Fourth Test

Australia v South Africa

South Africa won by ten wickets, so bringing the series level at one-all with one to play. They gained this well-deserved victory with cricket much more lively in character and of a higher standard than that of the Australians.

Peter Pollock, squeezing every ounce from the pitch, set the pattern with the valuable wickets of Lawry and O'Neill in his fifth over and had Burge not escaped three times, Australia would have been unable to show what appeared to be a reasonable total.

In fact, their 345 soon looked inadequate as South Africa started on the path to their highest total against Australia. Barlow and Graeme Pollock were never in any trouble as with pleasant aggressiveness they went merrily on their way to South Africa's largest stand in Test cricket, 341 in four hours forty-three minutes for the third wicket.

Barlow followed in the footsteps of such illustrious cricketers as Aubrey Faulkner and Dudley Nourse in hitting a double century against Australia, 108 of his runs coming in 4's, and this was his third three-figure innings of the series. The 19-year-old Pollock threw his bat at the ball even more joyously than his partner, three 6's and eighteen 4's being included in his 175, which took him past 1000 runs for the tour. Barlow's total rose to 1439, 519 of them in Tests.

Back came the bowlers to capitalise on South Africa's lead of 250 and fittingly it was Barlow, with his first bowl of the game, who took three wickets for six runs as Australia lost four wickets in the last half hour of the fourth day. So South Africa needed only part of the final morning to complete their win.

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