Result
1st Test, South Africa tour of Australia at Melbourne, Dec 26-30 1997
309 & 257
(122 ov, target 381)
186 & 273/7
Match drawn
Player Of The Match
South Africa
Australia 1st Innings
BATSMEN RBM4s6sSR
MTG Elliott c †Richardson b Klusener633550018.18
MA Taylor (c)c Kirsten b McMillan2078981025.64
GS Blewett st †Richardson b Symcox261141561022.80
ME Waugh c †Richardson b Donald01821000.00
SR Waugh c Cullinan b Donald961882649051.06
RT Ponting  b Symcox10520826914050.48
IA Healy  b Donald1625282064.00
PR Reiffel  b Symcox2754772050.00
SK Warne c & b Pollock18110012.50
MS Kasprowicz c Bacher b Symcox038000.00
GD McGrath not out055000.00
Extras(b 1, lb 6, nb 5)12
TOTAL(121.2 Ov, RR: 2.54, 500 Mts)309
Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Matthew Elliott, 13.2 ov), 2-42 (Mark Taylor, 22.5 ov), 3-44 (Mark Waugh, 28.3 ov), 4-77 (Greg Blewett, 51.3 ov), 5-222 (Steve Waugh, 94.3 ov), 6-250 (Ian Healy, 100.6 ov), 7-302 (Ricky Ponting, 117.4 ov), 8-309 (Paul Reiffel, 119.5 ov), 9-309 (Shane Warne, 120.1 ov), 10-309 (Michael Kasprowicz, 121.2 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
AA Donald2967432.5502
SM Pollock2867612.7102
L Klusener1934812.5202
BM McMillan1031911.9000
PL Symcox27.246942.5200
JH Kallis42501.2500
WJ Cronje421102.7500
South Africa 1st Innings
BATSMEN RBM4s6sSR
AM Bacher c †Healy b Kasprowicz33553008.57
G Kirsten c †Healy b ME Waugh832563237032.42
JH Kallis c †Healy b McGrath1557771026.31
DJ Cullinan run out (Ponting)529390017.24
WJ Cronje (c)c Blewett b Warne023000.00
BM McMillan c †Healy b Kasprowicz481892272025.39
SM Pollock lbw b Warne725281028.00
DJ Richardson lbw b ME Waugh19100011.11
L Klusener lbw b Warne1135471031.42
PL Symcox  b Kasprowicz49121044.44
AA Donald not out024000.00
Extras(lb 2, nb 6, w 1)9
TOTAL(106.5 Ov, RR: 1.74, 416 Mts)186
Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Adam Bacher, 12.3 ov), 2-62 (Jacques Kallis, 32.2 ov), 3-75 (Daryll Cullinan, 40.6 ov), 4-76 (Hansie Cronje, 41.5 ov), 5-138 (Gary Kirsten, 81.4 ov), 6-155 (Shaun Pollock, 90.4 ov), 7-158 (David Richardson, 93.5 ov), 8-182 (Brian McMillan, 104.2 ov), 9-182 (Lance Klusener, 105.3 ov), 10-186 (Pat Symcox, 106.5 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
GD McGrath1792011.1700
PR Reiffel1453202.2802
MS Kasprowicz13.532832.0202
SK Warne42156431.5212
ME Waugh1882821.5500
SR Waugh201206.0000
Australia 2nd Innings
BATSMEN RBM4s6sSR
MA Taylor (c)c Cullinan b Symcox591952484030.25
MTG Elliott lbw b Donald11928005.26
GS Blewett c McMillan b Donald67100085.71
ME Waugh  b Donald11215008.33
SR Waugh c †Richardson b Pollock1727432062.96
RT Ponting c & b Pollock32841132038.09
IA Healy  b Donald417390023.52
PR Reiffel not out791151546068.69
SK Warne c Symcox b Donald1016192062.50
MS Kasprowicz c Kirsten b Donald1943622044.18
GD McGrath c McMillan b Pollock1847660038.29
Extras(b 4, lb 3, nb 4)11
TOTAL(96.2 Ov, RR: 2.66, 403 Mts)257
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Matthew Elliott, 6.1 ov), 2-10 (Greg Blewett, 8.3 ov), 3-12 (Mark Waugh, 12.5 ov), 4-44 (Steve Waugh, 22.2 ov), 5-106 (Ricky Ponting, 50.4 ov), 6-128 (Mark Taylor, 59.3 ov), 7-128 (Ian Healy, 60.1 ov), 8-146 (Shane Warne, 64.4 ov), 9-208 (Michael Kasprowicz, 80.4 ov), 10-257 (Glenn McGrath, 96.2 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
AA Donald2785962.1803
SM Pollock21.255632.6201
PL Symcox3599012.5700
BM McMillan20603.0000
L Klusener922803.1100
WJ Cronje201105.5000
South Africa 2nd Innings (target: 381 runs)
BATSMEN RBM4s6sSR
G Kirsten  b Reiffel01423000.00
AM Bacher c Taylor b Warne391091491035.77
JH Kallis  b Reiffel1012793576036.20
DJ Cullinan  b Warne0810000.00
WJ Cronje (c)c Taylor b SR Waugh701431702048.95
BM McMillan c Taylor b Warne1669842023.18
SM Pollock not out15701011021.42
DJ Richardson lbw b McGrath1139470028.20
L Klusener not out610161060.00
Extras(b 5, lb 4, nb 6)15
TOTAL(122 Ov, RR: 2.23, 483 Mts)273/7
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Gary Kirsten, 5.1 ov), 2-88 (Adam Bacher, 37.1 ov), 3-88 (Daryll Cullinan, 39.3 ov), 4-211 (Hansie Cronje, 84.2 ov), 5-229 (Jacques Kallis, 97.2 ov), 6-241 (Brian McMillan, 105.6 ov), 7-260 (David Richardson, 118.2 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
GD McGrath28115712.0300
PR Reiffel1872421.3302
MS Kasprowicz1414503.2100
SK Warne44119732.2008
ME Waugh1002502.5000
SR Waugh721211.7100
GS Blewett10404.0000
MATCH DETAILS
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossAustralia , elected to bat first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of Australia
Player Of The Match
Jacques Kallis
Series result3-match series level 0-0
Match numberTest no. 1392
Season1997/98
Match days26,27,28,29,30 December 1997 (5-day match)
Umpires
Steve Bucknor
Steve Randell
TV Umpire
Bill Sheahan
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle
CLOSE OF PLAY
Fri, 26 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 206/4 (SR Waugh 87*, RT Ponting 56*, 90 ov)
Sat, 27 Dec - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 94/4 (G Kirsten 61*, BM McMillan 6*, 56 ov)
Sun, 28 Dec - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 67/4 (MA Taylor 30*, RT Ponting 8*, 37 ov)
Mon, 29 Dec - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 79/1 (AM Bacher 34*, JH Kallis 40*, 30 ov)
Tue, 30 Dec - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 273/7 (122 ov) - end of match
MATCH NOTES
Day 5
  • Lunch: South Africa 139/3 (Kallis 67*, Cronje 27*; 60 overs)
  • Tea: South Africa 226/4 (Kallis 100*, McMillan 6*; 93 overs)
  • Jacques Kallis passes his highest Test score
  • Attendance: Day 1 - 73,812 (third-largest Boxing Day crowd at the MCG); Day 2 - 31,367; Day 3 - 24,859; Day 4 - 18,895; Day 5 - 11,249. Aggregate 160,182.
Day 4
  • Lunch: Australia 146/8 (Reiffel 8*, Kasprowicz 0*; 65 overs)
  • Tea: Australia 257 all out 96.2 overs
  • With the dismissal of Kasprowicz, Donald passes the highest number of Test wickets taken in a career by a South African (170, HJ Tayfield)
  • Paul Reiffel passes his highest Test score
  • With the dismissal of Kirsten, Reiffel claims his 100th Test wicket
  • With the score on 2/0 AM Bacher was given out to a catch by RT Ponting, Ponting then advises that the catch was grounded and the decision was reversed.
Day 3
  • Lunch: South Africa 147/5 (McMillan 31*, Pollock 3*; 87 overs)
  • Tea: Australia 8/1 (Taylor 2*, Blewett 4*; 8 overs)
  • The dismissal of Pollock was SK Warne's 500th First-class wicket
Day 2
  • Lunch: Australia 302/7 (Reiffel 21*; 117.5 overs)
  • Tea: South Africa 41/1 (Kirsten 31*, Kallis 5*; 22 overs)
Day 1
  • Lunch: Australia 44/3 (Blewett 13*; 28.4 overs)
  • Tea: Australia 92/4 (SR Waugh 28*, Ponting 5*; 59 overs)
  • Elliott dropped by Kallis off Donald in the 1st over.
  • Richardson took the South African record for Most Fielding Dismissals apon catching Elliott (previous: JHB Waite, 141 Dismissals).
  • SR Waugh was caught by Richardson off a no-ball by Donald soon after reaching his 50.
  • SR Waugh was dropped by Kirsten in 2nd last over of the day.
General
  • Scorers: MK Walsh (Australia) and KV O'Neill (South Australia)
  • 12th Men: AJ Bichel (Australia) and JN Rhodes (Southg Australia)