Australia in South Africa Test Series - 3rd Test

South Africa v Australia

Australia won by 245 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

A window is open behind the sight scree. Two-minute delay because of that. Make it three minutes. Here we go. Steyn to Rogers. Three slips and a gully

"Hi Sid, just to wrap up the second Test, did the apocalyptic rain occur on Day 5 (which could have given Australia a dishonourable draw), or was it nice and sunny?" Good question, Magpie. Let's get closure on that. It did rain, but only after lunch

10.25am More news is that Clarke will bat at 4. Watson is scheduled to be the No. 6 And for the first time in this series, we have the national anthems before the start of the match. I have never liked nationalistic emotion attached to sport

Rod Wood: "Bird would have been a better option. Pattinson looks short of a run & should be playing Shield cricket rather than being rushed back into test cricket."

Karl: "Sitting in bed sick in the middle of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, and as a neutral viewer (kiwi) this match should prove to be an ideal dose of medicine!"

Nathan: "I don't know about the marsh decision, in the series so far he made, what? Like 148 in his first innings in the first test and 44 so that's 192 runs, so he's averaged this series 48 each innings since he made some ducks in the second test. Idk, doolan seems a bit doolany"

10.15am So only 15 minutes to go to the start of this excitement. Here is what some of you have to say

Andy: "Stuck in a middle seat on a flight to from SFO to Hong Kong - But I don't Care.... this is gonna make the last 4 hours of the flight bearable. Actually hoping we get stuck in a holding pattern for a bit.... Stupid excited..."

Mitty: "We now have no bowlers who are workhorses and can bowl long spells. Siddle has made this attack what it is - complete and varied. Now we're going to see sporadic short spells of no consistency. Dreadful decision. Bird over Pattinson every day of the week. "

Myron: "Morning Sid! Looking forward to a cracker of a test. I like the brave choice of Abbott for Parnell, I feel for QdK, but perhaps Alviro's experience will reward the selector's faith. What are the odds on Watson making it through 5 days of cricket?"

Gareth: "Nathan Lyon has been dependable over his career, but in a big game like this, on a pitch that will deteriorate on the final two days, he needs to dig deep and become a match winner. Grab a bag of wickets Gary!"

10am No table cloth. What a beautiful day in the Mother City. The pitch has a greenish covering, but it has seen a lot of dry weather. The weather is expected to remain good. Third day, I heard, might get some rain but otherwise good forecast

And Australia have won the toss, and will bat first. And as expected, Marsh and Siddle make way for Watson and Pattinson. Clarke says this whole thing is very exciting

Graeme Smith would have batted first too. He, too, reports two changes. Petersen in for de Kock, and Abbott in for Parnell. Interestingly, everybody moves down one slot in the order. So Elgar at 3, Amla at 4, and so on and so forth

Says Smith: "We can handle pressure, we can handle expectation and we can handle things been thrown at us."

9.50am If Pattinson is picked, and it looks increasingly certain now, this will be his first first-class match since the Lord's Test

And says Brydon Coverdale: "Last time Peter Siddle missed a Test it was the decider in a series v South Africa. Went horribly for Australia."

Zaakir: "Big test match in prospect, sell out crowd at Newlands... with words flying out of the Aussie camp..Warner accusing AB and Co of ball tampering, I think we can expect a feisty affair in the Mother City... Having seen pictures of the pitch, looks like it's going to be a cracker "

9.45am Morning of the Test. Always a great time to take in clues from warm-ups to see who is playing. Firdose Moonda loves doing it. She reckons James Pattinson is in for Peter Siddle, Abbott for Parnell, and Petersen for de Kock. Watson for Marsh is confirmed anyway. We will know in 15 minutes if she is correct

9.30am South Africa-Australia matches make for great Test cricket. Still, this is only the second time they have taken a three-Test series into a decider. Since South Africa's readmission, that is. And what a cracking decider this is going to be. At arguably the most beautiful ground in the world where these teams played arguably the most most dramatic Test of all when they last met at Newlands

Some team news in already. Shane Watson is going to replace Shaun Marsh. And Watson will have to bowl. Alviro Petersen is likely to replace Quinton de Kock for South Africa, but can't be sure of that. Wayne Parnell will need replacing. Kyle Abbott, Rory Kleinveldt and Ryan McLaren are the options. Toss in 30 minutes

0.1

Steyn to Rogers, no run, and an anti-climactic start to the Test as Steyn bowls full and wide, and reaches AB on the second bounce

0.2

Steyn to Rogers, FOUR, Rogers continuing from where he left off. Steyn is full and wide again, he reaches the ball with an open face, and pushes it past point for four

0.3

Steyn to Rogers, no run, no swing. Angles across on a length, at 135ks. Left alone

0.4

Steyn to Rogers, FOUR, short of a length, pretty straight, tucked away off the hip, the fine leg is too square, and he gets four more

0.5

Steyn to Rogers, no run, on a length, just outside off, 137ks, angles away and is left alone

Stiaan: "You should comment "no swing YET"...."

0.6

Steyn to Rogers, no run, another leave outside off, left alone

End of over 1 (8 runs) Australia 8/0
CJL Rogers    8* (6b 2x4)      DW Steyn    1-0-8-0
DA Warner    0* (0b)     

Philander v Warner, another round

1.1

Philander to Warner, no run, on a length, on off, defended back to him

Three slips and a gully. No short leg

1.2

Philander to Warner, no run, fuller, middle and leg, 131ks, misses the bat, draws an appeal. It has held its line, but is still pitched outside leg

1.3

Philander to Warner, no run, short of a length, angling outside off, punched to cover

Ross: "Yes it did rain, but not only did it start raining after 12, it was far from apocalyptic. I was in a different area of Port Elizabeth, but it was over before regular close of play as well. We are struggling with rain at the moment, which leads to the other issue that needs quashing from that test - that was not a 'doctored' pitch, it was a regular St. George's pitch, and the square was dry from lack of rain."

1.4

Philander to Warner, no run, in-between length, on middle and off, shaping back in, defended to leg

1.5

Philander to Warner, 1 run, slightly fuller, slightly straighter, worked away off the pad. Both the openers are off the mark

1.6

Philander to Rogers, no run, stays there, within the stumps. Defended to leg. He has made them play every single delivery of the first over

End of over 2 (1 run) Australia 9/0
CJL Rogers    8* (7b 2x4)      VD Philander    1-0-1-0
DA Warner    1* (5b)      DW Steyn    1-0-8-0

Norrin Radd: "I don't like cricket , O no....... bring it on!"

2.1

Steyn to Warner, no run, draws him into the drive. Warner is not as tight as Rogers. Plays for the swing, this one pitches just outside off and nips away late. Beats the bat

2.2

Steyn to Warner, FOUR, too full this time. Half-volley at 140ks. Easy to reach the pitch of it. And Warner drives it handsomely through cover for four

2.3

Steyn to Warner, no run, on a length, on off, driven back at him. Steyn is hurried into raising his hands up to keep his face from being hit

2.4

Steyn to Warner, 3 runs, lovely punch shot. This is not a bad ball at all. Short of that driving length, angling away, and Warner moves forward to punch this past cover. No follow-through or power. Just the timing

2.5

Steyn to Rogers, 1 run, bunted into the off side for another single. Wide of cover it goes

2.6

Steyn to Warner, 2 runs, this one shapes away from him, hits the outside half of the bat, goes past point. Steyn has gone for 18 in his first two overs

End of over 3 (10 runs) Australia 19/0
DA Warner    10* (10b 1x4)      DW Steyn    2-0-18-0
CJL Rogers    9* (8b 2x4)      VD Philander    1-0-1-0

3.1

Philander to Rogers, 3 runs, lovely shot from Rogers. This isn't a half-volley, but he moves forward and across, into the line of the ball, and pushes it past cover. Lovely timing too

3.2

Philander to Warner, no run, this one straightens back into him, and he defends to leg

3.3

Philander to Warner, FOUR, top drive. Australia have made an extremely positive start. Another delivery that seams back into the pads, but it is pitched slightly too close to him, and he has driven it past Vern's left hand for four

3.4

Philander to Warner, no run, this one nibbles away a touch, but Warner is right behind it and defends

3.5

Philander to Warner, no run, on a length, middle and off, defended right back to him

3.6

Philander to Warner, no run, on a length, just outside off, allowed to go through to AB

End of over 4 (7 runs) Australia 26/0
DA Warner    14* (15b 2x4)      VD Philander    2-0-8-0
CJL Rogers    12* (9b 2x4)      DW Steyn    2-0-18-0

And immediately, Morne Morkel replaces Dale Steyn. Strange but true. Steyn looked completely ineffective

Round the wicket right away

4.1

Morkel to Rogers, no run, and straight away a difference of 10k an hour. This is at 148kmph, and left alone outside off

4.2

Morkel to Rogers, no run, beauty from Morne. Hello Australia. At 150ks, this shortish delivery holds its line outside off, and misses the shoulder of the bat. AB collects it head high

4.3

Morkel to Rogers, no run, this is lovely bowling. Morkel counterpunches after Australia punch Steyn. This one is short, high, and holds its line outside off, at 146ks. Rogers is fending, and is beaten

4.4

Morkel to Rogers, FOUR, a little too short this time, allows Rogers to to go horizontal, and uses every bit of of the 147ks on the ball to cut it past point

4.5

Morkel to Rogers, no run, this is fuller than that short length, around 147ks, and is left alone outside off

Brian: "First target: 47. Half way there lads!"

4.6

Morkel to Rogers, no run, this one angles in from just short of a length, Rogers rises with it, and fends it down, in front of the short leg

End of over 5 (4 runs) Australia 30/0
CJL Rogers    16* (15b 3x4)      M Morkel    1-0-4-0
DA Warner    14* (15b 2x4)      VD Philander    2-0-8-0

5.1

Philander to Warner, FOUR, Warner is laying into Philander. Chest-high bouncer, and Warne goes back to pull it over square leg

5.2

Philander to Warner, no run, short of a length, 132ks, Warner thinks he can pull this too - a verticalish-bat pull - but the ball doesn't quite come on, and reaches after he is through the shot. Hit on the thigh pad

5.3

Philander to Warner, FOUR, the upper cut. A deliberate and an effective shot. Just a bit short of length, just outside off, but Warner deliberately cuts it in the air, clearing the man at gully

5.4

Philander to Warner, no run, that half-volley, Warner wants to smash this, but gets an inside edge onto the toe

Dean: "@Brian: Wrong innings. Get back to us in a couple of days..."

Third slip comes out to cover. Square leg goes to the fence

5.5

Philander to Warner, FOUR, a soft short ball, doesn't get too high, not far outside off, and he has dragged this pull to deep midwicket for four more. This is a stunning start

5.6

Philander to Warner, 1 run, and the fortune favours the brave this time. Warner looks to whip this shortish ball to leg, gets a healthy leading edge, but it flies over the man at cover

End of over 6 (13 runs) Australia 43/0
DA Warner    27* (21b 5x4)      VD Philander    3-0-21-0
CJL Rogers    16* (15b 3x4)      M Morkel    1-0-4-0

Warner took Morkel apart in the second innings in PE. Here is another round. Over the wicket

6.1

Morkel to Warner, no run, on a length, just outside off, defended back to Morne

Rob: "Looks like a case of cash in before it starts reversing!"

6.2

Morkel to Warner, 2 runs, the short-arm pull. He goes deep into the crease to a shortish ball, and manages to clear square leg with this pull

6.3

Morkel to Warner, no run, short of a length, on the pads, defended towards mid-on, which is quite wide

6.4

Morkel to Warner, no run, bouncer, just outside leg, 146ks, quite high, Warner gives up the thought of hooking

6.5

Morkel to Warner, no run, fuller, Warner is equal to it, punches it down the ground, Morkel throws out his long arm in the follow-through and prevents runs

6.6

Morkel to Warner, 1 run, on a length, middle and leg, angling towards off, pushed into the covers for one. Warner is dominating the strike

End of over 7 (3 runs) Australia 46/0
DA Warner    30* (27b 5x4)      M Morkel    2-0-7-0
CJL Rogers    16* (15b 3x4)      VD Philander    3-0-21-0

"This would be considered a good start in any form of the game... even my back-yard." Clean Pete, my front-yard games don't last this long

7.1

Philander to Warner, 1 run, short and wide, cut away for as single

7.2

Philander to Rogers, no run, relief for Philander to see a wide delivery allowed to go through to the keeper

7.3

Philander to Rogers, no run, full, straight, makes him play, which he does with a straight bat to mid-on

7.4

Philander to Rogers, no run, overpitched, on the pads, Rogers ends up playing across the front pad, and misses out on runs

rickyvoncanterb: "@Rob Well it better swing soon because the 25th over is a long way away and they will be 150 at this rate.."

7.5

Philander to Rogers, no run, widish length ball, left alone

7.6

Philander to Rogers, no run, straight, on the pads, misses out on the flick

End of over 8 (1 run) Australia 47/0
CJL Rogers    16* (20b 3x4)      VD Philander    4-0-22-0
DA Warner    31* (28b 5x4)      M Morkel    2-0-7-0

8.1

Morkel to Warner, no run, on a length, middle and off, hits the inside half of the bat as Warner pushes

8.2

Morkel to Warner, no run, Warner looks for the upper-cut, the ball doesn't quite come on as fast as he expects it, gets an under edge that is safe

8.3

Morkel to Warner, no run, fuller this time, just outside off, crunched away to cover

Dan: "Cunning plan from Australia, hit everything so nothing can go through and get roughed up by the keeper's gloves."

8.4

Morkel to Warner, 1 run, short of as length, outside off, dropped away to cover for one. They have now reached 48. Their previous 47 runs in Cape Town cost them 10 wickets

Round the wicket to Rogers

8.5

Morkel to Rogers, no run, makes him gets really tall before leaving this shortish ball at 148ks

8.6

Morkel to Rogers, no run, hits the shoulder. Gets the line straighter with this bouncer, and glances his shoulder even as he ducks. Collected by AB

End of over 9 (1 run) Australia 48/0
CJL Rogers    16* (22b 3x4)      M Morkel    3-0-8-0
DA Warner    32* (32b 5x4)      VD Philander    4-0-22-0

Already we have spin. JP Duminy is here. He picked up crucial wickets in PE too, including the first of the second innings. Duminy will continue his Harbhajan run. One slip and a leg gully

9.1

Duminy to Warner, 1 run, full, on off, and driven to long-off. Who'da thunk we would have a spinner bowling with a long-off in the first hour of a Test in South Africa/

9.2

Duminy to Rogers, no run, full and flat, just outside off, defended with an open face

9.3

Duminy to Rogers, 2 runs, flat again, into the pads, worked away into the open spaces there to bring up the fifty for Australia

9.4

Duminy to Rogers, 2 runs, half-volley, outside off, driven square of deep cover, and they take on Steyn's arm to take the second

Rob: "Nice to see Graeme Smith joining in the T20 spirit by bowling his spinner"

9.5

Duminy to Rogers, no run, nice turn from middle and off, defended from the crease

9.6

Duminy to Rogers, no run, full and fast, defended ff the front foot

End of over 10 (5 runs) Australia 53/0
CJL Rogers    20* (27b 3x4)      JP Duminy    1-0-5-0
DA Warner    33* (33b 5x4)      M Morkel    3-0-8-0

scanners: "...an occasional spinner at that!"

Over the wicket to Warner

10.1

Morkel to Warner, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, defended from the crease

Warner has to pull out of this late because he spots something behind the sight screen. Apologises to the bowler and the keeper immediately

10.2

Morkel to Warner, 3 runs, pushes into a length ball. No back lift, just a meeting of the ball with soft hands. Gets this wide of cover

Round the wicket to Rogers

10.3

Morkel to Rogers, FOUR, the rare half-volley here, and he drives this superbly past cover. This is just too full

10.4

Morkel to Rogers, no run, short of a length, angling in, 147ks, defended from the crease

10.5

Morkel to Rogers, no run, bouncer, just outside off, he ducks under it

10.6

Morkel to Rogers, no run, on a length, on off, solidly defended back

End of over 11 (7 runs) Australia 60/0
CJL Rogers    24* (31b 4x4)      M Morkel    4-0-15-0
DA Warner    36* (35b 5x4)      JP Duminy    1-0-5-0

11.1

Duminy to Warner, 2 runs, full, quick, into the pads, worked around the corner. Warner crosses 300 for the series

11.2

Duminy to Warner, no run, on a length, he stays back to defend it

11.3

Duminy to Warner, 1 run, shimmies down to take this on the full, gets a single to long-off

Hearing that Steyn didn't bowl at all between the end of the last Test and today, preferring to rest and recover

11.4

Duminy to Rogers, no run, flighted outside off, pushed to cover

11.5

Duminy to Rogers, no run, flighted around off, defended off the front foot

11.6

Duminy to Rogers, 1 run, short of a length, goes back to punch it to deep cover for one

End of over 12 (4 runs) Australia 64/0
CJL Rogers    25* (34b 4x4)      JP Duminy    2-0-9-0
DA Warner    39* (38b 5x4)      M Morkel    4-0-15-0

Andrew C: "Don't care what anyone says, this should be the Aussie opening partnership for a few years yet! Just hope I don't jinx them!"

Finally we have Kyle Abbott bowling

12.1

Abbott to Rogers, no run, on a length outside off, 136ks, no movement, allowed to go through to the keeper

Gocfe: "Bowling the spinner already... should be able to get the full quota of overs in today, then"

12.2

Abbott to Rogers, no run, on a length, middle and off, defended solidly off the front foot

12.3

Abbott to Rogers, no run, and something happens immediately for Abbott. Seams and kicks away from a short of a length and middle and leg. Except that it seams away too much to take the edge

12.4

Abbott to Rogers, no run, left alone outside off as this one angles across him

12.5

Abbott to Rogers, no run, more seam movement from around off and just short of a length. Left alone this time

12.6

Abbott to Rogers, no run, defended off the front foot to end the first maiden of the match

End of over 13 (maiden) Australia 64/0
CJL Rogers    25* (40b 4x4)      KJ Abbott    1-1-0-0
DA Warner    39* (38b 5x4)      JP Duminy    2-0-9-0

Steyn is back. Hopefully not thinking of cuddly bears. He is round the wicket. Two slips and a gully, and a cover ring on its heels

13.1

Steyn to Warner, no run, lovely drive on the up, but can't beat this deepish cover

13.2

Steyn to Warner, 1 run, fuller, outside off, pushed towards mid-off for one. A risky single, but he has played this on the walk, and makes it easily

13.3

Steyn to Rogers, OUT, and the mighty Dale is back. Rogers plays a loose shot, driving in front of his body, the ball pitching well short of a driving length. It might even have held its line a touch outside off. A healthy edge is taken, and Smith takes a sharp catch at first slip

CJL Rogers c Smith b Steyn 25 (57m 41b 4x4 0x6) SR: 60.97

Alex Doolan comes in. A big call from Australia to play him ahead of Shaun Marsh

13.4

Steyn to Doolan, no run, short of a length, wide, easy leave first ball

13.5

Steyn to Doolan, no run, on a length, on off, goes in with the angle, defended to leg

13.6

Steyn to Doolan, no run, short of a length, rising towards the chest, fended down

End of over 14 (1 run) Australia 65/1
AJ Doolan    0* (3b)      DW Steyn    3-0-19-1
DA Warner    40* (40b 5x4)      KJ Abbott    1-1-0-0

So how does Warner react to that loss of wicket? Does he keep attacking or does he become a touch more circumspect?

14.1

Abbott to Warner, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, 134ks, defended to leg

"Oops!!" Andrew C. One of Cricinfo feedbackers. Jinxing players and teams since 1857

14.2

Abbott to Warner, no run, bouncer, outside leg, he stays inside it

14.3

Abbott to Warner, 2 runs, first runs off Abbott, and what a lovely on-the-up drive it is. He beats that deepish point with it, and draws a big chase and dive from Duminy to keep this in

14.4

Abbott to Warner, no run, short of a length, middle and off, defended back

14.5

Abbott to Warner, 2 runs, short of a length, on the pads, worked away to leg

14.6

Abbott to Warner, 1 run, tucked away off the hip for a single

End of over 15 (5 runs) Australia 70/1
DA Warner    45* (46b 5x4)      KJ Abbott    2-1-5-0
AJ Doolan    0* (3b)      DW Steyn    3-0-19-1

"Alex Doolan is terrible and will definitely not make a hundred in this test." Andrew D, I forgot to tell you. Reverse jinx doesn't work here

Round the wicket to Warner

15.1

Steyn to Warner, no run, on a length, angling in, defended from the crease

"It only used to work jinxing players on cricinfo in 1857 because tests were timeless then. 1857 internet was notoriously slow, and it took about three days for comments to be published." Dan, I remember pigeons outside my window back then. They used to bring in feedback

15.2

Steyn to Warner, no run, defended to cover off the front foot

15.3

Steyn to Warner, no run, fuller, pushed towards mid-off, Warner wants the a single, but sees du Plessis charging in from ocver, and aborts the idea

15.4

Steyn to Warner, 5 runs, a touch too straight, and pushed to mid-on for one. This is a tight single, merits a run-out attempt from Philander, but the ball hits the stumps and goes for four overthrows through extra cover. That also brings up his fifty

15.5

Steyn to Doolan, no run, nice short delivery, at 145ks, just outside off, Doolan stays away from its line

15.6

Steyn to Doolan, no run, another testing short ball, at 143ks, towards his chest, Doolan fends, and manages to keep it down. But the sight of the fending batsman will encourage Steyn

End of over 16 (5 runs) Australia 75/1
AJ Doolan    0* (5b)      DW Steyn    4-0-24-1
DA Warner    50* (50b 5x4)      KJ Abbott    2-1-5-0

"Back to back 50s, back to back overthrows to give up the 50?" Dean, if that is true, great memory

16.1

Abbott to Warner, FOUR, Warner has no intentions to slow down. This is a half-volley, and Warner gets stuck into it. Sends this straight of the widish mid-off

16.2

Abbott to Warner, no run, short of a length, he wants that short-arm pull, but ends up inside-edging into his pad. It doesn't carry to the keeper

16.3

Abbott to Warner, no run, short of a length, widish, cut away, but can't beat cover

Goes round the stumps

16.4

Abbott to Warner, no run, that's a beauty. At 137ks, on a length, seams away against the angle, kicks up too. Beats the bat

16.5

Abbott to Warner, 1 run, similar delivery but without the seam. Pushed wide of cover for a single

Back over the wicket

16.6

Abbott to Doolan, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

End of over 17 (5 runs) Australia 80/1
AJ Doolan    0* (6b)      KJ Abbott    3-1-10-0
DA Warner    55* (55b 6x4)      DW Steyn    4-0-24-1

ravi: "When Andrew tried his tricks at a first class game @1890, a certain portly Amla-lookalike told him, "They logged in to follow my batting; not your monkey tricks.""

17.1

Steyn to Warner, no run, wide on the crease, angles this in, pretty full. Warner defends back to him

17.2

Steyn to Warner, 1 run, a touch too straight, and is bunted into the leg side for one

17.3

Steyn to Doolan, no run, just short of a length, around off, defended from the crease

17.4

Steyn to Doolan, no run, slightly fuller, catches Doolan in the crease, but he defends well using his reach

17.5

Steyn to Doolan, no run, fuller still, this time is is moving back in, beats the inside edge. Headed down leg

17.6

Steyn to Doolan, 1 run, full, tailing back in, push-driven, Philander gets the dive in at mid-on, but can't prevent the single

End of over 18 (2 runs) Australia 82/1
AJ Doolan    1* (10b)      DW Steyn    5-0-26-1
DA Warner    56* (57b 6x4)      KJ Abbott    3-1-10-0

18.1

Abbott to Doolan, no run, full, on off, defended off the front foot

The ball might have already begun to reverse. Watch this space

18.2

Abbott to Doolan, no run, into the pads, on a length, clipped away, but can't beat square leg

18.3

Abbott to Doolan, no run, on a length, on off, defended back to him

18.4

Abbott to Doolan, 1 run, on a length, outside off, pushed wide of mid-off for one

Round the wicket

18.5

Abbott to Warner, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, worked away to deep square

Back over the wicket

18.6

Abbott to Doolan, no run, just short of a length, holds its line outside off, defended with an open face

End of over 19 (2 runs) Australia 84/1
AJ Doolan    2* (15b)      KJ Abbott    4-1-12-0
DA Warner    57* (58b 6x4)      DW Steyn    5-0-26-1

19.1

Steyn to Warner, no run, bouncer, and at 145ks, but a touch too short, and us ducked under

19.2

Steyn to Warner, 2 runs, short again, Warner plays the short-arm pull, just a chip towards deep midwicket

19.3

Steyn to Warner, FOUR, pitched up wide outside off, and there might be a deep point in place but Warner has driven this well in front of cover for four more

19.4

Steyn to Warner, 3 runs, an even better shot because this isn't quite a half-volley. He has taken this wide length ball, rolled his wrists on the drive to keep it down, and has still managed to place it in front of cover. Gets three runs

19.5

Steyn to Doolan, no run, short, and too far down leg to involve Doolan in this

19.6

Steyn to Doolan, 3 runs, short of a length, outside off, punched away without any back lift, but timed and placed well enough to get three for it

End of over 20 (12 runs) Australia 96/1
AJ Doolan    5* (17b)      DW Steyn    6-0-38-1
DA Warner    66* (62b 7x4)      KJ Abbott    4-1-12-0

Can: "You wouldn't think fitness is that important as a batsmen (Boon, Boof, Gooch etc.) but Warners batting since he's trimmed down has been outstanding"

20.1

Abbott to Doolan, FOUR, beautiful. This time he gets some width on a shortish delivery, and plays the proper forceful punch. Opens the face this time to beat point on his left

20.2

Abbott to Doolan, no run, sharp late movement. On a length, outside off, nips back in, takes the inside edge onto the pad. Aleem Dar gets this one right

20.3

Abbott to Doolan, no run, full, holds its line just outside off, defended

20.4

Abbott to Doolan, no run, wide half-volley, nicely driven, but straight to cover

20.5

Abbott to Doolan, FOUR, dug in short, sits up at 136ks, Doolan doesn't even need to go back to pull this in through midwicket. Shades of Ponting in that shot, surely I am not the first one to say that?

20.6

Abbott to Doolan, no run, another bouncer, meaner, stingier one, and this time Doolan ducks under it

End of over 21 (8 runs) Australia 104/1
AJ Doolan    13* (23b 2x4)      KJ Abbott    5-1-20-0
DA Warner    66* (62b 7x4)      DW Steyn    6-0-38-1

Gokul Kenath: "Warner is now like Warne. The more the off field controversy surrounding him, the better the on field performance."

21.1

Steyn to Warner, 1 run, nicely clipped away from middle and leg, gets a single

21.2

Steyn to Doolan, no run, wide length ball, left alone

21.3

Steyn to Doolan, no run, another wide length ball, left alone again

Len: "20 minutes for Warner to get a century before lunch"

21.4

Steyn to Doolan, no run, on a length, on off, defended off the back foot

21.5

Steyn to Doolan, no run, bouncer, at 141ks, well outside off, and easily negotiated

21.6

Steyn to Doolan, no run, fuller, angling into middle and leg, defended to midwicket

End of over 22 (1 run) Australia 105/1
AJ Doolan    13* (28b 2x4)      DW Steyn    7-0-39-1
DA Warner    67* (63b 7x4)      KJ Abbott    5-1-20-0

Philander comes back for a spell before lunch, which is is about 17 minutes away

22.1

Philander to Warner, no run, short of a length, around off, hits the high part of the defensive bat

22.2

Philander to Warner, 3 runs, nicely punched away. This doesn't look like a forceful shot at all, but he has timed this superbly. Short of a length, middle and off, and he punches this wide of mid-on

22.3

Philander to Doolan, no run, short of a length, on off, defended back to him

It is not quite reversing, otherwise we would have seen fuller lengths from South Africa

22.4

Philander to Doolan, no run, wide length ball, left alone

Joshua: "Let`s just take a moment to appreciate that Warner is batting this well against the best attack in the world in their back yard. Sehwag 2.0 has finally arrived."

22.5

Philander to Doolan, no run, fullish, just outside off, defended off the front foot

22.6

Philander to Doolan, no run, full, outside off, Doolan drives, the ball holds its line, hits the outside half of the bat, goes to point

End of over 23 (3 runs) Australia 108/1
AJ Doolan    13* (32b 2x4)      VD Philander    5-0-25-0
DA Warner    70* (65b 7x4)      DW Steyn    7-0-39-1

Morkel is back now

23.1

Morkel to Warner, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, punched away for a single

23.2

Morkel to Doolan, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended to point

23.3

Morkel to Doolan, 5 wides, wide bouncer. Too high too. Called wides

23.3

Morkel to Doolan, no run, defended off the back foot this time

23.4

Morkel to Doolan, no run, fuller, angling in, defended to leg

23.5

Morkel to Doolan, no run, short of a length, Doolan makes his mind up to play, the ball seams back in, cramping him up, but Doolan still manages a punch square of the wicket. Elgar makes a diving save at point

23.6

Morkel to Doolan, no run, full, on off, driven to mid-off

End of over 24 (6 runs) Australia 114/1
AJ Doolan    13* (37b 2x4)      M Morkel    5-0-21-0
DA Warner    71* (66b 7x4)      VD Philander    5-0-25-0

24.1

Philander to Warner, no run, on a length, middle and off, punched to mid-off

Curtis : "This is when South Africa really miss a decent spinner. When the run-rate is up and going they find it hard to tie things down."

24.2

Philander to Warner, no run, short of a length, outside off, short-armed to midwicket

24.3

Philander to Warner, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, opens the face on it, gets a single past point. Fifty stand between the two

24.4

Philander to Doolan, no run, just holds its line in front of off, defended back to him

24.5

Philander to Doolan, no run, another accurate delivery around off, defended solidly

24.6

Philander to Doolan, no run, short of a length, just holds its line outside off. Defended solidly

End of over 25 (1 run) Australia 115/1
AJ Doolan    13* (40b 2x4)      VD Philander    6-0-26-0
DA Warner    72* (69b 7x4)      M Morkel    5-0-21-0

Last over before lunch coming up

25.1

Morkel to Warner, no run, short of a length, wide outside leg. Warner tries to guide it fine, but misses out

25.2

Morkel to Warner, no run, short of a length, just outside off, Warner tries to punch, is hit on the inside half of the bat

25.3

Morkel to Warner, 2 runs, wide length ball, he pushes at it, gets a thick edge to third man

25.4

Morkel to Warner, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, punched to deep point for one

25.5

Morkel to Doolan, no run, bouncer, just outside off, Doolan stays away from it

25.6

Morkel to Doolan, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended to point to bring in lunch

12.31pm That's Warner's session. Seventy-five off 73 in the first session of a big Test. That really does set things up for Australia. The pitch looked really flat in that session, and Warner made sure the bowling looked flat too for certain periods of that session. South Africa, you write them off so early at your own peril. See you back in around 35 minutes

End of over 26 (3 runs) Australia 118/1
AJ Doolan    13* (42b 2x4)      M Morkel    6-0-24-0
DA Warner    75* (73b 7x4)      VD Philander    6-0-26-0

Kabbott has the ball in hand. Warner is on strike. Only two slips

1.06pm Welcome back. In five minutes we resume

26.1

Abbott to Warner, no run, short of a length, around off, defended from the crease

26.2

Abbott to Warner, no run, again just short of a length, angling towards off, defended to cover again

26.3

Abbott to Warner, 1 run, slightly fuller, and he runs this to third man for one

A gully and two slips for Doolan

26.4

Abbott to Doolan, no run, this one tails in from a length, and not quite with the shiny side yet. Defended to leg

26.5

Abbott to Doolan, no run, defended off the front foot

26.6

Abbott to Doolan, 1 run, looks to drive on the up, the ball moves in again, off the inside half of the bat. Still not sure it is going with the shiny side because the ball isn't properly scuffed up yet

End of over 27 (2 runs) Australia 120/1
AJ Doolan    14* (45b 2x4)      KJ Abbott    6-1-22-0
DA Warner    76* (76b 7x4)      M Morkel    6-0-24-0

James: "I get the impression that Abbott is not quite quick enough to be really threatening unless the ball is doing something (same is true of Kleinveld). Would be a big threat in say England, but perhaps not India."

Here is Philander

27.1

Philander to Doolan, no run, half-volley outside off, driven nicely, but straight to cover

27.2

Philander to Doolan, no run, short of a length, holds its line, hits the outside half of the bat

27.3

Philander to Doolan, no run, short of a length, just outside off, solidly defended to cover

27.4

Philander to Doolan, no run, lovely bowling. This is pushed further up, making him drive, and then it seams away after pitching. Beaten

27.5

Philander to Doolan, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended back to him

27.6

Philander to Doolan, 1 run, too full this time, clipped away, can't beat midwicket, but gets a single

End of over 28 (1 run) Australia 121/1
AJ Doolan    15* (51b 2x4)      VD Philander    7-0-27-0
DA Warner    76* (76b 7x4)      KJ Abbott    6-1-22-0

28.1

Abbott to Doolan, no run, wide on the crease, just short of a driving length, angling in, defended off the front foot

28.2

Abbott to Doolan, no run, fuller, trying to squeeze it in between the bat-pad gap, but hits the inside half of the bat

28.3

Abbott to Doolan, no run, this time Doolan covers the line and drives this back to him

28.4

Abbott to Doolan, no run, on a length, outside off, Doolan defends outside the line of his head. You can see Smith is excited at slip even if this has hit the middle of the bat. Just the fact that he is defending outside off is exciting Smith

28.5

Abbott to Doolan, no run, another defensive shot outside off

28.6

Abbott to Doolan, no run, nice drive on the up, but straight to mid-off

End of over 29 (maiden) Australia 121/1
AJ Doolan    15* (57b 2x4)      KJ Abbott    7-2-22-0
DA Warner    76* (76b 7x4)      VD Philander    7-0-27-0

29.1

Philander to Warner, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, punched away for a single

29.2

Philander to Doolan, no run, on a length outside off, he defends off the front foot

29.3

Philander to Doolan, no run, on a length, on off, defended back to him

29.4

Philander to Doolan, FOUR, too full, too straight, whipped away past midwicket for four

29.5

Philander to Doolan, no run, wide length ball, driven on the up, but can't beat cover

29.6

Philander to Doolan, no run, short of a length, pretty straight, defended to mid-on

End of over 30 (5 runs) Australia 126/1
AJ Doolan    19* (62b 3x4)      VD Philander    8-0-32-0
DA Warner    77* (77b 7x4)      KJ Abbott    7-2-22-0

Round the wicket to Warner

30.1

Abbott to Warner, 2 runs, just short of a length, just wide, and he opens the face on the walk, and comes back for the second before deep point can get to deep third man

"Am I correct that in both Ashes series plus this one, tests have only been won by teams that have won the toss?" Seb, I need more than a free moment to check this

30.2

Abbott to Warner, no run, length ball, angling this, defended off the front foot

30.3

Abbott to Warner, 1 run, short of a length, holds its line, Warner drops this square on the off side for one

30.4

Abbott to Doolan, 1 run, on a length, angling in, worked away to long leg for one

30.5

Abbott to Warner, FOUR, short of a length, wide, Warner punches this superbly to the right of point for four. Warner is hitting everything sweetly here

"Smith won the toss in the 1st test of this series and sent the Aussies in. We all know how THAT went..." Brenton, that settles it then

30.6

Abbott to Warner, FOUR, another lovely shot. More an open-faced steer than a punch, but with identical results. Don't give him width today

End of over 31 (12 runs) Australia 138/1
DA Warner    88* (82b 9x4)      KJ Abbott    8-2-34-0
AJ Doolan    20* (63b 3x4)      VD Philander    8-0-32-0

31.1

Philander to Doolan, no run, on a length, on off, defended off the front foot

31.2

Philander to Doolan, no run, short of a length, on off, defended back to him

31.3

Philander to Doolan, OUT, lazy pull, and Doolan is gone. Doolan's weight transfer onto either foot hasn't been great, and when you go to pull with your weight only half-back you cannot afford to pick balls that are not short enough. This one isn't short enough, and takes the top edge to wide mid-on where Steyn takes the catch

AJ Doolan c Steyn b Philander 20 (83m 66b 3x4 0x6) SR: 30.30

Michael Clarke walks in, as expected, at No. 4. But he is not on strike

31.4

Philander to Warner, no run, on a length, on off, defended off the front foot

31.5

Philander to Warner, no run, makes a late decision to pull out of this pull, and is caught neither here nor there. Lets him hit him on the shoulder

31.6

Philander to Warner, 1 run, short of a length, just outside off, dabbed away for a single

End of over 32 (1 run) Australia 139/2
DA Warner    89* (85b 9x4)      VD Philander    9-0-33-1
MJ Clarke    0* (0b)      KJ Abbott    8-2-34-0

Steyn wants to bowl, but he has been told he cannot right now. Apparently he had been off the field for a bit so he will have to do time before he is permitted to bowl. So Duminy is here in the mean time

32.1

Duminy to Warner, 1 run, down the wicket, takes this on its pitch, and drives it to long-off for one

A slip and a short leg in as Clarke takes guard. Duminy to bowl from round the stumps

32.2

Duminy to Clarke, 2 runs, and he gives Clarke a gentle half-volley to get off the mark with. Clarke push-drives it past cover

32.3

Duminy to Clarke, no run, full, middle and leg, clipped to square leg

32.4

Duminy to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up outside off, pushed to mid-off for one

32.5

Duminy to Warner, no run, flighted around off, no turn, hits the inside half of the bat

32.6

Duminy to Warner, no run, flighted outside off, pushed to cover

Seb: "Yes checked the 3 series. 8 of 10 results won by the toss winner. The 2 failures were from sending teams in..."

End of over 33 (4 runs) Australia 143/2
DA Warner    90* (88b 9x4)      JP Duminy    3-0-13-0
MJ Clarke    3* (3b)      VD Philander    9-0-33-1

Sam: "Poor cricket from Doolan really. Took such a long time to settle in (thus halting Australia's momentum momentum) with a strike rate of 30 and then gave it away with an ordinary shot."

33.1

Philander to Clarke, no run, on a length, on off, defended back to him

33.2

Philander to Clarke, FOUR, on a length, widish, Clarke covers the line, and then opens the face to capitalise on that vacant third-man region

33.3

Philander to Clarke, no run, lot of indecision. Driven on the up, du Plessis makes a diving save at cover, but doesn't field it cleanly. So they think of the single before paying their respect to Faf, and aborting it

33.4

Philander to Clarke, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to cover

33.5

Philander to Clarke, no run, fullish, just outside off, defended off the front foot

33.6

Philander to Clarke, no run, on a length, holds its line in front of off. Defended to cover

End of over 34 (4 runs) Australia 147/2
MJ Clarke    7* (9b 1x4)      VD Philander    10-0-37-1
DA Warner    90* (88b 9x4)      JP Duminy    3-0-13-0

Steyn is allowed to bowl now, and he is into the attack. Round the wicket to Warner

34.1

Steyn to Warner, no run, a bit of a loosener wide outside off, cut away, but can't beat point

34.2

Steyn to Warner, no run, short and wide again, punched away superbly again, but can't beat point

34.3

Steyn to Warner, 1 run, short, into the body, pulled away to long leg for one

34.4

Steyn to Clarke, no run, short, into the body, doesn't quite get up, he gets inside its line

34.5

Steyn to Clarke, no run, bouncer, a proper one, about head high, and he ducks under it

34.6

Steyn to Clarke, no run, short of a length, outside off, holds its line, defended

End of over 35 (1 run) Australia 148/2
MJ Clarke    7* (12b 1x4)      DW Steyn    8-0-40-1
DA Warner    91* (91b 9x4)      VD Philander    10-0-37-1

Kabbott replaces Philander

35.1

Abbott to Warner, 1 run, short of a length, angling towards middle and leg, hits the inside half of the bat

35.2

Abbott to Clarke, no run, pitched up outside off, defended off the front foot

35.3

Abbott to Clarke, no run, wide length ball, left alone outside off

35.4

Abbott to Clarke, no run, short of a length, just outside off, left alone

35.5

Abbott to Clarke, no run, wide length ball, no need to play at it

35.6

Abbott to Clarke, no run, wide on the crease, not angling in enough to make Clarke play

End of over 36 (1 run) Australia 149/2
MJ Clarke    7* (17b 1x4)      KJ Abbott    9-2-35-0
DA Warner    92* (92b 9x4)      DW Steyn    8-0-40-1

36.1

Steyn to Warner, no run, length ball, angling in, driven with an open face, can't beat point

36.2

Steyn to Warner, 1 run, delays the shot this time, beats point, gets a single to third man

36.3

Steyn to Clarke, no run, bouncer, head high, pretty straight, Clarke ducks under it

36.4

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, punched away to the right of point where flaying Faf saves three runs

36.5

Steyn to Warner, 1 run, short and wide, but he has a sweeper-cover to keep this in

36.6

Steyn to Clarke, no run, on a length, on off, defended from the crease

End of over 37 (3 runs) Australia 152/2
MJ Clarke    8* (20b 1x4)      DW Steyn    9-0-43-1
DA Warner    94* (95b 9x4)      KJ Abbott    9-2-35-0

37.1

Abbott to Warner, no run, short of a length, on the pads, defended to leg

37.2

Abbott to Warner, no run, stays at a similar length, on the pads, defended again

37.3

Abbott to Warner, 1 run, on a length, on off, pushed wide of cover for one

37.4

Abbott to Clarke, no run, bouncer, and Clarke is not going after those bouncers at all today

37.5

Abbott to Clarke, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended to mid-on. He is coming forward to these despite those bouncers

37.6

Abbott to Clarke, no run, short of a length, just outside off, punched to mid-off

End of over 38 (1 run) Australia 153/2
MJ Clarke    8* (23b 1x4)      KJ Abbott    10-2-36-0
DA Warner    95* (98b 9x4)      DW Steyn    9-0-43-1

McEnroe: "I love 3 singles off a Steyn over. I'd be happy to go without a boundary for the rest of the day, if I could get 3 singles off every Steyn over." Just one slip for Steyn

38.1

Steyn to Warner, no run, they are reviewing a not-out decision on a catch down leg. This is short, angling down leg, Warner thinks there are free runs on offer, but misses out on the pull. AB appeals for the catch, he is adamant, Aleem Dar in unmoved, and Smith makes a desperate review. Clearly goes off the thigh pad, and there is daylight between bat and pad

38.2

Steyn to Warner, 1 run, angling into the ribs, pulled away to long leg for one

38.3

Steyn to Clarke, no run, on a length, accurate, Clarke thinks this is going to move away, but it doesn't and hits the inside edge on its way to the pad

Short leg comes in

38.4

Steyn to Clarke, no run, short of a length, into the ribs, defended to leg

"Half way mark day 1 Safs bowled 39 overs. Going to be a long day " Roger, I have already asked for some ice for my fingers

38.5

Steyn to Clarke, no run, short of a length, stays low, Clarke does well to keep it out

38.6

Steyn to Clarke, no run, short of a length, down leg, Clarke gets inside the line of it

Mid-afternoon drinks on the field, and only 39 overs bowled

End of over 39 (1 run) Australia 154/2
MJ Clarke    8* (27b 1x4)      DW Steyn    10-0-44-1
DA Warner    96* (100b 9x4)      KJ Abbott    10-2-36-0

"How 'Abbott' publishing my comment Mr. Monga :)" Rudra Varma, Abbot time puns made an appearance, but they will be stale

39.1

Abbott to Warner, no run, on a length, on off, pushed to cover

"Classic Smith captaincy! Warner is in the 90s, and he is giving him single in the first couple of balls of the over!" Shivam Suri, just one slip in. Deep point and square leg are back

39.2

Abbott to Warner, no run, on a length, mid-on, pushed to mid-on

39.3

Abbott to Warner, no run, short of a length, middle and off, pushed towards mid-off

39.4

Abbott to Warner, FOUR, hundred No. 7 for Warner. Attempted bouncer, a bit soft, down leg, and he gets enough bat on the pull to get four to fine leg. Removes the helmet, upper-cuts the air with the helmet in the hand, and kisses the helmet

39.5

Abbott to Warner, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended to cover

39.6

Abbott to Warner, no run, short of a length, middle and off, defended back to him

End of over 40 (4 runs) Australia 158/2
DA Warner    100* (106b 10x4)      KJ Abbott    11-2-40-0
MJ Clarke    8* (27b 1x4)      DW Steyn    10-0-44-1

40.1

Steyn to Clarke, no run, on a length, on off, defended towards mid-off

2.20pmSteyn is leaving the field again. Not sure what it is

Morkel to finish the over

40.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, on a length, on off, defended from the crease

40.3

Morkel to Clarke, no run, good short ball, not too short, but still getting high. Pretty straight too. Clarke gets under it

40.4

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

"@Sid, regardless of how long they take to bowl, shouldn't you just have to type for 450 deliveries in a day? ;), Why the special order for ice?" Aditya Pidapart, strong point, but I am order ice for other things

Morkel goes around the wicket

40.5

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short, outside leg, Clarke doesn't follow it

40.6

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short of a length, 146ks, into the ribs, Clarke can't get out of its line, and lets it hit him. The ball is now lodged between his elbow and his body

End of over 41 (0 runs) Australia 158/2
MJ Clarke    8* (33b 1x4)      M Morkel    6.5-0-24-0
DA Warner    100* (106b 10x4)      KJ Abbott    11-2-40-0

Dean Elgar to bowl now. Round the stumps. Just one slip. Lots of boundary riders

41.1

Elgar to Warner, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, worked away for one

Warner can milk them all day, such are the fields for him now

41.2

Elgar to Clarke, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched to point

41.3

Elgar to Clarke, no run, flighted on middle and leg, defended to leg

41.4

Elgar to Clarke, no run, down the wicket, driven to mid-on

41.5

Elgar to Clarke, no run, short of a length, Clarke goes back to cut, is beaten by the fullness of it

41.6

Elgar to Clarke, 1 run, low full toss, driven to long-off for one

End of over 42 (2 runs) Australia 160/2
MJ Clarke    9* (38b 1x4)      D Elgar    1-0-2-0
DA Warner    101* (107b 10x4)      M Morkel    6.5-0-24-0

wayne@werribee: "Love the fact that you've got Boy George as the scorer .. "ice" all around"

Morkel continues from round the wicket. Slip, gully, short leg, leg gully

42.1

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short of a length, but well down leg, and Clarke gets inside its line

42.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, again short of a length, aimed at the ribs, he manages to get under it

42.3

Morkel to Clarke, no run, Clarke is not sure what to do with this line of attack. He is nit planning on pulling, and Morkel is accurate in this spell. This time he is hit on the elbow. That has to hurt

42.4

Morkel to Clarke, no run, Morkel keeps that rib attack on, at 144ks, this time Clarke gets inside its line

The problem with this attack is, Morkel is getting bounce from just short of a length so you can't duck him

42.5

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, this time Clarke gets inside the line, and tucks this away off the hip. Gets the single

And now he waves to the dressing room. He will have someone come out at the end of the over. Magic spray? Arm guard?

42.6

Morkel to Warner, 1 run, short-arm pull from Warner, off the hip, gets a single to long leg

No arm guard. Just some attention for the arm

End of over 43 (2 runs) Australia 162/2
DA Warner    102* (108b 10x4)      M Morkel    7.5-0-26-0
MJ Clarke    10* (43b 1x4)      D Elgar    1-0-2-0

"Sid must be a fortune teller.. ordering ice for the Aussie skipper! What's the lotto numbers? " gav, I have the worst luck with those things. Many casinos are paying tax on money earned from me

43.1

Elgar to Warner, no run, flighted outside off, left alone

43.2

Elgar to Warner, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven wide of mid-off for one

"Do we know what happened to Steyn?" Not yet, Paul, but you will be the first to know as soon as I get to know

43.3

Elgar to Clarke, 2 runs, short of a length, into the pads, punched away for a couple

43.4

Elgar to Clarke, no run, down the wicket, defends what he has converted into a half-volley

43.5

Elgar to Clarke, 1 run, overpitched, on the pads, worked away for a single

43.6

Elgar to Warner, no run, flighted outside off, driven to mid-off, which means no single, which means Morkel has Clarke at the start of the next over

End of over 44 (4 runs) Australia 166/2
DA Warner    103* (111b 10x4)      D Elgar    2-0-6-0
MJ Clarke    13* (46b 1x4)      M Morkel    7.5-0-26-0

Similar line of attack from Morkel

44.1

Morkel to Clarke, no run, this short ball doesn't rise much, and Clarke makes the late decision to defend it back to him

44.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, fends this one too. Right behind it

In steps Dan Brettig with an update: "Dale Steyn having treatment after complaining of soreness in right hamstring."

44.3

Morkel to Clarke, no run, helmet this time. At 147.4ks. Morkel is the first person to show concern. This one is similar length, but the bounce here has been variable. Clarke wants to duck it, but is hit on the helmet because of the low bounce. He is almost felled. Throws the bat away immediately, and staggers towards point

Two minutes later, Clarke is ready to face again

44.4

Morkel to Clarke, no run, Clarke is all at sea. He just doesn't know what to do with this variable bounce and nasty Morne. This one gets up, and hits him on the glove. It lobs up, but short leg can't come in in time

44.5

Morkel to Clarke, no run, looks to pull now, but the ball doesn't get up, and hits the bottom edge onto the pad

44.6

Morkel to Clarke, no run, the crowd is loving this. You can feel the electricity with Morkel troubling Clarke so much. This time he gets the ball to rise up from just short of a length, and it beats him as Clarke fends. Just like that this day has come alive. This was bowled at 148ks

End of over 45 (maiden) Australia 166/2
MJ Clarke    13* (52b 1x4)      M Morkel    8.5-1-26-0
DA Warner    103* (111b 10x4)      D Elgar    2-0-6-0

45.1

Elgar to Warner, 1 run, down the wicket to drive this to long-off for one

45.2

Elgar to Clarke, no run, short of a length, defended back

Will be good for Clarke if he blocks the rest of this over

45.3

Elgar to Clarke, no run, defended back to Elgar as he pitches this up

45.4

Elgar to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, worked away for one

Warner needs a single from one of these two to shield Clarke

45.5

Elgar to Warner, no run, defended to cover

45.6

Elgar to Warner, 1 run, and this is shortish, angling across, he places it wide of cover, and has taken the single to keep Clarke at the other end

End of over 46 (3 runs) Australia 169/2
DA Warner    105* (114b 10x4)      D Elgar    3-0-9-0
MJ Clarke    14* (55b 1x4)      M Morkel    8.5-1-26-0

Morkel again. Will Warner turn down a single now? Not a bad time to swallow your ego and let the other man face it, Clarke

46.1

Morkel to Warner, 1 run, punched to deep point, and Clarke is back on strike

46.2

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short again, rising towards the helmet, fended down comfortably

46.3

Morkel to Clarke, (no ball) 1 run, pulled away, off hip high, gets a single to fine leg. No-ball too

More from Dan. Steyn is not being sent for scans so it shouldn't be very bad

46.3

Morkel to Warner, FOUR, that quietens the crowd that is almost baying for more blows. Almost head high, pretty straight, but he manages to keep the hook down, and bisects the two men placed for the top edge

46.4

Morkel to Warner, no run, short of a length, on off, defended back to him

46.5

Morkel to Warner, (no ball) 1 run, tucked away off the hip for one. Another no-ball from Morkel. So he still gets to more balls at Clarke

Back round the wicket. He runs a circle before charging in

46.5

Morkel to Clarke, no run, short of a length, angling away, but not too high, and he fends it down

46.6

Morkel to Clarke, no run, and right behind another shortie, keeps it down again

End of over 47 (9 runs) Australia 178/2
MJ Clarke    15* (59b 1x4)      M Morkel    9.5-1-35-0
DA Warner    111* (118b 11x4)      D Elgar    3-0-9-0

47.1

Elgar to Warner, 1 run, wide half-volley, driven to deep cover for one

47.2

Elgar to Clarke, no run, shimmies down the wicket to defend this full ball

47.3

Elgar to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length, on off, punched away to deep cover

47.4

Elgar to Warner, no run, flat, just outside off, defended

47.5

Elgar to Warner, no run, short of a length, on off, Warner defends this back to him

47.6

Elgar to Warner, no run, short wide one, but Warner can't beat cover with this punch. And Clarke will be on strike again. Will Morkel get another over?

End of over 48 (2 runs) Australia 180/2
DA Warner    112* (122b 11x4)      D Elgar    4-0-11-0
MJ Clarke    16* (61b 1x4)      M Morkel    9.5-1-35-0

Yes, Morkel gets another over. twelve minutes to go to tea

48.1

Morkel to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke gets inside the line to pull this from rib high. Gets a single. This is bowled at 144ks. Pace is coming down as the spell gets longer and longer

Back over the wicket

48.2

Morkel to Warner, no run, on a length, middle and off, defended back to him

48.3

Morkel to Warner, no run, short of a length, middle and off, defended to leg

48.4

Morkel to Warner, no run, draws a false shot as he pitches this up. Warner is caught behind and tries to run this down to third man. Beats the edge

48.5

Morkel to Warner, 2 runs, short of a length, outside off, punched square of deep point

48.6

Morkel to Warner, no run, short of a length, middle and off, right behind it, and defends

Night watchman: "Fondly recalling an out of form Steve Waugh summoning his mongrel against chin music in the Windies in 1995. A double ton in the decisive 4th test win. Now is the time M Clarke!"

End of over 49 (3 runs) Australia 183/2
DA Warner    114* (127b 11x4)      M Morkel    10.5-1-38-0
MJ Clarke    17* (62b 1x4)      D Elgar    4-0-11-0

49.1

Elgar to Clarke, 1 run, down the wicket to drive this to long-off for one

49.2

Elgar to Warner, FOUR, and the W-train chugs along. Shimmies down the wicket to reach this on the half-volley, and drives it wide of mid-off for four. The partnership reaches 50

49.3

Elgar to Warner, no run, flatter, on a length, defended off the back foot

49.4

Elgar to Warner, 1 run, too full, driven to mid-on for one

49.5

Elgar to Clarke, no run, down the wicket to take this on the full, but can't beat mid-on

49.6

Elgar to Clarke, no run, down the wicket again, and defends it well

End of over 50 (6 runs) Australia 189/2
MJ Clarke    18* (65b 1x4)      D Elgar    5-0-17-0
DA Warner    119* (130b 12x4)      M Morkel    10.5-1-38-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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