Amla, Smith star in SA win

2011-11-11 12:34

Cape Town - South Africa captain Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla led their country to a remarkable comeback victory against Australia when the hosts won the topsy-turvy first Test by eight wickets on Friday.

Chasing 236 for the win after a bizarre second day in which 23 wickets fell and parts of all four innings took place, Smith (101 not out) and Amla (112) put on 195 for the second wicket to stun Australia.

Smith hit the winning run just moments after completing his century to spark jubilant scenes at Newlands.

The tourists had established a 188-run lead after the first innings but were then promptly bowled out for 47 - their lowest Test total in 109 years - and only narrowly avoided the lowest test score of 26 when they were reduced to 21-9.

Australia captain Michael Clarke, who scored 151 in their first innings, was extremely critical of his team's performance.

"We played disgraceful shots and our execution with the ball on Friday wasn't great," he said during the presentation ceremony.

"We've got a lot of work to do before the next Test on Thursday.

"(My century) was useless, it was a waste of time. You want to help your team win. I'll certainly forget about it very quickly. I guarantee you this is one tough time for that team up there."

Australia's attack bowled well in the first hour as South Africa resumed on 81 for one, and were unfortunate not to separate Smith and Amla. But they lacked precision thereafter as South Africa's second-wicket pair seized control.

Smith and Amla grew increasingly aggressive, hammering 36 boundaries between them as South Africa won in 50.2 overs, four minutes after the scheduled lunch break, which was pushed back due to the closeness of victory.

Australia could have gained a foothold in the game, but Amla was dropped by Mike Hussey at backward point on 29 off the last ball of Thursday's play, and again on Friday at first slip by Shane Watson on 30. Seamer Ryan Harris was the bowler on both occasions.

The two teams will now travel to Johannesburg where the second and last Test of the series begins on Thursday.


South Africa – Graeme Smith (captain), Jacques Rudolph, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher (wk), Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.

Australia – Shane Watson, Philip Hughes, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (captain), Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon.


  • Andre - 2011-11-11 12:38

    Once again I take my words back, and I was totaly shut up by the Proteas. Great win, great fight back. Well deserved.

      cjsmit.christo - 2011-11-11 12:40

      They were inspired by the the verdict against Malema.

      Wesley - 2011-11-11 12:41

      Same here! Well Done Boys!!!!

      Jono - 2011-11-11 12:42

      Theres another test on its way, so keep your words for now. Any decent score by Aus in second innings was RSA history. RSA bowlers well done!!!

      cjsmit.christo - 2011-11-11 12:45

      Philander was the real hero. This guy is amazing, he is the future of SA cricket.

      Leon - 2011-11-11 13:05

      You are still a idiot and a SOUTH AFRICAN that shouts for the all blacks makes you even a bigger idiot One of those that just see the wrong in S.A GREAT STUFF S.A

      Grant - 2011-11-11 13:11

      @Jono - you are an idiot. Any decent score from South Africa in the first innings, and Aus would never have been in the game. Fact is, Aus played worse than us...we played better than Aus... so your comments have no justification.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-11 13:39

      match fix anyone?

      nhamo.dzenyika - 2011-11-11 14:05

      dead right christo, just like the proteas, Malema will rise from the dead like a proverbial phoenix

      James - 2011-11-11 14:08

      There was a Protea batsman named Smiff Who smote the ball with a Biff He said to his critic Take it and shove it To a place that’s dark and smells miff

      Leon - 2011-11-11 14:24

      andretjie go and read your previous comments on the blocks regarding the proteas You just loved it when S.A got 96 again idiot you are one of those that just see the bad in S.A AND YOUR FACEBOOK SAYS YOUR RUGBY TEAM IS THE ALL BLACKS well move then idiot

      Andre - 2011-11-11 15:01

      @ Leon Nah you got it worng mate i was laughing at them for getting 96. Go and read my other comments where I admitted that the Proteas proved me wrong and totally shutted me up. Yeah my FB says All Blacks coz I like the way they playing fool. But my first team will always be the Boks. Anycase where did i say anything about the wrong in SA??????? Please go and judge yourself before judging other. Why should I move it?? Its my FB and its staying. Twat!!!

      Andre - 2011-11-11 15:03

      Anycase FYI iwas laughing coz i thought they were pathic in batting, but then Aus got 47.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-11 15:13

      Leon Andre has 3 times admitted he was wrong and it takes a real man to do that. He has my respect. I also have an All Black jersey. I use it to wipe up oil spills on the garage floor. (Previous owner slit his wrists in 2007).

      Andre - 2011-11-11 15:17

      @skinfaxi hahahaha nice one. The reason i have one is coz they are my 2nd team behind the boks. They played entertaining rugby. Not sure why leon makes such a big deal out of it.

      Gareth - 2011-11-11 15:47

      Thank goodness we finally beat Australia at something! It was a long time in coming especially after the horror shows we had in this year's Tri-Nations and Worldcup disappointments against this nation from Down Under.Amla rode his luck a few times being dropped twice and still going on to make a hundred! What's the deal with the 11/11/11 superstition and standing on one leg? I see Vernon Philander is in the top 50 for test bowlers aswell,well done lad.Kallis lost his number one ranking for batting getting his first duck since 2007,nearly four years ago and scoring just two unfortunately in the 2nd innings,but Smith and Amla rises up into the top 10 for their individual hundreds: 1. 880 K.C. Sangakkara 938 v England, 01/12/2007 2. 873 J.H. Kallis 935 v New Zealand, 18/11/2007 3. 823 A.N. Cook 836 v India, 10/08/2011 4. 822 I.R. Bell 823 v India, 18/08/2011 5. 806 S.R. Tendulkar 898 v Zimbabwe, 21/02/2002 6. 798 S. Chanderpaul 901 v New Zealand, 19/12/2008 7. 790 G.C. Smith 843 v England, 14/01/2010 8. 782 H.M. Amla 842 v India, 14/02/2010 9. 776 I.J.L. Trott 856 v Sri Lanka, 26/05/2011 . 1. 902 D.W. Steyn 902 v Australia, 09/11/2011 3. 776 M. Morkel 776 v Australia, 09/11/2011 28. 498 J.H. Kallis 742 v England, 21/08/2003 49. 311 V.D. Philander 311 v Australia, 09/11/2011

      roboman1 - 2011-11-11 16:40

      Yesterday you were pathetic Andre, Graeme Smith sure made you eat all your immature little words from yesterday. Anything you say today cannot be taken seriously after your many little childish outbursts here yesterday. Graham Smith proved yet again what a great test player he is.

      Leon - 2011-11-12 09:43

      Andre - November 10, 2011 at 13:09 Report comment Once again the chokers can't finish off the tail!!!

      Leon - 2011-11-12 09:47

      Andre - November 10, 2011 at 16:16 Report comment please dont blame rustiness, they are plain simpel useless

      Leon - 2011-11-12 09:49

      Andre - November 10, 2011 at 16:14 Report comment 5 out already!!! hahahahahaha proteas = choker = usless!. So i guess now Smith will blame the rustiness

      Leon - 2011-11-12 09:51

      Andre - November 10, 2011 at 16:18 Report comment the chocker should be boooooeeeedd when they walk of the pitch

      Leon - 2011-11-12 09:54

      Andre - November 10, 2011 at 16:21 Report comment 6 chokers gone

      Leon - 2011-11-12 09:56

      Andre - November 10, 2011 at 16:55 Report comment 96 all out. Please Cape Tonians boooooo the chocker please

      Leon - 2011-11-12 11:46

      Ben - November 10, 2011 at 16:33 Report comment Andre stick to something you support you chop. Rather keep your mouth shut and look like a moron rather than opening it and removing all doubt.

  • sean.looney - 2011-11-11 12:38

    something tells me all the graeme smith haters will stay in the woodwork for a while.

      Dhirshan - 2011-11-11 12:40

      yesterday this time people wrote the proteas off big time after that 96 all out, fickle indeed. smith you legend !!!! where are the haters?

      Leon - 2011-11-11 12:50

      I am NOT a smiff lover - but, today he played like he should have all along, and very well done too! SHOULD he be more consistent, then I'll change my opinion - but, until then he remains my pet hate.

      sean.looney - 2011-11-11 12:53

      @leon you clearly know nothing about the game of cricket if you're asking for more consistency? the man has an average of 50 in tests, has scored 24 hundreds and has presided over a very efficent and successful south african test side over the last decade. what more do you want from him?

      granville.paulse - 2011-11-11 14:20

      Dhirshan - Who is MAN OF THE MATCH?? Say it with me.....Vernon the legend Philander.

      roboman1 - 2011-11-11 16:43

      @ Leon, he averages 50.3 in his last 12 tests before this one, so that average is going up. And you say he is not consistent? Hello, with a batting average over 50 he is more consistent as a batsman than you are as an observer. So really, try not be like so many of the people here who comment on things they are clueless about!

  • PvdLK - 2011-11-11 12:39

    Take that!

  • Chrono - 2011-11-11 12:39

    At last Malema is not at the top of the page!!!!

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-11-11 13:10

      Refreshing indeed

  • david.sportsman - 2011-11-11 12:40

    To ALL the Graeme Smith Critics - SHAME on you! You cannot buy class, determination, and character, and he has it all...!! Well done Biff for not disappointing me. I knew you had it in just had to find it again, as many top batters before you had to do as well...! Well done Proteas..!!

      Leon - 2011-11-11 12:52

      I'm here David - but one good innings does not a summer make, hey!

      Grant - 2011-11-11 13:16

      No Leon, but over 90 matches makes LOTS of summers... averaging over 50! YOU are the one taking individual results and making a "bad summer" out of them. Learn some cricket...learn some maths... just learn SOMETHING!

      Deon - 2011-11-11 13:37

      Great game Smith, his avaerage for this test was 138, not so bad at all in a low scoring game. Go Proteas!

      ricky.klopper - 2011-11-11 14:27

      @Leon, I laugh at the fact that Graeme Smith's critics (like you) never have hard facts to back up their unfounded criticism of him. Graeme Smith is one of South Africa's greatest ever opening batsmen and captains. The facts point to this. Unlike you, the facts aren't biased.

      Thulebona - 2011-11-11 14:27

      this does not change anything... Smith is still an ass

      Leon - 2011-11-11 17:41

      @LEON please change your name idiot maybe to Graeme rocks thanks from leon support graeme

  • Lionel - 2011-11-11 12:40

    Anybody want free tickets to Newlands tomorrow:):):):)

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-11 12:50

      Frame them!

      Raymond - 2011-11-11 13:04

      Keep those tickets, Lionel. They will, in time, become as valuable as Irma Sterns!

  • shaheen.johnson - 2011-11-11 12:41

    Great come back victory for the Proteas. I just wish that all the Smith bashers would just leave the guy alone, he plays his heart out for his country, and all class players go through dips in form.

  • Dhirshan - 2011-11-11 12:41

    REVENGE FOR RUGBY WORLD CUP, TAKE THAT OZ !!! na na, na na na na, hey hey hey . . . good bye! ole ole ole ole . . . shosho loza

      Hansie - 2011-11-11 12:50

      Isn't it sweet Dhirshan. No cheating here. DRS made sure of that. Well done SA.

      Shoosh - 2011-11-11 13:26

      wah wah wah, here they go again. GETOVAIT children.

  • Sharon - 2011-11-11 12:42

    Delivered and sealed Boys, well done !!!

  • david.sportsman - 2011-11-11 12:45

    Well said Andre & Sean - people who are quick to criticize players like Biff, in both cricket and rugby, have very short memories, or they know nothing much about sport. Class will always surface again...NO doubt about it and that is why the selectors stick with players like him, because they know something many of these other average "sport supporters" do not know :)

  • clinton.milne - 2011-11-11 12:46

    LEKKER BIFF!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anita - 2011-11-11 12:47

    'Imaginary' hat boys - so proud of you guyz

      Callie - 2011-11-11 21:35

      Wel gedaan, Proteas, veral Amla en GS, laasgenoemde oor wie ek ook maar in die laaste tyd getwyfel het.Ek wens net iemand wil vir Philander vertel hoe aaklig dit is om so oopmond kougom te kou.

  • myst.rackermann - 2011-11-11 12:49

    I have not watched many of Test Cricket in my time but that was the best I have watched thus far, looking forward to more. Congrats, Protea!

  • vanetia.mentor - 2011-11-11 12:49

    Well done SA..i dont usualy watch cricky..turned on the tv perfect timing ystrday to and witnessed the amazing fielding...its coz i tuned in man! Lol..if i didnt watch today,they may not have won hey!well done team Sunfoil!

  • Arnie - 2011-11-11 12:50

    For once, well done Graeme Smith.

      Grant - 2011-11-11 13:18

      You mean for the 53rd time?? I assume you are talking about scores over 50??

      alfie.cable - 2011-11-11 18:58

      Do not forget the knock of Amla. Took advantage of the two let offs.

  • vanetia.mentor - 2011-11-11 12:52


  • onlinebaas - 2011-11-11 12:56

    I agree, some awesome TEST cricket... showing that this classic format is still very entertaining.

  • amarillomanzana - 2011-11-11 12:56

    Disappointed the test finished oily. Btw did anyone find the Sunfoil man of the match funny?

  • Allan - 2011-11-11 13:00

    Last weak I was comparing Captain Smith and Tiger woods, in that they are losing their touch. Today they both proved me wrong. Well done Captain and the Proteas! You have done South Africa proud. Pity that there are only 2 tests on S.A. soil. I will always be a purist. Test cricket for ever!!

  • Shirley - 2011-11-11 13:01

    Well done Smith!!! A captains innings indeed! All the haters have crawled back in their holes. I knew you and the team had it in you. I feel vindicated in having unwavering support to the team. Lets build on the confidence boosting victory. A celebration indeed!!!!!!!!!

  • Yvette - 2011-11-11 13:06

    Matches like this are the reason that nothing- not 20/20, not ODI's - will ever replaced the joy that is test cricket!

  • Tokozaan - 2011-11-11 13:08

    Well let's wait till they win the series now but jeesh... flipping emotional ride being a SA cricket supporter

      Deon - 2011-11-11 14:08

      At least we can not lose the series anymore.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-11 14:51

      I'm surprised we're not sponsored by Zanex!

  • derrick.dawson - 2011-11-11 13:12

    I hope all those Smith naysayers will shut the hell up. Great game boys, lets make it 2-0

  • Mark - 2011-11-11 13:12

    Nice one boys. Now lets slap them at Wanderers

  • Lukas - 2011-11-11 13:13

    Well done Smith and his team. I was very pessimistic after the one-day series but yesterday was amazing ... 23 Wickets in one day ... I am one of the Anti-Smith supporters but was very proud when he actually got his 100. Life is full of surprises. Now for the second test .. Go for it BOKKE !!!

  • Skinfaxi - 2011-11-11 13:13

    We often hear complaints that 5 day cricket is boring. One of the aspects of cricket is how the game changes with variations in conditions. The test we have just watched is a perfect example of this. You don’t really get this in shorter versions of the game.

  • Hannetjie - 2011-11-11 13:15

    Well done, Proteas. Graeme and Hashim batted very well - did not expect a win after yesterday's first innings but this win showed some class and guts!!!! also well done to the bowlers - Steyn, Morkel and Philander who bowled extremely well!!!! now lets make it a good one and win the series!

  • Jack - 2011-11-11 13:19

    Graeme Smith accept my apology. I really thought you were not going to make a contribution, I was wrong and admit it. Please stick to the longer version of cricket as long as you can.

      Igenatius - 2011-11-11 13:35

      Got to agree with you here. He looks much more comfortable in the test format. He has time to frustrate the bowlers and force them to bowl straighter - then he punishes. Still not a fan though hahaha Dropped an absolute sitter, but my god he batted well! Does this make up for it? I guess so... This shows why test matches are the best format around. Just when the Roo's thought they had the game in the pouch... Nothing as sweet as smashing the Aussies!! Yes Man!

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-11 14:13

      To say Smith is a confidence batsman is maybe an understatement, arrogance batsman is most probably more like it (and I say this in the nicest possible way – openers need to be a little bit arrogant). If you look at Smith’s body language, you can see his confidence growing as the test progressed. If you listened to his captains speech at the end of the test you can appreciate how much the support of his followers means to him. I remember one time when Gary Kirsten, himself a good batsman but going through a poor run of form, removed himself from the test arena and went back to domestic cricket to get his confidence back. I still think that we might have seen Biff return to form earlier if had done the same and it may have cost us the one day series. Still let’s hope he’s back and as with Gary, better than ever!

      dion.chinnaiah - 2011-11-11 15:47

      @Skinfaxi - Well said. Test cricket is Smith's forte. He has performed dismally in the 1 day and 20/20 arenas. Maybe, like Kirsten did, he should take a step back and go play provincial cricket to get into form again and then come back into the one day side. But, the arrogant sod that he is, methinks he won't.

  • John - 2011-11-11 13:26

    Hey Biff what did I tell you!

  • Brian - 2011-11-11 13:31

    Must admit, I have always been part of the fickle band of supporters to point fingers when the Proteas mess up. Like to switch off cos I'm too embarrased to watch any more. Pity there are only two tests, but well done boys, you made a fist of it.

  • Jacques - 2011-11-11 13:32

    To all you Smith haters out there, I actually would have smothered this victory in your faces, but I decided it's not worth it. I shall rather use this oppertuniy to congratulate the whole Protea side for this victory. I still don't agree with the preparations for this series, but as they've proven over and over again, they are the pros. Well done, Proteas, and we look forward to the Joburg test!

      Thomas - 2011-11-11 13:50

      I agree but Smiths consistancy has waned in recent times i hope he is back to pat form

  • nicholus.tokota - 2011-11-11 13:33

    Well done boys.Thanks Graeme for shutting us up that`s what we wanted.Please carry on silencing us up.

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  • vmdingi1 - 2011-11-11 13:38

    Well done boys, u deserved da win especially after loosing da ODI series with da hope that this one is ours...keep it up

  • Honest - 2011-11-11 13:38

    Well Done Boyz!!

  • Skinfaxi - 2011-11-11 13:39

    Standby for two and a half days of archive material :) Sunfoil must be spitting!

      Grant - 2011-11-11 14:54

      Why should they be worried? This test match will stand out as THE DEFINITIVE archive material for many years to come. Not ot mention the documentary and highlights package on a complimentary DVD, available in stores soon with your 2l bottle of cooking oil. And besides, now we have all this free time on Saturday to go on a feel-good shopping trip for Sunfoil products.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-11 15:17

      Ha ha good point Grant!

  • Thomas - 2011-11-11 13:42

    Where are all the "choker" comments now

  • Niela.vH - 2011-11-11 13:50

    Any team that only score 96 in their first innings do not deserve to win, BUT if they bowl out the opposition for 47 in the following innings, they do. Well done Proteas. Great fighting spirit from Smith and Amla. Great bowling from Steyn, Morkel and debutant Philander! Remarkable test.

  • paul.maarman - 2011-11-11 13:56

    well done boys, sorry for doubting...

  • Benmica - 2011-11-11 13:56

    Haaaaa, I love it. Congratulations and long life to you guys. You showed character........

  • Sabiha - 2011-11-11 13:57

    saying it again smith really enjoys playing test cricket, cmon ICC lets bring on test world cup and then we SA fans will have something to celebrate. SA rock for test series

  • Sulaiman - 2011-11-11 13:58

    Vernon Philander definately deserves Man of the Match.

      Callie - 2011-11-11 22:31


  • billy.teeton - 2011-11-11 13:58

    What an amazing test match! Don't celebrate yet guys, the series isn't over! You do know that don't you?

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-11 14:04

      I’m celebrating. Why? It’s a two test series. From here the worst we can do is draw and the best we can do is whitewash. I hope the Wanderers pitch is also a lively wicket. It’s good to see a contest between bat and ball again.

  • Roy - 2011-11-11 14:04

    All one can say is well done Proteas and especially Smith. They must keep playing the way they were and they will be certain to win Aussies again. We can win them at any time but we choke to easy when things go wrong but that is when they must show that they can pick themselves up and try again. Well done guys!

  • James - 2011-11-11 14:06

    There was a Protea batsman named Smiff Who smote the ball with a Biff He said to his critic Take it and shove it To a place that’s dark and smells miff

  • Jason - 2011-11-11 14:21

    Well done lads!

  • Raymond - 2011-11-11 14:21

    Great result but it is amazing how the toss and weird weather conditions can have such an influence on the result of a cricket match! I won't go into my pet subject of bad umpiring - some of these guys can't see as far as the batsman's wicket when making decisions, admittedly fast bowling can make a difference because of the speed in which a decision has to be made. Thank goodness for the review system although some batsmen can't believe they were out even after seeing all the replays.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-11 14:40

      Can you imagine how controversial this test would have been without the review system? We would have been told the only reason why we won was because we cheated. Now why does that sound familiar?

  • dion.chinnaiah - 2011-11-11 14:43

    At long last - a great performance by Smith. Hats off to him. The 5 day test remains his forte. Still think that he should not be included in the 1 day and 20/20 formats though. As for M. Hussey who had a LOT to say about the Proteas going into this match - TAKE THAT U AUSSIE NIT WIT!!

  • steven.chiaberta - 2011-11-11 15:09

    To me this win confirms the FACT that with the right attitude and mentality we have the talent to be no.1 in the world - and to stay there. It also confirms that nothing compares to Test crickie at its best. Nothing.

  • Thopa - 2011-11-11 15:18

    My only issue had it been any other player that had such a bad patch like Smith they would have been dropped all ago, why are rules different to other players? Anywho Well Done S.A...