Proteas in Australia

Steyn leads SA fightback

2012-12-01 07:12
Dale Steyn (Gallo Imagfes)

Perth - South Africa struck back with a vengeance on the second day of the third and final Test against Australia at the WACA Ground on Saturday.

Defending just 225 after winning the toss and electing to bat on the opening day, the Proteas claimed four early wickets on the second day to tear the heart out of Australia's top order.

At lunch, Australia was struggling at 118 for seven in reply, with wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade offering the lone resistance for the home side with a counter-attacking 60 not out, including three sixes.

Test newcomer John Hastings was on two.

Resuming at 33-2, the home team collapsed dramatically in the opening 30 minutes of play as pace bowler Dale Steyn (4-33) rediscovered his best form in a stunning spell.

In his first over of the day, Steyn removed careless opener David Warner, caught behind for 13 when he slashed at a wide delivery, despite the Australian asking for the decision to be reviewed.

Steyn then removed night watchman Nathan Lyon three balls later for seven, caught at gully by Faf du Plessis.

Champion batsman Ricky Ponting strode to the crease to huge applause in his final Test, but lasted just over 10 minutes before being trapped lbw by Vernon Philander (2-41), another Australian decision review failing.

Australian skipper Michael Clarke's golden run of form came to an end when he became Steyn's fourth victim, caught behind for just five from a searing delivery.

The home team was 45-6, having lost four wickets for just 11 runs.

It would have been 45-7 had Hashim Amla's throw at the stumps from mid-off, with Wade well out of his crease and having given up the cause, been a direct hit.

After that near-miss, Wade and Hussey steadied the ship for Australia by putting on 55 runs, before Morne Morkel (1-13) found the outside edge of Hussey's bat and had him caught at first slip by Graeme Smith for 12.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
17 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Thirty and still single? There’s hope!

Are you thirty and still single, without even a hint of a prospect on the horizon? Then read this!

 
 

Men24.com

SA’s Playboy Playmate of the year in action!
12 lies everyone accepts as fact
Hottie of the day: Charlotte
Breakup text goes viral and it’s hilarious!
Fixtures
17 December 2014
South Africa v West Indies, Centurion 10:30
26 December 2014
South Africa v West Indies, Port Elizabeth 10:30
02 January 2015
South Africa v West Indies, Cape Town 10:30
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

The Proteas have wrapped up their Test series against Australia with a 1-0 victory. Which international opponent gives you greatest pleasure in beating?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.