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Australia in SA

As it happened: SA v Oz - 1st T20

2014-03-09 16:00
Last Updated at 00:40

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16:01 - PICTURE

FRUSTRATION IS... SA skipper Faf du Plessis and all-rounder Albie Morkel... (Gallo Images)

15:57 - An unfortunate day in Port Elizabeth!

But join us again on Wednesday for the second T20 at Kingsmead in Durban. The third and final match is scheduled for SuperSport Park in Centurion next Friday. Both games will start at 18:00.

Have a good evening...

15:54 - PICTURE

Rain got the better of proceedings in Port Elizabeth on Sunday... - Gallo Images


The first T20 international has officially been abandoned due to rain.

The second match in the three-game series is to be played in Durban on Wednesday (18:00 start).

Lets hope for better weather there!

15:32 - TWEET

More rain at St George's. Can't see any play taking place here today... #SAvsAus #KFCT20- Daron Mann


Hosing down... - Neil Manthorp


The rain has hit again and the covers are fully back on... sigh

15:11 - PICTURE

The roller is on as coaches meet #SAvAUS - CA Digital Media

15:07 - Better news, the covers have been taken off the pitch and the roller is currently in use...

But still no official announcement.

14:57 - PICTURE

Darren Lehmann and Cameron White talking to the St George's Park curator. Inspection soon #SAvAUS - CA Digital Media

14:53 - PICTURE

Famous St.George's Park band entertaining us in the indoor nets... Neil Manthorp

14:33 - PICTURE

We'll know more at 3pm - CA Digital Media

14:31 - News coming in is that there will be a ground inspection by the umpires at 15:00. So, holding thumbs...

14:16 - It has stopped raining and the sky is looking a bit brighter. We may still get a game in...

14:12 - The square is covered, but the outfield is not under any protection.

A delayed start has been confirmed... but still uncertain if there will be any action...

14:04 - PICTURE

 A wet St George's Park...  - (Gallo Images)

14:01 - Remember, 5 overs a side constitutes a game in T20 cricket. So we could see a little mini-game if possible...

13:56 - Bad news folks. It is raining quite heavily in Port Elizabeth today and still uncertain if there will be any action.

But we'll keep you updated on the happenings from St George's Park.

9:26 - ***The match is scheduled to start at 14:30***


Kyle Abbott has been added to the Proteas T20 squad to play against Australia in the three-match T20 International series.

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A hamstring injury will keep SA fast bowler Dale Steyn of out of the first two T20 internationals against Australia.

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Hershelle Gibbs and Paul Harris have suggested David Miller and AB de Villiers should move up the order for the Proteas in T20I's.

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A reminder of the Proteas' tour itinerary against Australia


February 12-16, First Test, Centurion - Australia won by 281 runs
February 20-24, Second Test, St George's Park - South Africa won by 231 runs
March 1-5, Third Test, Cape Town - Australia won by 245 runs


March 9, First T20, St George's Park - 14:30
March 12, Second T20, Kingsmead - 18:00
March 14, Third T20, Centurion - 18:00


South Africa:

F du Plessis*, KJ Abbott, HM Amla, F Behardien, Q de Kock†, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, BE Hendricks, Imran Tahir, DA Miller, JA Morkel, M Morkel, WD Parnell, AM Phangiso, DW Steyn, LL Tsotsobe


GJ Bailey*, DT Christian, NM Coulter-Nile, JP Faulkner, AJ Finch, BJ Haddin†, MC Henriques, BJ Hodge, GB Hogg, GJ Maxwell, JM Muirhead, MA Starc, DA Warner, SR Watson, CL White


- Johan Cloete (South Africa) and Adrian Holdstock (South Africa)
TV umpire - Shaun George (South Africa)
Match referee - Chris Broad (England)
Reserve umpire - Karl Hurter (South Africa)

Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on the first T20 between South Africa and Australia from St George's Park in Port Elizabeth!

  • That's all, folks - Ladies and gentleman, the game has officially been abandoned without a ball being bowled or pad strapped on. The players will pack their kit-bags and head for the airport, with the next game in Durban on Wednesday now their immediate focus. It's a pity that these two sides couldn't flex their muscles here with the World T20 in Bangladesh rapidly approaching, but that's cricket, eh? We hope you'll join us for our coverage of the second T20I at Kingsmead on Wednesday, where we hope the series will be able to officially get underway. You can follow the action from 6pm SA time (4pm GMT). Until then, take care and goodbye for now!

  • News from a soggy outfield - The covers are coming off again, and the umpires will inspect the ground in half-an-hours' time (that's 3pm SA time, folks). If any of you out there are planning a rain dance around that time...don't!

  • Yes, no, wait... - Meanwhile, the rain has stopped and started and stopped again down in Port Elizabeth - frustrating. One thing is for sure though, folks - play definitely will not be getting underway at the scheduled time of 2:30 SA time (12:30 GMT). Hang in there, and we'll update you as soon as we get word from the match officials.

  • In the Australian camp... - For the Aussies, veterans Brad Hodge and Brad Hogg are back in the side, their massive experience contrasting the likes of newcomer Scott Muirhead - the leg-spinner made an impact in the recently concluded home T20 series against the English, There are also some devastating hitters on their batting card, with an order consisting of David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Hodge, Glenn Maxwell and/or Cameron White capable of serious damage. Captain George Bailey's form in limited-overs has been brutal as well, and the Proteas bowlers will certainly have their work cut out for them with ball in hand.

  • South Africa team news - In team news, Dale Steyn will sit out the first two games in this T20 series with a view to returning to the side in Centurion before the Proteas jet out to Bangladesh. Cobras left-armer Beuran Hendricks has earned his call-up to the national side after a fantastic domestic season, and fans will also cheer the return of Albie Morkel after two years out of the green pyjamas. A brutal finisher with the bat and a useful seamer, he could well provide the impetus South Africa need to mount a serious challenge for the WorldT20 at the end of this month.

  • - Former Proteas' pacer Shaun Pollock on Twitter: "..we will be lucky to get play at all!!" Whilst that doesn't sound too promising, there are still 4 hours until the official cut-off time. Hold thumbs that we will be able to at least get some action in at St. George's - perhaps a Super Over each? Actually, scratch that thought.

  • Rain: - There is some bad news from the Eastern Cape, I'm afraid - 80% rain has been forecast for today, and the reality is that it is 100% raining right now.

  • Greetings - Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the first T20I between South Africa and Australia at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth.

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