Aussies hammer Proteas

2011-10-19 23:26

Centurion - Australia swept to victory by 93 runs in the first one-day international against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.

Full scorecard

Facing a target of 223 (according to the Duckworth/Lewis method), after the match was reduced to 29 overs a side, the Proteas put up a dismal performance in reply to Australia's 183/4.

Graeme Smith made another early exit and the meagre crowd, who patiently sat out the rain delay, booed him off the field.

Smith (4) played across his line and was adjudged lbw off Doug Bollinger in the first over. He went across to speak to his captain at the other end, but Hashim Amla declined the chance to appeal.

The same crowd cheered the return of Jacques Kallis and, together with Amla, the pair added 36 valuable runs.

Pat Cummins, the 18-year-old fast bowler, might have been wondering about life in the fast lane when his first ball in 50-over cricket was hit for six and his first over went for 10.

Clarke's gamble paid off though as Cummins took two wickets in his second over.

Kallis (15) got a thick inside edge onto his stumps while JP Duminy (4) was caught at second slip by Clarke.

Not to be outdone, the other Australian ODI debutant, Mitchell Marsh, grabbed the big wicket of Amla in his first over, when Brad Haddin dived in front of first slip to take a superb one-handed catch.

Mitchell Johnson took 3/20 and Cummins finished with 3/28.

Opening batsman for Australia, Ricky Ponting, scored 63 in his rain-interrupted innings. Former captain Ponting and new skipper Michael Clarke came out all guns blazing when they resumed their innings at 96/1.

Clarke (44) was just finding his stride when he was run out, by Johan Botha, for backing up too far to Ponting.

His dismissal broke their 102-run second-wicket stand which came off 111 balls and included 14 fours and two sixes. Dale Steyn made the first breakthrough when David Warner (20) got an inside edge onto his leg stump.

Steyn's opening spell was expensive but Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Jacques Kallis and Morne Morkel pinned the batsmen back and the Aussies struggled to score runs for a while.

Ponting was lucky to escape an inside edge which went just wide of wicketkeeper Mark Boucher and also survived several appeals. Amla chose not to use the Decision Review System (DRS) for an lbw and a caught-behind appeal.

Under pressure to score quickly, Brad Haddin (9) was caught going for the big one while Michael Hussey knocked off an unbeaten 30 runs off 21 balls.

Confident ODI debutant Mitchell Marsh hit one four in his eight not out.


South Africa:
Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, (captain), Jacques Kallis, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Mark Boucher (wk), Johan Botha, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

David Warner, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (captain), Mike Hussey, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Johnson, Xavier Doherty, Doug Bollinger, Pat Cummins


  • fbiccard - 2011-10-19 23:34

    Pleeeaase get rid of Graeme Smith - or, just don't send him out to bat, just start the scoreboard with 0 for 1. At least this way we don't waste any extra deliveries...

  • lester.hoffman - 2011-10-19 23:37

    Can someone please explain how this is an acceptable performance from our beloved National Cricket team? I dont buy that story of being rusty, the batting performance is far below par, and this is far too embarrassing to be destroyed by a bowling unit led by teenagers. #toomuchtohandle.

  • Mirko - 2011-10-19 23:57

    we got hammered by kids that just finished high so sad...very disappointing performance

  • Jason Seegers - 2011-10-19 23:57

    It's not the players fault. It's the national selectors fault. They keep getting selected. Obviously they aren't going to turn the opportunity down. When the selectors finally wake up and realize they need to start selecting players based on current form and not past reputation, then we will get back to being a proper cricketing nation. Simple as that.

  • Jack - 2011-10-20 00:09

    Time for the Titans who are in form, Kuhn Morkel Rudolph and Van der Merwe.

      Donny Doncaster - 2011-10-20 00:56


      Jed - 2011-10-20 10:04

      Dont understand we have Rudolph and van der Merwe playing Provincial cricket. They had Levi in the Pro 20 YET we still play Smith.

  • Antony - 2011-10-20 00:09

    We need some brave selections now (not likely tho) Smith out and Jacques Rudolph in immediately. Let Smith get some form in the Supersport Series. The Aussies added Cummings to their test squad because of his perfomances in the T20. Please selectors - some boldness and courage is needed.

  • Phillip Carlisle - 2011-10-20 00:23

    Are we going to wait for a world cup humiliation before we get rid of the useless dead-wood again? Please, the guys that don't perform with the bat must go. Single figures for a top order match after match can't be rewarded. Hit the bench and the nets.

  • wesselsvv - 2011-10-20 00:24

    South Africa ODI's 2011 Played 13 Won 8 Lost 5 Loss 1 against India - Collapsed from 152/4 to 189 all out - last 6 for 37 Loss 2 against India - Collapsed from 200/4 to 220 all out - last 6 for 20 Loss 3 against Eng - Collapsed from 124/3 to 165 all out - last 7 for 41 Loss 4 against NZ - Collapsed from 121/3 ti 172 all out - last 7 for 51 Loss 5 against Aus - Collapsed from 74/4 to 129 all out - last 6 for 55 PATTERN MUCH? GARY, THE TAIL IS TOO LONG and the Middle order SUCKS!!!!! BTW: There was also a collapse from 242/4 to 250/9 - last 6 for 19 against India, thank goodness they were worse than us. So 6 out of 13 games we had a COLLAPSE! PICK ALLROUNDERS it's not rocket science!

      Rory - 2011-10-20 07:40

      Summed up brilliantly there mate! We always used to pride ourselves on our middle order and tail. now look at us!!

  • Phillip Carlisle - 2011-10-20 00:26

    Oh yes. The worst was the young Australians laughing at us. Giggling like school girls. It's embarrassing. Sponsors, unions and broadcaster, don't be surprised if people stop going to, and watching.

      marco.tomaso - 2011-10-20 00:39

      I think that's where the kick up CSA selectors ar**s should start like you say "if people stop going to, and watching".This happens here in Engand all the time with their football,I know it's a different game,but the principle stays the same.People should refrain from going to matches,leave those organizers embarrassing empty seats to look at and stop watching the fools on tv aswell while we at it.It will send a clear mesage to these useless CSA Board Members whose taking the paying public for fools and who are only interested in lining their own pockets with underhanded & sordid deals behind closed doors instead doing the right things for South African Cricket.

      Juan.pike - 2011-10-20 08:19

      people like me, even tho we keep failing like this, will always pitch up at a game...the whole deal of 'supporters' is to support thick and thin, a losing team and a team out of form need a helluva lot more support than a team pwning everyone. i know we arnt choosing the creme de la creme...but come on, they need us there more than ever.

      Pieter - 2011-10-20 11:10

      @Juane.pike, have you ever heard the saying: 'You have to be cruel to be kind'? Or better stll: 'The best medicine tastes awful'? There may be even more appropriate adages. I think we all want the team to do good but we have different agendas to ensure that end purpose. Do you really think this team is all of a sudden going to wake up and start playing good cricket to make us proud comes crunch time? No! Something drastic must be done to shock the powers in control and the players back to their senses. If we, the supporters, can see something is wrong, then why cannot they? How can they sent a 'rusty' team 'full of cobwebs' in to play the Ausies! They are laughing at us and making the label of 'Chokers' stick. Moreover, they are building confidence just before the tests and will soon start to be their usual arrogant selves. Remember, this is their inexperienced youngsters teaching us a cricket lesson!

  • marco.tomaso - 2011-10-20 00:28

    They a disgrace the whole ****ing lot of them from CSA all the way to the very ones that played tonight. This is what a Skysport commentator said earlier today about Smith: On current form Graeme Smith doesn't deserve his place in the team but I guess his class and seniority buys him a little time in South Africa's starting XI.His last ODI half-century came in January this year and you have to go back to September 2009 for his last hundred.I think the problem is that the likes of Colin Ingram and David Miller haven't really grabbed their opportunity when given the chance.Who then are the new openers in South Africa's domestic cricket?There aren't really that many knocking at the door.Rilee Rossouw is a No3,and Jacques Rudolf isn't playing limited overs cricket at all!

      Dirk - 2011-10-20 06:16

      The last time they played in SA vs India, Morne V Wyk was brought in for Smith, who was injured.In that match, Morne ended up the only successful batsman- yet now he is overlooked.( I disregard his poor form in India where he was not used but abused up and down the order)

  • Pieter - 2011-10-20 01:03

    This team has weaknesses in it that needs to be addressed. The wrong players are on the field and their attitudes are wrong. We had a fluke win the other night and everybody was praising them, but it was just that - a fluke win. And please do not tell me they are a bit rusty and must get rid of some cobwebs. That is nonsense, that is what we have been hearing for ages. They must be sharp from scratch to ensure their opponets do not build up confidence. To my mind they are just plain disinterested in applying their minds to the job at hand. Gary Kirsten will get nowhere with this group of players. It is not just Smith, although players like Dominee will do much better in the middle if we have proper openers. And our bowling needs variety and penetration. It would help if they can also bat a little. I am seriously reconsidering my support for cricket at national level if this is what I will have to endure much longer.

  • DirkFourie - 2011-10-20 03:39

    Makes me think of the story .... just as Graeme smith went out to bat, someone called the coach to say they need to speak to Graeme .. the coach says .. "he went out to bat" ... the guy on the other side says "I'll hold"

  • Phil - 2011-10-20 03:53

    Lester.Hoffman refers to this side as 'our beloved National Cricket team' Isn't this part of the problem ...all of this waffle about Cricket and Rugby sides making the SA public 'proud' What a crock of manure! Don't you have things in your everyday life that make you 'proud' like people in other countries? This is SPORT , not life and death. Stop putting so much pressure on the teams and maybe you will see better performances.

      Julie - 2011-10-20 05:47

      Yes, high crime stats that no country can match.

  • roland.jordan1 - 2011-10-20 06:36

    Cricket is un predictable only the other night we down and out and i switch of my TV off and i miss an exciting end to that T20 match.I think in their next match they must be more clinical.They miss AB De Villiers.

  • Thunukenenxeba - 2011-10-20 06:42

    Smith is costing the country, how long are they gonna keep him there just because of his stupid expirience. We are always struggling without AB and we cant rely on 1, 2 or 3 players. Gary must start building a strong team for 2015 even if he has to replace 5 players let it be. we need a strong,competitive team for the next WC.

      Peter - 2011-10-20 07:34

      Couldn't agree more with you.

  • Leonard - 2011-10-20 07:09

    All they can win is the toss - What a bunch of Tosses!

  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2011-10-20 07:31

    As a great sports fanatic I am really getting worried about our sport. Firstly I really think the senior players are not doing their bit. Which already brings down the confidence of the youngsters. World class players like Steyn and Morkel is not disciplined in their bowling attack. Our previous captain and opening batsman tries to get the lowest score possible. There is absolute no footwork in some of the front-line batsmen. We have lacked a lot of playtime. To be really honest I don't like Hashim Amla as captain. We need a good leader and I don't think we have one at the moment. I am just very disappointed. I see a hard future for SA Cricket, Rugby and Soccer if they keep on making the same mistakes over and over again. When will these guys learn.

      eslin.meyer - 2011-10-20 08:35


  • slade.francis - 2011-10-20 07:48

    You guys just don'g get it if you're a Smith or a Smit in SA sport you don't need to be the best in your position

  • John - 2011-10-20 08:03

    When the top 6 batsmen get a collectivr 18 runs in the last 20/20 the writing should be on the wall for the selectors.

  • Caleb - 2011-10-20 08:27

    Seriously need to drop the dead weight in the team. The team being on holiday is no reason for such performances. Clearly it's the top order who are failing and way too much pressure on the lower order. Same mistake as always Smith. Dragging his back leg and that's why he got out lbw. Seriously the Proteas didn't look hungry for victory.

  • Darryl - 2011-10-20 08:37

    Leave the cricket team alone. They have not played a series since the world cup unlike australia have. We have a new coach, so give it some time. Our cricket team and rugby teams are the only sports that has done this country proud. Complain about the crap that is going on with the CSA top brass. We dont even have a sponsor for the series, how embarrassing is that. Complain about the SAFA that stuff up. I stand strong with the SA cricket team and watch they are gonna get to there top form soon and i hope all u that have bad mouthed them will eat your words. So what if we loose a game or two, get over it. We cant always win. GO PROTEA"S. U have my support and you are gonna do us proud.

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2011-10-20 08:50

      Darryl too much disappointment in all types of sport lately. It is difficult to keep on denying the issues. We as fans knows exactly what the problems are because we have an outside view. We will always support our team but our hearts are bleeding because we are a passionate nation when it comes to sport. But i hope you are right and that we will come right because i really do love cricket!

      Pieter - 2011-10-20 11:26

      @Darryl, so you are all for giving the Ausies confidence before a two test series? And you applaud the fact that our team goes into any match against the arrogant Ausies unprepared? And you do not care that a bunch of inexperienced youngsters swept the floor with us. Why do you watch cricket - too see our team lose? You're a funny supporter

      Phil - 2011-10-20 15:39

      Darryl you sound like a sports fan , someone who enjoys the game as a SPORT and accepts that any team wins some and loses some. Pieter on the other hand comes across someone who wants "his" team to win to make him fel better about his life. Not sure what he got against the Aussies it because they have beaten us 5 times out of 7 in the last games of rugby union ..and knocked us out of the world cup? Or is it because Australia is the place where so many South Africans are trying to get to ....and many have already gone? Either way he has got some "issues" ...maybe the stress of life. Lets hope we see some great Cricket and hopefully SA doing well ...after all it is only a blerry game!

  • eslin.meyer - 2011-10-20 08:44


  • Stephen - 2011-10-20 09:06

    I thought when Sport24 went over to facebook required to login it would stop the trolls, but I guess I was wrong. Some advice to you all, dont bother watching sport period, it seems some of you cant grasp the basic concepts of it.

  • Hannetjie - 2011-10-20 12:06

    Like everybody else I was EXTREMELY disappointed last night. It was not just the batsmen but our bowlers' performance was also mediocre. We just don't seem to have a fighting spirit and the two guys who saves us in the T20m were both not there. Gary Kirsten and the selectotrs need to have sa serious look at which players are currently on form and pick them or the mebarassment will even be bigger in the next games!!! I agree Graeme Smith completely out of form, Hashim should not be captain as it looks like that affects his batting and Dale steyn must improve his opening spell bowling to name a few.

  • THABOM85 - 2011-10-20 12:49

    This is just the beginning! Has anyone ever thought of what's gonna happen when Jacques Kallis eventually retires? He's 36 by the way. It's not yet the 23rd October but South Africa are already 1 wicket down (i'll leave you guys guessing who's wicket it is)

      Stephen - 2011-10-20 13:53


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