SA 265 & 287. OZ 303/5d & 494/7d
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Commentary by Sport24's Herman Mostert and Garrin Lambley
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19:00 - PICTURE
The victorious Australian team celebrate their series victory - (AFP)
18:15 - POST-MATCH QUOTES
SA skipper Graeme Smith: "We have been outplayed in this Test throughout so it was important to show the fight today. I am really proud of that, but it is important to congratulate Michael Clarke and his team. We have had great battles over the past years, and this one will go down too.
"Obviously it has been pretty emotional few days. (Retirement) pretty much on my mind at the start of the series, but for some reason kept putting it off. With my daughter in and out of the hospital…
"Ever since I moved here as an 18-year-old, Newlands has been my home so this was the perfect place to do it. Since the time I started everybody commented on my style of batting saying I won't make it so to end with these runs is a proud achievement.
"From a leadership perspective, having been part of so many wonderful results is amazing. When you get the job at 22, a lot of growth needs to happen. It took me a few years to figure out what was needed.
"To all the people who have approached me on the streets, to all that have bought tickets, to all that have stayed up late to support us, I am really thankful."
Australian captain Michael Clarke: "What a series. "Firstly, I want to think Graeme Smith and his team. The world will be a sad place for him retiring. It has been tough away from home for us for a long time. The way the boys have played is tremendous. The series in India and England were not good. To turn it around is great. All the support staff has been great too.
"Playing South Africa, and in South Africa, has been the greatest challenge. Great to have won here. Mitch (Johnson) and Ryan Harris have been exceptional. Patto (Pattinson) comes in and takes wicket. Nathan Lyon. Watto (Watson). We will enjoy the series now. I didn't enjoy today a lot. A long day. It was getting really close. There is still a lot of work to do to get where South Africa is."
18:13 - PICTURE
Farewell Biff - CA Digital Media
18:08 - MAN-OF-THE-MOMENT
Australia's opening batsman, David Warner, has been named man-of-the-match and man-of-the-series.
He scored 543 runs in the series at an average of 90.5!
18:00 - PICTURE
Waiting for post-match ceremony, emotional scenes #SAvAUS - CA Digital Media
17:49 - AUSTRALIA WIN BY 245 RUNS AND THEY TAKE THE SERIES 2-1.
Terrific fight shown by South Africa on the final day, but the Aussies were full value for their win. They dominated for four days and toiled hard on a pitch that was still good for batting on the final day.
This is the first series loss for South Africa since they lost to Australia on these shores back in 2009.
With Jacques Kallis retiring at the end of last year, and Graeme Smith now also bowing out, it will signal the dawn of a new era and perhaps an uncertain period for the world's No 1-ranked Test side...
17:48 - WICKET! Morkel can't handle the pressure and is clean bowled off his second ball and that's it. South Africa all out for 265.
17:46 - Morné Morkel is the last man in.
17:45 - WICKET! Harris, who was brought back on, clean bowls Steyn for 1. SA 265/9.
Steyn faced 44 balls for his one run.
17:45 - This is Test cricket at its very best!
17:44 - Philander survives. SA 265/8 with 5 overs left in the day!
17:43 - Yes, NOT OUT as replays show it would have missed leg stump. Good decision by umpire Aleem Dar!
17:42 - Looks like it's going down leg...
17:41 - Johnson appeals for an lbw appeal against Philander. Given not out, but Australia review it.
17:40 - FUNNY TWEET AS JOHNSON BOWLS
I can't watch as Freddie Mercury is still in the attack.... 2 wickets in hand. 5.5...... - Cindy Poluta
17:38 - SA 265/8. 6 overs to go!!!
17:38 - Steyn survies another maiden.
17:37 - Wicketkeeper Haddin now standing up to the stumps as Watson runs in to Steyn. He struggles to catch it as Steyn leaves it hebind and moves back next ball...
17:34 - PICTURE
'Come a bit closer, Michael, and say that to my face. That's right, didn't think so.' - Cricket365
17:33 - SA 265/8. 7 overs left.
17:30 - HALF-CENTURY from Philander as he nudges Johnson down leg for four. His fourth Test 50.
That 50 came off 95 balls.
No doubt Philander's best ever knock!
17:28 - Danger-man Johnson back on from the Wynberg end. He will have four more overs...
17:28 - Steyn survives. 8 overs left.
17:28 - TWEET
Only Test cricket can throw up these circumstances. This is unparalleled sporting theatre. #SAvAus - Freddie Wilde
17:25 - Mitchell Johnson will definitely have a few more overs to bowl at the end. Those few could be pivotal...
17:24 - Australia turning to Shane Watson, bowling from the Kelvin Grove end.
17:24 - Big Vern survives another Pattinson over. 9 to go.
17:21 - Small Newlands crowd cheering every ball now... Not the worst atmosphere for a small crowd!
17:19 - SA 261/8. 10 overs, or 60 balls, remaining.
17:18 - An easy two on offer for Steyn but they opt not to run. These two have clearly decided: Steyn to cover the bowler from Kelvin Grove end and Philander from the Wynberg end...
17:17 - Fielders all around the bat for Steyn.
17:16 - Lyon is back on from the Kelvin Grove end, bowling to Steyn.
17:16 - Philander survives a maiden over from Pattinson. 11 left.
17:11 - No matter what happens here, it has turned into yet another epic Test match involving the South African side. Who said Test cricket was not exciting? 12 overs, or 72 balls left...
17:08 - TWEET
13 overs to go. Nothing in the pitch. Bowlers tired. Tension building - Andy Zaltzman
17:04 - TWEET
Last hour signaled at Newlands. Test match is kicking off, Clarke & Steyn at each other's throats after Philander's given not out. Gripping - Jean Smyth
17:03 - Pattinson now on from the Wynberg end, replacing Johnson.
17:02 - Steyn survives a maiden over from Harris. 14 overs left to survive.
17:01 - PICTURE
Tight call - FOX SPORTS Cricket
16:59 - Looks like the correct call was made!
16:58 - Clarke and Steyn also having 'words'...
16:58 - The Australians are extremely angry here and demand an explanation! Again a lot of swearing...
16:57 - NOT OUT! Third umpire Ray Illingworth has overturned the decision, saying Philander's hand was off the bat when he was struck.
16:54 - The Aussies are convinced that he got a glove on it. Looks a tight call. It may have brushed the top tip of his thumb...
However, his glove was off the bat, so shouldn't given out!
16:52 - Philander is given out after being caught at short leg off Johnson. He reviews the decision...
16:47 - Harris almost hits Steyn on the head with a vicious bouncer but the South African manages to duck away just in time. The Aussies sarcastically ask him if he's alright...
"I'm fine mate."
16:44 - Harris back on from the Kelvin Grove end.
16:39 - Philander not afraid of Johnson as he AGAIN pulls him for four to move to 45.
16:36 - Leggie Steve Smith back on from the Kelvin Grove end.
16:34 - 250 up for South Africa (off 718 balls) as Philander pulls Johnson for four to move into the 40s...
16:30 - Dale Steyn next in. Can he produce a similar performance to the one when he scored 76 against Australia in 2008?
16:29 - WICKET! Duminy (43) falls into a trap and is caught by Lyon at a leg slip off the bowling of Johnson. SA 246/8.
16:28 - SA 246/7. 20 overs left to play.
16:22 - Philander wants a fifty. He pulls Johnson for four to move to 36...
16:21 - Maiden over from Lyon. 22 overs left.
16:18 - Lyon now back on from the Kelvin Grove end. He has bowled 19 overs, conceding only 10 runs, but no wickets...
16:17 - TWEET
What a shame Proteas have woken up for the fight only on day five - Rob Houwing
16:15 - Philander survives the Johnson over.
16:15 - Just in case you're wondering, the extra half hour rule applies to every day except the final day of a Test match. So Australia won't get another 30 minutes at the end...
16:13 - Johnson back on from the Wynberg end. Key moment coming up now.
16:10 - Skipper Clarke is on to bowl now from the Kelvin Grove end. Aussies getting desperate?
16:09 - SA 237/7.
25 overs left to hang on for South Africa.
16:06 - OUCH! Philander is struck again. A beamer from Pattinson strikes him on the finger. Physio is out to assist...
Pattinson apologises as the umpire calls a no ball.
16:05 - PICTURE
Look closely & you'll see a cherry on the spot on Philander's shirt where he was hit by Pattinson. Ouch! #SAvAUS - FOX SPORTS Cricket
16:01 - Just in case you're wondering, the required run-rate to win is 10.84 per over for South Africa.
16:00 - Smith smacked for three boundaries off his last over. Duminy on fire now!
15:59 - 50 PARTNERSHIP between Duminy and Philander, coming off just 64 balls!
15:57 - Leg-spinner Smith is back on from the Kelvin Grove end.
15:55 - Next ball, an in-swinger from Pattinson almost castles Philander's stumps... Replays show it missed by about a centimetre.
15:53 - Philander duck into a Pattinson bouncer. Massive appeal from the bowler, but given not out. Going over the top!
15:50 - TWEET
Michael Clarke definitely starting to get edgy, can see he's trying to make something happen. Great spectacle. #SAvAUS - Jean Smyth
15:48 - SA 213/7 after 110 overs.
29 overs left to survive...
15:38 - Herschelle Gibbs, speaking on Radio2000, believes South Africa's chances at sneaking a draw is 50/50! He feels Philander and Steyn are more than capable to stay with Duminy for long enough... He's hoping Morkel doesn't have to come in at the end...
15:35 - Pattinson to bowl the second over after tea from the Wynberg end.
15:34 - Harris starts with a maiden.
15:30 - Harris will start the final session. He bowls to Philander from the Kelvin Grove end.
15:29 - PICTURE
Picturesque Newlands... - CA Digital Media
15:29 - Welcome back for the final session. Can South Africa survive and fight for what would be a remarkable draw? It's been done before!
Duminy is the key, and lets hope Philander and possibly Steyn can stick with him for as long as possibly because I can't see Morkel really surviving too long out there...
15:10 - TEA ON DAY 5: South Africa 201/7.
33 overs left.
Join us in about 20 minutes for the final session of the match...
15:08 - 200 up for South Africa, coming off 634 balls.
15:06 - Philander swings at a Johnson short ball, gets a top edge and it goes all the way for SIX!
15:02 - A lot of swear words can be heard via the stump microphone... Aussies having a ball of a time out there now... #classy
15:00 - TWEET
Regardless of the batsman, regardless of the circumstances, it is ALWAYS poor form to give a send-off to a batsman. #SAvAUS - Alternative Cricket
14:57 - Du Plessis was mocked by the Australians when given out there with David Warner at the forefront. Not the best sportsmanship, but that's what you can expect I guess...
14:54 - Vernon Philander is next in.
14:52 - WICKET! No luck for Du Plessis who has to go for 47 (109 balls). SA 173/7.
14:51 - Smith strikes when he gets Du Plessis lbw. Given out, but Du Plessis appeal.
14:51 - Leg-spinner Steve Smith now on from the Kelvin Grove end, trying to replicate Warne...
14:49 - PICTURE
Shane Warne, Australia's bowling consultant... (Gallo Images)
14:45 - QUOTE
"You just feel, if one of these two gets out, then it could open a gates," says Radio2000 commentator Peter Kirsten.
14:45 - Johnson back on from the Wynberg end.
14:41 - 100 overs bowled by Australia. SA 168/6, a run-rate of 1.68.
The script has Adelaide 2012 written all over it...
14:37 - 40 overs left in the day. "Koppe" and Faf holding firm...
14:27 - In the Adelaide Test in 2012, when South Africa played out a fighting draw, Lyon bowled 50 overs and conceded only 49 runs.
CLICK HERE for a scorecard from that Adelaide Test.
14:26 - Off-spinner Lyon is back on from the Kelvin Grove end. He has remarkably bowled 16 overs, conceding only 5 runs!
14:21 - Du Plessis looking solid as a rock here with 44 overs left. The new ball is 15 overs old now with the Aussie bowlers looking a tad frustrated...
14:10 - Drinks break with South Africa on 151/6. 47 overs remaining in the day.
14:09 - Du Plessis pulls Watson to the boundary to bring up South Africa's 150, coming off 553 balls.
14:06 - PICTURE
Cricket SA and the Proteas pay homage to retiring skipper Graeme Smith... (Gallo Images)
14:06 - Shane Watson is now on from the Kelvin Grove end...
13:58 - DID YOU KNOW?
The fewest runs scored in a FULL day’s play in the history of Test cricket is the 95 scored on the first day of the Test match between Australia and Pakistan in 1956-57.
So far the Proteas (147/6) have scored 76...
13:52 - Pattinson is now on to replace Johnson from the Wynberg end.
13:49 - It may just be a short bathroom break as he has just completed his four-over spell...
13:48 - Johnson has just left the field for Australia. Unsure what the issue is...
13:47 - Duminy, of course, also has fond memories of playing against the Aussies under extreme pressure. He scored 50 not out against them in Perth in December 2008 as South Africa chased down a mammoth 414 to win. He followed that up with a brilliant 166 in the next Test in Melbourne to set up a series win.
13:42 - Duminy gets off the mark by playing it off his pads on a vacant leg side...
13:40 - Harris coming around the wicket to Duminy, who is yet to get off the mark. Four slips in place...
13:36 - De Villiers's dismissal also means his record run of half-centuries in consecutive Tests (12) is now over.
But I reckon it's a record that will stand for a while though...
13:30 - JP Duminy is next in. Last chance saloon for the hosts to try and save the game!
13:29 - WICKET! De Villiers falls to Harris, he edges him and is caught by 'keeper Haddin for 43 off 228 balls.
SA 136/6. De Villiers was struggling against Harris there. Played and missed at a few before finally getting an edge...
13:27 - ENTRANCE IS NOW FREE!
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If so, then make sure you get to Newlands NOW, as entry into the ground is now FREE!
13:25 - Du Plessis confidently pulls a Johnson short ball for four. Looking confident here Du Plessis. No doubt drawing from his Adelaide 2012 heroics...
13:22 - EX-SA CRICKETER ACCUSED OF RAPE
In case you haven't heard, a former South Africa international cricketer has been accused of rape.
The man played for the South African national team and took part in the 1992 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
CLICK HERE to read the full story.
13:20 - Harris starting to trouble De Villiers a bit now. Has beaten his bat twice with the new ball. Getting a little bit of shape away from the right-hander..
13:18 - Du Plessis gets a bottom edge off Johnson, but fortunately for him it falls short of 'keeper Haddin.
13:14 - Johnson bowling the second over with the new ball, from the Wynberg end...
13:11 - Second ball after lunch, De Villiers clips Harris off his pads for four to move into the 40s...
13:10 - Welcome back for the afternoon session. The new ball is available and Ryan Harris will steam in with it!
12:36 - Join us at 13:10 for interactive commentary from the second session!
12:34 - Interestingly, the latest bookies' odds are:
Australia - 4/7
South Africa - 250/1
12:33 - Australia require five wickets to win the series 2-1, while South Africa need to survive 60 overs to draw - or score an unlikely 389 to win...
12:32 - Vital to the outcome of the match perhaps, is that 80 overs have now been bowled and the new ball will be available to Michael Clarke's troops in the second session
12:31 - 39 overs bowled in that first session, 51 runs scored, for the loss of 1 wicket (Abbott for 7)
12:31 - AND THAT'S LUNCH AT NEWLANDS ON DAY 5: SA 122/5.
12:28 - PICTURE
Catchers, catchers, everywhere - Cricinfo
12:28 - LAST OVER BEFORE LUNCH
12:18 - PICTURE
The umpires and Michael Clarke discuss the state of the ball - CA Digital Media
12:16 - Could someone with better knowledge of the cricket laws please point out which law states a fielder, throwing a ball into the wicketkeeper - or bowler for that matter - HAS to do so without bouncing it first...
12:15 - De Villiers brings up his 200... balls faced that is
12:13 - The two umpires call a meeting with Michael Clarke, presumably to discuss the roughing up of the ball by bouncing it in to the wicketkeeper
Utterly ridiculous to expect a fielder on the run from the boundary to have to throw it into the 'keepers gloves without bouncing
12:10 - TARGET NOW UNDER 400!
SA require 399 - albeit unlikely - runs for victory!
12:08 - TWEET
What do you make of the commentators' complaints about the Aussies bouncing the ball back to the 'keeper? - FOX Sports Cricket
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12:07 - AB turned 30 last month, while Faf celebrates his 30th in July
12:06 - The Proteas' hopes lie in the hands of two Affies boys right now - who also happen to be the most likely candidates to take over the captaincy of the national team going forward following Graeme Smith's shock retirement
11:58 - 100-up for the Proteas off 70.2 overs
11:50 - PICTURE
James Pattinson celebrates the wicket of Kyle Abbott - FOX Sports Cricket
11:43 - Mitchell Johnson steams in to Du Plessis. 67 overs bowled in the Proteas second innings, 13 until the new ball which could be key.
11:38 - Anyone drawing comparisons to the drawn Adelaide Test in 2012, AB de Villiers scored 33 off 220 and Faf du Plessis scored 110* off 376 balls...
11:36 - Abbott's resistance finally ends as he's bowled by James Pattinson for 7 off 89 balls in 116 balls.
He did his job.
11:36 - WICKET!
11:34 - 25 overs, 24 runs this morning.
Riveting Test cricket...
11:28 - Skipper Clarke turns to himself to have a bowl.
Australia are rattling through the overs at the moment as the partnership between De Villiers and Abbott grows to 26.
11:25 - And the first 2 overs after the drinks break mirror those 20 before it - very little...
11:17 - 20 overs have been bowled this morning, and 21 runs scored...
Crucially however, SA haven't lost a wicket...
11:17 - DRINKS AT NEWLANDS
11:09 - TWEET
Who's defense is better? AB de Villiers or Oscar Pistorius? - Cindy Poluta
11:06 - Over an hour since Abbott last scored a run... but he drives Smith to the boundary!
11:00 - Part-time leg-spinner Steven Smith now into the attack
10:56 - PICTURE
Not sure Michael Clarke's field placings are agressive enough... - FOX Sports Cricket
10:55 - WARNEY SPOTTED ON THE BOUNDARY
Australian spin legend Shane Warne is spotted on the boundary chatting to Nathan Lyon.
No doubt Australia will have loved to have Warne bowling for them today...
10:43 - 10 overs have now been bowled on Day 5.
SA have scored 12 runs - but crucially, haven't yet lost a wicket...
10:42 - Abbott is doing a fantastic job for the Proteas' cause.
His 2 runs have come off 45 balls
10:40 - Skipper Michael Clarke is tired of pace and turns to Nathan Lyon for some spin...
10:38 - PICTURE
Attacking field for Johnson... - Brendon Atwell
10:36 - For those wanting a sneaky bet on the outcome, Ladbrokes have the following odds on offer:
Australia - 1/4
SA - 100/1
Draw - 3/1
10:34 - The Proteas' dressing room will be encouraged by the first half hour as the pitch looks lifeless and the Australia attack - including Johnson - is struggling to get any life out of it
10:27 - Slow start at Newlands today - exactly as SA would've wanted.
Mitchell Johnson into the attack now. Things about to get spicy...
10:14 - Streaky boundary by De Villiers through the slips...
10:10 - Two overs gone, two runs scored... SA need 438 to win!
10:04 - James Pattinson opens the bowling for Australia
10:03 - AB de Villiers and Kyle Abbott come out to bat.
De Villiers was
exceptional yesterday at playing within himself. He negotiated 100
deliveries, scored just 16 runs. If he reaches 50 and goes at this
strike rate, he will have taken South Africa a long way towards saving
10:02 - AND WE'RE UNDERWAY AT NEWLANDS!
10:01 - TWEET
Newlands crowd finally petering out, it seems. Will a handful see history? Nah. - Rob Houwing
9:56 - GRAEME SMITH THROUGH THE AGES
View pictures of Graeme Smith's career...
9:53 - WEATHER OUTLOOK
Hot, Hot, Hot!
30 degrees Celsius expected today with ZERO % chance of rain
9:52 - DAY 5 AT NEWLANDS
So, the final day of the final Test between SA and Australia has dawned.
Five hundred and eighty-eight possible legal deliveries. Ten ways to get
out to each of them. Australia need just six of them to work out. South
Africa need to keep 583 of them out.
Australia begin the day as obvious
favourites, but if there is any team that can survive a day to draw a
match, it is South Africa.
This will take proper and long Test-match
batting, mind you. No counter-attacks. This is not for the impatient. And they
have a relentless attack at them.
9:50 - BIFF'S MOST FAMOUS INNINGS?
Without doubt the one he played with a broken hand at the SCG in 2009.
Click HERE to watch the video...
9:42 - HIGHEST PAID CRICKETERS
Guess who's the highest paid cricketer?
Click HERE for the Top 10 list...
9:39 - NEXT IN LINE: AB OR FAF?
The list of ‘possibles’ to fill the considerable Graeme Smith SA Test leadership post is a lean one, says Sport24 chief writer Rob Houwing.
Click HERE for the full article...
9:37 - COACH DOMINGO STILL HAS HOPE
With their backs to the wall at 71 for four, and three sessions left to
salvage a draw and the series, Proteas coach Russell Domingo believes
there is still hope.
Click HERE for the full article...
9:36 - SMITH'S RETIREMENT SURPRISED KALLIS
Jacques Kallis says he didn’t realise SA captain Graeme Smith was ‘that close’ to retiring from national duty, writes Sport24's chief writer Rob Houwing.
Click HERE for the full article...
9:35 - BIFF WAS SA'S WAUGH - CULLINAN
Former SA batsman Daryl Cullinan says Proteas captain Graeme Smith brought a Steve Waugh-like mental strength to the team.
Click HERE for the full article...
9:29 - HASHIM HAS A BEARDED TWIN!
Proteas fans thought the Mighty # was one of a kind. How wrong they
were, it appears he has a doppelganger in England's Moeen Ali.
Click HERE to view the uncanny likeness...
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 5 of the
third Test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands in Cape Town.