Australia in SA

Proteas skittle Aussies

2011-11-10 16:36
Vernon Philander (Gallo Images)
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.

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