Warner ton puts Oz in charge

2014-03-01 18:30

Cape Town - David Warner took the attack to the South African pace bowlers for the first two sessions of play and then Michael Clarke made his first substantial batting contribution of the series to give Australia the best possible start to the third Test match at Newlands on Saturday.

As it happened: SA v Oz Day 1

By the close the Australians had amassed a total of 331/3 off the 88 overs that were possible as their run rate hovered around the four to the over mark throughout the day with Clarke (92 off 181 balls, 9 fours) and Steve Smith (50 off 92 balls, 6 fours and a six) having added an unbroken 114 for the fourth wicket to add to the successive partnerships of 65, 73 and 79 for the three previous wickets.

As always when Warner is at the crease the runs are bound to come thick and fast and his seventh Test match century – his third against South Africa – was no exception.

His partners, Chris Rogers and Alex Doolan, were almost passive bystanders as he enabled Australia to reach three figures in the morning session and go to lunch with an imposing total of 118/1.

In the circumstances the Proteas did well to restrict Australia to 77/1 in the afternoon session after losing what turned out to be a very good toss to win on a surface that offered the bowlers very little.

Warner eventually departed in the evening session for the second best score of his international career – 135 off 152 balls, 12 fours and a six – having become the first player on either side to take his aggregate for the series past the 400 mark.

The Proteas attack had a repeat of their Port Elizabeth experience, losing a member of their attack to injury with Dale Steyn suffering a hamstring injury to the first delivery of his 11th over.

But, even when Steyn was at full steam, Warner more than had the measure of the South African attack.

The significant feature of his entire series has been the fact that he has been the one Australian batsman who has coped well with the pace, bounce and aggression of Morne Morkel.

Morkel subjected Clarke to a brutal onslaught from around the wicket in the afternoon session and it took courage as much as skill for the Australian captain to overcome it.

He will certainly take more than his share of bruises to bed with him tonight but one had to admire the composure he showed at a stage when his self-confidence was understandably not very high.

The Proteas have only had six overs with the second new ball and they will need Morkel, Vernon Philander and Kyle Abbott to strike quickly and regularly if Australia are not to take the game away from them.

The Proteas made two changes from the Port Elizabeth victory as did Australia.

Alviro Petersen returned from illness to replace Quinton de Kock while Abbott was selected in place of the injured Wayne Parnell.

Shane Watson returned from injury for Australia in place of Shaun Marsh while James Pattinson was preferred to Peter Siddle in the seam attack.


  • Elwyne Krause - 2014-03-01 13:29

    David Warner obviously has a big bat to go with his big mouth!!

  • Tian Nel - 2014-03-01 16:04

    its a flat pitch dont forget to mention it news24 in your next article you lot are biaest

  • Mac Naidoo - 2014-03-01 18:46

    Reading the comments below South African cricket supporters are sore losers, cannot compliment opposition for their fighting spirit. Aus were really caught off guard in the second innings of the second test and I still believe that Warner was right in his comments that AB tampered with the ball. Suddenly Steyn is not fit to bowl because there is no help from the cheaters. Its always the case when the batting is on top then Steyn finds the lame excuse of being injured. What a Sore Loser

      Sean Tearnan - 2014-03-01 19:48

      A Sore Indian loser, got klapped by SA and NZ.......Bwahahaha.

      Ayanda Shaka Sokhela - 2014-03-01 20:00


      Mac Naidoo - 2014-03-01 20:06

      Sean Tearnan you are really a retard, already shedding a tear, lol idiot

      Mac Naidoo - 2014-03-01 20:09

      India don't claim to be no. 1 and remember the young Indian side had the Proteas on the ropes for most of the series. If you weren't dumb enough you would have noticed that this Proteas side is overrated

      Michael Morris - 2014-03-01 20:42

      Mac you really do have a short memory, don't you? The first test between India and SA was drawn. SA only needed something like 15 runs to win the game, but decided to play it safe. SA won the second test. So yeah we were on the ropes for most of the series...nudge...nudge...wink...wink. And yes India could not claim to be number 1, because they weren't. SA can because they are. I also assume that you are probably a SL, India or Pakistan supporter and therefore your statement regarding the ball tampering is like the saying goes, the pot calling the kettle black. And in your summation that SA supporters don't give the opposition credit, you basically are doing the same with your "on the ropes" comment. So practice what your preach.

      Boom Boom Afridi - 2014-03-01 20:51

      India can get klapped by any team they are still World Cup champions and have also been 1 in test rankings..

      Sean Tearnan - 2014-03-01 21:25

      A touchy troll

      Sean Tearnan - 2014-03-01 21:42

      Are u not the same Troll that bashed Steyn in PE until the Steyn Remover came back and steam rolled the Aussies...very tjoep still afterwards till know. Remember it's not how u start it's How u Finish and we may not start the Best but over the last few years we have finished the best. Ask Aussies, Poms, Indians, etc etc. Stats don't lie. You don't become the best side in the world without having the best bats and bowlers. Give Credit where Credit is due. If u don't rate Steyn I challenge you to face him

  • Mac Naidoo - 2014-03-01 18:51

    What is it with Steyn, when the chips are down he fakes injury, he really lets his team down when they need him. At least Warner came back strongly after a barrage of insults from the South African supporters and the South Management for calling him a sour grapes and other derogatory names. Learn from the baby Proteas

      Sean Tearnan - 2014-03-01 19:13

      U obviously a Comedian Mcdonald, which Burger Big Mac.... Bwahaha

      Michael Morris - 2014-03-01 20:46

      OK this comment says it all. Troll.

  • Sean Tearnan - 2014-03-01 19:21

    A Crap pitch to bowl on, Paradise to bat on by the looks this pitch could be a timeless test. Why can't our groundsman produce decent pitches any more

  • Piet Genade - 2014-03-01 19:28

    Watch out for Johnson on this pitch, it has bounce. Won't be easy for our batsmen after spending two days in the field.

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2014-03-01 19:33

    That must be one of the worst pitches ever produced by a groundsmen. The tar on my driveway offers more assistance to bowlers. It begs the question...a)Did SA ask for a pitch like that so that we can draw the game and series instead of producing a wicket that offers some assistance to bowlers b) are newlands so money hungry that they dont want to produce a pitch that might offer a result in 4 days..?? Richard Barnes..I await your comment...

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-01 20:36

      I would wait another day or so before arriving at a conclusion about the pitch. Let's not forget, England were 285/3 after the first day at The Oval in 2012, and we went on to win that match comfortably. India were only 5 down after the first day at the Wanderers, only 1 down after the first day at Kingsmead. Wanderers should have produced a result and Kingsmead did. The Proteas were 255/2 after the first day at the Gabba on the last Aus tour. Had we not lost a full day to rain, that match could have produced a result as well. So a lack of wickets on day one doesn't mean that the pitch is stone dead and a draw inevitable. Our situation looks worse than these other matches because Aus, unlike Eng and Ind, don't let you get away with bad bowling. They come at you really hard and score fast. It will depend on how well we recoup overnight. If we can do what we did to both Eng and Ind - come out firing on day two and take wickets - we could be right back in it. But if Dale remains crocked and we don't get breakthroughs early tomorrow, it will take a mammoth effort to halt Aus's momentum. It didn't surprise me much. Every time the Proteas talk about the dressing room being buoyant and "in a good place mentally", the team folds like a house of cards. Before the 1st Test, Rob talked of "Fortress Centurion". Before this match, "Fortress Newlands". I said to him eish, boet, don't tempt fate. But he did anyway. :p The guys must just pull it together tomorrow.

      Theuns Jacobs - 2014-03-02 03:23

      Richard, you make valid point, AUS will add a min of 150 run to their over night score. Then, only one team can really win this test (unless we can bowl them out for another 90 odd runs in the second innings) as we are unable to bat at an ave of 4.5 per over.What worries me is the body language when smith lost the toss, esp that of the captain..

  • Eddie Botha - 2014-03-01 19:38

    Steyn always has an ijury when he does not take wicets. He needs a psychologist.... not Alan Donald.

      Michael Morris - 2014-03-01 20:52

      What a load of crap. No professional cricketer will fake an injury, because things don't go well on the field. The lack of proper argumentative reasoning of some of the commentators on this site is astounding. Brain dead.

      Malcolm Kuhn - 2014-03-01 23:01

      The medical term is called Spoilt brat syndrome.....

  • Eidel Bock - 2014-03-01 19:40

    Here we go again....

  • Piet Genade - 2014-03-01 19:49

    One thing about these Aussies, they play positively win or lose. We don't have the same mindset (see first test against India).

      Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-01 20:39

      And there u start with the negativeness but whole week the proteas were so brilliant and whole week all of u were talking hw the proteas are gna beat the aussies

  • Ayanda Shaka Sokhela - 2014-03-01 20:02

    C'mon Proteas!

  • Tian Nel - 2014-03-01 20:13

    that pitch is so flat you could hit a six with a paplepel.

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-01 21:00

      In that case, the Proteas should have no problem batting on it and saving the match.

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-01 20:29

    Big vern is g.t vol van quota morkel wat net niks wickets van en nou is daar nog n passenger Abbot wat worse is so wat se julle nou van julle gevaarlike Abbot

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-01 20:32

    Warner whole week they were talking ish bout u glad u showed Rob houwing and his sport24 buddies how to beat the ish out of quotas Morkel and Abbot

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-01 20:47

    Lost my respect for Dale Steyn he is what u call a bad loser and he acts like a spoilt brat Warner must punch him in the face coz he lkies to fake injuries

      Sean Tearnan - 2014-03-01 21:20

      Convict no cells allowed in pollsmoor

  • Michael Morris - 2014-03-01 21:04

    Only day 1. The pitch looks like a real good batting wicket. Let's see how it holds up as the test progresses.

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-01 21:08

      Yeah, that is my take as well. Five days is a long time. The first day failing to produce three wickets per session does not mean the match is dead, nor that the pitch is. The pitch will reportedly get lower and slower as the match wears on. So a result is still very much on the cards.

  • Munyaradzi Waspy Mago - 2014-03-01 22:10

    What a response from Warner after the written insults assault led by Rob Houwing! What a way to silence them especially knowing that he is currently the leading run scorer in this series.

      Ayanda Shaka Sokhela - 2014-03-02 03:33

      Easy pitch to bat on. AB would bat with his eyes closed on this pitch.

  • Malcolm Kuhn - 2014-03-01 22:52

    Geez SA where's that mysterious reverse swing you guys are famous for all off a sudden when you need it?? Anybody??

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-02 00:32

      Reverse is a hit and miss thing. You can't count on it. The Eng bowlers got it quite often in the Ashes in Eng, never in Aus. So conditions play a big part. I guess the conditions at Newlands weren't conducive to it.

      Simon Gallagher - 2014-03-02 03:02

      The umpires are keeping a better eye on the ball tampering from the last test and the Steyne remover has pulled a weak heart mussel

  • Ayanda Shaka Sokhela - 2014-03-02 03:40

    The trolls are back again with their stupid comments, lol. Whether we lose or win the Proteas will remain the best Test ranked side for at least another 2 years. No 1: Proteas, daylight then the rest follow...

  • Ayanda Shaka Sokhela - 2014-03-02 03:40

    The trolls are back again with their stupid comments, lol. Whether we lose or win the Proteas will remain the best Test ranked side for at least another 2 years. No 1: Proteas, daylight then the rest follow...

      Ayanda Shaka Sokhela - 2014-03-02 03:47

      The Aussies are on top at the moment, but Test cricket isnt won on day one. I believe the Proteas will fight back hard to at least draw the match or even win. Losing isnt in their blood! Another cracking day ahead.

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