Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

522dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

Fresh faces come to the party

With an Ashes tour coming up during the Australian winter, now is the perfect time for the likes of North, Hughes, Hilfenhaus and McDonald to completeirresistible auditions

522dS Rajesh

Johnson the all-round hero

Stats highlights from the first Test between South Africa and Australia in Johannesburg, which the visitors won by 162 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series

522dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

Australia sing when they are winning

Brydon Coverdale presents the plays of the day from the fifth day of the first Test between South Africa and Australia

522dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

'We weren't precise enough with the ball' - Smith

It's no real surprise that fast bowling emerged as the key difference between Australia and South Africa at the Wanderers, where discipline is required to make the most of the seam- and swing-friendly conditions

Day 4

522dThe Bulletin by Dileep Premachandran

Disciplined Australia take series lead

It was an inexperienced Australia bowling line-up but that didn't prevent them from taking the eight wickets needed on the final day to take a series lead in the top-of-the-table clash with South Africa

522dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

Testing pitch makes this harder than Perth - Harris

Paul Harris, the South Africa spinner, said their task on this occasion was more difficult than in Perth because of the tough conditions, and Tim Nielsen is in no doubt Australia are in the stronger position

522dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

Feisty Hughes makes his mark

That Hughes went on to post 75 in his second Test innings was a credit to his determination. His runs didn't come easily, nor prettily, but it was impossible to look away during his 159-minute innings

522dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

Jacques of all trades

Brydon Coverdale presents the plays of the day from the fourth day of the first Test between South Africa and Australia in Johannesburg

Day 3

522dThe Bulletin by Dileep Premachandran

Australia take big lead on curtailed day

A dazzling century from AB de Villiers - his eighth, in his 50th Test -entertained the faithful on Fanatical Fans Day, but it was Australia that continued to dominate the opening Test at the Wanderers

522dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

Referral of misfortune

Brydon Coverdale presents the Plays of the day from the third day of the first Test between South Africa and Australia

522dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

Industrious greenhorns warm to challenge

If the third day at the Wanderers is anything to go by, Australia's pace attack's green tinge might not be such a bad thing

Day 2

522dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

10,000 Test runs for Kallis

Jacques Kallis has become the eighth batsman to 10,000 Test runs afterachieving the record on the second day of the first Test at theWanderers

522dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

Century yet to sink in for debutant North

Cricket throws up a lot of pointless statistics that are forgotten as quickly as they are uncovered but a century on Test debut is the type of record that will be remembered forever

522dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

Series could be a tale of the tails - Kallis

Jacques Kallis has predicted the series could come down to a battle of the tails after Australia's final five pairs contributed over 60% of their total in the first innings

522dMathew Varghese

A patient accumulator

Jacques Kallis may not count among the most exciting of run-machines, but it's been a rather sturdy engine that has helped the South African clock 20,000 international runs

522dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

Three from three but no hat-trick

Brydon Coverdale presents the Plays of the day from the second day of the first Test between South Africa and Australia

522dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

Australia don't need a Flintoff clone

Instead of scratching their heads for clone of Andrew Flintoff, who haunted them during the 2005 Ashes, the penny has started to drop that attempting to copy natural ability is like trying to replicate the Mona Lisa

Day 1

522dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

Steyn blames long break for Australia's escape

Taking a break is always enjoyable, but the long hiatus from first-class cricket did take its toll on the South African bowlers on the first day in Johannesburg

522dBrydon Coverdale at the Wanderers

The 'cap' runneth over

Brydon Coverdale presents the plays of the day from the first day of the first Test between South Africa and Australia in Johannesburg

Others

522dBrydon Coverdale in Durban

McGain faces uphill battle to debut

Bryce McGain's chances of making his Test debut in Durban this week are looking slim after Ricky Ponting declared it would be difficult to change Australia's winning side

522dBrydon Coverdale

Heaven can wait

He's done the hard yards and bided his time; his chance may finally have arrived

522dRob Steen

Kallis or Sobers?

He may lack the appeal but he has the numbers. Is it so sacrilegious to wonder if he's greater even than Sir Garry?

522dBrydon Coverdale in Johannesburg

Unlucky McGain misses out again

Bryce McGain has missed out on a spot in Australia's attack for the Test in Johannesburg, where Ricky Ponting hopes Peter Siddle can step into the Stuart Clark role

South Africa 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st76ND McKenzieGC Smith
2nd54HM AmlaGC Smith
3rd76JH KallisHM Amla
4th5JH KallisAB de Villiers
5th18JH KallisJP Duminy
6th39MV BoucherJP Duminy
7th4MV BoucherM Morkel
8th12MV BoucherPL Harris
9th5PL HarrisDW Steyn
10th2M NtiniDW Steyn