Zimbabwe A Team Tri-Series June 30, 2011

South Africa slide to 60-run defeat

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia A 214 for 9 (Finch 59, Marsh 41, Kleinveldt 2-32) beat South Africa A 154 (Kleinveldt 39, Hastings 4-28, Butterworth 2-19) by 60 runs

In a low-scoring match at the Harare Sports Club, Australia A trounced South Africa A by 60 runs, topping the table with 10 points after their second victory in two games.

Choosing to bat, Australia got off to a promising start with openers Aaron Finch and David Warner putting on 52. Their stand was followed by solid performances from the middle order, before John Hastings' 28 off 20 balls in a 45-run eighth-wicket partnership finished things with a flourish. Rory Kleinveldt was the most economical of the wicket-taking bowlers, giving away just 32 runs in 10 overs for his two wickets.

Despite a modest target of 215, South Africa never quite settled into a rhythm, losing wickets at regular intervals. Kleinveldt, who came in at No. 9, combined with Ethy Mbhalati for the highest partnership of the innings - 48 for the 10th wicket - but it proved to be too little too late. Hastings removed Kleinveldt in the 34th over - one of his four scalps in a miserly nine-over spell - to end South Africa's innings on 154.

South Africa take on Zimbabwe XI on July 2 at the same venue.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Warrick on July 2, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    @Meety- I'm with hatsforbats...let's not tempt fate! When I saw this squad I though it was an exciting one & was looking forward to all this talent showcasing their skills on the international stage. Whilst this series is no world cup, what is promising is that Oz have been in 'losing' positions at various stages of these matches but have won key moments to wrestle themselves back into the contest. This trait was a big part of Oz success over the years & bodes well for the future.

  • Warrick on July 2, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    @hatsforbats- Hastings is an interesting one & in any other country he might come into consideration, but that type of role has had some quality candidates in the past (some you pointed out, probably the last one to do it was Watson before he became an opener) but it doesn't seem to fit the Aussie current or recent way of thinking. They only want to know you if you bowl +140kph in the Test arena. Interestingly, White used Hastings well amongst a limited attack in the Poms' tour match against the Vics the past summer. Hastings was able to maintain pressure & take wickets as 'bowler' rather than the all round type of role. RE; O'keefe- IMO his style of bowling is far better suited to longer format, yet he keeps getting picked in T20 & ODI's.

  • Andrew on July 1, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    For Finch fans there was a bit to like about his effort, M Marsh gave a glimpse of good short form potential & Butterworth & Hastings were good. What I am really interested in seeing is how the 1st class games go. I knew we'd be competitive in ODIs, & the main side can beat anyone, anywhere. Its the Test side that needs to be developed. Can't wait.

  • Andrew on July 1, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    @HatsforBats - re: Hopes, I think that Hopes would be useful depending on the conditions in Tests. I do FULLY believe he got ripped off not getting selected in the W/Cup. That being selected it is clear he wouldn't of gotten a game anyways. His Shield efforts this year were brilliant - the only picky thing I could say is that there were no 100s. re: Hastings - I would want to see his batting & bowling do better in Shield games BEFORE I'd consider him. At the moment he is a godd mid to long term ODI prospect. If you want a low order batsmen who is a good bowler - Butterworth & Faulkner are much better suited to the longer formats. re: Re Ronnie Mac - He presented a pretty awesome case to be in the 1st Test Ashes squad before being injured. His Shield figures this summer have been VERY good - bowling a shade light. He is playing T20 in England - I wonder why he's never been considered for Short Formats for Oz???

  • Andrew on July 1, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    @Green_and_Gold - yeah I noticed it (sth Africa A), was a more mature squad. I also know that ODIs aren't our problem. I was just happy that IMO - this shows that Oz cricket is nowhere near dead like some ill-informed comments on this site have been trying/hoping for! @fazald - I agree with comments re: the Away ashes, AND I thought the tour to India for what suppose to be 7 ODIs & ended up being 2 Tests & 3 ODIs just prior to the Ashes was stupid! However, only the final Ashes Test & the Hughes non-selection were really IMO poor decisions. The India series was poor scheduling. The Home Ashes featured some poor selections (Beer & Doherty & North then an out of form Hughes), but it also featured some underwhelming performances from players that better was expected of. @HatsforBats - re: O'Keefe, the annoying thing is that he is selected in his LEAST successful format. Given he is pretty fair T20 spinner you would assume he eventually will do well in 50 overs though!

  • sreekant on July 1, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    hastings is evolving into a very gud odi bowler an bat as well it is one of the few things d selectors did right was giving him chance and he is proving it,hope he does well in shield cricket also .

  • kieran on July 1, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    @Meety; don't tempt the fates please, we're certainly not doing ourselves any favours at the moment. A shame O'Keefe hasn't had much success as yet on this tour. Does anyone else think Hastings would be a good fit for the test side? For years James Hopes could have been a successful journeyman in the lower order but he never got the chance. Ronald McDonald was a similar story and was vital to our win in SA. Hastings could do the same job; come in at 7-8-9 and score some quick/solid runs, the contribute with some smart tidy overs and pick up a couple of wickets. In the meantime, maybe let the young leg spinner (he shall remain nameless) develop his game a bit more.

  • Fazal on July 1, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    No doubt we have plenty of talented cricketers in this country but the problem is that we don't have the selectors with the necessary skill, knowledge & commonsense who have the ability to harness that talent for the benefit of aussie cricket.It is common knowledge among all cricket fans around the world according to comments that our selectors are responsible for our present predicament in world cricket.They have been directly responsible for atleast two losses in recent times due to poor decision making. The final ashes test in England & the series defeat to India last year.The irony is that they still continue to hold office despite two ashes defeats & slide from number one to number five in world cricket rankings.

  • Justin on July 1, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    @Meety - Who knows where Aussie cricket is heading. Im pretty sure we have the talent just not sure that they will be selected or developed. On another point its interesting to see that S.A. have 4 over 30s in their squad, 3 of whom played in this match.

  • Andrew on July 1, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    LOL! Ozzy cricket is about to go the way of the WIndies! LOL! Oh wait, not yet! Maybe its Sth Africa who's going the way of the WIndies!

  • No featured comments at the moment.