defensive captain.

  • DarwinAkbar on February 23, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    I wonder if the declaration came too late. Forecast is for showers on Monday. Unlike the New Zealand vs India situation, South Africa is 0-1 behind. They need to win from this very good opportunity. With a bowling attack comprising Steyn, Philander and Morkel, there should be no way Australia can get near 400, let alone 450. If Australia managed to win, it would be because SA's vaunted bowling attack failed to do its job.

  • on February 23, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    @sankaran smith is a better captain. AB struggles as captain. Just look at ODI's. Smith's form is not good, but he scored a double century recently, so I think you are being premature!

  • letsgoproteas on February 23, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    TheBigBoodha - or the deficiencies of a team that rely on one player... with one style of bowling... bouncer?

  • ShutTheGate on February 23, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    What kind of pitch can we expect for Cape Town?

    It frustrates me watching Australia bat on slow sluggish pitches - the batsmen just make poor decisions and get out cheaply.

    If the Aussies luck out a draw here we can be well placed to win Cape town if it's a faster wicket.

  • on February 24, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    When the Aussies were comfortably cruising with more than 100 runs for no Wicket loss, despite some half chances not having been grabbed by the Proteas, the SA Team seemed to have their heart in their mouth as gauged through their body language.

    This was more due to some inclement weather having been predicted for Monday but Kudos to the Proteas for their untiring efforts & strategy,which enabled them to pluck the much deserved victory from the clutches of Weather[ if at all, the weather had played spoilsports on Monday ] on the penultimate day itself.Good Fight Indeed !

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 23, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    @Snambidi He did it because of the chance of weather interruptions tomorrow, not to be sporting. Not to mention that the world record chase is 418 runs and Australia have been set 448 to win. If you think that's a "sporting declaration" that's great for you, but I think you might be pushing it a bit there.

  • Snambidi on February 23, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    This is perhaps the most sporting Declaration of recent times in Cricket. smith should be congratulated for this great sporting gesture One Full day & more than 2 sessions left for Australia to get 436 runs Though it is not easy to meet the Target offered by SA,yet it is not impossible. So let us watch this interesting Declaration& further progress of it.Though it looks Sa'schances to win are bright,yet this is cricket& anything could happen! Cricket is a Glorious Game of Uncertainty!

  • xtrafalgarx on February 23, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Still lots to play for for a lot of the Australian players. Rogers needs to keep the wolves at bay, Doolan and Marsh need to cement their spots in the team, Clarke needs to regain form, Warner needs to capitalise on his good form (and luck) and it would be good to see Smith continue his growth as a class player.

  • disco_bob on February 23, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Good on Smith for not batting on. There will not be much time lost to rain tomorrow, maybe even none at all if it is times with lunch. 477 is very gettable at less than 3 an over. Good captaincy from Smith to dangle the carrot. Unlikely we can pull this off but let's see if our boys can give SA a fright. I think they can.

  • Mitty2 on February 23, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Full credit to SA for turning this around so brilliantly. Did this in Perth and are doing it now. A truly world class team. On paper they clearly are the best - only blips in the team are the lack of spinner, Smith's captaincy and currently the fielding. Otherwise have the best batters and I'd say equal best seamers. Let's see if they can bury us - it'll be difficult on a dead pitch with only three seamers and a defensive captain.

  • DarwinAkbar on February 23, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    I wonder if the declaration came too late. Forecast is for showers on Monday. Unlike the New Zealand vs India situation, South Africa is 0-1 behind. They need to win from this very good opportunity. With a bowling attack comprising Steyn, Philander and Morkel, there should be no way Australia can get near 400, let alone 450. If Australia managed to win, it would be because SA's vaunted bowling attack failed to do its job.

  • on February 23, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    @sankaran smith is a better captain. AB struggles as captain. Just look at ODI's. Smith's form is not good, but he scored a double century recently, so I think you are being premature!

  • letsgoproteas on February 23, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    TheBigBoodha - or the deficiencies of a team that rely on one player... with one style of bowling... bouncer?

  • ShutTheGate on February 23, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    What kind of pitch can we expect for Cape Town?

    It frustrates me watching Australia bat on slow sluggish pitches - the batsmen just make poor decisions and get out cheaply.

    If the Aussies luck out a draw here we can be well placed to win Cape town if it's a faster wicket.

  • on February 23, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Are the Aussies missing a trick by not picking Pattinson ahead of Siddle ? You wouldn't associate Siddle as being a bowler who runs through the side. Pattinson is potentially that kind of a bowler.

  • SuperSharky on February 23, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    In the first Test at Centurion, SA looked like a team that doesn't get any Test practice and it looked like it had been a while since they've played a Test. Now it looked like the Aussies had it easy in the Ashes on home soil. They didn't recently whitewash England in England. They are now playing abroad and SA looks more like the number 1 Test side they use to be. SA again showed their pattern and characteristics of the past of being comeback-fighters. However, the fat lady hasn't sung yet. Weather is also on the way. Michael Clarke is one of the best batsmen and captains in the world. Everybody knows how lethal Mitchell Johnson is. This is going to be an epic series and I don't want to predict a result or bet on any of these two teams.

  • shopcraft on February 23, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    All you SA fans are right and deserve to post comments about being the best in the world. You should square the series comfortably, but by god I will be praying all day today for rain on Day 5 (if the Aussies can survive all of Day 4!!). And if not, let's hope our top 6 bat like test crcketers and defend, defend, defend.

  • BHAGWAN-XI on February 23, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    In this match clear that what SA captain done wrong in 1st test match when he given the 1st batting to Australia. Its always to be good to batting first because australian have not a very good batting line up to chase the big total in 4th inning and Clark also know when he given the SA to chase 400 plus and they can't.

  • Mayan820 on February 23, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    You can get a quality bat (who has an average of 50+) like Amla out 3 times, perhaps 4 or 5 times if you are very lucky, for scores below 25, but the 6th time he will score and score BIG even if you stand on your head and wish aloud for it not to be so. Amla is a case in point. At Centurian Park he was dismissed twice for LOW scores and the 3rd time M. Johnson got him for a duck, in the first innings of this very match, but this is now his 4th innings and he is well on his way to a ton now . . . Watch and weep you Ausies; this is now pay back time!

  • on February 23, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Watching so many teams recently making history by batting long periods of time when if wasn't expected, I wouldn't count the Aussies out. Smith should be a little conservative and bat for 20 overs before lunch and then declare. Perhaps Warner won't bat defensively but the rest of the line up will. I wouldn't be thinking like this if Parnell wasn't injured.

  • JWaters on February 23, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    SA's strength over Australia is their batting line up and on this type of wicket winning the toss and being able to bat first is what has made such a significant difference. The bowling stocks aren't that far apart but Steyn is still the no.1 bowler in the world and he did get it to reverse which in comparison only Siddle can do on occasion. They only way we can win from here is if Steyn bursts a blood vessel in his head after he takes a wicket. This series isn't over yet.

    Lets hope for a quicker wicket in game 3 with Watson in for either Rogers or Doolan.

  • on February 23, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    Well well well, rain dance rain dance itz melody of the OZ right now.... I wouldn't bet on that. I'm a Saffer and im in SA, I remember same thing last year happened in Wanderers, some tremendous Storms were predicted on day 4 & 5 of the 3rd test of SA vs Pak. guess what I was in Joburg, that kinda rain fell days after the 5-day period of a test match, luckily Steyn was firing Pak had no answers. So even now I wouldn't bet on rain

  • on February 23, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Smith crucially erred in not referring to Siddle's gloving. Steyn was demanding a referral, which Smith mistook for undue optimism so typical of the bowler. The last wicket partnership of 37 proved utter nuisance in the context, especially with worrying weather forecasts. DRS demands extra smartness from bowlers/ captains.

  • on February 23, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Morne Morkel - Quite a refreshing spell of bowling. He s bowled fast and aggressively, hit the batsmen, took wickets and most importantly - there was no 'chirp'. He's probably the unsung hero. Morne Morkel is probably peaking as a bowler and it's rather unlucky for him that Philander steals his wickets. I don't rate Philander as high as Morkel and Steyn. Philander only reaps what Steyn and Morkel sow.

  • on February 23, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    It is time for Graeme Smith to stand out of test cricket team. His technical flaws are showing up too often for the bowlers to exploit.

    AB can now take over the captainship of the test team.

  • BillyBunter2 on February 23, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    Love it. Well done to South Africa for playing so well. The SA fans have come out from under the rocks and woods to tell us to learn how to bat, and don't hope for rain on Monday. If SA has the courage to declare say at the end of first session today, we can smash whatever score you post. On Monday you will be doing the "rain dance". Don't underestimate the Aussies. It isn't over until the fat lady (aka Greame Smith) sings!!

  • GermanPlayer on February 23, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    Where have all those people gone who were saying Aus are gonna role SA over? As they say, form is temporary but class is permanent! Aus won 6 games in a row but the Aussie fans thought of it as class! SA have not been beaten away since 2006 and at home since 2009. Now that is something you can call class!!!

  • thozar on February 23, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    Looks like Ryan Harris is not taking wickets. Can we expect him to feign an injury soon so that he can sit out of the 3rd test and protect his precious average? When there are tests scheduled against teams like Eng and NZ, Ryan Harris will get fit again to boost his average. lol

  • thozar on February 23, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    Oz have the worst batting in the world, ok second worst, just better than England. A lineup of Rogers, Warner, Smith, Doolan, Marsh, and Haddin is not going to scare anyone. Most of these guys enhanced their reputation by scoring against an England side short of confidence & skill. Also some of them are quite old and are not going to get any better given time. Oz fans said that Rogers is a fine test batsman and was going to strengthen their batting. From the looks of it, he is not good to even strengthen the Bangladesh batting. Scoring centuries against useless attacks on home pitches is no good. I bet that Rogers will score only in binaries in the sub-continent. If only Warner could score runs off his bat as he does off his mouth, he will be a decent batsman. How fine bowlers like Steyn let a mediocre batsman like Smith score runs is still a mystery. Haddin is just a Eng bully and useless against everyone else. India made Marsh consider retirement at a young age. No one knows Doolan.

  • Int.Curator on February 23, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Australia always playing to win and entertain despite the game situation.

    Sometimes this brand of cricket needs to be forgotten.

    None the less they did entertain during their batting. Well batted, nobody has timed the ball as well as Steve Smith in this game. That was a true masterclass cut short.

    Well done to SA very determined and patient batting performance.

    Awkward Morne should bowl at the stumps if he wants to take more wickets.

    Also SA should do a little more catching practice/ fielding practice.

    It is will be interesting to see wether SA will dangle a carrot and play for a win first rather than their mindset of draw first.

  • on February 23, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    As I stated earlier Aussies got just over 200 runs (I of course said they will go under 200) Now South Africa has over 350 lead and by today afternoon should swell to over 500 and sufficient to beat Aussies. Aussies should be given about three hours today and they will crumble to about 130/5 and the rest can be finished on Monday.

  • OneEyedAussie on February 23, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    As I wrote at the end of day 2, Aus really needed to bat out day 3 to stay in this match. Instead we tried to score at 4 rpo on a pitch that wasn't suited to that style of play. Sure, Morkel blew some steam but the SA bowling wasn't that much better than Centurion. It would be a shame if Australia threw away the chance for a 1-0 lead going into Cape Town because they couldn't take their feet off the throttle. Now all we can do is hope for rain.

  • on February 23, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    @modern. my point is that england is no more the home of cricket. now every team to be number or aspires to be should be able to beat india on rank turners from day 1. countries like south africa, australia and new zealand will perform up to satisfaction when they tour those repective nations as all of their pitches are similar. pace and bounce, green top or no green top. to experience something different they have to come to india. and we did not perform that badly on their pitch as they would over here. I hope smith is not negative like mccullum who was literally not declaring until he was sure even a miracle wudnt let india win. smith shud declare after the first hour of play today

  • truecric_fan on February 23, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    I am thoroughly enjoying test cricket at its best. It was late Fri night in California, yet I was glued to the TV. Disappointing to see the lack of support from SA fans. Mornie, Amla and team deserve better support at the ground.

  • heathrf1974 on February 23, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    Great day for SA, they are clearly dominating and Morkel was on-song. I must give a lot of credit to Amla who had a finger dislocated and is now on the verge of a ton, fine effort. For the Aussies Harris and Lyon have been disappointing with the ball. Lyon needs to bowl some balls over the wicket and Harris has lost his mojo big time. The only downside for SA is that they will only have three quicks so if Australia are patient, they may, however unlikely, give the chase a go.

  • sasmit_cricket on February 23, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    I don't get why people are calling SA as world beaters because they are on verge of winning a test match on a pitch prepared to suit them... I am not saying aussies are the best and cannot lose. But the thing is SA lost to aussies in fast and bouncy pitch, their bowling and batting looked weak. Now, Aussie's batting and bowling looks weak. SO give it a rest guys. They have only played well when the conditions have suited them.

  • TheBigBoodha on February 23, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    I could have sworn SA lost the first test by 280 runs after Australia declared at four down. It is not a "change of fortunes" but a change of conditions that is the key factor here, although winning the toss and batting first is clearly a big part of this. It is fascinating how dry turners now follow Australia around the world, even in SA and England. There was a time when teams played each other on their merits, not on manipulation of the environment. Alas, those days are now long gone in a growing list of countries. But as we have seen with India and England, these tactics only mask over the deficiencies of the local team, which are later exposed when they can no longer change the goal posts.

  • Greatest_Game on February 23, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    @ wapuser asked "Does anyone think Steve smith's not out decision should have been overturned?"

    Yes.

    The purpose of UDRS is to use technology to make decisions. Snicko clearly indicated a correlating sound at the time the ball & bat touched. The 3rd ump used the information to overturn a really difficult real-time decision. If the data is NOT used, why have UDRS?

    That Hot Spot did not show a heat signature is not evidence that the snick did not happen. It is only evidence that hot spot showed no heat signature. The absence of one data (hotspot) set does not invalidate an existing data set (snicko) Hotspot is not particularly sensitive.

    We cannot parse how much data, or how many data sets are required to overturn a decision. That is a set of criteria the umpires use - lord knows quite what it is. But, in this case there was data that indicated a snick. What should be done with that data? Use it, I guess? It is not the case that there was NO evidence to overturn.

  • Ozcricketwriter on February 23, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    The only hope for Australia from here is injuries. If Wayne Parnell can't bowl, then they are going to struggle to bowl Australia out cheaply, and a draw is on the cards. Australia are going to have to stonewall.

  • geoffw on February 22, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    Good to see a few Saffa supporters on this forum have finally found their voice :) I am an Aussie support through and through, and I totally enjoyed watching Morkel serve it up - great cricket. Our ordinary top order has done it again; I for one hope that it doesn't get rained out - it will be a real deal test for the top 6 just to save the game. Bring on the contest; its what we missed out on when the Poms were in Oz this summer. Go Aussies !!!!

  • Mervo on February 22, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    Good close cricket. They key in this Test was the toss, as it mostly is on this ground. Looks like a draw with rain on the last day, but Aust will need to graft. Finally a socket that neutered Johnson, Harris, Steyn, and anyone with genuine pace. Medium pacers and spinners had their day. The groundsman said publicly, he was waiting instructions from Smith and he got them.

  • on February 22, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    Well aren't a lot of Saffa fans in evidence all of a sudden?

    Anyway, paint me pink and call me a pansy but I think this match isn't quite as done and dusted as suggested. Warner and Rogers tend to bat best in the 2nd innings and the lead could be kept down to around 400 - which is chaseable - if Harris and Johnson get on a roll in the morning. They only need five wickets, after all. Yes, the stats for this pitch in the fourth innings are bad - but this isn't the usual pitch, is it?

  • on February 22, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    Great to see SA bounce back. They are a great team and it was even better seeing my fav Amla creeping towards a century. Amla at his best is sheer poetry. SA justifies its ranking at the top of the world. I have nothing Australia. They are great for cricket and Mitchell Johnson is the reigning king of quicks. What a bruising he gave England during the ashes. Cook and Co will have nightmares about that for years to come. Even destryed KP's test career for good. Wow!

  • 2.14istherunrate on February 22, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    SA should win this easily but anything may happen> Amla is truly exquisite to watch playing like he did today.

  • on February 22, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    amala you beauty ...proved ur self yet again ..hats off to u .. a combine team effort

  • VillageGreen on February 22, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    Lets hope the pitch doesn't give SA the match, nor the weather save Australia … we have a great contest here, and a great series. 5 Tests, anyone?

  • shaww on February 22, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    my father taught me that the ozzies are our mortal enemies ... and watching SA lose from comfortable positions, i will teach my kids the same thing. Not even a sniff, but obdurate stubborness and oz will get there. Coming from a conservative culture i'm begging Smith for anything over 500 ... make sure an Oz win is off the cards. Then go for the kill ... specially when you're a bowler down and the other bowlers have barely had a day to recover. Being of a flamboyant history, arrogant and on occasion (mostly against SA) brilliant, i'm guessing Oz will lash out to the last ... and fall short.

  • mirandola on February 22, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    We're seeing world-class Test cricket from the best team in the world against what was always a fairly ordinary Australian side if Johnson wasn't firing; he isn't, and they're clearly ordinary.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 22, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    What a day of Test cricket. SA made short work of the remaining 6 aussie wickets this morning and how I enjoyed watching Mitch getting some of his own medicine back, it clearly rattled him and JP picked up his wicket after Morkels immense bowling. Morkel has been inspirational, bowling 8kph quicker than Mitch on average.

    Also thoroughly enjoyed watching Hashim Amla and AB flaying the aussie attack today at will - supposed 'best attack in the world..' These 2 bats, AB and Amla are just a class above the rest and the rankings reflect that.

    SA will bat until lunch tomorrow pile on another 100 runs, make it a lead of 450 and send them into bat. Even though a Seam bowler down and some rain predicted in the last day, two or three sessions will suffice to make it 1-1.

  • on February 22, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    Test cricket at its best, South Africa has again proven to the world that they are indeed No 1 in test cricket. They are doing very well at the moment without Kallis but with Parnell now Injured , we now see the importance of Kallis not only as a top order batsman but as a recognized seamer . Elgar or Du Plessis will have to start bowling to make up for the absence of the great Kallis. Amla has shown us that he is indeed world class . SA indeed has dept in its batting some thing which England failed to show during the Ashes . Johnson only reign for a few months while Holding , Thompson ,Marshall , Lilee , Ambrose, Roberts and Croft etc did so for years

  • SCC08 on February 22, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    To all you Ausi fans thinking you're safe because Monday will be rained out. Living in Port Elizabeth, I can tell you that whatever % of rain predicted is highly unlikely, rain has been missing the CBD for while, no whole day will be rained out. Learn how to bat, not rain dance.

  • DeckChairand6pack on February 22, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    It's never nice seeing a batsmen get hit. Except if its Mitchell Johnson! Well and truly sconned today. Not that it'll bother him. Do Australian batsmen walk? That question was answered several times today. No problem with that, except for the casual hypocrisy of their supporters. Remember Chris Broad?

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 22, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    @IndianSRTfan Steve Smith is definitely the brightest light in the Australian team right now, given that he's not even 25 yet and he's improved out of sight in a very short period of time. Just hope that when he takes the reins from Clarke we'll have found a few good young batsmen to go with him. We're secure in the young pace stocks, that crop will likely be better than the current one, but I have no who's going to be in the batting lineup in 4-5 years.

    As for the #2 spot... India has the batting, Australia has the bowling. Except for a very few times in history the only way to split the difference between those 2 is who wins the most against everyone else because whoever is on home soil kills the visitors in that battle. Right now neither team is good enough to buck that trend in my opinion. Maybe we should play in England.

  • Greatest_Game on February 22, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    @ ModernUmpiresPlz I agree with your comment that "400+ (is) enough of a target to set a team for a last innings? Especially one that you just dismissed for 246. He (Smith) needs to show faith in his bowling attack."

    I have a lot of admiration for Smith, but now IS the time to be aggressive, & go hard for the jugular. A draw will not put SA on even terms with Aus. In this series, "not losing" is not good enough. From this position, only a win will bring the Proteas parity & the chance for a series win. Being #1 is not enough. We need to be a credible #1, & that means backing the bowlers whom I, like most Saffas, have argued are the best attack.

    It is a tough call, though. SA needs only 2 sessions to bowl Aus out. Unfortunately, we may need another three to hold all the catches! Not quite Catch-22 ... just 10 will do!

    P.S. I'm not giving Smith ANY credit for blunting Johnson, but his 23 runs in this game are truly worth more than 23 very bizarre & hopelessly wrong predictions!

  • SCC08 on February 22, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    @greatest game -" selection prowess" - its not that, its racial quotas required. Kyle Abbott should be in the side.........

  • 6orStix on February 22, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    ModernUmpiresPlz on a roll here. Pse recommend the coffee. Re the weather note: I was simply adding a word of wisdom to 'looking at the weather forecast'. They can do with it what they will...

  • on February 22, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    Asking for a certain type of pitch is simply another home advantage. Always has been. I would hope that groundsmen would produce a pitch with seam on the first day, turn on the last, and good batting in between regardless.

    Anyway asking for greentops doesn't help when India has a decent pace attack, and wins every toss.

  • IndianSRTfan on February 22, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    @ModernUnpiresPlz: It's refreshing to see sensible and balanced comments here. I feel right now no team can claim to be number two in test cricket. Although Australia have a better claim than others, currently I'm not sure about the durability of that batting line-up. Even in comprehensive Ashes victories, more often than not it was a rescue effort led by Haddin and lower order in first innings. Steve Smith is the one for a long haul though. From what I've seen, he'll be successful even in India on turning tracks.

  • on February 22, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    Where have all the silly comments gone? Drop Amla? Why is Morkel in the team? ABDV is boring? Aus is now undisputed#1? SA team scarred? Easily 3-0 for Aus? Philander to get smashed with 0 wickets? Aus undisputed #1 attack? Pitch doctored? SA playing for a draw? MJ (awesome to watch BTW) to rip through SA no matter the pitch? Anyway gloating aside I could watch these two teams play each other all day every day. Only rain to stop SA winning here. Hope it's 1-1 going into the 3rd test. Test match cricket at its best. Go SA

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 22, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    @Greatest_Game Australia are too hit and miss at the moment to be considered close. We'll win some of the time but we'll lose more, whereas SA have real consistency. We desperately need another linchpin in the batting order, preferably 2. There's more swing away than good defensive technique and it's a real problem. I absolutely expected SA to show that clear as day during this series and in this test they have. Still, we have a puncher's chance, that's what makes this series interesting. If you trade us AB de Villiers for Brad Haddin then I'd say it's even money, but if that's what it takes then there's obviously a reasonable distance between the two teams.

  • IndianSRTfan on February 22, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    Engrossing match this one. Would love to see SA go for a kill early tomorrow.

    Gotta love the whining about 'disgraceful dust bowls' jibes by fans of countries who seem unable to accept the fact that spin bowling is an important part of cricket. Not difficult to understand though, as most of the players from these countries barring few are utterly unable to handle pitches turning square from day one.

    What is 'disgraceful' is that some people are unable to appreciate differences. If conditions don't suit your teams' strengths, it's disgraceful is it? Lol it's almost juvenile. But by all means do prepare 'green tracks' when India visits, we won't whine as differences are actually valued in Indian Society not just theoretically and that reflects in Indian Cricket team as well.

    jasonsmithkiwi and others: Same can be said about your team. Since you doctor wickets which are grassbowls and go dead flat from day three onwards, your 'kiwi lads' will always struggle on turning tracks.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 22, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    @Yashas Hosur Just an observation from my view on the sidelines here: It's a little bit odd to watch someone from a huge and often successful test cricket nation like India engaging in an argument about success on certain pitches with someone from a small and generally unsuccessful test nation in NZ. Something about it feels deeply unsporting and wrong.

  • Greatest_Game on February 22, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    @ ToneMalone observed that "It's a miracle Sth Africa has actually managed to do so well without a proper spinner - shows the no.1 spot is really for the taking by any one of 3-4 sides who are canny enough to grab it."

    I agree with the first point you make. SA have done extremely well with poor spin options. However, that is an indication of the relative strengths of the other departments. Lack of a "proper spinner" can be offset by other bowling strengths. The mighty Windies were not spin heavy!

    SA does have other spinners, & it is lack of selection prowess, rather that cricketing ability, that troubles the Proteas. The SA selectors seem as cabable at selecting spinners as are the spinners they select. As example, Johan Botha would have fared far better than Peterson, Tahir, et al, but canny Aussies snapped him up!

    There are not 3-4 sides capable of grabbing the no.1 spot, however canny they may be. Aus is the only team to have given SA a run for it's money. The rest are not close.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 22, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    @6orStix Even if there is no weather SA should back themselves to get Australia out for under 400. They're a bowler short yes, but I think Steyn, Philander and Morkel should be able to get the job done, and Elgar's off breaks actually looked pretty handy to me. SA are 1-0 down, they have to get the job done here to be able to win the series. If he bats until under the presumption it might not rain and then it does, what then? Plus it would only add fuel to the fire that he is a defensive captain if he went that way. Isn't 400+ enough of a target to set a team for a last innings? Especially one that you just dismissed for 246. He needs to show faith in his bowling attack.

    @Greatest_Game I think he meant in terms of Smith as a batsman given that his stump went flying out of the ground today and MJ has got all of his dismissals so far. Giving Smith credit for blunting Johnson would be a bit of a disservice to the SA batsmen who actually did the job, namely AB, Amla, Duminy and Elgar.

  • on February 22, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    @jasonsmithkiwi. you guys all just whine about dustbowls in india. while all you guys can do is create green tops and overdo the short ball to win. really? hows that helped the kiwis to perform on their away tours to india and sri lanka. at least we indians manage to draw tests abroad unlike kiwis who face whitewash evry time they travel to the sub continent. short balls and green tops are your only solution just the way dust bowls with spinners are ours. at least look to draw a match next time you guys are here. lets see how succesful you are

  • adrianf on February 22, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    @6orStix Agreed. Smith should bat until lunch at least and get closer to 500 ahead at least, before declaring. Forget about the weather forecast. Anyone from the Cape knows that four seasons in a day is normal. From there, it's attacking field placings for the rest of the match, even if Warner gets a hundred in fifty balls, it'll have no impact on the outcome.

  • fair_paly_1 on February 22, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    They say 'form is temporary but class is permanent'. That's what Amla showed after seven innings without any significant score. What a knock after dislocating finger and what a player! Both AB and Amla perform when it counts. Top players!

  • Greatest_Game on February 22, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    @ Posted by BradmanBestEver wrote "Smith has no clue against the MJ train. SA all out 154, Aussies win by 6 wickets - the 2nd test of the 3 test series won by the Aussies …done."

    With SA on 192/4, & 369 runs ahead, and Amla well set, de Kock handling the bowling and more batting to come, any of 3 results is still theoretically possible. What is absolutely definitely NOT possible is the result BradmanBestEver predicted.

    It seems that Smith has a far greater clue against the MJ train than BradmanBestEver has about the likely result of any cricket match - particularly this one!

  • 6orStix on February 22, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    WEATHER WARNING: SA batsman are warned, by someone who has watched ECape weather for years, that this particular kind of rain warning, of rain from direct south (for Mon), does not play out 30% of the predicted time!!! Already, at 8pm on Sat, the prediction had been downgraded. DO NOT DECLARE TOO SOON, LEST YOU GO DOWN 2-0.!!!!!!!

  • adrianf on February 22, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    @TheBigBoodah Are you kidding? You're not complaining about DRS and the decisions that went Australia's way are you? If all decisions had gone the way they should have, Aus would have been out for less than 150!

  • InfiniteWhite on February 22, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    The million dollar question: How many overs does Smith need to bowl Australia out without Parnell and with Australia playing less aggressively?

  • InfiniteWhite on February 22, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    This is effectively reversed Adelaide 2012. Now it is Australia who have to pull a draw from an opposition who is 1 bowler short on Day 4 (last day). I think G Smith will instruct his batsmen to score quickly in 10 overs and declare and give his bowlers 80 overs to bowl Australia out. However, he's not known as someone who dangles a carrot and he might be worried that there's no rain on Monday. Moreover only Morkel and Philander are firing. Not an easy decision to make. I would back SA to win this if Parnell were not injured. Bad luck.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 22, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    @aahahaa I have no idea, I don't remember every person and their comments, sorry.

    @inodGupte Even if Australia lose 2-1 it's still not a bad effort. I don't think too many Australian supporters think we're the best team on show here, although obviously a few of my countrymen got a tad overexcited after the first test. Still better than losing 3-0 to England or 4-0 to India.

  • ShawnWoodsworth on February 22, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    USIndianFan. you mean those dust bowls pitches in India? doesn't help indians when they go abroad though, does it. been 3 years since india won a test match overseas. will be interesting to see how indians fare in the upcoming aussie tour.

  • Greatest_Game on February 22, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    @ TheBigBoodha asked "Why was Smith given out? Since when does the benefit of the doubt go to the bowler? The system is simple. Where there is conflicting data, the batsman gets the benefit of the doubt. Why did this not apply on This occasion?"

    Because he was out.

    There were no conflicting data. Hotspot supplied no positive data: it is not sensitive enough, under the conditions. (Did Smith perhaps have silicon tape on the edges of his bat?)

    Snicko did supply clear data. The snick times exactly with the video footage of the "ball/bat interface." The ball & bat were well away from pads, clothing, etc.The signature is that of a very thin edge: high freq = very short waveform = fast attack/release envelope =short duration, high amplitude "spike" - the very edge hotspot has been proven unreliable/unable to detect. If Snicko is to be used as a UDRS tool, it's data has to actually BE used in decision making. It cant be conveniently ignored because it is an Aus batsman!

  • disco_bob on February 22, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    This match is looking like it's following a similar script to when we last battled it out in Australia where we went into the final match nil all. Australia were a team in disarray then even though we fought gallantly. Though rain on Monday will probably not be enough to stop SA winning and Parnell being injured will not have the same effect as Pattinson being injured. However (assuming SA win) SA will go into Cape Town with no illusions about what needs to be done, and as I said before the series began, win lose or draw, I'd just be happy to see some top order improvement, which apart from a hint from Doolan, I have not seen yet. This Australian team has a way to go. Doolan simply has to show some serious fight tomorrow and it's time for Clarke to wake from his batting slumber.

  • mmoosa on February 22, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Wow,Morkel bowled quick...there are signs that Steyn and Vern are rediscovering their form after being exceptionally rusty in Centurion.Pity that Parnell's injured...with him,there are 4 quality seam bowlers and look very formidable when firing.Expectong Steyn to get a big haul in the 2nd innings.

  • proteasfire on February 22, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    Good comeback from South Africa after a disastrous start to the series. They started slowly in this test but have got their grip firmly. Only weather can save Australia in this test from now on. Great to see Hashim get back his prime touch and that will reduce pressure on AB. Overall a commanding performance from South Africa so far and it will be interesting to see if they can force a result with one bowler short and stormy weather predicted for final day. Keeping fingers crossed!

  • msdhoni123 on February 22, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    @jasonsmithkiwi as you actually serious about india cant play pace and bounce. in test matches india managed to score 280,435,330,230. Only kohli from the top 6 played more than 5 away matches. the most of them was there first away tour and still managed to get decent scores. We didn't collapse to less than 50 like the australians or the kiwi team. Only reason we lost the test matches in South Africa is due to our weak pace bowling attack. But when Aussies or kiwi come india you will get whitewashed as you cant play spin or have any decent spinner. At least we got batsmen who can play on any track.

  • on February 22, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    Well done SA, great way to bounce back from 1st Test. Hopefully our guys can hold on to series lead.

  • VinodGupte on February 22, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Steyn will fire tomorrow. Finally. And SA will win the series making us think "eh? what was all the hype about the AUS team?!"

  • adrianf on February 22, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    @John McKenzie Apparently "DE NIAL" is a river in Africa!

  • disco_bob on February 22, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    @thozar, if you win this that just squares the series remember, and if Smith is not brave, it's quite possible that the match is drawn and the series cannot be won, so maybe your glee is a bit premature, just sayin'. I do find it amusing that you pretend the complete capitulation by SA to be dismissed inside four days in the opening Test didn't happen just a few days ago, in fact according to you it was nothing more than a bit of Ashes momentum.

  • aahahaa on February 22, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    only disappointment for me today...no Aussie bone broken, but then there is always the next innings. well done Morkel. ModernUmpiresPlz see what i meant.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 22, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    @ Saffacricket I do what I can. It's a game of cricket, you win some you lose some. When Australia were winning every test match and destroying teams by an innings+ consistently during those "golden years" I actually became less interested in watching test cricket involving Australia, including the Ashes. Generally I'd watch 1, maybe 2 days and then not bother because I knew what would happen next. Now it's far more interesting because we became underdogs for the first time in a long time. I'm actually amazed we beat SA once. Before the start of this series if you told me we were going to Cape Town 1-1 I'd have thought that's a good effort by our boys. And that hasn't changed over the course of the last week because I'm not so silly to think SA suddenly became a bad team and Australia can suddenly bat well. Besides, it makes that final test all the more juicy. Just wish it was a 5 test series.

  • USIndianFan on February 22, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    @jasonsmithkiwi, I would argue that the way it should be played is in India, where the Aussies wilted against spin. Hmm.

  • prij on February 22, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    comments here are way more interesting than comments on India New Zealand match. never seen such a bashing from the fan of both the sides. lol... :) Keeping that apart what wonderful comeback South Africa had in this match. Their Bowlers were certainly looking more threatening than the Aussies. I am hoping SA to win this match so there will be way more exciting third test.

  • on February 22, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    @thozar: number 2 is the team that lost to newzeland?

  • gujratwalla on February 22, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    So much for the die hard Aussies fans!Grow up and accept defeat like men! it has been the common trait of the Australians to botch up the truth and start belittling the opponents when the going gets tough.Australia are a medicore batting side and their luck with their usual tailsman Smith and Haddin had to come a cropper sooner or later! The SA batsmen are superior and their bowlers were better and more hostile than Johnson,Harris and Siddle.I back SA to square the series tomorrow or Monday.Come Cape Town my money is on the Proteas.

  • on February 22, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Going to be hard for SA to take 10 wickets, realistically only day 4 to go with heavy rain forecast all day 5. With Parnell out, only 3 front line bowlers still think the Aussies will go into the 3rd test 1-0 up.

  • adrianf on February 22, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    @SurlyCynic Great assessment and comments. LOL.

  • thozar on February 22, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Nice to see Australia back to where they belong:) It looks like the Aussie and English cricketers and their fans appear to suffer from the Ashes syndrome. Where the only thing that matters is performance against their arch rivals. Oz beat a poor England side 5-0 at home and in the process some of their mediocre cricketers and their coach built big reputations. They carried that momentum onto the 1st test in SA. What happens? All of a sudden all we hear and read is how great Oz is, how great Johnson is, and how great boof is. What people forgot is that this was basically the same Oz team that the same Eng team thrashed in Eng and the same Oz team that India made mincemeat of in India. Also nice to see Haddin performing to potential, hahaha. It is clear now that the best wicketkeeper batsman in the world is DeVilliers followed by Dhoni and it is also clear that the #2 team is India and not Oz. Form is termporary, class is permanent. Hope #1 SA crush Oz team.

  • Kiyaora on February 22, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    If SA is No 1 team they should prove tomorrow, wait till Hashim complets his century, and then declare. Aus will have to bat out 5 sessions against Parnel, Morkel, Philander & steyn. Will Smith go out for a win & have confidence in his teams bowling strength. He should declare just before lunch & make Aus play 3-4 overs & instruct the SA batsmen to take the lead to 450 plus by then

  • ShawnWoodsworth on February 22, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    This is how test cricket should be played. Both evenly matched teams playing aggressively, unlike the Indians, who wilt so easily under pace and bounce. It's great to see Aussies take the fight to the Saffas though. Even Saffas should be congratulated about the way, they fought back. Looking forward to exciting cricket from both teams. Hooray for test cricket.

  • on February 22, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    @Cricinfo. Good summary guys, but way too many grammatical errors for a published article...

  • letsgoproteas on February 22, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    Jono Makim - Morkel's job in the team is to roughen the batsmen up and the other guys claim the wickets through more precision. That is how the SA bowling attack works. It's no secret, and Morne is always deserving of more wickets with the contribution he brings to the attack.

    Smith hasn't come into the game yet. Which is a good part for the aussies. I think there's a stat that we haven't lost a test with Smith scoring 100. I may be wrong on this... I expect he will come right in the next test.

    AB ran out of runs in this innings... he only scored 29. Unfortunately for the aussies that's a bad score for him - on par with a duck.

    PROTEAS!

  • SurlyCynic on February 22, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    Very interesting day of cricket.

    Must say I've enjoyed the comments from Aus fans on here: Preview: "Even if the pitch is slow Johnson will destroy SA" Day 1: "Pitch doctoring! The pitch is low and slow when usually PE is... er... low and slow" Day 2: "SA got lucky wickets. Aus will recover to make 400. AB is boring to watch" Day 3: "Rain is forecast for Monday!"

    Keep them coming guys.

  • Saffacricket on February 22, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    @Karan Randhawa, Omar Kahn, ModernUmpiresPlz, et al. Respect for gentlemanly postings. This is a great series for Test cricket, and somehow Oz:SA fights always seem tough. On balance I give you the better attack, just. Your bowlers have had a quiet time, but so did ours at centurion. We need a good spinner, ours are worse than average. Our batting is definitely stronger and deeper at the moment. You have unquestionably the better captain IMO. Remember, a year ago you were terrible. Now we are having to fight tooth and nail. What a turn around. What an achievement. Respect to you, my favourite opposition. I like the way you play the game.

  • on February 22, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Is there something special I have to do to get my comments posted? I feel that whoever is "curating" these comments obviously doesn't like mine.

  • Srini_Indian on February 22, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Excellent day for SA. I hope they add a quick 70-80 runs tomorrow and give Australia target of around 430. Rain is predicted for Monday, so if I were Smith, I'd give my bowlers around 120 overs to bowl them out. Warner, Haddin are just a bunch of sloggers and Doolan looks out of depth not withstanding his debut century achieved after the match was won. Clarke looks like a sitting duck. All SA need is 100 overs to bowl them out and make it 1-1.

  • letsgoproteas on February 22, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    So, even after giving the Australian team 7+ extra batsmen through bad fielding the aussie side are 369 behind.

    Warner has run out of lives so his scores will be brought right back down to a realistic average of 15...

    The boring lifeless wicket the aussies bowled on somehow jumped into action when the Protea bowlers worked their magic... but somehow became a lifeless wicket when the aussies bowled on it again... The same wicket that should be a batters paradise yet the aussies have only managed one 'gifted' 50 on it with realistically... 18 batsmen...

    Thoroughly enjoying both the cricket and the comments here... not as many comments from the loud mouthed aussie supporters we had before the game. I guess you had a reason to shout out but unfortunately your team need more than one player to be a #1 test team.

    So - that's me for aussie bashing(purely a backlash from the overexcited supporters blowing their own trumpet)..

    PROTEAS!!!

  • on February 22, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Ab is class not a form which deteriorate soon....he is by far the best batsman in the world today

  • Roshan_P on February 22, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    And after dislocating his finger before, Amla still manages to get close to a century. Great player.

  • Solid_Snake on February 22, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Lol..Australia back on earth..After flying for some days in the sky..Now it's time to go back to where they belong :) Johnson,Johnson,Johnson...That's all we've heard in last few weeks.

  • on February 22, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    One thing I just don't get here is the lauding of Morne, yes, he bowled with some genuine hostility, but Aus were 3 down for nothing before he even bowled his second over. It was Parnell who broke this game open for SA.

    Aussies just too far behind in the game now, weather is the only thing that will save us and perhaps not even that! Good to see that we still haven't let Smith and Steyn in to this series too much yet. Surely AB is going to run out of runs soon?!

  • on February 22, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    @page8383 Didnt SA win India by an innings ? Don't be daft and say we don't finish teams off. That was one draw in a run of tests where we HAVE finished off every team ;)

  • on February 22, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Guess this match will end up with a Saffa victory! Being an Aussie fan its dissapointing and at the same time funny to see how the pitch becomes flat every odd-numbered innings! I hope Aus get to at least 300 in the chase, that'll boost their confidence a little. Lets pray for a good pitch in Cape Town. And by saying GOOD I mean like the one found at the Gabba or at least Melbourne! PE pitch is horribly low. I guess the series will be a draw at 1-1!. Lets hope the Aussies pull off another win in Cape Town! Lets just hope!!

  • on February 22, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    @wapoes. Amla had what is deemed to be an external injury (i.e. it is visible damage) and does not have to sit out the mandatory time as is the case with an internal injury (a pull or a tare).

  • jmcilhinney on February 22, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    @TheBigBoohoo on (February 22, 2014, 11:37 GMT), that is certainly not the first time that someone has been given out based on Snicko without HotSpot support. I've said before that I believe that both HotSpot and Snicko should have to agree in order to overturn an on-field decision but that is not how it has been applied in the past so there's nothing to complain about here. I guess that's just some more of that luck that SA are getting all of and Australia none of at the moment

  • on February 22, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    This series is brilliant for cricket. 2 great sides going at each other hammer and tong. To any fellow Aussie fans, don't be too dispirited, there is a reason why SA are the no. 1 ranked side in the world, and for this Aussie side which has been rebuilt in the last year to have stood up to them is a remarkable feat.

  • on February 22, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Many people including the Cricinfo commentators will be enjoying their humble pie with some exta cream thus evening. The SA bowlers managed to get the necessary out of the so called lifeless pitch to do what some said would be impossible....bowl the Aussies out. And how many people said the SA batting was boring? Note...two centuries and two fifties in the first innings from the Proteas and only one fifty from the Aussies.So far there has only been one team in this match. I never count the Aussies out, but SA way in the lead at this stage. So much for the big talkers who said the Proteas would get completely dominated because they were psychologically scarred from the previous match. I see there are already people banking on the rain.

  • on February 22, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    @ Matthew Falting Really? what like in Perth where smashed the aussies last two times? SA win in all conditions why can poeple just not give them the credit they deserve.

    they have really stepped up here and shown why they are the No 1 side should be a good match hope the rain stays away though

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 22, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    @wapuser Even if Amla was a bowler it would be fine, that injury we can all agree was from external forces I'm sure. As for Steve Smith, yes, the rule for DRS as in the Ashes series was that EITHER snicko or hot spot was enough to overturn a decision of not out to out, it was not necessary for them to both be positive to be conclusive. Consistency is key with the use of technology and this is indeed the same way it was used during the previous series.

    @adrianf The SA batting is far superior, I was in no way convinced that we would just roll through them 6 times despite doing it twice in the first test. I think some supporters here would like to believe that SA bowled so brilliantly that any batting team had no chance. They did bowl very well but the greater cause was the absolutely terrible and impatient batting of Australia. As for Australia looking sluggish bowling in the 2nd innings, they've been out there for 200 overs, you should have seen that coming.

  • jmcilhinney on February 22, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    As an England fan, this series is causing me mixed emotions. Seeing SA dominated in game 1 made it a little easier to swallow England's recent poor showing. Of course, my two favourite teams are England and whoever is playing Australia, so it's heartening to see SA with the upper hand here. I think that the most significant thing to come out in these two games is how critical Mitchell Johnson's resurgence has been to Australia's success. It's hard to know how poorly England batted but Johnson took about half the wickets so maybe not quite as badly as it appeared. The Australian batting looked a bit shaky that whole series but England couldn't take advantage of that while SA have done here. Johnson may have been neutralised somewhat by the pitch but the SA bowlers managed to get something out of it still. Johnson is part of the Australian team so there's no point crying that they would be no good without him but he does seem to be carrying more than his share at the moment.

  • tom120 on February 22, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    SA bowled very well on a subcontinent like pitch, and made the pitch look like it was a good bowling pitch. Also, the Aussie batters didn't play well. I think Doolan and Marsh's wickets in the same over changed the complexion of the game. Has anybody noticed that Clarke is not in good form? He hit his last century in Adelaide in second test against England. After that 3 tests and 4 odis, not a single fifty. Clarke needs to up the ante now. Australia is in deep trouble. They are going to lose this test unless miracle happens. Still I hope Australia manages to save/win (I know i am asking for too much) this match .

  • Sachin.johnson on February 22, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Aussies will come back strongly in 4th innings............. warner will get a century... wait and watch some miracle will happen

  • gimme-a-greentop on February 22, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    @Matthew Falting...wow, sounds like you've completely forgotten the previous series were Australia dominated on flat pitches then got hammered on the fastest track of the series. Don't just make illogical comments based on your disappointment. Australia have been playing fantastic cricket, but to be the top you should be able to play in all conditions well. That's what SA have generally done to get to No.1 in the world. Besides which, this match is not over yet. There has been way too much over-confident prediction going on lately round here. 15 days of cricket in this series, then everyone should talk.

  • on February 22, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Im certain that there is some sort of witchcraft here. There must be changing pitches between innings. Flat during SA first innings, Lively during Aus first inings and Flat again on SA second innings.

    Hmmmm, or maybe the aussies are failing to bowl accordingly? Non of them have got reverse swing going while Steyn got it going about 25 overs in.

  • on February 22, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Amazing how pitches recognises how to react while home team bats

  • Ragav999 on February 22, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Ryan Harris was disappointing with the ball. Too many boundary balls with lesser pace than usual. The Aussie batsmen are the one responsible for the team getting into this position so it is up to them to bail the side out. I hope Rogers, Marsh and Doolan play extraordinary cricket in the 2nd innings here and justify the selectors' faith.

  • page8383 on February 22, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    369 ahead at stumps. 9 hours of rain forecast for Monday. Smith may lose his bottle again here like against India. He doesn't know how to finish off good teams.

  • on February 22, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    Does anyone think Steve smith's not out decision should have been overturned?

  • on February 22, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    Why was amla allowed to bat at 3 when he was off the field for multiple hours?

  • Jagger on February 22, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Note to Australian selectors: Remember to take a wrist spinner for Port Elizabeth.

  • adrianf on February 22, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    @ModernUnpiresPlz Before the series started, I said on this forum that the series would be decided by whichever team's batting line up copes best! Even bearing in mine what happened at centurion, I'm putting my money on the SA batters to win the series at Newlands. For some inexplicable reason, SA seem to always start a series slowly and then get better and better!

  • RednWhiteArmy on February 22, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    Clarke is a terrible captain. Fielders on the boundary already. Lack of leadership blah blah blah blah

  • soviet-cricket on February 22, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Duminy made 100 in this venue. Lets see 1 australian batsmen making one. lol

  • on February 22, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    South Africa win on a nothing pitch.... Wow well done now win on a bouncy pitch

  • adrianf on February 22, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Gee! It seems like the track has turned flat again in the third innings of this match! Funny how that happens?

  • Proudly_SA.47 on February 22, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar Have you ever thought that maybe South African bowlers have been better than their Australian counterparts and that the South African batsmen have been better too? LOL It seems to me that players' abilities don't matter anymore in the game of cricket, and that matches are won and lost because of pitch conditions only. It's funny to me how people would say just about anything to downplay the fact that their teams have been outplayed.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 22, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    @adrianf Could have said the same about SA in the first test though. Guess the SA supporters are going to lock in a 2-1 series win and we'll find out if they're hanging themselves out to dry or not. At this point the pitch looks like it's going to be one of the nicest day 4/5 pitches to bat on that I've seen in recent times. Smith really shouldn't be looking for much more than 400 with a chance of rain on day 5 though, if they get it reversing again I can't see Australia getting much past 300.

  • NALINWIJ on February 22, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    South Africa has played a smarter game than Australia. They fought hard in a slow pitch to get a good score and the Australian inning lacked the grit and patience but it also looks as if SA extracted more from this pitch. Australia will need a miracle to save this test.

  • coarsecricketer on February 22, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Surely the Aussies will find it impossible to overcome the mental scarring inflicted on them by SA in this match? Are Oz physically and psychologically finished after 150 overs in the field and then narrowly avoiding the follow on? Does it not seem almost impossible that they will be able to claw their way back for the 3rd Test? And so on, and so on...all the sort of stuff posted here about SA by Aussie fans after Centurion.

  • adrianf on February 22, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    SA were criticized in their first innings for batting slowly, but Dean Elgar made a comment after day one, "first innings runs on this pitch are gold!" How true, how true!

  • Westmorlandia on February 22, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    @ adrianf - I haven't seen the speeds he has been bowling in this game, but Harris was regularly hitting 145 kph in the Ashes series, with extremely good accuracy and nagging movement - hardly "military medium"! I also don't seem to remember South Africa's batting doing too well in the last game.

    The Aussies have a very good attack. I would just about rather have the South African attack over them, but they're still very good.

  • philander50 on February 22, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Would be great to see where all the aussies who were bashing S.A in the first test are :).

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 22, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    @Rajesh.Kumar The seam and bounce is there in this second innings, but we don't really have an out and out swing bowler. It's definitely the thing that this pace attack is missing.

  • adrianf on February 22, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    So I'm wondering to myself, "Australia are supposed to have the best bolwing attack in the world? One genuinely quick, but inconsistent lefty, two military medium seamers and an average offie with no doosra?" Really??? Talk about "Ausie hype"!

  • on February 22, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    I recant earlier prediction Saffers can lead here by 430 at end of day and should declare given the inclement weather expected on Monday. 90 overs can be enough to knock over aussies

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 22, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    @Nikko Chunn It's not a good in between length between good and full. It's an in between length between short and good, back of a length. That's terrible bowling on this wicket. They're playing him so comfortably off the back foot and he just keeps dishing them there. It's very, very bad. As far from perfect as you could possibly be.

  • adrianf on February 22, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Moment of the test so far? Johnson wearing one on the helmet from Morkel! Classic! Looks like the Mighty Hash is on his way back!

  • Rajesh.Kumar on February 22, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    This pitch is funny. When Aussies bowl, it behaves like a slow-low subcontinental track without any swing, seam, or bounce. But when Saffas were bowling it had everything. What is going on in here?

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 22, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    I'm certain I heard a nick when Harris was bowling to Faf. What bothers me is that the broadcasters didn't see fit to have a single replay to have a look at it, and I'm certain that anything even remotely close or appealed for was replayed when Australia was batting. Very odd.

  • on February 22, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx. We are already seeing and what we see is an utter and complete thrashing of Australia at this point.

    I think your friend disco_bob said it nicely before the game: "By friday all the trash talk will be over we'll know who the no1 team is. Hint: Australia"

    Well he was right about seeing who the best is he just got his hint wrong

    Then another of your mates @warnerbasher said: "you could play this game on mars and result would be the same, oz are on an unstoppable roll and sometime mid afternoon on the 4th day we will be leading 2-0 " Yeah I guess not, the words "eating some humble pie" comes to mind I suggest you start eating rather then digging your own hole any deeper

  • Iddo555 on February 22, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    No wonder the ground is half empty, what a racket of a noise going on with that band. It's painful through the TV, I'd be angry if I was seated close and had that in my ear all day.

  • cricketjudger23 on February 22, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Where are the Australian comments now, u boys looking pretty ordinary now, just remember y are a no 1 team when u win on all surfaces...

  • on February 22, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Modernumpiresplz - that in-between length, or short of a full length, is the perfect length to bowl in cricket. Do not pass 'go', do not collect $200. Australia are just time wasting and now praying for a draw..... which is, ironically, what SA were being accused of. Why? T20 watchers think they know where tests are going, for certain, day to day - which defies the nature of the game itself. Back to the start...

  • on February 22, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    The Australian spinners in waiting would be Beer, Doherty, O'Keefe? Their only redeeming factor is that at least they don't throw it like many modern practitioners. Lyon is OK, but to use the words of the chief brain donor has played the same test match 32 times. The reserve fast bowling stock is inexperienced, limited & injury prone. The reserve batting has pretty much all been found out before (Hughes, Bailey, Kujawa) or are T20 sloggers. Harris is 34 & Johnson is 32. When they get injured / lose form / retire (I give it a year, tops) Clarke will call it a day & follow them into T20 semi-retirement heaven and Australian cricket will be back to square 1. Enjoy your renaissance as it will be brief.

  • cricketsubh on February 22, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    i think clarke made huge mistake when duminy is playing jhonson not going to round the wicket and bowl bouncer to him it will strange dicision not bowl round the wicket bouncer to duminy he not bud against short ball so why they not bowl it is big mistake and bowling part time spinners when duminy on 90s out of the world to me aus can all out Sa under 400 but they bowl warner,clarke ,smith,rather then hairs,jhonson,xiddil, i think the match is over sa going to win the test match and i think if aus want to win the 3 test they need to pick watson for rogres and watson can bowl and give rest to the other bowlers and clarke need to change his captaincy style u canot bowl part time bowlers when a batsmen in the 90s bad captaincy.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 22, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    Pretty painful watching Johnson bowl at the moment. Pitching a completely pointless in between length nearly every ball. Pitch it short or get it up there, can't be that hard.

  • mmoosa on February 22, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Aussies look flat..no pace or bounce..Clarke's "funky" field settings are now boundary riders.How they'd love to have a bowler like Morkel with his pace and bounce.

  • adrianf on February 22, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    So then, two points we can still all agree on: 1. The St Georges pitch is as flat as .....? 2. Australia have the best bowling attack in the world?

  • Greatest_Game on February 22, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    Australia playing for the draw, no question about that. It is quite clear that they are not in the game anymore, even though SA have a bowler down. 10 against 11 and Aus have backed down, tails between their legs! Nathan Lyon taking about 10 minutes to bowl 1 over of spin before tea is as embarrassing as Eng's well known time wasting antics. Move fielder - tighten spike - move another fielder - tighten another spike - abort run up ...

    This is poor play from a team that claims to pride itself on sportsmanship! What has happened, Australia? Not on top and already running away when the game is only half over. Get back in it. Make a fist!

  • on February 22, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Despite the terrible umpiring... Why should the onus be placed on the fielding captain to guess whether a batsman has snicked the ball? The umpire should refer those calls himself. Fear of losing a referral is preventing the captains from taking the chance. I hope Smith complains to the match referee. No wonder Aleem Dar gave Steve Smith out on review.

  • Gareth_Bain on February 22, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Beuran Hendricks is injured.

  • xtrafalgarx on February 22, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    The Saffas and Indians talking it up now, we'll see.

  • on February 22, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Saffers went 3 years before winning a series at Home against Sri Lanka in 2011/12 .So there are loads of drawn series(v eng 09 1-1,Ind,1-1, Aus 1-1 2011) being played, plus they havent won a series in SRL ever.The game isnt over yet. A mini collapse in SA and Australia are on edge, since three man attack will tire soon enough.anything in region of 300-350 can be chased down because of lack of spinner in SA and plus they are bowler down.Loads of twists and turn still to follow.

  • on February 22, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    What is on show here is that the Australians gave absolutely no respect to the SA team at all after butchering them in the previous test, where SA gave no respect to Australia at all.

    SA will win this one. I predicted a 1-1 result, so i think Australia will be a little more cautious in the third test, considering the last test they played there, they should be.

  • on February 22, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    If parnell fail to recover left arm angel of Beuran Hendricks should be used in next test

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

    In response to Paul Eades ... not sure where the "one-trick pony" comment about Australia came from, after six Test wins. They're not a great side (yet) but they're heading in the right direction, all they need is to get a couple of top order batsmen settled.

    If there are a couple of injuries to fast bowlers, Australia has Starc, Pattinson and possibly Cummins. And behind Lyon are 3-4 Australian spinners who would waltz into the South African side. Most sides across the world could only dream about that sort of talent in waiting.

    It's a miracle Sth Africa has actually managed to do so well without a proper spinner - shows the no.1 spot is really for the taking by any one of 3-4 sides who are canny enough to grab it.

  • on February 22, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    what we done well in this Test is play our game. not listen to critics who suddenly have an opinion on how to play when we been playing and winning for the last 5years. Proteas know their strengths and they playing to them. its all goo and well to play "attacking" cricket, but its intellegent cricket that wins u games. U play each session on on merit and set ur targets based on those sessions..not blast and hope.

  • BradmanBestEver on February 22, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    Smith has no clue against the MJ train.

    SA all out 154, Aussies win by 6 wickets - the 2nd test of the 3 test series won by the Aussies ...done.

  • on February 22, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    poor Aussies got bitter.can't make ball swinging reverse with old ball in flat track :-D

  • on February 22, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    This match shows that this Australian team are a one trick pony. As far as Test cricket goes they are two fast bowling injuries away from being as good as the West Indies.

  • Roshan_P on February 22, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Big blow in losing Parnell. It was his incredible first over that really kick-started things, and he seems to be quite a good bowler. Hopefully we will see him back for the next Test at least. If he can't come back SA have to play either de Lange or Abbott. They are quality bowlers and are still not getting in to the squad!

  • seniorgators on February 22, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    @ RednWhiteArmy Good to see you back contributing at last . Its been about 6 tests since you were so chirpy and prolific. I guess a 11/1 drubbing against OZ over summer will do that to you!

  • Henry_Crun on February 22, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa - I think you'll find that the more knowledgeable Aus cricket supporters are quite prepared to give credit where credit is due and admit that on this surface SA have comprehensively outplayed us so far, particularly the bowling attack. Unfortunately all countries have an element that post here with something less than intelligence; they can normally be identified by an overuse of the letter "z" to finish a word. I don't know why: just becoz. As I said before, I like South Africans, except @Albie, and I suspect not many of his countrymen like him either. @Nikko Chun - the points made about slow scoring are particularly relevant now. Smith would have known about the heavy rain forecast for Day 5 at the start of play; the likelihood is that it's a 4 day Test. A little more urgency in the first innings may have resulted in a slightly lower SA score, but almost certainly a win. With the probability of 1 1/2 days left now, this match is almost certainly a draw.

  • TheBigBoodha on February 22, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    I'm biased, but somebody has to counter the fanboy commentary on this site. I have appointed myself the key counter perspective. I still think Australia are going to come back to do well in this game.

  • disco_bob on February 22, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy, we don't need scoreboard pressure to collapse. But why the hate I thought you'd be happy to see us give the Saffers a bloody nose seeing as the recently whitewashed England at home. Look there goes Smith already, destroyer of 3 England captains.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Looks-Silly-Now on February 22, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    rednwhitearmy still seething at ashes humiliation lol

  • RednWhiteArmy on February 22, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    South Africa can almost relax now. Scoreboard pressure will ensure australia collapse in their 2nd innings, my guess is they will score 47 all out...again.

  • bearface on February 22, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Awesome.. We are back in this match now all we need is to flay the Aussie attack and put up a quick 200 odd today and declare early tomorrow setting around 450 for victory and bundle Aus out. We should win this weather permitting. I predict Australia losing by about 250 runs.

  • disco_bob on February 22, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    @ TommytuckerSaffa, mate, the reason that SA is one nil down in this series is because of their own arrogance in thinking that unlike England they had nothing to worry about. Think about it.

  • disco_bob on February 22, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    @ফেক কোডার, It feels good watching Harris and Siddle flay the attack because it shows that they are raring to go. I hope the rain holds off on Monday so we have time to win this.

  • TheBigBoodha on February 22, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    Yep,Ttommy Tucker. I'd say the game is over now. Australia has passed the follow on and Smith doesn't have the kahunas to declare with anything less than a 500 run lead. Draw on.

  • Biggus on February 22, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Posted by ফেক কোডার on (February 22, 2014, 11:06 GMT)

    How does it feel aus supporters? saf same as england? :D

    Thanks for asking, it feels OK to be an Aus fan atm. How's it feel to be a Bangla one?

  • TheBigBoodha on February 22, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    Why was Smith given out? Since when does the benefit of the doubt go to the bowler? The system is simple. Where there is conflicting data, the batsman gets the benefit of the doubt. Why did this not apply on This occasion?

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on February 22, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    Australia seem to only have one gear, and that will be their downfall. Certain pitches, conditions, passages of play etc. in test cricket demand respect and attritional play. Neither England nor Australia have managed to get the balance right to gain and hold the top spot of late, with the former much too attritional to make any impact in the subcontinent (a struggling India the exception) and the latter much too attacking to cope with many Western conditions.

  • Shaggy076 on February 22, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    As an Aussie supporter I have found the way Morkel has bowled at the body of the Australians is just exciting cricket, you wont see me asking for this type of bowling to be banned. TommyTucker Saffa; I wont make you laugh but at this stage its still 1-0 to Australia, how do you suppose your team lost the first game? This game is a long way from over and I personally wouldnt be going off this far from the finishing line particular when South Africa will likely take a safety first approach to the rest of the game.

  • on February 22, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    The dropping of Steven Smith may prove to be very costly. Smith is the only Australian who can stand between SA and a shot at winning this match.

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

    how hot spot failed to pick that huge noise, even real time snicko picks a single line as a edge. Most interesting point is how third umpire overturned the on field decision with that single line real time snicko? Is this applied everytime hereafter? Single line enough to change any decision?

  • steve48 on February 22, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    Good job this is only a 3 match series, so far as Morne and Mitch are concerned! Morkel probably won't have to bat again this match, but I hope he doesn't forget any of his protective gear for the next test! Providing MJ survives the second innings here! For the rest of us, what a shame two such exciting and fallible sides are not playing a 5 test series. I am English, but this is way better than the Ashes. Historical competition has passion to it, but don't we want to see the best, most entertaining sides go at it for longer too?

  • DickCam on February 22, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    @ফেক কোডার o, game isn't over yet mate. Oz are one nil up in the series, so I'd say it feels pretty good at the moment.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Looks-Silly-Now on February 22, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    Sheesh, what is the point of playing this 'brand' of cricket when scoring so quickly means more wickets are likely to fall. I'd rather we were 2/120 at lunch today than 8/205. This fast run rate has led to more wickets and given more time for SA to build a big target. I thought the 5th day rain predictions would ensure this was a draw but the way Aus is going, this will be over on the 4th day. Not going to be like other supporters and make excuses though, we Aus fans wanted to praise after the first test and should be fair and give it back when it's due. South Africa have played better so far and made the pitch look threatening while our 'best attack in the world' made it look placid.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 22, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Wow, we had to endure so much arrogance and disrespect from a few aussie posters here over the last few days. Who are clearly are still stuck in a 1990's time warp and think McGrath, Ponting, Warne are still playing. Now we are seeing the true value of this team and its a 3rd ranked team in the world at best. Best attack in the world? Don't make me laugh as hard as when I was watching Haddin standing up the stumps for Siddle's bowling...

  • on February 22, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    How does it feel aus supporters? saf same as england? :D

  • ProteaMan on February 22, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    Australia 208 runs, Lady Luck made 100 of those. When is the Fat Lady going to sing?

  • on February 22, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Another poor session from Aus... they really need to learn how to pull back into 2nd gear under these circumstances, it seems right now that only Rogers and Smith know how.

    Never saw such poor catching from SA before, some of the drops are just weird, really. A blow losing Parnell but right now it doesn't look like Aus will be able to exploit it.

  • tom120 on February 22, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    i hope someone plays a McCullum like inning in the second innings for australia, otherwise the match is gone.

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  • tom120 on February 22, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    i hope someone plays a McCullum like inning in the second innings for australia, otherwise the match is gone.

  • on February 22, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Another poor session from Aus... they really need to learn how to pull back into 2nd gear under these circumstances, it seems right now that only Rogers and Smith know how.

    Never saw such poor catching from SA before, some of the drops are just weird, really. A blow losing Parnell but right now it doesn't look like Aus will be able to exploit it.

  • ProteaMan on February 22, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    Australia 208 runs, Lady Luck made 100 of those. When is the Fat Lady going to sing?

  • on February 22, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    How does it feel aus supporters? saf same as england? :D

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 22, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Wow, we had to endure so much arrogance and disrespect from a few aussie posters here over the last few days. Who are clearly are still stuck in a 1990's time warp and think McGrath, Ponting, Warne are still playing. Now we are seeing the true value of this team and its a 3rd ranked team in the world at best. Best attack in the world? Don't make me laugh as hard as when I was watching Haddin standing up the stumps for Siddle's bowling...

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Looks-Silly-Now on February 22, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    Sheesh, what is the point of playing this 'brand' of cricket when scoring so quickly means more wickets are likely to fall. I'd rather we were 2/120 at lunch today than 8/205. This fast run rate has led to more wickets and given more time for SA to build a big target. I thought the 5th day rain predictions would ensure this was a draw but the way Aus is going, this will be over on the 4th day. Not going to be like other supporters and make excuses though, we Aus fans wanted to praise after the first test and should be fair and give it back when it's due. South Africa have played better so far and made the pitch look threatening while our 'best attack in the world' made it look placid.

  • DickCam on February 22, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    @ফেক কোডার o, game isn't over yet mate. Oz are one nil up in the series, so I'd say it feels pretty good at the moment.

  • steve48 on February 22, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    Good job this is only a 3 match series, so far as Morne and Mitch are concerned! Morkel probably won't have to bat again this match, but I hope he doesn't forget any of his protective gear for the next test! Providing MJ survives the second innings here! For the rest of us, what a shame two such exciting and fallible sides are not playing a 5 test series. I am English, but this is way better than the Ashes. Historical competition has passion to it, but don't we want to see the best, most entertaining sides go at it for longer too?

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

    how hot spot failed to pick that huge noise, even real time snicko picks a single line as a edge. Most interesting point is how third umpire overturned the on field decision with that single line real time snicko? Is this applied everytime hereafter? Single line enough to change any decision?

  • on February 22, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    The dropping of Steven Smith may prove to be very costly. Smith is the only Australian who can stand between SA and a shot at winning this match.