Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

710dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Australia hold nerve to win thriller

Pat Cummins, the man most likely, and Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin, two of the least likely, delivered the most magnificent victory to Australia as the tourists chased the highest ever fourth innings total at the Wanderers, to square the series with S

710dFirdose Moonda at the Wanderers

Much to laud, much to lament

With the ball, South Africa were incisive at some times, ineffectual at others; the batting was consistent but not without question marks of its own

710dBrydon Coverdale

Two Tests not enough for a marquee series

Scheduling a two-Test series between Australia and South Africa, rivals with a rollicking recent history, was madness. And as a result, the series has no winner

710dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

Will remember this Test for a long time - Clarke

Michael Clarke said that this Wanderers Test was one of his most special Test matches given the way Australia had fought back after being hammered by South Africa in Cape Town

710dBrydon Coverdale and Firdose Moonda at the Wanderers

Ponting gets applause, Morne serves tea

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the fifth day of the second Test between South Africa and Australia at the Wanderers

Day 4

710dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Series heads for gripping finish

Aided greatly by Usman Khawaja, Ricky Ponting summoned his deepest reserves of skill and focus to give Australia a fighting chance of chasing 310 to square the two-match series against South Africa

710dFirdose Moonda at the Wanderers

Not an easy pitch to bat on - Amla

With the pitch remaining seamer-friendly, Hashim Amla expects that swing will play a key role in South Africa's quest to bowl Australia out on the final day

710dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

Cummins delighted at debut display

Pat Cummins' 6 for 79 gave Australia a fighting chance of winning the Johannesburg Test and drawing the series

710dBrydon Coverdale and Firdose Moonda at the Wanderers

Cummins get a pat, Steyn tees off

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the fourth day of the second Test between South Africa and Australia, at the Wanderers

710dFirdose Moonda at the Wanderers

The best of Test cricket

Whether Ricky Ponting crafts a victory for Australia or South Africa record a landmark win, this match is a tribute to the longest format of cricket

Day 3

710dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Amla, de Villiers make it South Africa's day

A cultured Hashim Amla and controlled AB de Villiers established a priceless partnership to take South Africa's advantage to a considerable 199 over Australia on day three

710dFirdose Moonda at the Wanderers

Amla finds the right tempo

Hashim Amla has been a rarity in this series: a batsman prepared to play with the right blend of caution and intent to fashion a Test innings

710dBrydon Coverdale and Firdose Moonda at the Wanderers

A pink day at the Wanderers

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the third day of the second Test between South Africa and Australia, at the Wanderers

710dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

Cummins is going places

Pat Cummins has been Australia's best bowler in this Test

Day 2

710dBrydon Coverdale and Firdose Moonda at the Wanderers

A memorable celebration, a forgettable drop

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the second day of the second Test between South Africa and Australia, at the Wanderers

710dFirdose Moonda at the Wanderers

SA bowlers profit from late rhythm

Dale Steyn has said South Africa's bowling effort in Johannesburg was inconsistent in the morning session but improved as the day went on

710dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

Hughes upbeat about pairing with Watson

Phillip Hughes is confident that his 174-run stand with Shane Watson was the breakthrough they needed to form a powerful opening combination

710dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

Time for Ponting to walk

Good timing is one of the finest attributes a batsman can possess. Ricky Ponting needs to show his by retiring after this Test. It's time to take the blinkers off and see the bigger picture

Day 1

710dBrydon Coverdale and Firdose Moonda at the Wanderers

A ridiculous delay and a poignant moment

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the first day of the second Test between South Africa and Australia, at the Wanderers

710dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

Debutant Cummins outshines Johnson

Australia's fast-bowling future was on display during the first day at the Wanderers. It's just not clear how much of it

710dFirdose Moonda at the Wanderers

Kallis gets to 12,000 Test runs with unusual hurry

His whirlwind fifty saw him leapfrog Brian Lara on the list of Test cricket's leading run-scorers. Kallis now lies in fourth place, behind Ricky Ponting. It confirms his status as the all-time great South Africa batsman

710dFirdose Moonda at the Wanderers

South Africa's collapse down to lack of patience

The hosts played reckless shots and lost six wickets for 25 runs after tea at the Wanderers. Jacques Kallis says it may be due to difficulties in adjusting from the limited-overs formats

Others

710dBrydon Coverdale in Johannesburg

Watson and Harris compound Australia's injury woes

Australia's hopes at the Wanderers - and potentially for their home summer - took a major blow in the first session of the match when Shane Watson left the field with an injury to his right hamstring

710dBrydon Coverdale in Johannesburg

Australia to manage Cummins' workload

Australia will need to manage the workload of their young fast bowler Pat Cummins, according to the captain Michael Clarke

710dBrydon Coverdale in Johannesburg

Khawaja's chance to make the starts count

Australia are hopeful Shaun Marsh will be fit for the first Test against New Zealand, which starts on December 1, so Usman Khawaja needs to make the most of his opportunity at the Wanderers

710dBrydon Coverdale in Johannesburg

Australia wait on 'stiff' Harris

Australia's attack for the second Test might not be decided until the morning of the match as they wait to see how Ryan Harris pulls up from Wednesday's training session

710dBrydon Coverdale in Johannesburg

Careers could be on the line after Wanderers

Australia must win to avoid their fourth series loss to South Africa in 109 years. But the ramifications of this Test could be much more far-reaching as John Inverarity begins determining the fate of Australia's cricketers

864dDaniel Brettig

Cummins confident despite long lay-off

How much does Australian cricket believe in Pat Cummins? So much that he has been sent to England to replace Ryan Harris, when his last first-class match was two years ago

Australia 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
0SR WatsonPJ Hughes
19UT KhawajaPJ Hughes
122RT PontingUT Khawaja
4RT PontingMJ Clarke
20RT PontingMEK Hussey
50MEK HusseyBJ Haddin
72BJ HaddinMG Johnson
5MG JohnsonPM Siddle
18MG JohnsonPJ Cummins