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Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test at Melbourne, AUS v SA, Dec 26 2022 - Match Result

RESULT
2nd Test, Melbourne, December 26 - 29, 2022, South Africa tour of Australia
189 & 204
575/8d

Australia won by an innings and 182 runs

Player Of The Match
200
david-warner
Match centre 
Scores: Ranjith P | Comms: Ashish Pant
Scorecard summary
South Africa 189/10(68.4 overs)
1st INNINGS
59 (136)
5/27 (10.4)
Australia 575/8(145 overs)
1st INNINGS
200 (255)
3/92 (25)
111 (149)
2/144 (28)
South Africa 204/10(68.5 overs)
2nd INNINGS
65 (144)
3/58 (17)
2/49 (15)

Australia too good for this South African team, in the end. Their bowlers have shown fight, but the batters have just not been up to scratch, and as Dean Elgar pointed out, the inexperience is hurting them. Having said that, South Africa were beaten across all departments by the hosts, who looked the part. Every player stepped up and now they have a real shot at making the WTC final. That's all from us for today, but do hang around for Firdose Moonda's report and post-match stuff from Alex. Till then, this is me, Ashish Pant, signing off on behalf of Andrew McGlashan and Ranjith. Ciao!

Here's Pat Cummins, the Australia captain: The win is right up there. We have had a number of great contests against South Africa over the years. It's really sweet and something to be proud of. The way the two veterans of our side, David Warner and Steve Smith batted in the heat was as gutsy a performance in the heat. And then for Starc to bowl through injury, and Green to bat like that - we are really proud of that effort. Warner's energy was great and to do it in his 100th Test was great. Carey is one of our favourite's. He has been awesome for us in white-ball cricket. Lyon is good to go, just winded himself [going for the catch]. The Boxing Day is a huge event and this year even more special celebrating Warnie.

South Africa captain, Dean Elgar: Not easy at the moment, was a bit of a hammering that. We have to come up to speed to the intensity Test cricket deserves. We were good in periods, but it is not a lot. The inexperience is hitting us hard. We have lost a lot of batters in the last few years. There is opportunities for guys to make their spots their own, but the inexperience is hurting us. Lot to play for, lot to ride on. 2-1 sounds better than 3-0. We have not been up to speed and have to move on pretty quickly.

David Warner is the Player of the Match. He collect the Johnny Mullagh medal for his double century in his 100th Test. Phenomenal achievement by the boys. We saw some crazy stuff from Carey and Green and that century from Carey. My Dad couldn't come here, but this one is up there. Never doubted my abilities. It is all about coming out here, I have trained my backside off in the nets. Just needed to get out there and perform on the big stage. I have obviously committed to play the next year's WC and I want to carry on for as long as possible.

"SA only took 22 wickets in losing the series to Australia's 40."

Delta: "Loosing by an innings and around 200 runs is not justifiable by any means for this strong bowling lineup. SA needs to sort out their issues with batting very soon."

Pankaj: "What's the crowd number today? Has it surpassed 20K?" 13906 today, Total attendance for the Test over four days - 155714.

Presentation time

Mitchell Starc: That's what we need to do and we pride ourselves on that. A big 24 months for us. Green's injury is a bit worse than mine but I think he will be back quicker. It was nice to contribute. I was not overly sure what I could do. It was nice to play a role and contribute. I think I will be out of action for a few weeks. I have another scan to see how much the damage is. We have the Indian tour coming in, have to get fit for that. [On Warner] He is the first bloke to score a 200 and get out first ball. To go through a bit of outside noise, and score a century on Boxing Day is a great effort. He and Alex Carey set the game for us. To bowl first and avoid the hot second day was great.

3.25pm Australia take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series and move ever so close to making the WTC final! Fitting that David Warner leads them off the park in his 100th Test. South Africa started off the day steadily before Mitchell Starc struck to remove Erwee and then Boland got into the act either side of lunch. Temba Bavuma struck a fifty but was involved in two run outs. He was well supported by Kyle Verreynne, but once he fell lbw, it unravelled quite quickly for the visitors. Nathan Lyon struck thrice and while South Africa did manage to breach the 200-run barrier, it wasn't anywhere enough. This is Australia's first series win against South Africa at home since the 2005-06 summer.

68.5
W
Smith to Ngidi, OUT

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.

Lungi Ngidi b Smith 19 (21b 2x4 1x6 22m) SR: 90.47
68.4
Smith to Ngidi, no run

floated outside off, he pushes it towards the off side

68.3
1
Smith to Nortje, 1 run

tossed up outside off, he taps it wide of Warner to get a run

68.2
Smith to Nortje, no run

Dropped by Warner at first slip! Goes shorter now does Smith, he goes back and cuts to Warner who shells it

68.1
1
Smith to Ngidi, 1 run

Fuller outside off, he pushes it to long off

Smith back on

end of over 685 runs
SA: 202/9CRR: 2.97 
Anrich Nortje7 (16b 1x4)
Lungi Ngidi18 (18b 2x4 1x6)
Nathan Lyon 17-1-58-3
Mitchell Starc 18-4-62-1
67.6
Lyon to Nortje, no run

fuller length ball outside off, he brings out the reverse sweep again, but still can't beat the wall, Boland at backward point

67.5
Lyon to Nortje, no run

dances down the track to the looped up delivery and clips it to midwicket

67.4
Lyon to Nortje, no run

Reverse seep comes out again, and Boland does really well at point

67.3
1
Lyon to Ngidi, 1 run

Another slog sweep, another solid connection to the left of Mitchell Starc at deep midwicket

67.2
4
Lyon to Ngidi, FOUR runs

200 up for South Africa for the first time in eight innings! Tossed up on off, he miscues his slog sweep but gets in the gap past long on

67.1
Lyon to Ngidi, no run

loops it up on off, he defends it to the off side

end of over 676 runs
SA: 197/9CRR: 2.94 
Anrich Nortje7 (13b 1x4)
Lungi Ngidi13 (15b 1x4 1x6)
Mitchell Starc 18-4-62-1
Nathan Lyon 16-1-53-3
66.6
4
Starc to Nortje, FOUR runs

short of a length again. Nortje looks to defend, gets a top edge as the ball goes over the keeper's head for a four. They all count and South Africa get closer to 200!

66.5
Starc to Nortje, no run

Another bouncer, Nortje ducks under and ends up flat on his back

66.4
1
Starc to Ngidi, 1 run

Back of a length on the hip, he jams it over short leg for a very awkward run

66.3
Starc to Ngidi, no run

Banged in again outside off, he looks to ramp it, but ends up swaying out of the line at the last minute with his bat hanging out

66.2
Starc to Ngidi, no run

Another short of a length delivery and Ngidi ducks under it again. No love lost between these two

66.1
1
Starc to Nortje, 1 run

Length outside off, he pushes to cover for a run

Harry: "We are at the Tea time now. Do they get extension as only 1 wicket remaining ?" Yep, a 30 minute extension

end of over 669 runs
SA: 191/9CRR: 2.89 
Lungi Ngidi12 (12b 1x4 1x6)
Anrich Nortje2 (10b)
Nathan Lyon 16-1-53-3
Mitchell Starc 17-4-56-1
65.6
Lyon to Ngidi, no run

stays back and defends the quicker ball to short leg

65.5
6
Lyon to Ngidi, SIX runs

WALLOP! Tossed up 87.1kph ball on off. Ngidi gets low, and under it to absolutely smoke it over deep midwicket. Ngidi's first six in Test cricket.

65.4
Lyon to Ngidi, no run

Was shaping to dance down again but Lyon saw him and pulled his length just a tad back and fired in quick. He misses and is rapped on the thigh pad

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
DA Warner
200 runs (255)
16 fours2 sixes
Productive shot
cut shot
37 runs
4 fours0 six
Control
85%
AT Carey
111 runs (149)
13 fours0 six
Productive shot
pull
19 runs
3 fours0 six
Control
85%
Best performances - bowlers
C Green
O
10.4
M
3
R
27
W
5
ECO
2.53
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
NM Lyon
O
17
M
1
R
58
W
3
ECO
3.41
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to field first
Series
Season2022/23
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)
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsAustralia 12, South Africa 0
Language
English
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ICC World Test Championship

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