Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

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'Rebuilding will take a while' - Ponting

Ricky Ponting is resigned to a rebuilding period that could last years after Australia lost their first home Test series for 16 seasons. South Africa will overtake Australia to become the No. 1-ranked Test team if they complete a clean sweep in Sydney, ha

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'South African cricket's greatest year' - Smith

Graeme Smith has hailed a shift in the power-balance in world cricket after what he described as the greatest year in the South African team's history. Smith entered the tour calm and composed and aiming to be the first man to lead South Africa to a serie

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An empire in disarray

Australian cricket's fortress hasn't just cracked - that has been happening for the past 12 months - it has now officially imploded. The foundations began to shake during last summer's home series against India, the roof caved in with the 2-0 loss in Indi

Day 4

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'I've got no history on my back' - Steyn

Dale Steyn is the reigning ICC Test Player of the Year and judging by his efforts at the MCG it is a title he won't be giving up easily. Steyn has produced the performance of his career to drive South Africa within sight of a Test victory that would not o

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Heads and tales

Cricinfo presents the plays of the day from day four of the second Test between Australia and South Africa in Melbourne

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Injuries and form worry Australia

By the close of play South Africa were in sight of a historic series win and Ricky Ponting was left wondering what could be done to stem the bleeding

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Hayden must go

If Matthew Hayden does not decide to end his career after this match,Australia's selectors must be brave enough to finish it for him

Day 3

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The South African Mr Cricket

It is a measure of South Africa's batting strength that JP Duminy wasnot in their starting line-up when the tour began. In a similar waythat Michael Hussey's first few months of Test cricket leftnon-Australians wondering how on earth he had been overlo

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Foot injury to keep Lee out for a month

Brett Lee's troublesome left foot has prevented him from trying to justify his importance to Australia's team on the third day in Melbourne

Day 2

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'Their tailenders have good techniques' - Arthur

Wagging tails are a good sign for dog owners but not for bowling sides. There are few things more frustrating for a fielding captain than failing to rattle through the lower order after the batsmen have been silenced, and it is a trend that has left the S

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Plays of the third umpire's day

Plays of the day for day two of the second Test between Australia and South Africa at the MCG

Day 1

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Ponting bats himself some relief

At the end of a year he this week described as the toughest of his career, Ricky Ponting's outstandingly fluent 101 on Boxing Day was an excellent sign

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McKenzie's costly drop

Plays of the day from day one of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and South Africa at the MCG

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We did well to keep them under 300 - Ntini

As Hayden trudged off the MCG, his favourite venue, it seemed increasingly likely that his days at the top of the order were running out, despite his declaration during the week that he had no retirement plans yet

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Selectors expect Hayden to play on

Matthew Hayden will not use the Sydney Test as a farewell and he remains in Australia's plans for 2009, according to the chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch. Hayden has held onto his spot for the third Test at the SCG and he is in a 12-man squad

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It's not funny anymore

Australia's rebuild has turned into a major unplanned renovation after the series defeat to South Africa