AB defiant as Proteas hang on

2014-03-04 18:33

Cape Town - AB de Villiers has underlined his ability to take his game from one extreme to another as he led the Proteas act of defiance against a rampant Australian side on the fourth day of the third Test match at Newlands on Tuesday.

As it happened: SA v Oz Day 4

De Villiers occupied the crease for exactly 100 balls for his unbeaten 16 runs that saw the Proteas reach 71/4 at the close of play in pursuit of a world record victory target of 511.

De Villiers has no doubt cast his mind back to November, 2012, when he occupied the crease for more than four hours to rescue a draw in partnership with his old school mate, Faf du Plessis.

As a matter of comparison the Proteas had 77/4 off 50 overs at the close of the fourth day of that remarkable Adelaide Test match with De Villiers having Du Plessis as his partner with an injured Jacques Kallis the remaining dependable batsman to come.

At the moment he has night watchman Kyle Abbott as his partner with Du Plessis and JP Duminy the key batsmen still to come to the crease.

The odds are still very much on a well deserved Australian victory as they have dominated the match from day one and can probably claim to have won all12 sessions of play.

They finally declared at 303/5 in their second innings off only 58 overs as David Warner once again provided one of the batting highlights for Australia with his second century of the match (145 off 156 balls, 13 fours and 4 sixes), his third in this series, his fourth against South Africa and his eighth overall.

His opening partnership with Chris Rogers that bolted the back door was worth 123 in only 20.2 overs.

When they batted a second time the Proteas found themselves in deep trouble, being 15/3 at the tea interval off only six overs from Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris. That included Graeme Smith who fell for three in his final Test innings.

He was given a guard of honour by the Australians as he came to the crease and a standing ovation by the Newlands faithful as he left it.


  • Rory Beckett - 2014-03-04 18:47

    Look, even the protes wanna watch the court case

      Mac Naidoo - 2014-03-04 19:23

      Lol. Doing it rounds recently everytime Biff's wife called The ground when he was batting the guy answring the call would say just hang on he won't be long. Could not be more true in this series

  • Hero-Gorha Madikizela - 2014-03-04 19:10

    AB De Villiers the best batsman @ present, along with Virat Kholi!

      Jacob Maermerrie - 2014-03-04 19:34

      Absolutely!! That is why you will never get anywhere___in this series 314 against David Warner's 540,,,,,Oh, I forgot ___you are also looking at the ridiculous ICC rankings!?

      Hero-Gorha Madikizela - 2014-03-04 19:46

      Oh so because Warner has scored more runs than AB ''in this series'', you want to say Warner is better than AB?!!? Ay please!

      Jacob Maermerrie - 2014-03-04 20:28

      No you idiot!! I was baiting you and you took it ! Hook, line and sinker!!!

      Malcolm Kuhn - 2014-03-04 21:33

      @ Hero, Australia doesn't care about shiny fancy rankings. They are more interested in winning test matches.

      Charl Koegelenberg - 2014-03-04 21:36

      And Warner knocked the best bowling attack to all corners of the ground in 3 tests. Australië don't have the 'no1' 'no2' bowlers in their attack he deserves to be up there

  • Andre Nunes - 2014-03-04 19:19

    With all the confusion yesterday in the courts over the similarity of a gunshot and sound of a cricket bat making contact with an object,one wonders how many of the Newlands faithful were diving for cover every time Warner smashed our bowling to all corners of the ground.

  • Jacob Maermerrie - 2014-03-04 19:23

    The best team in the world has got the pretenders down__wonder if they will be able to keep them down for the count!? AB is great !! He made almost as many runs in the series as the Pocket Battleship made in THIS test!!

  • Jon Low - 2014-03-04 20:22

    "Unbeaten 16"? ROFL.

  • Sean Tearnan - 2014-03-04 20:22

    Potentially there is something much more sinister playing out in SA Cricket. We should ask CSA. We have had Gary Kirsten step down, Jacques Kallis quit, G Smith quit after saying he still had a lot to achieve, Ray Jennings gets told to re apply for he job the day after winning the under 19 WC. Something smells rotten. CSA capitulated to Indian cricket board on how many games we play them, we capitulate at the ICC on the new cricketing format. I reckon Smith got pushed and he then decided to go his way. Also for our senior players to be so inconsistent ....something is rotten

  • Andile Nokhetshe - 2014-03-04 20:34

    This match could still be a draw if AB and FaF bat for a while tomorrow or even Abbot maybe sticking around for an hour or so in the morning and set the platform for JP and Philander to finish of things.

      Jacob Maermerrie - 2014-03-04 20:37

      Possible ,,,but we all know who were the better team over the three tests,,,,,

  • Henry Dube - 2014-03-04 21:30

    SA batsmen seem to fear and respect the aussies bowling attack.....but the aussies batsmen play T20 cricket even when facing the number 1 test bowler.....or is it maybe they expect to be dropped.

      Malcolm Kuhn - 2014-03-04 21:38

      After losing test match after match Aussie managment eventually had enough & told every player if they dont perform - they are out of the squad. Simple! Even capt Clark, thats why he put his body on the line in the 1st innings. Thats is also why mojo had to develop a new bowling style. That is why our bowlers rotate all the time.

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      Chris In Oz - 2014-03-05 03:40

      Leading from the pavillion after being knocked over for 3 or 5 runs.

  • lizdon.ferguson - 2014-03-05 01:21

    Get out the prayer mats and hope it pours with rain!

  • lizdon.ferguson - 2014-03-05 01:21

    Get out the prayer mats and hope it pours with rain!

  • Steve Saff - 2014-03-05 01:24

    When Smithy left the pavilion to bat for the last time he turned to his team mates and said "see you in 5 minutes"

      Chris In Oz - 2014-03-05 03:39

      Yeah, what a legend. Kallis scored a century in his last test. Gary Kirsten scored 76 in his last. Jonty Rhodes scored 54 in his last test. Barry Richards got 126. Ali Bacher got 73. Brian McMillan got 54 in his last innings. Even Fanie de Villiers got a 47 not out in the last series he played (second last test of his career) and took 8 wickets in his last test. What did Smith do in his last test? 5 and 3. A total of 8! One run more than Ntini in his last test. Thanks for the memory, "Biff". You legend, you.

  • Chris In Oz - 2014-03-05 02:56

    And Smith fails yet again. It's a good thing he retires. Now at last we can have a batsman as an opener. We just need to get another batsman in for Alviro 10 runs Petersen.

      Chris In Oz - 2014-03-05 05:27

      Elgar still needs to impress me, but he is a better option than Petersen. I would also not mind to see Stiaan van Zyl somewhere in the mix.

      Chris In Oz - 2014-03-05 05:39

      De Kock Elgar Amla AB (c) Van Zyl JP Faf Rotating position Philander Steyn Morkel The rotating position would normally be a bowling allrounder like McClaren or Parnell, but as conditions or opposition dictates, an extra spinner can be chosen, or an extra batsman. JP would need to be the frontline spinner – well, he already is the best spinner in SA. Van Zyl also gives bowling options. De Kock needs to be wicketkeeper if AB is going to be captain.

  • Robert William Brindle - 2014-03-05 06:59

    Australia has shown that should a side be chosen on merit it will overrun all . Our openers have been exposed and are not anywhere in the class of Warner and company. Steyn has bee over bowled and injured ie too many PSL and 20 and 50 over games. Further more we do not have class spinners and previously relied and successful pace such as the Australians . And the pitch has turned the game into a boring spectacle certainly for SA spectators. The question must be asked is there conflict within the camp. First Garry Kirston moved on very quickly and has taken other post an also mentioned as candidate for Engand position plus Kallis and now Smith retire.

  • Trix Roux - 2014-03-05 08:59

    Next Kappie pls!!!

  • Malcolm Kuhn - 2014-03-05 09:35

    I'm astonished that all you SA supporters carrying on about your bowlers still being ranked top 2 in the world is even more embarrassing by the fact that the Aussie batsman (who incidentally none are even ranked in the top 10) are smashing your bowlers around the paddock?? Is it just me or does anyone else think there something wrong with this whole picture??

      Dwain du Plessis - 2014-03-05 13:00

      I'm astonished you would come to news24 and heckle. Your batsmen are brave enough to play against real bowlers, what are you doing heckling on news24? Testing the waters in the kiddies pool?

  • Mzwandile Brainen - 2014-03-05 09:35

    I'm thinking of sending the rain to cape town , just because i love Grame Smith en i will mis him a lot. Smith thanks for what you have done to the proteas, please be part of the coaching staff after this game. It was too early to call it a day. You are the greatest captain the world has ever seen and will ever see. i will ask my sangoma to send the rain to cape town if we lose the 8th wicket.

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