South Africa A v Australia A, 2nd unofficial Test, Rustenberg July 31, 2013

Hendricks, Elgar put SA A in command

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South Africa A 165 for 3 (Elgar 83) lead Australia A 146 (Maddinson 88, Hendricks 5-52) by 19 runs

A clinical performance from the South Africa A seamers, led by 23 year-old Beuran Hendricks' seventh five-wicket haul, routed Australia A for 146 in the first innings of the second unofficial Test in Rustenberg. Dean Elgar followed up his double century from the previous match with a composed 83 to put South Africa A in the lead by the end of day one.

Captain Aaron Finch, though, having called correctly at the toss, joined Alex Doolan in bagging a duck. Nic Maddinson arrived with the score still five and counterattacked. His stroke-filled 88 included 11 fours and three sixes, but he received no support at the other end, with two more ducks, from Glenn Maxwell and Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Chadd Sayers's 22 being the second-highest score. Hendricks' 5 for 52 went along with Kyle Abbott and Marchant de Lange who took two and three wickets respectively to bowl out Australia A.

South Africa A's start was opposite as openers Elgar and Reeza Hendricks put on 104 runs together. Elgar was approaching his century before Coulter-Nile had him caught by Pat Cummins, but not before he had set up his side in a strong position.

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  • James on August 1, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Good signs for Maddo, i hope he matures into a great AUstralian player.

  • Daryl on August 1, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Well I know it is early on but the stand out player who scored 2 170 plus scores in the A tour of UK is the higest scorer in Aus first inniings, and im sure if he played last week he would have made Warner and Maxwells scores look pretty weak given the pitch. If we were going to put a twenty20 specialist in the team like Warner we may as well have given Madinson a hit. At least he is in form. In saying this I hope Warner proves me Wrong. Maybe Watson would benefit from some time in the A team.

  • Dylan on August 1, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Alex Doolan is just like Ed Cowan, scores slowly and get's out on 30-50. Nic Maddinson is clearly a talented player, but plays too aggressively... like a List A game. He will not make it in Tests playing the way he does.

  • Peter on August 1, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    @Nathan Tremlett. I actually think Mitch Marsh has tremendous potential & it's a source of frustration to me that he isn't showing what he can do. Not sure if it is an attitude issue, application or whatever but I still hoping his breakthrough year is sooner than later. I have watched Shaun Marsh on many occasions at the SCG & he really struggled every time I have seen him, so impressions sit a long time with me.

  • Peter on August 1, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    @Nathan Tremlett. Sorry to have to disagree re: Shaun Marsh, but anyone with a "good technique" doesn't average mid 30's after 11 seasons of first class cricket, doesn't score 152 runs @ 19 in the last Australian fc season & doesn't score 17 runs in 8 completed innings in the last series he played against in India. He got lucky in his first test, he hasn't backed it up since nor has he been performing for a long time to get to this level. |Phil \Hughes & Steve Smith have far superior averages than Marsh & they have spent the majority of their first class careers on pitches that are NOT batsmen friendly (SCG) rather than good a great batting track of the W|CA. I would add that Katich & Chanderpaul don't look any better either & they perform pretty well I would suggest. Sorry, Marsh for ODI's but that's it. There is a reason why he was dropped form the Western Australian team you know.

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    @Vaughan Garner. Yes, Hughes did get hundreds in both innings of his second test but he still got picked too early. A batsman needs at least three solid shield seasons to deal with technique, temperament and conditions. when picked too early, a player is more likely to go out with a whimper after the initial explosive beginning. I'm a Steve Smith fan but I think he was picked way too early and in the wrong role. Three good Shield seasons and it would have been clear what his role should be. Three good Shield seasons for hughes and the technical issues would have been exposed prior to his international career.

  • ZCF on August 1, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    As much as we'd like to be happy for our SA-A side, Gqamane's exclusion kills all interest. Last time he was excluded from the FC matches when SL toured. This time around the other members of the pace attack already had exposure. Internationals Abbott&Marchant did not need a second run. Marchant may have been woeful in the first game, but we know what he's capable of. Both him, and the performing Beuran were pathetic last time around. One of them should have made way for Gqamane, even if he would've been equally pathetic.

    I said it at the time and I'll say it again - Lorgat's return coupled with Hudson's retention is a big sign that the status quo will stay the same. If they can't even be given sparring partners, it's unlikely they'll ever get involved in a real bout. Under different circumstances, people with unbridled eyes can see Gqamane is too good a talent to not be closer to the national side. Probably enough damage has been done to demoralise him even if he's picked for List A!

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    @Chris_P - Shaun Marsh showed he is world class when he came on the seen, if you are talking technique he has the best in the country. With him it is time in the middle, he proved toward the back end of the SS he is class, fake techniques such as Steve Smith and Phil Hughes are constantly found out by bowlers who can bowl to a plan! As for Mitch, he needs time but there is every chance he is not the player we are all expecting him to be.

  • Mark on August 1, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    ...and let's give credit where it is due...SA A played really well. It gives us something to cheer about as the senior side pretends to play cricket (ODI side).

  • Graham on August 1, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    When you pick a team on results in shorter format this is going to happen. How the Marsh brothers, Maxwell and Finch is playing is beyond me. I guess you get some wins and some losses as Maddinson first class record in Australia did not seem good enough to get picked for this side either. I would prefer to see the likes of Liam Davis, Joe Burns, Callum Fergusson, Jordan Silk in this team than the guys that were picked here.

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