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Proteas skittle Aussies

2011-11-10 16:36

Cape Town - It was carnage at Newlands as 22 wickets fell on day two of the opening Test between South Africa and Australia on Thursday, 18 of which fell after lunch.

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Dismissed for 47 in their second-innings, Australia scored their lowest total in 100 years. The lowest Test total ever was 26 by New Zealand against England in 1955, while Australia's lowest was 36 against England in 1902.

It is only the second time in history that parts of all four innings' have been played a single day.

The only other time was at Lord's when England were up against the West Indies in the 1980's.

Australia resumed on 214 for eight and went on to score 284 before dismissing South Africa for 96 runs after lunch.

At tea, Australia were 13 for three and were bundled out for 47.

Television umpire Billy Bowden was involved in nine of the decisions, but not in the crucial one, which could have changed the game.

Earlier, Shane Watson, who had almost single-handedly destroyed South Africa batting line-up, found himself back in the changeroom when he was adjudged lbw to Dale Steyn.

Watson (4) seemed to hesitate but decided against a review after he was given out by umpire Ian Gould, however, television replays showed the ball was going over the stumps.

Wickets tumbled and only the tail managed to get double figures. Peter Siddle defied the South African bowlers for a second time on the same day, when he was the first man to reach double figures since Graeme Smith's 37 - which had occurred 16 wickets earlier.

Nathan Lyon was the only other man to reach double figures with what seemed like an enormous score of 14.

The South Africans need 237 runs for victory.

SAPA

Comments
  • Heiku - 2011-11-10 16:43

    holy ships

      Steenbra - 2011-11-10 16:51

      Holy kangaroos more likely

      Renny - 2011-11-10 18:45

      Im loving this, awesome match and I was worried about the rain, go figure.

  • jafet.maclean - 2011-11-10 16:44

    thats just weird.....

  • Gerald - 2011-11-10 16:49

    watch claims about match fixing

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 16:55

      Yeah. Two bookies. One paying the Ozzies to lose and one paying the Proteas to lose.

      Jaco - 2011-11-10 21:39

      Here is something I have been wondering about. Who audits Hawkeye, because me thinks there is a good buck to be made betting on overturned decisions... With technology, if going unaudited, it would be a breeze for those guys to manipulate 2D images to get to a favourable scenario for bookies.....

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-11 01:12

      I think Hawkeye uses complex mathematical algorithms. It’s pretty easily tested though. If you bowl a ball without the batsman in front of the wicket you can compare the actual result with the calculated result and determine the accuracy thereof.

  • Thomas - 2011-11-10 16:55

    Are the Aussies "chokers"?

      Shoosh - 2011-11-10 17:23

      NO, blame the ref again, oops sorry I meant the Umpires Strike Back!

  • Gungets - 2011-11-10 16:57

    South Easter blowing nice and hard, cold air coming in giving the ball some shape in the air. Custom made for Philander. Steyn and Morkel less so because they don't bowl as full. Aussie medium pacers going to have some fun here - it is far from over

  • Deon - 2011-11-10 16:58

    Remarkable part of all 4 innings on 1 day. Last saw this against Zimbabwe?

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 17:01

      This will be one of those tests you never forget.

  • Grant - 2011-11-10 17:22

    @Sports24 - please update stories within the same article. That way, people who comment early on will have their predictions and assumptions matched against actual outcomes. People like Andre who was all over the Proteas like a rash for their "pathetic" display can eat their words when they turn out to be proved idiotic :)

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 17:28

      That's what they were doing until someone complained about it.

      Grant - 2011-11-10 17:37

      Yeah, I saw... :) I wonder if the complainers were the same ones who are now looking like the clueless bunch we always knew they were??

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 17:50

      You will always get people who are negative about everything and then when things go wrong they pop out of the woodwork and say “I told you so”. I must admit I was very despondent when our wickets were falling and I also think that South African fielding has been well below par. Win or lose I think Gary has a lot of work to do.

      Grant - 2011-11-10 19:10

      Agreed - I dont think we have played at our best, but letting a soft try through in rugby doesnt mean the team sucks - as long as they come back from it. Same goes for cricket - its not a 1-hour game, so as much as we might not play well at times, there's a WHOLE GAME to play. We fought back well. A lesser team would have rolled over and died...

  • Jp - 2011-11-10 17:31

    Would love to hear from all of those as&^%*les who posted with negative comments earlier... cat got your tounge?

  • Dino - 2011-11-10 18:22

    What a brilliant fight back by S.A.! Can't believe it's only day two, but who ever said test cricket isn't exciting? Let's hope our batsmen can keep their concentration and wits about them tomorrow morning. Great stuff S.A.!

  • Dianne - 2011-11-10 18:38

    Wow didn't see this coming:) Have to admit I stopped watching when we were scuttled for 90-something. Now I'm glued. Sorry to be such a fairweather watcher, but don't normally watch tests. This game just turned that around! WOW! very exciting to watch.

  • Barry - 2011-11-10 19:12

    Four innings in one day. What are the odds on that ?

      Grant - 2011-11-10 19:55

      three to one??

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-11 00:58

      They said it's only happened twice before. Dunno how true that is.

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