RESULT
3rd Test, Sydney, January 03 - 07, 2009, South Africa tour of Australia
445 & 257/4d
(T:376) 327 & 272

Australia won by 103 runs

Player Of The Match
23, 5/59 & 3/54
peter-siddle
Player Of The Series
326 runs
graeme-smith
Match centre 
Scorecard summary
Australia 445/10(136.2 overs)
1st INNINGS
Paul Harris3/84 (29.2)
Dale Steyn3/95 (27)
South Africa 327/9(120.5 overs)
1st INNINGS
Mark Boucher 89 (170)
Hashim Amla 51 (134)
Peter Siddle5/59 (27.5)
Australia 257/4(67.3 overs)
2nd INNINGS
Morne Morkel2/38 (12)
Paul Harris1/63 (20.3)
South Africa 272/10(114.2 overs)
2nd INNINGS
Hashim Amla 59 (112)
Peter Siddle3/54 (27)
Mitchell Johnson2/49 (23.2)

Whew. Let me take a deep breath. I'm drained. Australia hold their nerves - well, let me say Johnson - to make win a consolation match. Steyn and Ntini frustrated Australia superbly, and then a brave Smith came out to bat with a broken left hand. He survived 17 balls before he was bowled. Ntini remains unbeaten on 28 from 75 balls. This Test was nerve wracking, pulsating, brilliant. The pitch was scandalous but Ntini and Steyn applied themselves brilliantly.

What a competitive series it has been. Australia are utterly enthused at winning a classic. Hats off to them. But the series winners, South Africa, are the ones who will walk off with their heads held high. They have achieved their target of beating Australia in Australia. Time to head down to the post-match ceremony.

After the 3 Mobile CEO gets done thanking the teams, captains, fans, viewers, umpires and pledges his company's sponsorship to Australia till 2013, he announces the Man of the Match. And its Peter Siddle, who took eight wickets in the match. Siddle: "Its been tough work. I'm very pleased with how I'm going. I thought there was always a chance, its funny how Test cricket works out. Its my first Test series and I need to look to the future and I cant wait for the next few matches."

Now the Man of the Series, which is Smith for his 326 runs. "Things got close and I got nervous," he says. "Once AB got out and the tail was in I decided I would go in but then the guys held out pretty well. It was great to see."

Glenn McGrath gets sentimental as he speaks of the response to the McGrath Foundation awareness program and his late wife, Jane. He thanks everyone who worked with his foundation during and before the Test. And he thanks both sides.

Ponting steps up to the stage: "I'm proud with the way we've played all series. We were in some good positions but couldn't hold on. Congrats to Mickey and Graeme, their side was behind the eight-ball on a few occasions but came back well and thats the sign of a great side. Here, the weather held off and we were able to win."

Smith comes back to accept the series trophy. The SCG cheers. "I think 2008 was an extremely successful year for us and this series was played in great spirit. Thanks to CA, the fans, and Ricky and his team. I'm really chuffed to be on the winning side for once."

Smith is joined by the rest of his squad for a photo-op with the silverware. And the bubbly is popped.

And now to you, the readers. Thank you for tuning in all series, and I hope you've enjoyed the coverage. The limited-overs leg kicks off with a Twenty20 international at Melbourne on January 11, so do come back see us. On behalf of everyone else who was involved in bringing you this Test series, this is Jamie Alter signing off. Good bye and good luck!

114.2
W
Johnson to Smith, OUT

bowled him! Johnson! Australia win by 103 runs and the SCG celebrates a fantastic, sapping Test match! Johnson pitches full and beats Smith for pace, the ball cuts in off a crack and the stumps go for a walk

Graeme Smith b Johnson 3 (26m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 17.64
114.1
Johnson to Smith, no run

full and swinging on middle and off, played with a straight bat towards midwicket, wants a single but Ntini sends him back

Excruciating to watch. Smith scratches his guard. Surveys the field.

end of over 1149 runs
SA: 272/9CRR: 2.38 
Makhaya Ntini28 (75)
Graeme Smith3 (15)
Nathan Hauritz 28-10-47-1
Mitchell Johnson 23-7-49-1

There's a definite buzz around the SCG.

113.6
Hauritz to Ntini, no run

tossed up wide of off stump and he blocks it out to point

Nervous laughter from Mickey Arthur on the balcony.

113.5
4
Hauritz to Ntini, FOUR runs

brave stroke! Ntini gets down and heaves with the spin over mid-on

113.4
4
Hauritz to Ntini, FOUR runs

with no mid-on in place, Ntini uses his feet and hammers it straight

113.3
Hauritz to Ntini, no run

gets a long way forward and smothers the turn well

113.2
Hauritz to Ntini, no run

tossed up on a teasing length and he defends towards slip

Smith and Ntini share words. Ntini nods his head, Smith chews his gum. Five balls to go.

113.1
1
Hauritz to Smith, 1 run

slides onto the pads and he deflects it down to deep square leg, and then oddly takes the single

Aha, interesting move. Nathan Hauritz back into the attack. Seven men around the bat.

end of over 1134 runs
SA: 263/9CRR: 2.32 
Makhaya Ntini20 (70)
Graeme Smith2 (14)
Mitchell Johnson 23-7-49-1
Peter Siddle 27-12-54-3

There are 18 deliveries left in this Test. I'm knackered.

112.6
Johnson to Ntini, no run

forces him onto the back foot and he steers it to backward point

112.5
Johnson to Ntini, no run

defended off the back foot towards cover point

112.4
2
Johnson to Ntini, 2 runs

hits a length and now he steers a couple more to third man

This is now the longest Ntini has ever batted in a Test against Australia, and the most balls he's ever faced versus them.

112.3
2
Johnson to Ntini, 2 runs

overpitches, a low full toss, and Ntini square-drives past point

112.2
Johnson to Ntini, no run

nips back from a length and Ntini opens the face and defends

112.1
Johnson to Ntini, no run

pitches on the stumps and Ntini defends it tentatively

Johnson comes around the stumps.

end of over 1122 runs
SA: 259/9CRR: 2.31 
Graeme Smith2 (14)
Makhaya Ntini16 (64)
Peter Siddle 27-12-54-3
Doug Bollinger 21-5-53-2
111.6
Siddle to Smith, no run

pitches full and wide and he coolly shoulders arms

Now that would have hurt Smith ...

111.5
Siddle to Smith, no run

attempts a yorker but its a low full toss, which Smith pats to point

111.4
2
Siddle to Smith, 2 runs

sees width and reaches out, steering wide of backward point

Plenty of men around the bat. Smith looks darn attentive.

111.3
Siddle to Smith, no run

hits a length and he goes back, defending with both hands

111.2
Siddle to Smith, no run

full and wide, seaming away, but who cares because its a wasted ball

111.1
Siddle to Smith, no run

short of a length and it gets Smith on the back foot, defending well

Change in the attack, its Peter Siddle to have a crack at the one-handed Smith.

Best performances - batters
MJ Clarke
MJ Clarke AUS
138 runs (250)
17 fours0 six
Control
93%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
57 runs
7 fours0 six
04112536212318
MV Boucher
MV Boucher SA
89 runs (170)
8 fours1 six
Control
90%
Productive shot
leg glance
41 runs
4 fours0 six
42817241438
Best performances - bowlers
PM Siddle
PM Siddle AUS
O
27.5
M
11
R
59
W
5
ECO
2.11
PM Siddle
PM Siddle AUS
O
27
M
12
R
54
W
3
ECO
2
Match details
Sydney Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
Series
Season2008/09
Player Of The Match
Australia
Peter Siddle
Player Of The Series
South Africa
Graeme Smith
Series resultSouth Africa won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 1904
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days3,4,5,6,7 January 2009 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Andrew McDonald
Andrew McDonald
Doug Bollinger
Doug Bollinger
Umpires
Sri Lanka
Asoka de Silva
New Zealand
Billy Bowden
TV Umpire
Australia
Rod Tucker
Reserve Umpire
Australia
Gerard Abood
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Ranjan Madugalle
South Africa Innings
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