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Australia sneak past Proteas

2011-11-21 17:12

Johannesburg - Teenage fast bowler Pat Cummins sealed a dream Test debut when he hit the winning runs to take Australia to a two-wicket win in the second and final Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Monday.

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Australia chased down a target of 310 to share the series. Cummins, who took six for 79 in South Africa's second innings, was named man-of-the-match.

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin (55) and left-handed fast bowler Mitchell Johnson (40 not out) were mainly responsible for their team reaching the target, putting on 72 for the seventh wicket after all Australia's specialist batsmen had been dismissed with 95 still needed.

South African opening bowler Vernon Philander claimed his second five-wicket haul in his second Test to keep South Africa in with a chance of winning but did not get enough support from his more experienced team-mates. Philander took five for 70.

Philander bowled Australian Michael Clarke in the fourth over of the day after only three runs had been added to the overnight score of 142 for three.

Australia suffered a major blow 20 runs later when Ricky Ponting was caught at second slip off Morne Morkel for 62, having added only eight runs off 34 balls as the bowlers took advantage of helpful overcast conditions.

But Mike Hussey and Haddin put together a watchful sixth wicket partnership of 50 and with the sun starting to beat down on the ground the odds seemed to be swinging slightly in favour of Australia.

There was yet another twist in a match of fluctuating fortunes when Philander was brought back shortly before tea and trapped Hussey leg before wicket for 39 with a ball which swung into the left-hander.

Hussey sought a television review but there was no reprieve as umpire Billy Bowden's decision was shown to be correct.

It left Haddin and the hard-hitting Johnson to revive Australia's hopes. Haddin seldom looked secure early on as he played and missed several times and was hit on the helmet by a bouncer from Dale Steyn.

But he grew in confidence after tea as he and Johnson attacked the bowling.

At tea, Australia were 88 runs short of victory, with only seven overs left before the second new ball was due. Haddin and Johnson played a flurry of attacking strokes to add 54 runs in those overs.

The partnership was worth 72 when Haddin edged Philander to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher in the third over with the new ball.

Peter Siddle chipped a catch to midwicket off Steyn in the next over and Cummins walked out with 18 still needed.

Following the example of Haddin and Johnson he batted positively. He was dropped on five, with nine runs needed when a powerful straight drive burst through fast bowler Steyn's hands and went for four.

With Australia needing just five runs, South African captain Graeme Smith brought on leg-spinner Imran Tahir and allowed Johnson to take a single by setting the field deep.

Cummins was beaten by a googly and South Africa appealed for leg before wicket. However, umpire Ian Gould gave him not out.

South Africa sought a television review which showed that the decision was close enough to be an umpire's call. Two balls later Cummins hit a short-pitched ball to the midwicket boundary and ran to embrace Johnson.

AFP

Comments
  • malcolm.molver - 2011-11-21 17:17

    The Proteas have not won a home test series in four years and have won only one test series (against the West Indies) in the last three years. That tells me there is a massive leadership problem. I don't care what people say about his "heroics" but Smith is not a captain. His test record over the last few years (despite winning in England and Australia) speaks for itself.

      Wesley - 2011-11-21 17:27

      Just Congradulate Australia, they played well and deserved no need to start critisizing, we lost fair and square and played well in the process, thats what you get when to of the best teams go head to head, and why bring Smith into it? he played well and did nothing wrong, it's not the end of the world relax and lets get ready for Sri Lanka. this series was always likely to be a draw, imagine if it was a 3 match test series like it should have been? then the next one would have been the decider . . .

      malcolm.molver - 2011-11-21 17:42

      I'm not only referring to this series (it was a great series and Australia deserved to win), but it is concerning that we have not won a test series at home in four years! Smith has lost 28 percent of tests as captain, which is the highest loss percentage since readmission! Shaun Pollock only lost five tests (19 percent) as captain and he got fired. There are serious leadership problems and until we address them we'll have to be content with beating West Indies, New Zealand and Bangladesh (as well as Sri Lanka who should struggle in SA conditions). However, we can forget about beating Australia, England and India.

      Stephen - 2011-11-21 17:49

      @malcolm.molver, ah Captain Hindsight lovely. I guess you have been an international test captain then

      Johan - 2011-11-21 17:51

      @malcolm - You're looking at the glass half empty. We could've lost the series. It was a great series with brilliant cricket being played. As a cricket lover, I'm really satisfied, except for the fact that there were only two test matches. Also, we might not have won that many test series, but we haven't really lost that many either. In the last 5 years, we have played 17 test series and only lost one against Australia, while winning 10. Not much to complain about.

      Stephen - 2011-11-21 17:56

      @Johan, well said

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-21 18:14

      Here it comes, it was the Umpire, the entire thing was rigged and filled with cheats. Let's start a petition. lol

      Gareth - 2011-11-21 19:39

      I don't wanna sound disrespectful to Kallis in any way,shape or form because the guy is immense and truly phenomenal for what he'd done for South African cricket,but is there a very strong reason why Gary and Allan Donald still keep him in our team.Kallis is 36 and good with the bat and the slips but his not getting any younger and has slid back in taking game changing wickets for us,so why can't someone else step up the mark and take his position?Are we out of Kallis' type of calibre players let standing in South Africa that we don't have any geniune allrounders to call on? Australia is a team rebuilding and on Thursday or Friday this week the Australian selection committee helds it meeting in which either Ricky Ponting,Brad Haddin,Mitchell Johnson,Phil Hughes or Micheal Hussey will all to be dropped apparently for their the two-Test series against New Zealand to make way for good players from the Western Australian Cricket Association. So why can't South Africa rebuild a new team for the Sri Lanka series next month?Why can't we bring in Lonwabo Tsotsobe in place of Morne Morkel as we don't have a left arm pace bowler in the team and who knows he might do for us what Zaheer Khan did for India.And perhaps give Heino Kuhn a chance with the gloves insted of inconsistent with the bat Mark Boucher! Australia believed at one time that they were the only team with good players in it and were ruled by what was known as new professionalism.They will never be a hopeless team.

  • Peter - 2011-11-21 17:23

    Well done Australia.We had our chancers and blew it.We did not appear to really want this one!!!!!!!

  • Alistair Sharp - 2011-11-21 17:23

    Steyn the villain here, 98 runs for 1 wicket, rpo of 4.3! Really poor performance from our premier strike bowler..

      Kevin - 2011-11-21 17:29

      refer to Rob Howing and many others who believed that Steyn would do the trick. It is almost as if there are no other bowlers in the team.

      Johan - 2011-11-21 17:40

      @Alistair - Maybe, but he played great cricket throughout the series. We can't expect him to get a five-wicket haul every innings. So I think we can forgive him for one poor performance. @Kevin - I agree, the press and public put a lot of pressure on Steyn (but it's because he is SO good, that everyone expects him to get a wicket every over). Philander had a great series. Deserved man-of-the-series. I'm really happy for him.

  • Thulebona - 2011-11-21 17:29

    the chockers tag clings on

      Stephen - 2011-11-21 17:46

      No they didnt "chocke" you moron. Australia were just better. Learn the sport first

  • Henry - 2011-11-21 17:29

    Allegiance aside...what an exciting game of cricket. Well done to both sides!!

  • Skhona Skratchy-l Luswazi - 2011-11-21 17:29

    Would you say we're cursed country ?don't no you name it

  • Jake - 2011-11-21 17:30

    @ Alistair.You cant criticise Steyn here, he is quality and cant be producing every innings, if it wasnt for him this game would have been over a long time ago considering his 40 odd, I for one still dont know what to say really. Was one of the better test series I have seen in years. Drawed series probably the best result but there will always be questions, Vernon was crucial, why take him off?

  • Gareth - 2011-11-21 17:34

    Worst of all is that our ranking now goes below India's to 116 points and 9 behind England.Pathetic display with the bat by our middle order that made this result possible.Had Boucher and Prince played proper cricket and not the *** they played then we should've added at least another 50 runs to the final total in our second innings. Credit to Australia for showing determination to the very end and to win this match. Why can't South Africa win a test series at home against Australia since our readmission?We haven't won a series at home against any major team for a good few years now.Something is seriously wrong with South African cricket if this keeps happening to us. To Australia this will be a successful tour in that in all three cricket formats they haven't lost any of them.

  • Shirley - 2011-11-21 17:41

    Could of,would of,should of-we lost.The 1 positive out of this defeat is it gives Gary KIrsten an oppertunity to see firsthand where the weaknesses lie. It was an electrifying game though and I will still support the boys!

  • Zion - 2011-11-21 17:59

    Just to cover my back in case: Sorry you guys that your hero'es let you down. I would have been just as disappointed were they mine too. It should be known that there is a sinister element in this entire tour of the Ozzies. (Soto voce) Did you check out that umpire on Saturday at the 40th run of the Proteas. Amla was bowled out like a stone cold turkey but was not given out by the umpire. Why???? because they could not get up to their filthy, dirty tricks when all the proteas are in. While this exchange was going on The Ozzies were manipulating the ball with a 4 cousins bottle top. See what I mean. The commentators were held at broom point. On Friday I drove to Coligny and to tank up I stopped at a bottle store in Hartebeesfontein to steal beer for the trip.(Drinking and driving is now legalised..) And guess who I met in the Store.: Yessiree, Julius Malema but it was Bryce Lawrence only disguised as JM. He told me how the Proteas are going to fall on Monday. His daddy told him so. Something about a strobe light that deflects the ball from its path and an ultra sonic generator which attracts the ball the other way. The cops were abuzz in the mielielands but they could not find him. I swear sirs this is the one and only truth. Sheet F**k bastids whoreman crap etc assils. bum. Yers F**k them sodding Ozzies to beat my team, what next. (50% thumbs up are expected.) What bloody next? Next Black Label coming up.

      Herman - 2011-11-21 18:11

      What are you smoking ?

      Firehawk07 - 2011-11-21 18:16

      Huh what are you on about.

      Jack - 2011-11-21 18:50

      Are you typing,driving, drinking and lost your mind all in the last few hours?

      Johan - 2011-11-21 18:55

      Next time, skip the beer... some people just can't handle it.

      Zion - 2011-11-22 06:10

      You peoples owe me 10 thumbs up for the free entertainment seeing that watching cricket is a rather painful experience. Come, come, come, I haven't got all day only a moerse babalas.

  • Neville - 2011-11-21 18:03

    I got a problem with Morkel Cannot bowl , cannot run , cannot field , cannot bat waste of time

      Johan - 2011-11-21 19:03

      His bowling is alright, but I still believe he can do better. Morkel has the most potential to be the best pace bowler in the world, in my opinion. But, you are right about his batting. He has just gone backwards. Remember when he partnered AB to help him get the top individual SA score of all time? What happened to that Morkel?

  • Shalin - 2011-11-21 18:18

    Drop Boucher, bring in Heino Kuhn or Dane Vilas. Boucher last scored a century in 2004!

      Johan - 2011-11-21 19:10

      I have huge respect for Boucher, he is one of the world's all-time greats, but his time is coming to an end. These days a wicketkeeper is expected to make runs as well (i.e. Sangakarra, Gilchrist, Dhoni etc). I would love to have AB keeping, but I think they were still worried about his injury. If AB could keep, there are many batsmen that could replace Boucher, like Alviro or Duminy for example.

  • Lodewyk - 2011-11-21 18:22

    Captain joker and his chokers.

  • Barry - 2011-11-21 18:24

    I don't have much interest in cricket any more as it is not run by the ICC. It is run by bookies.

  • msimangamuzi - 2011-11-21 18:27

    If the Proteas want a new wicketkeeper then they should bring in the lions Quinton De Kock like Cummins he is a revelation he is also 18 and he plays an attacking game.

  • Mark - 2011-11-21 18:58

    We just seem to be unable to close out these close games when bowling last. Twice against England last year and now this game. Need to work on that. Also batsmen giving away their wickets in the first innings and giving up a first innings lead didnt help. Need to be ruthless at all times against Aus. Really disappointing not to win a series at home against the Aussies for so long. But great two matches and will never forget seeing Aus at 21/9. That was worth it.

  • Mark - 2011-11-21 18:59

    We just seem to be unable to close out these close games when bowling last. Twice against England last year and now this game. Need to work on that. Also batsmen giving their away wickets in the first innings and giving up a first innings lead didnt help. Need to be ruthless at all times against Aus. Really disappointing not to win a series at home against the Aussies for so long. But great two matches and will never forget seeing Aus at 21/9. That was worth it.

  • Gareth - 2011-11-21 19:41

    I don't wanna sound disrespectful to Kallis in any way,shape or form because the guy is immense and truly phenomenal for what he'd done for South African cricket,but is there a very strong reason why Gary and Allan Donald still keep him in our team.Kallis is 36 and good with the bat and the slips but his not getting any younger and has slid back in taking game changing wickets for us,so why can't someone else step up the mark and take his position?Are we out of Kallis' type of calibre players let standing in South Africa that we don't have any geniune allrounders to call on? Australia is a team rebuilding and on Thursday or Friday this week the Australian selection committee helds it meeting in which either Ricky Ponting,Brad Haddin,Mitchell Johnson,Phil Hughes or Micheal Hussey will all to be dropped apparently for their the two-Test series against New Zealand to make way for good players from the Western Australian Cricket Association. So why can't South Africa rebuild a new team for the Sri Lanka series next month?Why can't we bring in Lonwabo Tsotsobe in place of Morne Morkel as we don't have a left arm pace bowler in the team and who knows he might do for us what Zaheer Khan did for India.And perhaps give Heino Kuhn a chance with the gloves insted of inconsistent with the bat Mark Boucher! Australia believed at one time that they were the only team with good players in it and were ruled by what was known as new professionalism.They will never be a hopeless team.

  • Jock - 2011-11-21 20:40

    Proteas didn't go for the kill. We seemed to stand back when Johnson came on instead of putting pressure on him, he got comfortable and scored the runs. We didn't seem to have a plan for him except wait for him to make a mistake. It is not enough to just bowl line and length and wait for wickets to fall. Top teams create chances ( by crowding the wicket and creating pressure, aggression, psychological warfare, etc). After all these years Smith and co seem to lack nous and creativity to get players out - hard toil alone does not make a great team.

      Stephen - 2011-11-21 20:49

      Good old Captain Hindsight

  • charl.toit - 2011-11-21 21:44

    How many Vernon Philander's are out there that should be playing for South Africa. This man think while he bowl. Wonderfull!!!!

  • bernard.ingram - 2011-11-22 02:35

    So the wondrous Tahir, the big spinning hope, is also not the answer for SA. He certainly did not contain the batters, going at 4 an over. Paul Harris would have done a far better job in containing the run rate!

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