Donald disappointed by display

2014-03-01 21:02

Cape Town - Proteas bowling coach Allan Donald was left disappointed in his troops as Australia sailed to 331 for three on day one of the third Test at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

As it happened: SA v Oz Day 1

South Africa took three wickets in the day, as David Warner 135 (152 balls, 12 fours, one six) and captain Michael Clarke 92 not out took the game away from the hosts.

"A lot of questions have been asked of us, and I was a little disappointed with the way we started this morning," said Donald at the close of play.

"We were too full and now someone has to make a play and stand up."

The big blow for South Africa came when Dale Steyn had to leave the field with a sore right hamstring in his 11th over. Team management said they would work on Steyn overnight and decide whether he could bowl on day two.

"He's going to have a little fitness test tomorrow, as he's a little stiff at the moment.

"If you lose the kind of bowler that Steyn is, your other bowlers just have to step up."

The visitors had been using former spinner Shane Warne as a consultant, and the leading Australian wicket-taker in Tests said Warner provided the platform for his side.

"Dave set the tone first up, he puts pressure on the opposition so early," said Warne.

"I saw a sign of maturity with his batting."

Australia would need to pile on the runs on day two, as the wicket could deteriorate considerably according to Warne.

"If Australia batted poorly today we could've been close to losing the series.

"If the sun stays out with the wind [tomorrow], and we can score a big first innings, those runs will be crucial."

Warner plundered the South African attack from ball one, and took just 104 balls to bring up his seventh Test century before tea. Warner was finally out for 135, when JP Duminy had him caught behind by AB de Villiers as Australia lost their third wicket on 217.

After Warner's demise, Clarke kept up the momentum as he brought up his 28th Test half-century off 122 balls (one six). It marked Clarke's highest score of the series, as he had struggled with scores of 19, 1, 23 and 17 in the first two Tests.

At the close of play Clarke (92) and Steve Smith (50) were the unbeaten batsmen, as they shared in a 114 run fourth wicket stand.

Before tea, Clarke, though, was targeted by the South African bowlers.

In Morne Morkel's ninth over, he produced a short ball assault on Clarke from around the wicket. With the third ball, Morkel struck Clarke on the side of the helmet and the batsman fell to the ground. After a delay for receiving treatment, Clarke was able to play out the over.

Donald was pleased with the fiery spell Morkel produced to Clarke.

"It's great to see how Morne roughed up Clarke.

"There has been a lot of pummelling in this series. We've seen a little bit of a series of pace and pain."

Alex Doolan (20) was the only wicket the South Africans claimed in the afternoon session. Doolan was out pulling Vernon Philander, but he top edged it to mid on to Steyn as Australia lost their second wicket on 138.

In the morning session, Steyn took the first wicket for South Africa. With Australia on 65 for no wicket, opener Chris Rogers was out for 25 caught at first slip by Graeme Smith, as Steyn found the edge.


  • Richard Barnes - 2014-03-01 21:19

    AD, why is it that the bowling unit under your direction always seems to get it wrong early on? Rubbish bowling on the first day of the England series at The Oval, woke up overnight and bowled much better on day two. Rubbish bowling in the first Test against Pak in the UAE, woke up in the second Test. Rubbish bowling on the first day against India at both Wanderers and Kingsmead, woke up overnight. And rubbish bowling on the first day against Aus at Newlands now, after the bowlers failed to pitch up at all in Centurion. We cannot afford to keep giving away the first match in a series, and the first day in each match thereafter. We only play three-Test series. That is fifteen days of cricket max. If we sacrifice the first Test in each series and the first day of Tests 2 and 3, that means we've given away 7 of the 15 days. It's kinda tough to dominate from that position.

      Nic Mechanic - 2014-03-01 22:16

      ...can't argue with that.......

      Alfred Joseph - 2014-03-01 22:38

      Good point..

      Theuns Jacobs - 2014-03-02 03:28

      because Donald and smith inability to read the pitch within the first 5 overs of a game!

      Nhamo Dzenyika - 2014-03-02 07:46

      Good points Barnes. Was my point as well. Has Proteas bowling benefitted from AD's coaching skills? He might have been a good bowler but not a good coach by any stretch of imagination

  • Kusile Ndobe - 2014-03-01 22:37

    If the SA openers start well then I'm afraid this is going to be a draw as the pitch looks flat to me.

  • Martin De Jager - 2014-03-01 23:11

    Keep the faith people. As long as Johnson doesn't take a 5-for, Smith scores an overdue ton, Faf shuts up one of his trademark shops, and it rains a bit, this test might well end up in a draw. It's not over until the fat lady sings

  • MJ - 2014-03-01 23:13

    Have to hand it to the Aussies, they are astute with regard to establishing a game plan. They came out firing at 5 an over in order to put pressure on our bowlers; they were prepared to take the risk, and it worked for them. Proteas would have looked at the scoreboard after 10-20 overs and felt incredibly frustrated. Also props to Michael Clarke; he showed some serious stones facing up to Morne'S fierce hostility. The Proteas are not out of it yet though. 10 November 2011, SA v Aus at Newlands, showed us all that even the improbable can still possible in this sport we love. Let's hope the guys come out firing tomorrow, and we follow that up with a solid batting performance. GS & AP owe us some big runs... No better time to delivery than now!

  • thuli.mbene - 2014-03-01 23:46

    Sending the U19's to the World Cup as is? Lol

  • darren.coxhill - 2014-03-02 04:12

    Richard Barnes has not only been supplying meaningful comments over the last few weeks but he has also asked some very searching questions. To throw the first test away in the last few three test series smacks of complacency and lack of focus from both management and players. I sense a sense of entitlement which appears to be prevalent in many of our sports teams and more importantly, the players themselves. I cannot provide a solution for this issue, I challenge my fellow readers to post some armchair critics' ideas, however I just wonder if our sports teams' complacency and sense of entitlement is not indicative of the state of the nation in general?

      Munyaradzi Waspy Mago - 2014-03-02 07:59

      Well said Darren, I think the Proteas are really getting complacent and not taking their opposition seriously. Case in point the run up to the test Clarke was rubbished from all corners of South Africa for suggesting that their pace attack was better than the Proteas' attack! And we all know the rude awakening they got in the first test. I definitely think attitudes need to change in the Proteas squad. And most importantly armchair critics need to stop labeling the Dale steyn led attack immortal because to be Honest very little separates Aussies and South Africa right now except Test rankings

  • Tian Nel - 2014-03-02 05:14

    that pitch is flat you can hit a six with a paplepel on that surface.south africa will make 500 in their 1st result will be a draw

      Piet Genade - 2014-03-02 07:03

      We shall see. We didn't bowl all that well. I'll judge the pitch after I have seen the Aussies bowl. Rather poor performance from our guys given all the hype before the deciding test imho

  • Piet Genade - 2014-03-02 07:06

    One thing is for sure, if they get 500+ we are in real trouble

  • John Jessup - 2014-03-02 07:45

    Looks like a number of issues here. Firstly, flat pitches do not suit our expert seam attack. Secondly, we do not know how to prepare home pitches that suit us. Thirdly, we do seem to have difficulty reading pitches and adjusting quickly and making the most of the conditions especially when they don't suit us. Finally, something is wrong with our preparation prior to and between test matches. You can only fix these these things by employing and developing professional cricket management experts. Get overseas people to help if necessary. There are still too many amateur cracks showing. Every single aspect needs to be 100% professional if you want to stay on top.

      darren.coxhill - 2014-03-02 11:51

      I agree John Jessup.

      darren.coxhill - 2014-03-02 11:51

      I agree John Jessup.

  • John Jessup - 2014-03-02 07:53

    The fact that Morkel was the only one to get anything out of this track - albeit misdirected - is ominous. Have we once again prepared a pitch that falls into MJ's hands?

  • Johan de Bruyn - 2014-03-02 09:53

    Main reason our bowling squad inconsistantcy. They just cant bowl two tests in a row on a good length. THEY MUST FIRST GET SOME HEAVY FLACK AND THEN THE NEXT TIME THEY STEP UP.

  • Solv Ex - 2014-03-02 13:46

    U irritated me I dont watch crab, now u bowling hot n cold.

  • Nigel Johnston - 2014-03-02 14:31

    AD has only him self to balme how can you go int to such an importent game and your Premier fast bowler hasn't put in any practise in !! then breaks down on the first day puts the whole team under pressure, thats got to be bad managment to say the least.

  • Ray Bundy - 2014-03-03 02:11

    After reading some comments here I just had to put in my 2 cents worth..Aussies don't dope up their pitches all around the country they stay the same.. eg ..Perth is very fast..Brisbane has high bounce and takes spin..Sydney is a spin pitch, and so on ,they all play mostly the same year after year . Only the Continent sets up their pitch to suit the home side.& S.A..,,Like game 1 set up for your No1 in the world fast bowlers....but they forgot the Aussie's have a couple of express bowlers in their side...oops..Loading your team up with batsmen won't work you need a Specialist spin bowler in your team

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