OZ ARE 494/7 AFTER 127.4 OVERS
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BATSMEN IN : - Michael Clarke 161*, Ryan Harris 4*
BATSMEN OUT : - Chris Rogers 25, Alex Doolan 20, David Warner 135, Steve Smith 84, Shane Watson 40, Brad Haddin 13, Mitchell Johnson 0
***ALL THE ACTION FROM DAY 1 AT NEWLANDS***
16:33 - PICTURE
JP Duminy (4/73) was South Africa's most successful bowler. He'll be on a hat-trick if he bowls again on Monday... (Gallo Images)
16:29 - SUMMARY
No doubt this rain delay has aided South Africa. Australia would have banked on declaring somewhere in the region of 550 to have a decent crack at South Africa late on Day 2.
Now they’ll likely have to bat a while on Monday morning before declaring.
This means, in order to win, Australia would have to bowl South Africa out within three days - which would be a hard ask on a pitch that hasn’t showed any demons as of yet.
Join us again at 10:00 on Monday morning for some more interactive commentary!
16:25 - STUMPS ON DAY 2: Australia 494-7.
Play has officially been called off for the day due to persistent rain.
It will be a 10:00 start on Monday with 98 overs to be bowled in the day.
In order to make up lost time, play will start at 10:00 each day for the remainder of the Test.
16:16 - Consistent rain still continues to fall at Newlands...
15:53 - It's raining sideways and vertically at present and puddles are starting to form around the covers.
Still waiting for official confirmation on play being called off for the day.
15:48 - PICTURE
Rain Rain Go Away #SAvsAus - Donne Commins
15:31 - PICTURE:
Current view from the Newlands press box - EWN Sport
15:20 - Persistent rain still coming down. We're unlikely to see any more cricket today...
15:03 - STILL RAINING
The early tea break has come and gone and it's still raining at Newlands.
14:47 - PICTURE
Rain coming down hard now... - CA Digital Media
14:37 - EARLY TEA
As it is raining quite heavily now, the tea interval will be taken from 14:40-15:00.
14:36 - QUOTE
“South Africa would look at this rain and hope it continues for the rest of the day because Australia shouldn’t bowl us out twice in three days on this surface,” says SuperSport commentator HD Ackerman.
14:25 - Still raining hard. We'll keep you informed on the happenings at Newlands...
14:22 - At least the pitch is covered now...
14:19 - PICTURE
Groundsmen struggling... Jesse Hogan
14:19 - Quite hilarious scenes. There appears not to be enough groundsmen to put the covers over the pitch. The heavy wind is blowing some of them off their feet!
14:15 - RAIN DELAY
It has started to rain heavily and the players leave the field.
14:13 - PICTURE
WICKET! Snicko & Hot Spot show Johnson feathered that one, and he's gone for a golden duck! - FOX SPORTS Cricket
14:12 - Ryan Harris is next in.
14:09 - Drinks break is taken. Duminy will be on a hat-trick when he bowls again!
14:08 - WICKET! Call overturned. Johnson is out first ball. GOLDEN DUCK. Australia 489/7.
14:07 - SNICKO shows a faint edge. It should be given out!
14:06 - Proteas think they have Johnson, caught behind on the leg side by De Villiers off the bowling of Duminy. Given not out, but the Proteas review it...
14:04 - Mitchell Johnson is the next batsman in. He scored his only Test century here at Newlands back in 2009.
14:03 - WICKET! Haddin out for 13, caught by Amla at mid-on off the bowling of Duminy. Australia 489/6.
14:00 - PICTURE
Highlights from the second session including Michael Clarke's reaction to Shane Warne's nap! - CA Digital Media
13:58 - Philander now back on, from the Kelvin Grove end this time...
13:58 - PICTURE
Surely umpires should be taking eye tests from an independent source...not from the bowler! - FOX SPORTS Cricket
13:52 - Slight delay when umpire Kumar Dharmasena struggles to get something out his eye... Abbott asks him if he's lost a contact...
13:49 - 150 up for Clarke, coming off 288 balls. The 10th time that Clarke has reached a score of 150 or more in Tests.
13:37 - Haddin almost run out for a duck, but Phillander misses the stumps from the deep...
13:34 - INTERESTING STAT
Australia's first five partnerships were all more than 50 runs. This is the first time it has happened against South Africa in Test cricket.
13:31 - Brad Haddin is the next batsman in. He'll be happy Steyn is not bowling...
13:29 - WICKET! Duminy gets Watson, who is caught at a deep mid-off by Amla for 40. Australia 456/5.
13:29 - 50 PARTNERSHIP between Watson and Clarke, off 64 balls.
13:28 - 450 up for Australia, coming off 710 balls.
13:20 - The strong wind has again blown off the bails. And the heavy bails are being employed today!
South Africa would rather like to see the bails come off in a different manner...
13:16 - Abbott finds the edge of Clarke, but it drops short of Faf du Plessis at a wide second slip...
13:14 - Abbott to bowl the second over from the Wynberg end.
13:12 - Next ball he goes down the ground and gets four, despite a valiant effort from Hashim Amla to catch it...
13:11 - Watson slog-sweeps Duminy for six. Showing Australia's intent...
13:11 - Still lots of clouds around and a strong north-westerly breeze blowing...
13:10 - Duminy to start proceedings from the Kevin grove end.
13:08 - Welcome back for the afternoon session.
13:04 - PICTURE
The field at Newlands flooded with spectators during the lunch break on day two #SAVAUS - Michael Sherman
12:30 - LUNCH ON DAY 2: Australia 434/4 after 114 overs.
No doubt who is on top. Some damage control needed by South Africa in the afternoon session.
Join us again in about 40 minutes for some more commentary...
12:30 - Oh dear, Watson goes down town and hits Elgar for six. But Philander was fast asleep on the boundary. It only just went over the ropes but Philander was too slow to react to his left!
12:28 - Elgar continues his 22nd over. Strange that he's bowled more than Duminy, who has only bowled 10 thus far...
12:25 - Off-spinner JP Duminy on from the Kelvin Grove end five minutes before lunch.
12:23 - Australia marching towards a massive total here. No doubt the presence of Dale Steyn is missed big-time by the hosts!
12:13 - Oh dear, replays show that Elgar would have gotten Clarke out lbw but they Proteas opted not to appeal. Wasn't even a big appeal!
12:09 - PICTURE
Watson not out - FOX SPORTS Cricket
12:04 - Elger thinks he's got Watson out lbw first ball. Given not out but the Proteas review it.
Watson tried to play a cut shot close to his body, but the Proteas think it was pad first. Replays show otherwise... Off his gloves first in fact.
12:03 - Shane Watson is the next batsman in.
12:01 - WICKET! Smith is out for 84. He tried to cut Elgar but got an inside edge onto his stumps...
11:59 - 400 up for Australia, coming off 643 balls.
11:57 - PICTURE
Plan B #SAvAUS - CA Digital Media
11:52 - The average first innings score in Tests at Newlands is 326. Aussies way above average here!
11:49 - Slight delay due to sight-screen problems... The sponsors, Nashua, are not to keen to move to white...
A white cloth will fix the problem.
11:41 - OPENING SIX OVER SPELLS:
Abbott 0-1, Philander 0-39
Philander is not coming to the party in the absence of Steyn. He is proving his critics right who say he can't bowl when conditions do not suit him...
11:35 - Steve Smith's last 11 Tests:
74*, 0, 49, 100, 7, 115, 19, 15, 111, 23*, 6, 0, 31, 7, 138, 2, 17, 19, 89.
826 runs at and average of 51.62.
11:30 - First drinks break of the day with Australia well on top.
11:27 - Slow left-armer Dean Elgar in in Philander's place.
11:25 - Smith smacks a full delivery from Morkel over mid-off for SIX.
11:23 - PICTURE
Gutsy century from Michael Clarke - FOX SPORTS Cricket
11:21 - Morkel now on from the Wynberg end, replacing Abbott.
11:21 - 19 runs off the last Philander over.
11:20 - 150 PARTNERSHIP between Clarke and Smith, coming off 254 balls.
11:18 - CENTURY for Clarke, coming off 215 balls. Beautiful cover drive for four off the bowling of Philander.
His 27th Test century. Gutsy innings!
11:17 - Smith beautifully drives Philander over the umpire's head for SIX.
11:16 - Clarke: 24 balls on 99. Really cautious on 99!
11:11 - Clarke: 19 balls on 99 now.
11:09 - 350 up for Australia, coming off 584 balls.
11:07 - Five maiden overs in a row bowled by Abbott.
11:06 - Clarke has now faced 18 balls on 99...
11:01 - PICTURE
How did that miss the stumps? - FOX SPORTS Cricket
10:58 - Clarke, on 99, leaves an Abbott delivery and is almost clean-bowled. It cut back viciously! Don't know how it missed the stumps...
10:55 - PICTURE
Steve Smith almost run out... FOX SPORTS Cricket
10:53 - Smith chases a wide one from Philander and misses. But no edge...
10:50 - Another run-out chance. This time it's Smith but Duminy again misses the stumps. Smith thought Clarke wanted a run and had to make a quick about-turn, but would have been out had the stumps been hit...
10:45 - Clarke takes a risk while on 98 by taking run. Almost run out by Duminy... but "Koppe" misses the stumps.
10:42 - PICTURE
Wicket-taking weather... - Ami Kapilevich
10:39 - Massive lbw appeal by Abbott against Smith. That was going down leg... No review taken by South Africa.
10:36 - INTERESTING STAT
Steve Waugh v Steve Smith after 19 Tests
Runs: 689 (Waugh) v 1 241 (Smith)
Average: 27.56 v 37.60
100s: 0 v 4
10:34 - Philander, from the Wynberg end, to bowl the second over to Clarke.
10:33 - Encouraging start for Abbott. Maiden over first up.
10:29 - Abbott, from the Kelvin Grove end, will bowl the first over of the day. He starts to Smith.
10:27 - A little bit of sunshine greets the players as they arrive on the pitch...
10:25 - Morné Morkel believes Dale Steyn will be ready to bowl in Australia's second innings...
10:15 - STEYN OUT OF ACTION
News filtering through is that Dale Steyn won't be able to bowl today.
He broke down with a right hamstring strain yesterday.
Big responsibility on Kyle Abbott's shoulders now...
10:09 - Shaun Pollock admits there may be some swing due to the overcast conditions, but still feels the pitch will be best for batting on Day 2...
10:02 - It's cloudy, overcast and windy here at Newlands today, with a significant chance of rain.
This may not be the best news for South Africa. The cloud cover could make it more conducive to swing bowling, which is not what South Africa would want to see when they come out to bat later.
The livelier conditions may help get the Aussies out earlier, but the problem is they already have 331 runs on the board.
The Proteas will have to be at their fighting best if they are to emerge unscathed at the end of the day!
10:00 - DONALD UNHAPPY
Proteas bowling coach Allan Donald was left disappointed in his troops after Day 1 of the third Test at Newlands.
Click HERE for the full article...
10:00 - STEYN REMOVAL HINDERS PROTEAS
Dale Steyn’s untimely hamstring issue has rocked South Africa right back on their heels against Oz at Newlands, writes Rob Houwing.
Click HERE for the full article...
STATS AND TRIVIA
If South Africa win in Cape Town it will be their first series win
at home against Australia since 1970 - they have lost four and drawn two
since their readmission.
Australia will finish the series second on the ICC's Test
rankings if they win or draw in Cape Town, but third if they lose -
South Africa cannot be budged from first.
Australia have lost their past two Cape Town Tests but
prior to that had an excellent record there, having won nine of the
previous ten Tests they had played there.
10:00 - PICTURE - BATTLE OF THE TATTOOS
"This would be an amazing achievement by this team to win this Test
match, and as an individual player who has played a lot of cricket
around the world if this doesn't excite you, you are in the wrong
sport." - Michael Clarke
PICTURE - TROPHY UP FOR GRABS
PITCH / WEATHER
A dry pitch is expected in Cape Town, where the weather has been very
hot and windy in the lead-up to the Test. Groundsman Evan Flint has the
challenge of ensuring there is enough moisture in the surface to prevent
it from breaking up too early, but whatever the case, batting last will
not be easy. There are some showers expected during the match, with the
third day shaping as the most likely to be affected.
MICHAEL CLARKE'S AWAY RECORD
Australian skipper Michael Clarke has led his team in 19 Tests away from home. This is his record...
That includes a 1-1 drawn series against the Proteas in 2011/12
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 - 10:30
March 9, First T20, St George's Park - 14:30
March 12, Second T20, Kingsmead - 18:00
March 14, Third T20, Centurion - 18:00
Smith, Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du
Plessis, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morné Morkel, Kyle
David Warner, Chris Rogers, Alex
Doolan, Michael Clarke, Steven Smith, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin,
Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon
- Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
- Ray Illingworth (England)
- Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
- Adrian Holdstock (South Africa)
to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on Day 2 of the
third Test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands in Cape Town.