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Australia pile on the runs

2014-03-04 12:49

Cape Town - David Warner's dominance over South Africa's bowlers continued as the Australian opening batsman moved towards his second century of the match on the fourth day of the third and final Test at Newlands on Tuesday.

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Warner followed up his first innings 135 with an unbeaten 92 as Australia reached 180 for one at lunch - an overall lead of 387.

When Warner was on 79 he reached 1 000 runs in eight Test matches during the southern hemisphere season - five against England and three against South Africa.

South African captain Graeme Smith, who announced on Monday night that he would be retiring from international cricket after the match, was applauded on to the field by his teammates, the Australian batsmen and a sparse crowd.

But the only other highlight for him was the run-out of Chris Rogers, the only batsman to be dismissed.

Rogers fell for 39 to a direct hit from fine leg by Dale Steyn after an opening stand of 123 with Warner in just 20.2 overs.

Warner was in sparkling form at the start of the day and reached his fifty off 41 balls with six fours and a six over long-on off off-spinner JP Duminy.

Steyn, who was off the field for most of the first innings because of a hamstring strain, bowled three overs.

He started with a maiden but was then hit for 24 runs in his next two overs, including a straight six by Warner.

The scoring rate slowed after Rogers' dismissal, with Alex Doolan struggling at the start of his innings before gradually finding his fluency.

Warner also progressed more slowly as Smith set defensive fields. By lunch he had faced 111 balls and hit nine fours and two sixes.

Doolan could have been dismissed for one when he got a faint edge to a ball from Morne Morkel.

Umpire Aleem Dar gave him not out and the edge was so faint that the South Africans did not seek a review, although it showed up on the "Snicko" in slow motion replays. Doolan was 36 not out at lunch.

AFP

Comments
  • Albertus Lombaard - 2014-03-04 12:55

    Shame, Warner can say in public that the proteas tampered with the ball, then it's ok, but a few wider deliveries to frustrate him the coach and the cappie throw out the toys from the cot. Most of those balls Warner could easily play at, and it was only to him those wider balls were bowled, a clear plan to frustrate him to make a mistake. To the rest of the batsmen it was on the stumps. Just listen to Clark moaning like a child about negative bowling warra warra warra. Just a pity that the proteas figured out how to contain Warner in his last innings in the series.

      Albertus Lombaard - 2014-03-04 12:59

      One Aussie thumbs down, poofter

      Harris Philip - 2014-03-04 13:02

      "a pity that the proteas figured out how to contain Warner in his last innings in the series. " Which game are you watching Albertus ???? .......the game I am watching has Warner making the alleged "best bowling attack in the world" look like a schoolboy team. He has got 92 from just about as many balls ......how the FFF is that "containing" ????

      Albertus Lombaard - 2014-03-04 13:07

      Harris, yes, Warner slaughtered the protea batsmen, he s an unconventional batsmen and currently unconventional bowling can get him or contain him. In this case they started to contain him only in the latter part of his innings, by frustrating him.

      Peter Neilsen - 2014-03-04 13:07

      Albertus, Albertus.Tut tut, dear. The umpires have at their discretion the ability to warn the bowler on negative bowling. The fact that they haven't, would seem to indicate that they were probably having a nap after the frenetic onslaught from Warner. Go back over the commentary...flat and way outside off. Didn't matter who was facing. Still, when the stocks are as low as the Saffas are now, ANY plan is a good one. Win or draw, I think the convicts have made their point, don't you?

      Albertus Lombaard - 2014-03-04 13:08

      Clear enough Harris, or do you needs pictures?

      Harris Philip - 2014-03-04 13:11

      Albertus I am sure there are hundreds of Test Batsmen who would like to score a few Centuries whilst being "contained" by the so-callled best bowling attack in the world. If that is "containment" ...god help us if he cuts loose. I think we need to face up to the fact that at least in this game we are second rate.

      Albertus Lombaard - 2014-03-04 13:12

      Peter, calling another dude is somewhat fruity son, especially with a tut tut. No one is denying the convicts made their point, don't wee in your panties. In fact, this series showed that the Aussies will soon be number 1 in the world.

      Albertus Lombaard - 2014-03-04 13:18

      Agree Harris, the point is that by treating Warner as a conventional opening batsman was a big mistake. He likes to dominate from the start and the form he is in (best in the world, icc rankings so whatever) fields should have been placed to contain and frustrate him. A 100 from 200 balls is way better for SA as a 100 from 100 balls. But no, the proteas were to proud to admit they cannot get him out by bowling him out, and stuck with attacking fields.

      Peter Neilsen - 2014-03-04 13:22

      The irony clearly lost, the fun back on, must away. Toodles.

      Harris Philip - 2014-03-04 13:23

      Albertus I am puzzled by your comments that us (with the best bowling attack in the world) can ONLY hope to CONTAIN David Warner ? Shouldnt we be able to do better than that ?

      Albertus Lombaard - 2014-03-04 13:32

      Harris, if you call that the best attack in the world then you are lost dude. Steyn and Vilander gave up as soon as they saw they don't get swing or movement, they were to spineless to work for wickets. Also remember Warner were lucky a few times, but it will happen if you play positive cricket. Peter...toodles....so fruity son ZzzzzzZzz

  • Harris Philip - 2014-03-04 13:13

    Looking forward to the comments from Biff after we lose this Test ...the series and have been humiliated at Newlands ......and Biff tells us well ...we frustrated Warner by bowling wides !! WTF!

      Albertus Lombaard - 2014-03-04 13:19

      It is sad but what can you do with such a devastating batsman?

      Harris Philip - 2014-03-04 13:28

      I would have thought the best bowling attack in the world would have a MUCH better plan than to use a part time spinner bowling wides!!!

      Albertus Lombaard - 2014-03-04 13:32

      Bwhaaaa, agree

      Albertus Lombaard - 2014-03-04 13:38

      And watch the proteas come in and poer poer block block block. And then all out for under 200. I say walk in and ghoen the aussie all over the park, at least make a statement. And can someone please tell this Jeremy frediricks to shut up on the afrikaans comentary, now according to him the Aussies tampered with the ball to get reverse swing.

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