South Africa A v Australia A, 2nd unofficial Test, Rustenberg, 2nd day August 1, 2013

Rossouw ton hands SA A initiative

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Australia A 112 for 2 (Doolan 43*, Maddinson 35*) and 146 (Maddinson 88, Hendricks 5-52) trail South Africa A 356 (Rossouw 115*, Elgar 83, Ahmed 4-80) by 98 runs

An unbeaten 115 from left-hand batsman Rilee Rossouw put South Africa A firmly in command of the second unofficial Test against Australia A in Rustenberg.

Resuming the day on 22, Rossouw struck 15 fours during his innings to take South Africa A to 356 and establish a lead of 210, after an abject batting display on the first day saw Australia A destroyed by pace for 146.

South Africa A lost Temba Bavuma early in the day, but Rossouw hit back by putting up crucial stands of 59 and 66 for the fifth and seventh wickets with Justin Ontong and Simon Harmer, respectively. Legspinner Fawad Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers for Australia A, ending with figures of 4 for 80.

Australia A had a shaky start to the second innings as well, as Aaron Finch departed cheaply for 5 in the third over, and shortly afterwards, Shaun Marsh was dismissed by Harmer's offspin for 24.

Precariously placed at 38 for 2, Alex Doolan and Nic Maddinson fought back with an unbeaten third-wicket stand of 74.

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  • dummy4fb on August 2, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Pity to see Merchant De Lange injured again, going to need some quick's to come through in the next year or 2. You now got to wonder what the powers that be at CA thought during their golden era of where the next lot of talent was going to come from, great to see Aussies in the dumps after that long a domination? BUT CSA have to be careful, our structures are not as sound as we think. From the outside cricket in the Boland region its a mess and the club players don't even know what format they going to play the next season as everything keeps changing and interest is lost that way. There wont be any Trott's, Davids, Ontong's, Telemachus, Langeveldt's and Henderson's coming out of this region soon at this rate. I hope I am wrong...

  • Gareth_Bain on August 2, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    BTW, Marchant must be injured? Only bowled 1 over...

  • Gareth_Bain on August 2, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Harmer proving me wrong and getting stuck into Aus A! Well done to him! I wonder what the pitch is doing! Ahmed could be a handful if Aus can eke out a small target! Oh, how I wish this was on TV! But alas, no.

  • dummy4fb on August 2, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Nic Maddinson seems to be coming along as of late. Maybe he can develop into a Kevin Pietersen type of player.

  • Rowayton on August 2, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    Yes John and Jono, Finch seems like a good bloke, but can somebody tell me how a player who cannot get a place in his state's Sheffield Shield team ends up captaining, and opening the batting for, Australia A?

  • Chris_P on August 1, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    Jono Makim. Shaun Marsh & Finch dropped from their respective shield teams & then get selected for this tour? Mitch Marsh's fc figures make sorrowful reading & he is also added? And people still call for them for the test team? The best 2 batsmen in the side are in now, Maxwell, a dynamic short form player but still doesn't have the patience to make it over a length of time at first class, he does hit with tremendous power though. Agree that Silk should be in, not sure why MoHen wasn't there. I agree Mitch Marsh has great potential but he has some mental hurdles to overcome before producing on his talent.

  • dummy4fb on August 1, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    John, Maxwell has the best FC average of all our batsmen in this team, so maybe that has something to do with it! Finch and the Marsh brothers should consider themselves pretty lucky, though I guess with Mitch Marsh there is least some future potential...

  • dummy4fb on August 1, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    I think the Aussie boys can fight back here, certainly I hope the do. I don't really understand why Maddinson isn't opening here and leading from the front. Shaun Marsh, what do you say about him? 30 years of age, 7 FC tons. Maddinson, 21 y.o, 5 FC tons. Maddinson and Silk should be opening up for our second xi. Good to see Fawad pick up some late wickets, hopefully if we can set some sort of target he can get stuck in on day four.

  • dummy4fb on August 1, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    nic maddinson looks in great form. I hope he can score another big hundred. alex doolan also needs big score. I have no idea why finch and Maxwell being picked ahead of silk.

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