AUSTRALIA 27/0 & 494/7d. SA 287
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Commentary by Sport24's Herman Mostert
BATSMEN IN : Chris Rogers 1*, David Warner 25*
BATSMEN OUT :
***ALL THE ACTION FROM DAY 1 AND DAY 2***
18:05 - PICTURE
Mitchell Johnson (4/42) was Australia's most successful bowler... (Gallo Images)
18:04 - STUMPS ON DAY 3:
Australia 27-0, a lead of 234 runs.
No doubt the Proteas are heavily up against it. A day South African fans would rather want to forget!
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18:03 - No luck for a hard-working Abbott and that's it for the day!
17:59 - One more over remaining in the day. Abbott the bowler.
17:57 - Morkel over-pitches two deliveries to Warner - one on the off side, one on the leg side - and both go to the boundary...
17:54 - Perfect length from Abbott and he beats the outside edge of Warner. Abbott is really unlucky to be wicketless in this match!
17:48 - Duminy completely misses the ball in the covers. Could have caught Warner, but it goes for four. Not a dropped catch but he just didn't pick it up, looking right in the sun...
17:46 - Abbott starts with a maiden over. Morkel should look at his line and length bowling at least one in a while...
17:42 - Kyle Abbott to bowl the second over from the Kelvin Grove end.
17:42 - 9 runs off the first Morkel over!
17:38 - Morné Morkel will start proceedings from the Wynberg end. He bowls to Chris Rogers.
17:35 - A repeat of 47 all out in 2012 looks like the only thing that can save the Proteas now. However, that was a different pitch and conditions... so don't see it happening.
17:33 - Good news for South Africa is that Dale Steyn is warming up to bowl... He is proving me wrong...
17:33 - It's official now. Clarke has not enforced the follow on. Australia will bat again.
17:29 - I saw the Aussie openers, David Warner and Chris Rogers, sprinted off the park, so it looks like Australia won't enforce the follow on. Skipper Michael Clarke has never utlised that option in his career.
17:28 - South Africa all out for 287 - a deficit of 207 runs. They fail to avoid the follow on.
17:27 - WICKET! Morkel is caught by Watson at second slip for 7.
17:26 - Morkel pulls a short one from Pattinson for four to move to 7.
17:23 - Patinson to replace Harris from the Kelvin Grove end. Harris looked a bit tired...
17:17 - WICKET! Steyn is out for 28, caught at first slip by Watson off the bowling of Johnson. SA 279/9. Still 16 needed to avoid the follow on.
17:15 - The first over with the second new ball is a maiden.
17:12 - SECOND NEW BALL TAKEN
South Africa 275/8 after 80 overs. The second new ball is now available and Australia have opted to take it.
Harris to utilise it first up from the Kelvin Grove end.
17:10 - PICTURE
Steyn hit on the helmet. The definition of getting "badged". #SAvAUS - FOX SPORTS Cricket
17:10 - Johnson is back up and ready for Steyn...
17:07 - Johnson now also receiving treatment from the Australian physio Alex Kountouris.
Steyn was struck right on his Proteas badge!
17:06 - Next ball, he bowls Steyn right on the helmet! New helmet being brought on...
17:04 - Some concern for the Aussies as Johnson is seen feeling his hamstring.
He looks OK though and bowls a massive bouncer next ball to Steyn, which Steyn edges over slips for four.
17:04 - Johnson back on from the Wynberg end. This is the 80th over - the last one before the second new ball is due.
17:00 - Steyn beautifully drives Harris down the ground for four to move to 15.
16:59 - Hard-grafter Harris back on from the Kelvin Grove end.
16:52 - Aussie captain Michael Clarke has rotated his bowlers well today. All of them - except Mitchell Johnson - were given a chance to bowl into the wind.
Johnson has bowled all his overs from the Wynberg end.
16:42 - Steyn running very gingerly between the wickets. No way he's going to bowl in Australia's second innings. Remember, according to new ICC rules, he's not allowed a runner.
16:41 - South Africa need 45 more runs to avoid the follow on. If you were Michael Clarke, would you enforce the follow on if given the option?
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16:39 - 250 up for South Africa, coming off 445 balls.
16:38 - Pattinson replaces Smith from the Kelvin Grove end...
16:38 - Dale Steyn is next in.
16:36 - WICKET! Abbott is clean bowled by Watson for 3. SA 249/8.
16:33 - Watson replacing Johnson from the Wynberg end...
16:30 - Leg-spinner Smith back on for a short spell from the Kelvin Grove end... He concedes two in his second over.
16:23 - Philander continues to play Johnson with aplomb. A few of the top-order guys should ask him for some tips perhaps...
16:14 - SA now 244/7 - a deficit of exactly 250.
16:08 - The partnership between Du Plessis and Philander was worth 95 runs.
16:08 - Kyle Abbott is the next batsman in.
16:06 - WICKET! Du Plessis is out for 67, caught at gully by Warner off the bowling of Johnson. SA 241/7. The umpires wanted to check for a no-ball, but Johnson was OK, albeit only slightly!
16:05 - Johnson back on, bowling from the Wynberg end.
15:59 - Harris back on from the Kelvin Grove end... he gets smacked around...
15:57 - Some true grit displayed by Faf here, especially after he was copping some heavy sledging from the Aussies early in his innings. Memories of Adelaide 2012 coming back for him...
15:54 - PICTURE
FIFTY up for Faf du Plessis! Brings it up with a nice 4 off Lyon. Celebrates by hitting the next ball for 4. #SAvAUS - FOX SPORTS Cricket
15:52 - HALF-CENTURY for Du Plessis, coming off 119 balls. His fourth Test 50.
15:49 - Philander cuts Pattinson past backward point for four to move to 27. Batting like a top order batter here!
15:40 - Lyon has just bowled a maiden over. The first time a spinner has bowled a maiden over in this match. At the 50th attempt!
15:34 - Some immediate reverse swing from Pattinson to Philander... He bowls one that cuts back viciously!
15:33 - Four runs off the first post-tea over. Pattinson to bowl the second over after tea from the Wynberg end.
15:30 - Lyon starts proceedings from the Kelvin Grove end...
15:28 - Welcome back for the final session. It's of immense importance for South Africa that they take them to 295 to avoid the follow on.
15:12 - TEA ON DAY 3: South Africa 200/6, still 294 runs behind.
95 more needed to avoid the follow on.
Join us in about 20 minutes for the final session.
15:10 - 200 up for South Africa, coming off 347 balls.
15:06 - 50 PARTNERSHIP between Du Plessis and Philander, coming off 107 balls.
15:05 - MISSED CHANCE
Haddin drops Du Plessis after the latter gets bat onto a Harris delivery down leg side. A tough diving catch down leg...
15:03 - Former SA batsman Peter Kirsten, speaking on Radio2000, is really impressed by Philander's batting. "He is looking in no serious trouble."
For those of you who didn't know, Philander was more of a batsman at school...
14:59 - Johnson back on now, bowling from the Wynberg end.
14:58 - PICTURE
Ryan Harris, getting it to reverse swing... (Gallo Images)
14:47 - Smith out of the attack, with main destroyer-in-chief Harris back on from the Kelvin Grove end.
14:45 - MISSED CHANCE
Du Plessis steps down the pitch to Lyon, but 'keeper Haddin misses a stumping chance!
14:43 - Smith concedes five off his first over.
14:41 - Leg-spinner Steve Smith now into the attack for the first time, he bowls from the Kelvin Grove end.
14:39 - After 50 overs, the Proteas are 176/6, still 318 runs behind and 119 more needed to avoid the follow on. The partnership between Philander and Du Plessis is worth 30.
14:32 - DID YOU KNOW?
Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has 32 dismissals in Tests in South Africa, the second most among visiting 'keepers after 38 by Brian Taber (Aus), according to Cricinfo.
14:20 - 150 up for South Africa, coming off 272 balls. 145 away from avoiding the follow on.
14:12 - Legendary English cricketer Geoffrey Boycott is spotted in the stands as the players take a drinks break.
The 73-year-old played 108 Tests for England but spends a lot of time in South Africa during our summer.
He scored 8 114 Test runs at an average of 47.72.
14:08 - Pattinson bowls a maiden over and gets some nice away seam movement...
14:04 - Pattinson now back on, bowling from the Kelvin Grove end.
14:02 - PICTURE
One one team on the park at present.... (Gallo Images)
14:00 - Watson is back on from the Wynberg end, replacing Johnson.
13:58 - Harris is one wicket shy of 100 Test scalps...
13:53 - TWEET
Ryan Harris is playing this game like it could be his last Test. And with knee surgery imminent, you can see why. #SAvAUS - Alternative Cricket
13:51 - Reverse swing from Harris is proving too hot to handle for SA's batsmen here today! And combine that with the pace of Johnson, then there's no place to hide!
13:51 - Vernon Philander is the next man in.
13:49 - WICKET! Duminy is gone. He edges Harris and is caught by Haddin for 4. SA 146/6.
13:45 - Duminy tries to duck under a Johnson bouncer, but is struck on the ribs... ouch!
13:43 - MASSIVE task for "Koppe" and Du Plessis to get SA to that 295 total in order to avoid the follow on. They both have good memories of heroic knocks against the Aussies, so time to draw on those...
13:34 - JP Duminy is the next man in.
13:33 - MASSIVE WICKET! Johnson gets De Villiers for 14, caught at second slip by Clarke. SA in tatters at 133/5.
13:24 - Slight delay here as Du Plessis leaves the field for a bathroom break... Maybe he had something dodgy to eat during lunch!?
Or maybe he is running away from the extreme sledging from the Aussies he had copped just after lunch. It stemmed from him fielding the ball at his own feet and throwing it back to Johnson, which upset the visitors.
He can expect some more abuse when he comes back now!
13:17 - Johnson to bowl the second over after lunch form the Wynberg end.
13:15 - Harris, who is getting some reverse swing, is on fire here. Du Plessis lucky to survive the first over after lunch.
13:13 - Du Plessis edges the first ball after lunch, but it falls just short of Michael Clarke at second slip. Lucky!
13:12 - Harris starts proceedings, he bowled to Du Plessis.
13:10 - Welcome back for the afternoon session...
12:33 - LUNCH ON DAY 3:
South Africa 127/4 after 32 overs.
A healthy run-rate of 3.96, but the 'W' column is where the problem lies for the home side...
Join us in about 40 minutes for some more commentary...
12:29 - PICTURE
Great atmosphere at Newlands... (Picture: Sport24 fan Greg McDavid)
12:28 - Harris appears to be getting a bit of reverse swing already! Ominous sings for South Africa as early as the 31st over...
12:27 - 295
This should be South Africa's first target which would see them avoid the follow-on. Looks far away at this moment!
12:24 - PICTURE: Faint edge?
Didn't seem out at the time, but Hot Spot begs to differ. This was Harris's first ball to Faf. #SAvAUS - FOX SPORTS Cricket
12:19 - Replays show Du Plessis may have gotten a faint edge there... but the Aussies didn't review it.
12:18 - Big caught behind appeal by Harris first up to Du Plessis. Given not out...
12:17 - Faf du Plessis is the next man in.
12:15 - WICKET! Amla is clean bowled by Harris for 38. SA 121/4.
A ball that nipped back as Amla played the wrong line...
12:06 - TWEET
De Villiers has so much time it looks like he's in position first and the bowlers then bowl it to him...ridiculous talent. #SAvAUS #cricket - Craig Ray
12:03 - Aussie captain Michael Clarke continuing with his policy of using Johnson in short bursts.
12:03 - Pattinson back on from the Wynberg end, replacing Johnson.
12:00 - Amla moves into the 30s when he drives Harris through the covers for four.
# is in the groove now on a decent batting strip!
11:58 - Harris now back into the attack, replacing Lyon from the Kelvin Grove end.
11:53 - 100 up for South Africa after De Villiers darts down the pitch and drives Lyon to the boundary.
The 100 up after 138 balls.
11:47 - World's best batsman, AB de Villiers, is next in.
It's again up to him to save the Proteas...
11:45 - WICKET! Petersen is out for 53, caught behind by Haddin off Johnson. SA 95/3.
Extreme pace by Johnson! Petersen got an edge down leg...
11:42 - 50 PARTNERSHIP between Amla and Peterson, coming off 53 balls.
11:40 - Johnson bends his back and bowls one at 149.7km/h and hits Petersen on the arm...
11:36 - Proteas currently scoring at 4.7 runs per over. Can't remember when last we had this healthy a run-rate to start an innings?
11:35 - Amla plays a risky, lofted drive through the covers off Lyon. Luckily for him, it falls safely into a gap...
11:29 - HALF-CENTURY for Petersen, coming off exactly 50 balls. His eighth Test 50! Also his fastest ever Test half-century.
11:28 - Johnson now back on, bowling from the Wynberg End...
11:27 - Goodness, gracious! Petersen plays a reverse sweep off Lyon! I hate that shot, even in one-day cricket...
11:24 - Off-spinner Nathan Lyon is next on, bowling from the Kelvin Grove end.
11:23 - 18 runs off the latest Pattinson over. Petersen racing to his half-century...
11:20 - PICTURE
Dropped! Good effort by Lyon, but the ball didn't quite stick in his left mit. #SAvAUS - FOX SPORTS Cricket
11:15 - 50 up for South Africa, coming off 88 balls.
11:14 - SMITH UNDER PRESSURE?
According to Cricinfo, Graeme Smith's average this series, 8.4, is the second lowest from a South African top order batsman in a series since 1992.
Only Daryll Cullinan's average of 5.2 against Australia in 1993/94 was lower.
11:12 - Lyon looks distraught. He got a big part of his left hand to the ball but couldn't grasp it...
11:10 - MISSED CHANCE
Petersen dropped by a diving Nathan Lyon at backward point. Tough chance, but a let-off for South Africa!
11:00 - Hashim Amla is next in. Big innings needed from the mighty # !
10:58 - WICKET! Elgar is out for 11, caught behind by 'keeper Haddin off Pattinson. SA 42/2.
He got an inside edge, with Haddin displaying great reflexes to move to his left and take the catch.
10:57 - PICTURE
Beautiful panoramic view of Newlands - Hussein Manack
10:55 - The Proteas have scored 33 runs off the last four overs.
10:53 - Ugly scenes as new bowler, Shane Watson, throws the ball back at Petersen. Petersen ducks out the way.
Next ball he responds by flicking Watson off his pads for four...
10:50 - Television screens show the victorious SA Under-19 team who are at the ground.
They won the Under-19 Cricket World Cup by beating Pakistan in the final in Dubai on Saturday.
Massive cheer from the crowd!
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10:45 - James Pattinson replaces Johnson from the Wynberg end. First little battle won by SA against the Aussie danger-man!
10:44 - Harris's speed just under the 140km/h mark.
10:41 - Harris looking the more dangerous bowler here this morning...
10:37 - Johnson now coming around the wicket to Elgar...
10:36 - Elgar off the mark with a four, although he ran four after overthrows...
10:33 - DID YOU KNOW?
Smith has only passed 50 twice in his last 15 Test innings - although one of those times he went on to score 234 - against Pakistan in the UAE late last year.
10:30 - Elgar played Johnson well in PE last week. He'll need more of the same here today. His first two balls from Johnson - both bouncers - are well dealt with...
10:26 - Dean Elgar is next in. He moves up the order, with the Proteas holding Hashim Amla back in the No 4 slot...
10:25 - Harris has been superb this morning. Looked dangerous with every ball delivered
10:24 - SMITH IS GONE!
Caught by 'keeper Brad Haddin off the bowling of Ryan Harris for 5 off 19 balls
10:24 - WICKET!
10:16 - Bit of a waste of a review by Australia. The ball was pitching in line, but missing off stump fairly comfortably...
10:15 - HUGE APPEAL
Umpire says 'not out' and Australia appeal the decision...
10:10 - Mitchell Johnson charges in from the Wynberg End.
This could be interesting and give us a clearer indication of any swing/bounce/pace in the wicket
10:05 - Good start by SA as Harris gets some swing, but nothing alarming
10:01 - AND WE'RE UNDER WAY AT NEWLANDS!
Ryan Harris opens the bowling from the Kelvin Grove End as skipper Graeme Smith takes guard.
9:57 - PICTURE
Jacques Kallis is honoured on Day 2 of the Test at Newlands for his contribution to the game, alongside Deputy Minister of Sport Gert Oosthuizen and Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula (Gallo Images)
9:45 - AUSTRALIA HAVE DECLARED!
Australia have declared on their overnight score of 494/7.
South Africa will come out to bat at 10:00
Pad up Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen. Your country needs you!
9:50 - PICTURE
Australia warming up at Newlands - Neil Manthorp
9:32 - GOOD WEATHER NEWS!
It is a clear day, and we should have our early start.
About 52 overs have been lost already, two to poor over rate (on Day 1), and the
rest to rain (on Day 2). We will try to make up eight overs each on the
next three days, but this now leaves Michael Clarke with an interesting
decision to make. Does he declare overnight or does he go for 600 and
bat only once? There has been some catching practice going on, so my
guess is Australia won't bat for too long.
Also remember JP Duminy will be on a hat-trick whenever he bowls next in this Test.
9:24 - PROTEAS IN A HUDDLE
Team-talk ahead of Day 3 at Newlands - Twitter
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)
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