Aussies cruise past Proteas

2011-10-29 06:08

Durban - Australia clinched the three-match one-day International series against the when they won the final encounter at Kingsmead on Friday night by three wickets with 15 balls to spare.

The Proteas won the toss and decided to bat first but were restricted to a total of 222/6 which was probably about 30 runs shy of where they would have liked to be.

Australia always stayed ahead of the required run rate although they lost wickets at regular intervals and they claimed victory in emphatic style when Michael Hussey pulled a short delivery from Morne Morkel to deep midwicket for six.

Hussey (45 not out off 64 balls, one four and one six) was able to build on the blitz start provided by Shane Watson (49 off 46 balls, six fours and a six). Watson was the only batsman to have a strike rate in excess of 100 percent with most of the other players down in the 70s at best.

Watson, who also put in 10 tidy overs with the ball, was named Man-of-the-Match while the Man-of-the-Series award went to Hussey.

The Australians deserved their victory as they played consistent cricket throughout while the Proteas had their moments, notably during the 59 run partnership for the second wicket between Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis. The Proteas needed one of the two to bat through but Amla was run out and then Kallis was caught off the top edge attempting to sweep Australian spinner Xavier Doherty out of the ground.

Amla had started the innings like an express train hitting five boundaries off the first 10 balls that he faced. Four of those came in teenager Patrick Cummins’s opening over but there was nothing to beat the two drives he played on the up off Doug Bollinger.

But, like all the batsmen on both sides, Amla found runs hard to come by once the ball lost its initial hardness.

In spite of the big victory in the second match at St George’s Park the Proteas still have some way to go to become a well oiled machine.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola extended congratulations to Australia on their series victory. “Congratulations must in the first place go to Australia for their series win,” he said. “It was a well contest series by both sides and sets up what should be an exciting Test series starting early next month.

“It is a disappointing result for the Proteas but I have every confidence that our new limited overs leadership team of Gary Kirsten, AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla will put things right for our next limited overs series against Sri Lanka in January.

“I would like to thank our fans for the wonderful support they have given the tour so far which has resulted in full houses at most of the games.”

The Australian victory brings to an end a winning home series ODI run for the Proteas against these opponents which started at the famous 438 match at the Wanderers Stadium in 2006.


  • Ian - 2011-10-29 07:39

    absolutely shocking, after the 30th over, 300 would have been a walk in the park, but no lets stand there and block and defend and score 1 run an over, no different to giving your wicket away, i'm very dissapointed

  • Thopa - 2011-10-29 07:48

    Where are all the Greame Smith haters now? didn't the man score another lousy 19 runs of a million balls again? Whats greame hightest score in the past two years? i'll tell you 57 that he scored last weekend, so before u guys start crictizing the man have a look at his recent scores. The man is not as fat and useless as he seems, he just lacks scoring runs & will run to ireland and neva face the music like he did after another shocking W/C with him at the helm of the national team.....

      odupreez - 2011-10-29 08:50

      One swallow does not make a summer !, he was pathethic in the field - (over-weight), some of the other guys who are chosen on merit should be re-looked at I am sure we can find guys wih a quick eye (6's & 4's) and the knack to tie up the opposition with bowling (guys who did well in the IPL and CLT20). Vey disappointing game, singles in an over do not win a gam, at least rotate the strike if you are bogged down, and that turns to 6 an over (captaincy and coach wake up guys), set targets, send the gloveman out with messages etc, etc, all lacking , we could just as well have had Mickey Arthur in charge to acheive the same results.

      odupreez - 2011-10-29 08:57

      "Bulldog" van der Merwe, Albie Morkel, Jon-Jon Smuts, Alfonso Thomas (if available), Morne van Wyk etc etc ect.

  • Adoonsie - 2011-10-29 07:55

    When we have to perform, we choke.

  • Shirley - 2011-10-29 11:10

    A dismal performance at best. However in all fairness I think Gary Kirsten should be given at least 6 months before we can expect any visable results.Smith is performing badly but he is capable of better and lets face it he is not the only one who is out of form, Duminy looked like a 10 year old..We can flog Smith all we like but personally I think he is just a scapegoat.New coach, new team,lets have a new attitude as fans!

  • Tim - 2011-10-29 12:27

    Advice from the peanut gallery: The T20 format has changed limited overs cricket forever. If you're not scoring at a run a ball you're going to lose. If your strike rate drops below 100%, take some risks, get off the park and let someone else have a go. Batting preparation for one day matches must be focused in this direction. Save the subtle, defensive stuff for the Test arena where it belongs and is great to watch.

  • Pieter - 2011-10-29 14:31

    My postings have been removed twice now. Somebody does not like what I am saying. I will repeat (less explicitly but just as seriously): this reeks of match fixing!

      Phil - 2011-10-30 12:01

      Pieter I think you need professional help.

  • rowen.loretz - 2011-10-29 20:31


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