Proteas strike early

2011-11-10 14:25

Cape Town - Australia were 13 for three in their second innings, a lead of 201 runs over South Africa, at tea on the second day of the first Test at Newlands on Thursday.


Earlier, Shane Watson took 5-17 in a devastating five-over spell after lunch as Australia ripped South Africa out for 96 for a 188-run first-innings lead.

Watson dismissed Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis in the first over of the afternoon session to start the slide, South losing 9-47 after the lunch break.

Watson bowled captain Graeme Smith for 37 four overs later and had Ashwell Prince lbw next ball as South Africa disintegrated from 49-1.

Ryan Harris grabbed 4-33 to help Australia turn the Test on its head after starting the second day under pressure at 214-8.

Captain Michael Clarke made 151 to lift Australia to 284 before their bowlers put the tourists in complete control.

Shane Watson took 5-17 in a devastating five-over spell after lunch as Australia ripped South Africa out for 96 for a 188-run first-innings lead on the second day of the opening Test on Thursday.


Australia 284 (M. Clarke 151; D. Steyn 4-55) and 13-3 v South Africa 96 (S. Watson 5-17, R. Harris 4-33)


  • Andre - 2011-11-10 10:39

    Once again the chokers can't finish off the tail!!!

      Shivaskar - 2011-11-10 11:02

      AUS will get 300 and bowl SA for 150, then score a quick 280 and bowl SA out in one day. I always think that Proteas opt for two tests instead of three because 2-0, or 1-0 loss looks better than 3-0. There was definitely enough time for a third test (the week and a half before the start of this test match was time wasted).

      Deon - 2011-11-10 11:38

      284 all out. It was an old ball on the weather is better. We need to bat for 2. 5 days. It can be done. Go Proteas.

      roboman1 - 2011-11-10 12:40

      Lucky Graham Smith is there. Averaging 50.3 in his last 12 tests and people still want to drop. The frail fickle supporters like Andre who after a few tough overs call them chokers. Look Andre they do choke in world cups, but in test cricket these are a fine bunch. Just a pity they dropped Alviro Pieterson

      Grant - 2011-11-10 13:48

      For all the men out there who know nothing about sport, but want to SEEM like they have a clue in front of their buddies... Just say "chokers" every now and then when referring to SA cricket. As long as you surround yourself with OTHER dudes pretending to know a thing or two, you'll be just fine...

      Jono - 2011-11-10 13:59

      SA players are overpaid and useless...this is shocking!!! no fans in the stands, no players to support... why is cricket still getting all the money?

      Ben - 2011-11-10 14:03

      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.

      Liz - 2011-11-10 14:55

      Our top batsmen, with the exception of Smith, were dismal! But so were the Aussies, with the huge exception of Michael Clarke. Something in the pitch? Come on Proteas, the fat lady has not yet sung her song, there's still hope!!!!!!

      roboman1 - 2011-11-10 15:05

      No one needs supporters like you Andre, why do you even bother watching. Support is when your team is down and you support them, otherwise you are just a choker, every time the chips are down you criticise, that’s not support!

      Spyker - 2011-11-10 15:12

      Yet another shining beacon of SA's post '94 Affirmative Action sport performance. The only achievement is the rate we are moving BACKWARDS in evolution. This in a country that once upon a time featured the greatest cricket team in the WORLD... A team that was impossible to beat.., by anybody.., anywhere... Not sure what is post '94 SA's greatest failure..? Its sport (RWC, SWC, etc, etc).., its economy and national expenditure/budget (just ask Moody's).., its industry (one of the worst measured in the world).., its workforce (absolutely the worst measured in the world).., its infrastructure (we cannot even run something as simple as a passenger train).., its national airline (once the undisputed best in the world).., its defence force (a joke beyond pathetic).., the crime- and corruption.., its school-child-like politics (with the Trust-Fund Toddler leading the blue-light circus).., the carnage on our roads.., the slaughter-houses they hospitals.., the cognitive lobotomy that is the education system.., none less tertiary education that has become a farce beyond measure.., just to name a few...

      pcrous - 2011-11-10 15:48

      Siesa. Disgrace us. You are a lot of losers. Proteas. They should call them Varkblomme.

      margaret.mead1 - 2011-11-10 15:49

      I hate tags, especially chokers tags. You crow before the match is over. I have a feeling you often have to eat your words.

      Grant - 2011-11-10 15:54

      @Greegs - careful about pointing fingers dude. Unless you want to base your opinion on about 5 games (which is generally what the short-sighted fools do), you have absolutely no justification in claiming that Smith is not a world-class batsman. Bring some figure to the table if you think you can justify your assertions... Good luck with that, by the way!

      Leon - 2011-11-10 16:10

      andre just move on dude and support your new country you are one of those idiots that got nothing good to say about S.A

      Deon - 2011-11-10 16:21

      Twice in 1 day, to bowl the same team out! Go Proteas!

  • tinusk - 2011-11-10 11:40

    I'm a Tahir fan but he is costing as with his poor fielding and catching and below par bowling. Dale should have a Five for and Aus All out for 230

      Deon - 2011-11-10 12:40

      He is better on the 4th or 5th day when the pitch has wear and tear on it.

      odupreez - 2011-11-10 14:11

      @deon - then why did we chose to field first if you need a day 4 or 5 for Tahir to come to his own ? The dropped catch was the dropping the match.

      Ben - 2011-11-10 14:20

      you think we gonna make day5?

      Deon - 2011-11-10 14:25

      Remember we were down and out in Oz before too, we can come back. We will probably have to bat for 2.5 days to save the test. Gary Kirsten did this before when we had to follow on in Durban a few years ago. Never say never.

  • Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 11:40

    What a brilliant knock by Clarkey! SA vs MC? Cummon Sunflowers! You can do it!

      roboman1 - 2011-11-10 12:41

      They will still do it Skinfaxi, but I must say old Tahir better pull up his sox

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 14:49

      @Greegs - Didn't see anything from you BEFORE the collapse. Anyone can be wise after the fact.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 15:58

      21/7 ……… Greegs where did you go? Quiet again?

  • Niela.vH - 2011-11-10 12:51

    Sun is out + wind is blowing = Good for batting. Smith to proof all his criticks wrong till next time he bats (then he have to do it all over again) and SA to score 350+.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 12:56

      It's a strong batting line-up so there is no reason why we shouldn't post a decent score. Let's hope that this is the game Biff finds his return to form. Shame about Rudolph :(

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 14:35

      @Greegs - Your hindsight is immaculate. Your ability to predict the past is incredible. How do you do it?

      Thopa - 2011-11-10 15:21

      boy did he silence his critics with a stupid 37 runs & a dropped catch. keep it up Smith...

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 16:00

      37 is starting to look like a good score in this test.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 16:19

      Greegs, when Deon said we'll be batting again soon you asked him what he was smoking..... All I can say is Deon is as good at predicting the future as you are at predicting the past. Lots of people said the Sunflowers came into this test undercooked. Nothing new about that. But quite frankly the Australian second innings hasn't exactly knocked my socks off either.

      Deon - 2011-11-10 16:37

      3 Batsmen in top 6 to get a 50 + and it is in the bag! Go Proteas

  • Grant - 2011-11-10 13:44

    Way too rusty in the batting department! Bowling was great - only one auzzie scored any runs, but so far none of the batsmen showing any resolve...

      Andre - 2011-11-10 13:46

      please dont blame rustiness, they are plain simpel useless

      Grant - 2011-11-10 17:14

      It sucks when your comments stay up for the whole game, hey!? ;)

  • Andre - 2011-11-10 13:44

    5 out already!!! hahahahahaha proteas = choker = usless!. So i guess now Smith will blame the rustiness

  • Andre - 2011-11-10 13:48

    the chocker should be boooooeeeedd when they walk of the pitch

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 15:16

      OK Andre. When the Ozzies walked off for tea at 13 for 3 do you think the Sunflowers should have been cheered? Or do you only have negative things to say?

      Deon - 2011-11-10 15:41

      The fight back is on.

  • Andre - 2011-11-10 13:51

    6 chokers gone

  • Gareth - 2011-11-10 13:54

    Great batting SA: 77 for 6 - You overrated, over paid bunch of underachievers!

      odupreez - 2011-11-10 14:00

      Forget about overrated - over paid ! , under excercised , unfit, lack of concentration , dedication and could not care a sh**t bunch, and that with the new coach of the world number one team, we could just as well have kept Mickey Arthur.

  • Andre - 2011-11-10 13:58

    77/7 hahahahaha

      Dhirshan - 2011-11-10 13:59

      lol not funny dude, ironically snith has top score of innings

      Deon - 2011-11-10 14:03

      This is not over till the fat lady sings. Many time left for a fight back.

      Andre - 2011-11-10 14:07

      @Deon fight back seriously????

      Deon - 2011-11-10 14:28

      I remember a 76 by Steyn and 161 by JP some time ago in Oz when we were also in trouble. This is not a 1 day game.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 16:51

      You're quite right Deon this is not a 1 day game. In a one day game you expect 50 overs from an innings! :)

  • Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 13:59

    This is the worst batting collapse I have ever seen.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 15:42

      Well it was the worst…… 15/5…..

      Deon - 2011-11-10 16:02

      7 Gone, It seems they want two days off?

  • Andre - 2011-11-10 14:03

    Like i said the Chokers should be boooed from the pitch. People go and spend money to buy tickets just to see how their team choke. Fire them all. Kirsten can't work with these overpaid useless players. The bowlers did the hard work and then this.......

      Morne - 2011-11-10 15:48

      You sound a bit bitter Andre... when was the last time you checked the score? Moron!

  • Andre - 2011-11-10 14:05

    Make that 81 for 8

  • Johann - 2011-11-10 14:08

    I have three words : PETHETIC, PATHETIC, PATHETIC !!!!!! Then a comment : Why is it that we always let them look like such a classy outfit ? Beats me.

  • Andre - 2011-11-10 14:09

    83 for 9

  • Aloe - 2011-11-10 14:12

    Once again, please stop calling them the Proteas. This is extremely derogatory to these magnificent plants. I vote we call them the Prickly Pears from now on - all robust and firm on the outside and all soft and squishy on the inside.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 14:17

      The Sunflowers have been Sunfoiled.

  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2011-11-10 14:20

    Can they atleast make a hundred :( our sport is in shambles these days.

  • Jim - 2011-11-10 14:23

    83/9 pity this pathetic lot against the world champions next year. Kirsten may have looked good with the likes of Tendulkar and Sehwag at their best behind him, but boy is he being shown up for the useless coach he really is,along with his reject bowling coach.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 14:37

      No coach can make any kind of impact in the time GK has been in charge. India didn't start off winning from day one either.

  • Andre - 2011-11-10 14:25

    96 all out. Please Cape Tonians boooooo the chocker please

      rheinhardt.peens - 2011-11-10 14:30

      fire the lot....bloody useless.... Humiliating to be a protea supporter!!!!!

      Deon - 2011-11-10 14:33

      We will get another chance to bat, hopefully soon.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 14:43

      @Deon - Watson out..... is the pitch really that difficult to play on? How did MC get a ton?

      Deon - 2011-11-10 14:55

      Greegs, nothing yet. 13 wickets on 1 day before tea. This might be a bumpy ride, all is not lost yet. Remember we made 400 + runs a few times to win, not so long ago. The pitch is probably still a bit damp.

      roboman1 - 2011-11-10 15:04

      No one needs supporters like you Andre, why do you even bother watching. Support is when your team is down and you support them, otherwise you are just a choker, every time the chips are down you criticise, that’s not support!

  • Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 14:27

    96 All out. 2nd lowest score since re-admission. Note how OZ had four slips in place when we were against the ropes. We had one slip when we thought we had them against the ropes.

      JohhnyBGood - 2011-11-10 14:33

      Chops! Chops! Chops! Second lowest score since readmission. Lovely...

      Lionel - 2011-11-10 14:33

      Howzit Skins,here I thought all the dissapointment with the rugby is now over,the cricket is worse.......

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 14:41

      @Lionel - I'm a Bok supporter, Sharks supporter and Proteas supporter. I'm starting to feel like the curse of death.

      Deon - 2011-11-10 15:45

      Ha Ha, you could have been a Bulls supporter like me. At least the Sharks came second not fith.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 16:06

      I thought I’d test my “kiss of death” theory so I tried supporting the Ozzies for a few overs…..

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2011-11-10 14:37

    Holy smoke! We'll need a miracle (and rain!) to salvage this one!

      rheinhardt.peens - 2011-11-10 14:55

      Ek dink nie eens die reendans gaan ons uit hierdie een uit help nie...

  • Nick - 2011-11-10 14:39

    A great day for politics (bye bye Malema!), but a sad day for sport :(

  • Richard - 2011-11-10 14:39

    What the hell has this entire article have to do with "Proteas out for 96." I would like to know what happened to the Proteas, and not to Michael muppet clarke. Bad reporting is bad.

      Richard - 2011-11-10 15:43

      So they update the article, deleting previous sections written wholesale. Bad reporting is super bad as all the comments above are out of date due to the changing nature of the article above. When I first commented on the article, the title was "Proteas out for 96" and the body of the article was Clarke is Magnificent. Now they've changed the article to "This is how the Proteas snuffed it to be all out for 96" So in accordance with the changing nature of the articles "published" by News24, I will now write about the future of cricketing as (will be) published on this article in the near future: Balls will be replaced in 2017 by beams of rainbow light, condensed into ball form. This will eliminate all types of ball tampering as the tamperer will be sat upon by a hippopotamus almost imminently, unless they are Indian, upon which an Indian Elephant, genus Elephas maximus indicus, will do so in its stead. Articles with comments published should remained published. If you want a rolling update, use twitter or facebook, you muppets.

  • marcus.kittel - 2011-11-10 14:43

    What a joke!!!

  • Adrian - 2011-11-10 14:43


  • Gerald - 2011-11-10 14:46

    remember during the rugby world cup we call the Aussies sheep shaggers, well my name for the SA cricket team The Sheep because boy have they been shagged

      Deon - 2011-11-10 15:55

      18 for 6. Who is laughing now?

  • Andre - 2011-11-10 14:46

    .. maybe it's that no sponsors want to be alligned with cricket and there is no more big bucks to hand out to the players..and officials!.... anyways cricket as a whole has lost it's 'appeal' and I for one am no longer a true follower. If ONLY politics could be left out of sport... if only bribes could be a thing of the past...if only cricket had a true outcome..if only!!!!!.......

  • kingswing69 - 2011-11-10 14:47

    we are a joke . Drop Smith

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 14:59

      Smith thought you were giving him an instruction. That catch really should have been held. Apart from shocking batting, abysmal fielding and wild bowling we are playing well.

  • Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 14:47

    Take Clarkeys score off the OZ total and their score doesn't look much better.

  • odupreez - 2011-11-10 14:48

    Aus - 3 LBW or Bowled , SA - 7 LBW or Bowled , thats the difference. Guys Steyn can not do everthing on his own !

      Grant - 2011-11-10 16:43


  • Andrew - 2011-11-10 14:48

    I think they should all down a litre of sunflower oil to sort out those creaking joints.

  • Bernard - 2011-11-10 14:49

    Oh dear, so here we go again, can`t we get anything right? Better luck at the follow on boys.

  • Thopa - 2011-11-10 14:57

    Fat Smith just dropped another simple catch... CSA should suspend him for 5 years like the ANC suspended Malema....

  • Bharath - 2011-11-10 14:59

    Remember , remember the 1 of December (2010). The guests of the Proteas were sworn at, spat at, treated like an inferior race. Unprovoked hatred is always punished. Enjoy your karma - you are not good human beings. Why are you not swearing at the Aussies, why are you not giving them filthy, dirty looks? Where is you superiority complex now?? Why do you not refuse to shake hands when you lose to them? You treat people like animals when they treat you well and you treat people as gods who look down upon you. Shame on you

  • oosie.eksteen - 2011-11-10 14:59!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Grant - 2011-11-10 16:44

      f-f-f-f-fourty seven all out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Andre - 2011-11-10 15:00

    Smith just dropped a sitter and i bet there are going to be people saying he needs to stay in the squad. whatever!!!

  • crousew - 2011-11-10 15:04

    Gary Kirsten is seker ooit spyt oor sy 'aftree joppie' by die chokers. Van die swakste krieket in 'n lang tyd.

  • Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 15:06

    11/2 It seems pretty obvious that all you have to do on this pitch is bowl at the wickets. All these ball going down leg are costing the Sunflowers in missed opportunities.

      Deon - 2011-11-10 15:36

      13/3 no too bad. Now to get MC.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 15:45

      MC out! But.... to be honest if you look at the hotspot you will see there is a person in the way. When the bat goes past the persons leg you will see there is a hot spot on it.....

      Deon - 2011-11-10 15:51

      Great Scott, the fat lady will sing very soon.

  • Evan - 2011-11-10 15:09

    Professionals should not be producing this type of result, they are paid a lot in sponsorships etc. It's true, anyone can have a bad day at the crease, but making it a collective habit is not acceptable. Indeed as Roboman1 says..."lucky Graeme Smith is there"... no doubt about that :-)

  • Niela.vH - 2011-11-10 15:10

    That is the worst batting effort in a long time. Hopefully they can get into the game again by miracle perfomance. Steyn and Philander is bowling well. Need Morkel to fire

  • Maarten - 2011-11-10 15:11

    Bwahahahahahahahaha! Well done young Mr. Watson.

      Grant - 2011-11-10 16:45

      If only we was as clever with his batting reviews as he was with his bowling ones?? Ha ha ha!

  • comurray - 2011-11-10 15:18

    It is about bloody time the Proteas batsmen started to show comitment to the game. They are grossly over paid. Their salaries should be based on their ability to win matches, give them a minimal basic salary the bonuses for achievement.

  • Shaun - 2011-11-10 15:22

    12 wickets in one session of test cricket for less than 70 runs - has to be the worst display of cricket I have seen from both sides. Australia must be thanking there lucky stars they got such a big first innings lead now being 13-3 and you could see history in the making with both SA and Australia (2nd innnings) being bowled out for less than a hundred and also a team losing a team match (assuming SA get target) with having a lead of over 180 from the first innings. Cant see this game going past tea on the 4th day

  • Niela.vH - 2011-11-10 15:34

    Morkel on FIRE!!! The fightback...

  • Albertus - 2011-11-10 15:38

    You never field first at Newlands

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 15:53

      With the juice in this pitch you WANT to bat last! Hope it goes flat in the 4th innings and becomes a 350 wicket :)

  • owakwaMabuyakhulu - 2011-11-10 15:46

    I don't think i have seen such a collapse since 9/11 !!! The cooking oilers sure know how to lubricate their way down. What an anticlimax! They still have my backing even though they are mediocres of note.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-10 19:14

      Mediocres? Batsmen with double centuries behind their names? JK one of the best all rounders of all time? Two of the top bowlers in contemporary world cricket? The first wickey to take over 500 catches? OK. If you say so.

  • margaret.mead1 - 2011-11-10 15:46

    Cut out the chokers tag. It makes me livid. But what is going on with this match? Today has certainly been a 'bowlers' day'! Now it's 15 for 4 to Oz! I can't remember a cricket match like this for a loooong time. Go for it bowlers ... I mean South African bowlers ...

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2011-11-10 15:48

      I just hope we finish them off now. We can't afford to loosen up now!

  • Sabiha - 2011-11-10 15:48

    Ha wtf, we want to watch test cricket not the stupid T20 games were the batsman just play silly shots and go out, Hy guys cmon Long Live test cricket,or is is this pitch like Galle ?

      Albertus - 2011-11-10 15:51

      T20 is such rubbish - must be to blame for this mess

      Dhirshan - 2011-11-10 15:59

      18/6 oz hahaha

  • Howza - 2011-11-10 16:09

    Who would've thought the game will turn out this way...fantastic cricket Autralia are displaying surely they were 100% prepared as their captain Micheal Clarke stated at the press conference, the only way for South africa to clinch the match would be only that they settle or hope for a draw.

  • Howza - 2011-11-10 16:12

    Aweasome cricket from the Aussies!!!