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Day 3

557dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale at Newlands

Amla, Smith tons lead SA to incredible win

Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla both struck centuries that completed South Africa's humiliation of Australia on the third day at Newlands, where they cruised to victory by eight wickets

557dFirdose Moonda at Newlands

A weekend without cricket for Cape Town

The city which is South Africa's restaurant and bar capital will have do without Test cricket on Saturday and Sunday after a seven-session Test at Newlands

557dBrydon Coverdale at Newlands

Clarke wants team to feel the pain

Nobody at Newlands will forget this Test. The 15 players in Australia's squad must try. They should learn from their terrible batting, but they must also move on. Quickly

557dFirdose Moonda at Newlands

Resilient Smith resurrects public image

His raised arms, beaming face and slightly moist eyes showed the feelings of a man who believed he had taken a giant step to winning a match and a small one towards winning the trust of a nation

557dBrydon Coverdale at Newlands

Cummins' debut prospects brighten

Australia's teenage fast bowler, Patrick Cummins, could make his Test debut at the Wanderers next week after a lacklustre display from Australia's attack

557dBrydon Coverdale and Firdose Moonda at Newlands

The Nelson at 11:11 on 11/11/11

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the third day of the first Test between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town

557dSamantha Smith

Cricket in the summer hols

After the crazy 23-wicket day, this home fan enjoyed watching South Africa win, even if it meant just a session's worth of play

Day 2

557dBrydon Coverdale at Newlands

Clarke slams 'disgraceful' batting

Michael Clarke has labelled the shot selection from Australia's batsmen as "disgraceful" on a day when they narrowly avoided being dismissed for the lowest Test total of all time

557dS Rajesh

Smith's fourth-innings heroics

South Africa survived a manic second day to pull off an incredible eight-wicket victory in Cape Town. Stats highlights from what turned out to be a pretty tame third day

557dBrydon Coverdale at Newlands

Where's the mental toughness?

Australia's batsmen cannot blame the pitch for their lowest total in 109 years. And there are men in this team who will not have impressed the new selection panel

557dFirdose Moonda at Newlands

The Technology Test

Of the 23 wickets to fall on the second day, four of them were given out with the assistance of DRS. Nine decisions were reviewed in total, six that were initially called not-out

557dBrydon Coverdale at Newlands

Marsh in doubt for second Test

Michael Clarke has conceded that Shaun Marsh is in doubt for the second Test in Johannesburg after he struggled with a stiff back on the first two days in Cape Town

557dSiddarth Ravindran

The makings of a madcap day

Twenty-three wickets in all, Australia's ludicrous scoreline of 21/9 and a selection of other exotic ingredients went into producing one of the most exhilarating days of Test cricket

557dBrydon Coverdale and Firdose Moonda at Newlands

The Watson referral that wasn't

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the second day of the first Test between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town

Day 1

557dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Bowlers give SA the advantage despite Clarke hundred

Australia's captain Michael Clarke conjured an innings of the highest quality against a fiery South Africa attack, but he had too little help as the visitors limped to 214 for 8 on a rain-affected day one of the first Test at Newlands

557dFirdose Moonda at Newlands

Steyn says he's got his intensity back

South Africa's bowlers weren't the most disciplined but favourable conditions and a fired-up Dale Steyn meant they still seized the advantage

557dFirdose Moonda at Newlands

We wanted to target Clarke - Steyn

Dale Steyn, the South Africa fast bowler, said his side had planned to target Australia's captain Michael Clarke in bowler-friendly conditions in Cape Town

557dBrydon Coverdale at Newlands

Clarke's finest innings

Michael Clarke's century at Newlands should remove any doubts about whether he is the man to lead Australia

557dBrydon Coverdale and Firdose Moonda at Newlands

A needless delay and a torrid welcome

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the first day of the first Test between South Africa and Australia, in Cape Town


580dFirdose Moonda

A year of Kirsten

On November 9, Gary Kirsten will start his second year as South Africa's coach with the defence of the recently achieved No.1 title

557dBrydon Coverdale

What to do with Watson?

While his bowling remains important to Australia, consideration must be given to him moving down the batting order

557dRob Steen

South Africa v Australia? Now that's tasty

The two teams have been eyeballing each other since South Africa returned to international cricket. Theirs is the best rivalry today because it is a battle of wills

561dAlex Bowden

Australia 47 all out

Things could have gotten a lot worse at Newlands if it hadn't been for some good old Australian honesty. Our commentators explain

632dDaniel Brettig in Johannesburg

Watson carrying calf niggle

Shane Watson will again test the recuperative powers of Australia's medical and fitness staff after it was revealed that he had been carried a calf niggle through the first week of the tour of South Africa

South Africa 4th innings Partnerships

1st27JA RudolphGC Smith
2nd195HM AmlaGC Smith
3rd14JH KallisGC Smith