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2nd Test, Melbourne, December 26 - 29, 2022, South Africa tour of Australia
189 & 204

Australia won by an innings and 182 runs

Player Of The Match
South Africa 1st Innings
Australia 1st Innings
South Africa 2nd Innings
Match Flow
South Africa 1st Innings 
run out (Labuschagne)26681102038.23
c Khawaja b Boland1831523058.06
c †Carey b Green1231412038.70
c †Carey b Starc18170012.50
c Labuschagne b Starc519270026.31
c Smith b Green52991843052.52
c †Carey b Green5913616610043.38
c Cummins b Lyon29180022.22
b Green4551080.00
not out 111000100.00
b Green2650033.33
Extras(b 3, lb 3, nb 1)7
TOTAL68.4 Ov (RR: 2.75, 322 Mins)189
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Sarel Erwee, 10.4 ov), 2-56 (Theunis de Bruyn, 19.6 ov), 3-58 (Dean Elgar, 22.5 ov), 4-58 (Temba Bavuma, 22.6 ov), 5-67 (Khaya Zondo, 28.3 ov), 6-179 (Kyle Verreynne, 64.5 ov), 7-182 (Marco Jansen, 66.1 ov), 8-186 (Kagiso Rabada, 66.6 ov), 9-186 (Keshav Maharaj, 67.3 ov), 10-189 (Lungi Ngidi, 68.4 ov)
22.6 to T Bavuma, Two in two! This is Australia's session, alright. Length ball that tails away at the last moment. Bavuma pokes at it, no feet and can only edge it to Carey, who dives it to his right to complete a comfortable catch. The batter was stuck in his crease, and no feet movement meant he found himself playing away from his body, reaching for the ball.. 58/4
28.3 to K Zondo, what a catch! Marnus with a stunner at mid-off. What a day he's having in the field. Full and wide outside off, Zondo goes for another drive, can't keep it down playing away from the body...but Labuschagne is horizontal when he holds this. Magnificent. 67/5
10.4 to SJ Erwee, edged, taken at slip! It's that man Boland again. Full outside off, draws Erwee into the drive, reaching away from the body and it's neatly taken low down at third slip by Khawaja. 29/1
67.3 to KA Maharaj, Tosses it up, inviting Maharaj to go for a big one. He takes the bait and departs! That's as soft a dismissal as you'll see. Loopy length ball, outside off. Maharaj looks to clear mid-off but is nowhere near the pitch of it. Hits it straight up and Cummins at mid-off completes a simple catch. South Africa going down rather quickly. . 186/9
19.6 to TB de Bruyn, Green strikes, oh, this is a big wicket for Australia! Wasn't that short, but de Bruyn is sucked into going for a pull. He gets a massive top-edge and Carey gets the slips out of the way to complete a simple catch. Poor, poor shot from de Bruyn after playing so well.. 56/2
64.5 to K Verreynne, edged, taken at slip! Green makes the breakthrough. In the channel outside off, brings him forward, regulation outside edge and reaches Smith at waist height. 179/6
66.1 to M Jansen, edged, caught behind! It's Green again. Big spell from the big man. Pitched up outside off, Jansen drives and gets a thin nick. And all of sudden South Africa's good work comes apart. 182/7
66.6 to K Rabada, played on! It's four for Green. Best figures in Test cricket. Back of a length from round the wicket, deflects down off a half-hearted defensive poke. 186/8
68.4 to L Ngidi, Gets a five-for in a Boxing Day Test! The stuff of dreams. An absolute quality display of bowling from Green. Holds the ball aloft and gets a massive applause from the MCG crowd. Keeps it on a length, wicket-to-wicket line, Ngidi misses and the ball hits off pole. Terrific spell.. 189/10
Australia 1st Innings 
b Nortje20025536616278.43
c †Verreynne b Rabada11127009.09
run out (Maharaj/Nortje)1435601040.00
c de Bruyn b Nortje851613099152.79
b Nortje51551067192.72
not out 511772285028.81
c & b Jansen11114924313074.49
c †Verreynne b Rabada43410133.33
c Zondo b Ngidi25173031147.05
not out 1012250183.33
Extras(b 5, lb 12, nb 5, w 1)23
TOTAL145 Ov (RR: 3.96, 680 Mins)575/8d
Did not bat:
Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Usman Khawaja, 6.4 ov), 2-75 (Marnus Labuschagne, 18.3 ov), 3-314 (Steven Smith, 74.1 ov), 3-329, 3-363, 4-395 (Travis Head, 93.3 ov), 5-395 (David Warner, 93.4 ov), 6-400 (Pat Cummins, 94.2 ov), 7-440 (Nathan Lyon, 100.6 ov), 8-557 (Alex Carey, 140.5 ov)
6.4 to UT Khawaja, Rabada knocks over Khawaja for the fifth time in Test cricket! He had his line all wrong against Warner, gets it spot on for Khawaja and has his man. Length ball tailing away from the batter, who just hangs his bat outside off, without a lot of feet movement. The ball catches the edge and the keeper moves to his left to complete a simple catch.. 21/1
94.2 to PJ Cummins, has he touched it?! Big appeal for caught behind and they review. Back of a length at off stump, skims past the edge and there is a little noise. Did he clip his pad? Third umpire sees a small spike and the decision is overturned. Did match ball next to bat and there as a small sound. Not the biggest spike you'll see, though. You can actually see the ball deviate slightly, too, in fact. 400/6
100.6 to NM Lyon, pulled in the air, taken at square leg...Lyon's cameo comes to end. Goes after the short ball and splices the stroke. 440/7
140.5 to AT Carey, What a weird way to get out! Banged in short by Jansen, around shoulder-high. Carey shapes up for the pull, before deciding to sway outside the line of it at the last moment. However, his bat was up and he can only balloon it straight up with Jansen completing a simple catch. End of a monumental innings from Carey. Walks back to a resounding applause from the MCG crowd.. 557/8
74.1 to SPD Smith, taken at gully! Out of nowhere. No century for Smith. Short outside off, looking to upper cut down to deep third and ends up guiding it to de Bruyn. 314/3
and he's gone! Nortje is on a hat-trick. Warner won't be adding anything. It's 147kph, speared in full at leg stump, Warner aiming to work off his pads, takes the back pad on the full and into the stumps.. 329/3
93.3 to TM Head, through him! Nortje gets reward. Pushed up much fuller, Head looking to play to the on side and it bursts through to take off stump. 395/4
93.4 to DA Warner, and he's gone! Nortje is on a hat-trick. Warner won't be adding anything. It's 147kph, speared in full at leg stump, Warner aiming to work off his pads, takes the back pad on the full and into the stumps.. 395/5
South Africa 2nd Innings 
lbw b Starc2141851051.21
c †Carey b Cummins038000.00
c Smith b Boland2868922041.17
c sub (MS Harris) b Lyon651442016045.13
run out (Head)11931005.26
lbw b Boland3340735082.50
lbw b Lyon529470017.24
run out (Labuschagne/Starc)1320252065.00
c Cummins b Lyon312140025.00
not out 818301044.44
b Smith1921222190.47
Extras(b 1, lb 5, nb 2)8
TOTAL68.5 Ov (RR: 2.96, 318 Mins)204
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Dean Elgar, 1.3 ov), 2-47 (Sarel Erwee, 16.6 ov), 3-57 (Theunis de Bruyn, 19.5 ov), 4-65 (Khaya Zondo, 26.6 ov), 5-128 (Kyle Verreynne, 43.5 ov), 6-144 (Marco Jansen, 52.6 ov), 7-174 (Keshav Maharaj, 60.1 ov), 8-176 (Temba Bavuma, 61.3 ov), 9-177 (Kagiso Rabada, 63.2 ov), 10-204 (Lungi Ngidi, 68.5 ov)
16.6 to SJ Erwee, huge appeal for lbw! Was it pad first? Gets the yorker in at middle. Will Cummins review? Yes, he does. This looked very straight of it was pad first. Toe first? Might actually be sliding down. Third umpire trying to confirm if it's toe first. He rules that it is...and it's smashing leg stump. He's gone. Fantastic delivery. 47/2
1.3 to D Elgar, is that a touch down the leg side?! Australia reckon it's gone. The umpires are checking if it's carried. Soft signal is out, although I'm very confused if that means anything anymore. It's off the glove, no doubt, confirmed by Snicko. It's dying in Carey, but he gets his fingers under it. Well taken and Australia have an early one. Second time in the series Elgar goes this way, pushing away from his hip. Some may say unlucky, but it's certainly an area to attack Elgar. 0/1
19.5 to TB de Bruyn, edged, taken at second slip! Sharp grab and Boland is on the card. Back of a length outside off, climbs at de Bruyn, comes form high on the bat, and Smith does brilliantly here as Labuschagne dived right across him. 57/3
43.5 to K Verreynne, looks good and given lbw! Good length, nips back, takes him on the knee roll. Verreynne reviews. Only height can save him but not sure it will. And it's smashing the top of middle. Boland does it again. 128/5
52.6 to M Jansen, Loud, loud appeal for lbw as Jansen is struck on the back leg. The umpire says no but Cummins reviews! Looked mighty close on first viewing, maybe the height might saves him. Nope, DRS confirms that would have crashed the top of leg stump. It was on a length just on off, Jansen is rooted to the crease as he plays tentatively. Misses and is trapped right in front of the stumps. Great review!. 144/6
61.3 to T Bavuma, Straight up and Bavuma now departs attempting a slog sweep! Dear, me, that is just poor cricket. Was the run out weighing in his mind? Looped up outside off, he fetches for it looking to slam it over deep midwicket, gets a massive top-edge as Marcus Harris running to his right from midwicket pouches a relatively simple catch, reverse-cup. 176/8
63.2 to K Rabada, Another one bites the dust and Australia are just one wicket away from a series win! Tossed up on off, he goes for an almighty slog, is nowhere near it as the ball goes straight up. Cummins at mid-on backtracks and takes it cleanly.. 177/9
68.5 to L Ngidi, All over! Australia win by an innings and 182 runs! How fitting that a legspinner it is to end the game in a match dedicated to Shane Warne. Loops it up gently on middle and leg, above Ngidi's eyeline. He plays all around it and sees his stumps in a mess.. 204/10
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Mon, 26 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 45/1 (David Warner 32*, Marnus Labuschagne 5*, 12 ov)
Tue, 27 Dec - day 2 - Australia 1st innings 386/3 (Travis Head 48*, Alex Carey 9*, 91 ov)
Wed, 28 Dec - day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 15/1 (Sarel Erwee 7*, Theunis de Bruyn 6*, 7 ov)
Thu, 29 Dec - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 204 (68.5 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • Over 16.6: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - PR Reiffel, Batter - SJ Erwee (Upheld)
  • South Africa: 50 runs in 17.1 overs (104 balls), Extras 5
  • Drinks: South Africa - 62/3 in 22.0 overs (T Bavuma 8, K Zondo 0)
  • South Africa: 100 runs in 36.4 overs (221 balls), Extras 6
  • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 70 balls (T Bavuma 26, K Verreynne 24, Ex 0)
  • Lunch: South Africa - 120/4 in 41.0 overs (T Bavuma 37, K Verreynne 27)
  • Over 43.5: Review by South Africa (Batting), Umpire - RA Kettleborough, Batter - K Verreynne (Struck down)
  • Over 45.2: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - RA Kettleborough, Batter - T Bavuma (Struck down)
  • Drinks: South Africa - 143/5 in 52.0 overs (T Bavuma 47, M Jansen 5)
  • Over 52.6: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - PR Reiffel, Batter - M Jansen (Upheld)
  • T Bavuma: 50 off 124 balls (6 x 4)
  • South Africa: 150 runs in 54.1 overs (327 balls), Extras 8
  • South Africa: 200 runs in 67.2 overs (406 balls), Extras 8
  • Day 4: Attendance - 13906
  • Total attendance - 155714
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Series resultAustralia led the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2485
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-17.10, Close 17.10
Match days26,27,28,29 December 2022 - day (5-day match)
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Match Referee
PointsAustralia 12, South Africa 0
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