As it happened: SA v Oz Day 2

2014-03-02 09:55

 OZ ARE 494/7 AFTER 127.4 OVERS

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BATSMEN IN : - Michael Clarke 161*, Ryan Harris 4*

BATSMEN OUT : - Chris Rogers 25, Alex Doolan 20, David Warner 135, Steve Smith 84, Shane Watson 40, Brad Haddin 13, Mitchell Johnson 0

                                  ***ALL THE ACTION FROM DAY 1 AT NEWLANDS***

16:33 - PICTURE

JP Duminy (4/73) was South Africa's most successful bowler. He'll be on a hat-trick if he bowls again on Monday... (Gallo Images)

16:29 - SUMMARY

No doubt this rain delay has aided South Africa. Australia would have banked on declaring somewhere in the region of 550 to have a decent crack at South Africa late on Day 2.

Now they’ll likely have to bat a while on Monday morning before declaring.

This means, in order to win, Australia would have to bowl South Africa out within three days - which would be a hard ask on a pitch that hasn’t showed any demons as of yet.

Join us again at 10:00 on Monday morning for some more interactive commentary!

16:25 - STUMPS ON DAY 2: Australia 494-7.

Play has officially been called off for the day due to persistent rain.

It will be a 10:00 start on Monday with 98 overs to be bowled in the day.

In order to make up lost time, play will start at 10:00 each day for the remainder of the Test.

16:16 - Consistent rain still continues to fall at Newlands...

15:53 - It's raining sideways and vertically at present and puddles are starting to form around the covers.

Still waiting for official confirmation on play being called off for the day.

15:48 - PICTURE

Rain Rain Go Away #SAvsAus - Donne Commins

15:31 - PICTURE: 

Current view from the Newlands press box - EWN Sport

15:20 - Persistent rain still coming down. We're unlikely to see any more cricket today...


The early tea break has come and gone and it's still raining at Newlands.

14:47 - PICTURE

Rain coming down hard now... - CA Digital Media

14:37 - EARLY TEA

As it is raining quite heavily now, the tea interval will be taken from 14:40-15:00.

14:36 - QUOTE

“South Africa would look at this rain and hope it continues for the rest of the day because Australia shouldn’t bowl us out twice in three days on this surface,” says SuperSport commentator HD Ackerman.

14:25 - Still raining hard. We'll keep you informed on the happenings at Newlands...

14:22 - At least the pitch is covered now...

14:19 - PICTURE

Groundsmen struggling... Jesse Hogan

14:19 - Quite hilarious scenes. There appears not to be enough groundsmen to put the covers over the pitch. The heavy wind is blowing some of them off their feet!

14:15 -  RAIN DELAY

It has started to rain heavily and the players leave the field.

14:13 - PICTURE

WICKET! Snicko & Hot Spot show Johnson feathered that one, and he's gone for a golden duck! - FOX SPORTS Cricket

14:12 - Ryan Harris is next in.

14:09 - Drinks break is taken. Duminy will be on a hat-trick when he bowls again!

14:08 - WICKET! Call overturned. Johnson is out first ball. GOLDEN DUCK. Australia 489/7.

14:07 - SNICKO shows a faint edge. It should be given out!

14:06 - Proteas think they have Johnson, caught behind on the leg side by De Villiers off the bowling of Duminy. Given not out, but the Proteas review it...

14:04 - Mitchell Johnson is the next batsman in. He scored his only Test century here at Newlands back in 2009.

14:03 - WICKET! Haddin out for 13, caught by Amla at mid-on off the bowling of Duminy. Australia 489/6.

14:00 - PICTURE

Highlights from the second session including Michael Clarke's reaction to Shane Warne's nap! - CA Digital Media

13:58 - Philander now back on, from the Kelvin Grove end this time...

13:58 - PICTURE

Surely umpires should be taking eye tests from an independent source...not from the bowler! - FOX SPORTS Cricket

13:52 - Slight delay when umpire Kumar Dharmasena struggles to get something out his eye... Abbott asks him if he's lost a contact...

13:49 - 150 up for Clarke, coming off 288 balls. The 10th time that Clarke has reached a score of 150 or more in Tests.

13:37 - Haddin almost run out for a duck, but Phillander misses the stumps from the deep...


Australia's first five partnerships were all more than 50 runs. This is the first time it has happened against South Africa in Test cricket.

13:31 - Brad Haddin is the next batsman in. He'll be happy Steyn is not bowling...

13:29 - WICKET! Duminy gets Watson, who is caught at a deep mid-off by Amla for 40. Australia 456/5.

13:29 - 50 PARTNERSHIP between Watson and Clarke, off 64 balls.

13:28 - 450 up for Australia, coming off 710 balls.

13:20 - The strong wind has again blown off the bails. And the heavy bails are being employed today!

South Africa would rather like to see the bails come off in a different manner...

13:16 - Abbott finds the edge of Clarke, but it drops short of Faf du Plessis at a wide second slip...

13:14 - Abbott to bowl the second over from the Wynberg end.

13:12 - Next ball he goes down the ground and gets four, despite a valiant effort from Hashim Amla to catch it...

13:11 - Watson slog-sweeps Duminy for six. Showing Australia's intent...

13:11 - Still lots of clouds around and a strong north-westerly breeze blowing...

13:10 - Duminy to start proceedings from the Kevin grove end.

13:08 - Welcome back for the afternoon session.

13:04 - PICTURE

The field at Newlands flooded with spectators during the lunch break on day two #SAVAUS - Michael Sherman

12:30 - LUNCH ON DAY 2: Australia 434/4 after 114 overs.

No doubt who is on top. Some damage control needed by South Africa in the afternoon session.

Join us again in about 40 minutes for some more commentary...

12:30 - Oh dear, Watson goes down town and hits Elgar for six. But Philander was fast asleep on the boundary. It only just went over the ropes but Philander was too slow to react to his left! 

12:28 - Elgar continues his 22nd over. Strange that he's bowled more than Duminy, who has only bowled 10 thus far...

12:25 - Off-spinner JP Duminy on from the Kelvin Grove end five minutes before lunch.

12:23 - Australia marching towards a massive total here. No doubt the presence of Dale Steyn is missed big-time by the hosts!

12:13 - Oh dear, replays show that Elgar would have gotten Clarke out lbw but they Proteas opted not to appeal. Wasn't even a big appeal!

12:09 - PICTURE

Watson not out - FOX SPORTS Cricket

12:04 - Elger thinks he's got Watson out lbw first ball. Given not out but the Proteas review it.

Watson tried to play a cut shot close to his body, but the Proteas think it was pad first. Replays show otherwise... Off his gloves first in fact.

12:03 - Shane Watson is the next batsman in.

12:01 - WICKET! Smith is out for 84. He tried to cut Elgar but got an inside edge onto his stumps...

Australia 401/4.

11:59 - 400 up for Australia, coming off 643 balls.

11:57 - PICTURE

Plan B #SAvAUS - CA Digital Media

11:52 - The average first innings score in Tests at Newlands is 326. Aussies way above average here!

11:49 - Slight delay due to sight-screen problems... The sponsors, Nashua, are not to keen to move to white...

A white cloth will fix the problem.


Abbott 0-1, Philander 0-39

Philander is not coming to the party in the absence of Steyn. He is proving his critics right who say he can't bowl when conditions do not suit him...

11:35 - Steve Smith's last 11 Tests: 

Runs scored:

74*, 0, 49, 100, 7, 115, 19, 15, 111, 23*, 6, 0, 31, 7, 138, 2, 17, 19, 89.

826 runs at and average of 51.62.

11:30 - First drinks break of the day with Australia well on top.

11:27 - Slow left-armer Dean Elgar in in Philander's place.

11:25 - Smith smacks a full delivery from Morkel over mid-off for SIX.

11:23 - PICTURE

Gutsy century from Michael Clarke - FOX SPORTS Cricket

11:21 - Morkel now on from the Wynberg end, replacing Abbott.

11:21 - 19 runs off the last Philander over.

11:20 - 150 PARTNERSHIP between Clarke and Smith, coming off 254 balls.

11:18 - CENTURY for Clarke, coming off 215 balls. Beautiful cover drive for four off the bowling of Philander.

His 27th Test century. Gutsy innings!

11:17 - Smith beautifully drives Philander over the umpire's head for SIX.

11:16 - Clarke: 24 balls on 99. Really cautious on 99!

11:11 - Clarke: 19 balls on 99 now.

11:09 - 350 up for Australia, coming off 584 balls.

11:07 - Five maiden overs in a row bowled by Abbott.

11:06 - Clarke has now faced 18 balls on 99...

11:01 - PICTURE

How did that miss the stumps? - FOX SPORTS Cricket

10:58 - Clarke, on 99, leaves an Abbott delivery and is almost clean-bowled. It cut back viciously! Don't know how it missed the stumps...

10:55 - PICTURE

Steve Smith almost run out... FOX SPORTS Cricket

10:53 - Smith chases a wide one from Philander and misses. But no edge...

10:50 - Another run-out chance. This time it's Smith but Duminy again misses the stumps. Smith thought Clarke wanted a run and had to make a quick about-turn, but would have been out had the stumps been hit...

10:45 - Clarke takes a risk while on 98 by taking run. Almost run out by Duminy... but "Koppe" misses the stumps.

10:42 - PICTURE

Wicket-taking weather... - Ami Kapilevich

10:39 - Massive lbw appeal by Abbott against Smith. That was going down leg... No review taken by South Africa.


Steve Waugh v Steve Smith after 19 Tests

Runs: 689 (Waugh) v 1 241 (Smith)

Average: 27.56 v 37.60

100s: 0 v 4

10:34 - Philander, from the Wynberg end, to bowl the second over to Clarke.

10:33 - Encouraging start for Abbott. Maiden over first up.

10:29 - Abbott, from the Kelvin Grove end, will bowl the first over of the day. He starts to Smith.

10:27 - A little bit of sunshine greets the players as they arrive on the pitch...

10:25 - Morné Morkel believes Dale Steyn will be ready to bowl in Australia's second innings...


News filtering through is that Dale Steyn won't be able to bowl today.

He broke down with a right hamstring strain yesterday.

Big responsibility on Kyle Abbott's shoulders now...

10:09 - Shaun Pollock admits there may be some swing due to the overcast conditions, but still feels the pitch will be best for batting on Day 2...

10:02 - It's cloudy, overcast and windy here at Newlands today, with a significant chance of rain.

This may not be the best news for South Africa. The cloud cover could make it more conducive to swing bowling, which is not what South Africa would want to see when they come out to bat later.

The livelier conditions may help get the Aussies out earlier, but the problem is they already have 331 runs on the board.

The Proteas will have to be at their fighting best if they are to emerge unscathed at the end of the day!


Proteas bowling coach Allan Donald was left disappointed in his troops after Day 1 of the third Test at Newlands.

Click HERE for the full article...


Dale Steyn’s untimely hamstring issue has rocked South Africa right back on their heels against Oz at Newlands, writes Rob Houwing.

Click HERE for the full article...


If South Africa win in Cape Town it will be their first series win at home against Australia since 1970 - they have lost four and drawn two since their readmission.

Australia will finish the series second on the ICC's Test rankings if they win or draw in Cape Town, but third if they lose - South Africa cannot be budged from first.

Australia have lost their past two Cape Town Tests but prior to that had an excellent record there, having won nine of the previous ten Tests they had played there.



"This would be an amazing achievement by this team to win this Test match, and as an individual player who has played a lot of cricket around the world if this doesn't excite you, you are in the wrong sport." - Michael Clarke



A dry pitch is expected in Cape Town, where the weather has been very hot and windy in the lead-up to the Test. Groundsman Evan Flint has the challenge of ensuring there is enough moisture in the surface to prevent it from breaking up too early, but whatever the case, batting last will not be easy. There are some showers expected during the match, with the third day shaping as the most likely to be affected.


Australian skipper Michael Clarke has led his team in 19 Tests away from home. This is his record...

Played 19
Won 5
Lost 9
Drawn 5

That includes a 1-1 drawn series against the Proteas in 2011/12


A reminder of the Proteas' tour itinerary against Australia


February 12-16, First Test, Centurion - Australia won by 281 runs
February 20-24, Second Test, St George's Park - South Africa won by 231 runs
March 1-5, Third Test, Cape Town - 10:30


March 9, First T20, St George's Park - 14:30
March 12, Second T20, Kingsmead - 18:00
March 14, Third T20, Centurion - 18:00


South Africa:

Graeme Smith, Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morné Morkel, Kyle Abbott


David Warner, Chris Rogers, Alex Doolan, Michael Clarke, Steven Smith, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon


Umpires - Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
TV umpire - Ray Illingworth (England)
Match referee - Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire - Adrian Holdstock (South Africa)

Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on Day 2 of the third Test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands in Cape Town.


  • Baloo Rottie - 2014-03-02 11:42

    No quota players in the batting side.

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-02 12:04

      No quota players in the bowling side either. Unless you're going to claim that Vernon is a quota, or that it's Alviro's fault that our bowlers can't take wickets? This is the best bowling attack we have. Even without Dale, Vern is number 2 in the world, Morne hovers around number 10 and Kyle is supposedly the "next big thing". That's three seamers, the same as most sides get, and it's Vern's and JPD's home ground where they are supposed to know the pitch and conditions better than anybody else. If they can't bowl Aus out, we will have to hope that the track really is a road, that our batters can do the business, and that Johnson, Harris, Siddle and Watson won't fare any better than our guys did.

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-02 14:45

      Sorry, Patto instead of Siddle. Forgot Siddle had been replaced.

  • Johnathan Mann - 2014-03-02 12:31

    Whoever prepared that pitch should be fired. The test series was a draw so far. So we needed a result in the final match. We have a good bowling attack. Australia's strength is in batting, they always bat first when they win the toss. So why prepare a pitch that is suited only for batting?

      Sasha Neilsen - 2014-03-02 13:45

      All Good skippers bat first when they win the toss. lol

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-02 14:48

      Then why have five of the last six captains who won the toss at Newlands fielded first - including Biff in the 47 game? Why have five of the last eight captains who won the toss at Centurion fielded first?

  • thuli.mbene - 2014-03-02 12:42

    Not looking so number1 at the moment.

      Luke Hill - 2014-03-02 12:59

      Only show your ugly mug when the other teams are doing well I see.

      Luke Hill - 2014-03-02 13:02

      My apologies Thuli I engaged mouth before brain here, you are right we are not looking very good at the moment.

      Peter Neilsen - 2014-03-02 14:29

      Sorry to but in here Thuli, respect. Stephen, what's wrong with the Aussies? We play tough cricket when we can, and just like you, the players and the fans are sometimes disappointed. You guys are so fragile(commentary), one minute you are beating up on your team, then beating up on ours, now beating up again on yours. Shees. I know! Blame the pitch! Blame your captain. Blame Apartheid. Don't bother giving credit where it is due, your credibility is shot. Let's just watch the game unfold and see where the dice land. Looking like only one team can win this one. Do try and have a nice day..

  • Bastille French - 2014-03-02 12:55

    The guyz, seem to be a tad too desponded. Just close the gaps boys. Do the big stuff as if they were small stuff, and do the small stuff as if they big stuff, just cut the supply chain boys.

  • optic.furnace - 2014-03-02 13:05

    Oz will need to bowl well to win this match (and therefore series)

      Johnny Axe - 2014-03-03 00:13

      Thank you Mr Obvious

  • optic.furnace - 2014-03-02 13:07

    I recon this will end in a draw

  • Floyd Booysen - 2014-03-02 13:07

    Just draw and get it over with

  • Freddy Pule - 2014-03-02 13:09

    sa need a cruz come back bt I blv the gonna make it

  • Freddy Pule - 2014-03-02 13:10

    sa need a cruz come back bt I blv they gonna make it......

  • Schalk Voges - 2014-03-02 14:16

    Finally a DRS decision goes our way, we'll have to bat well to make this a contest. Yet one has to remember the proteas have been fielding for quite some time and might be mentally on the back foot when our turn to bat comes. We need a big effort from our senior players. Come on boys, we back you all the way!!!

  • Hero-Gorha Madikizela - 2014-03-02 14:23

    I think Robin P should be released from his CSA contract because Duminy & Elgar are doing an effective job & they can only improve as years go by, and when we play on sub-continent pitches Tahir plays.

      Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-02 14:36

      Is Robbie P really the problem?Are u watching cricket or just reading these sick articles of Rob Houwing and what about Morkel musnt he b dropped

      Hero-Gorha Madikizela - 2014-03-02 15:22

      JP can bat better than Robin. What wrong did Morkel do? Morkel & Abbott are economical in this match, its pity they have no wicket to show for their work...

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-02 14:32

    Quota morkel wicketless once again and i dont hear any whitey talking bout he must be dropped and i thought the other quota Abbot is better talk bout trash

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-02 14:40

    Rob Houwing can u please give ur readers Quota Morkels stats of the past 12months coz all of u are turning a blind eye on the crapest fast bowler in cricket history

  • Douglas Mcdonald - 2014-03-02 14:48

    Does it look like rain for the rest of the day??

  • sige.gorabeb - 2014-03-02 15:13

    This is a quota rain....

  • Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2014-03-02 16:54

    Let's wait and see if captain Biff will bring his A game just as Pup did. I'm banking on Hash and AB, to dig us out of this one; as usual.

  • Ridwaan West - 2014-03-02 20:46

    With Parnell in the squad,we have a exellent all round attack.....hopefully he stays fit

  • Ridwaan West - 2014-03-02 20:47

    Aussies are lucky to have rub of the green.....toss was extremely important!!!!

  • Ian Trenor - 2014-03-03 00:33

    Draw if we lucky.....

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