As it happened: SA v Oz Day 3

2014-03-03 18:00

 AUSTRALIA 27/0 & 494/7d. SA 287

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Commentary by Sport24's Herman Mostert

BATSMEN IN : Chris Rogers 1*, David Warner 25*


                                    ***ALL THE ACTION FROM DAY 1 AND DAY 2***

18:05 - PICTURE

Mitchell Johnson (4/42) was Australia's most successful bowler... (Gallo Images)

18:04 - STUMPS ON DAY 3:

Australia 27-0, a lead of 234 runs.

No doubt the Proteas are heavily up against it. A day South African fans would rather want to forget!

Join us again at 10:00 on Tuesday for more interactive commentary...

18:03 - No luck for a hard-working Abbott and that's it for the day! 

17:59 - One more over remaining in the day. Abbott the bowler.

17:57 - Morkel over-pitches two deliveries to Warner - one on the off side, one on the leg side - and both go to the boundary...

17:54 - Perfect length from Abbott and he beats the outside edge of Warner. Abbott is really unlucky to be wicketless in this match!

17:48 - Duminy completely misses the ball in the covers. Could have caught Warner, but it goes for four. Not a dropped catch but he just didn't pick it up, looking right in the sun...

17:46 - Abbott starts with a maiden over. Morkel should look at his line and length bowling at least one in a while... 

17:42 - Kyle Abbott to bowl the second over from the Kelvin Grove end.

17:42 - 9 runs off the first Morkel over!

17:38 - Morné Morkel will start proceedings from the Wynberg end. He bowls to Chris Rogers.

17:35 - A repeat of 47 all out in 2012 looks like the only thing that can save the Proteas now. However, that was a different pitch and conditions... so don't see it happening.

17:33 - Good news for South Africa is that Dale Steyn is warming up to bowl... He is proving me wrong...

17:33 - It's official now. Clarke has not enforced the follow on. Australia will bat again.

17:29 - I saw the Aussie openers, David Warner and Chris Rogers, sprinted off the park, so it looks like Australia won't enforce the follow on. Skipper Michael Clarke has never utlised that option in his career. 

17:28 - South Africa all out for 287 - a deficit of 207 runs. They fail to avoid the follow on.

17:27 - WICKET! Morkel is caught by Watson at second slip for 7. 

17:26 - Morkel pulls a short one from Pattinson for four to move to 7. 

17:23 - Patinson to replace Harris from the Kelvin Grove end. Harris looked a bit tired...

17:17 - WICKET! Steyn is out for 28, caught at first slip by Watson off the bowling of Johnson. SA 279/9. Still 16 needed to avoid the follow on.

17:15 - The first over with the second new ball is a maiden.


South Africa 275/8 after 80 overs. The second new ball is now available and Australia have opted to take it.

Harris to utilise it first up from the Kelvin Grove end.

17:10 - PICTURE

Steyn hit on the helmet. The definition of getting "badged". #SAvAUS - FOX SPORTS Cricket

17:10 - Johnson is back up and ready for Steyn...

17:07 - Johnson now also receiving treatment from the Australian physio Alex Kountouris.

Steyn was struck right on his Proteas badge!

17:06 - Next ball, he bowls Steyn right on the helmet! New helmet being brought on...

17:04 - Some concern for the Aussies as Johnson is seen feeling his hamstring.

He looks OK though and bowls a massive bouncer next ball to Steyn, which Steyn edges over slips for four.

17:04 - Johnson back on from the Wynberg end. This is the 80th over - the last one before the second new ball is due.

17:00 - Steyn beautifully drives Harris down the ground for four to move to 15.

16:59 - Hard-grafter Harris back on from the Kelvin Grove end.

16:52 - Aussie captain Michael Clarke has rotated his bowlers well today. All of them - except Mitchell Johnson - were given a chance to bowl into the wind.

Johnson has bowled all his overs from the Wynberg end.

16:42 - Steyn running very gingerly between the wickets. No way he's going to bowl in Australia's second innings. Remember, according to new ICC rules, he's not allowed a runner.

16:41 - South Africa need 45 more runs to avoid the follow on. If you were Michael Clarke, would you enforce the follow on if given the option?

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16:39 - 250 up for South Africa, coming off 445 balls.

16:38 - Pattinson replaces Smith from the Kelvin Grove end...

16:38 - Dale Steyn is next in.

16:36 - WICKET! Abbott is clean bowled by Watson for 3. SA 249/8.

16:33 - Watson replacing Johnson from the Wynberg end...

16:30 - Leg-spinner Smith back on for a short spell from the Kelvin Grove end... He concedes two in his second over.

16:23 - Philander continues to play Johnson with aplomb. A few of the top-order guys should ask him for some tips perhaps...

16:14 - SA now 244/7 - a deficit of exactly 250.

16:08 - The partnership between Du Plessis and Philander was worth 95 runs.

16:08 - Kyle Abbott is the next batsman in.

16:06 - WICKET! Du Plessis is out for 67, caught at gully by Warner off the bowling of Johnson. SA 241/7. The umpires wanted to check for a no-ball, but Johnson was OK, albeit only slightly!

16:05 - Johnson back on, bowling from the Wynberg end. 

15:59 - Harris back on from the Kelvin Grove end... he gets smacked around...

15:57 - Some true grit displayed by Faf here, especially after he was copping some heavy sledging from the Aussies early in his innings. Memories of Adelaide 2012 coming back for him...

15:54 - PICTURE

FIFTY up for Faf du Plessis! Brings it up with a nice 4 off Lyon. Celebrates by hitting the next ball for 4. #SAvAUS  - FOX SPORTS Cricket

15:52 - HALF-CENTURY for Du Plessis, coming off 119 balls. His fourth Test 50.

15:49 - Philander cuts Pattinson past backward point for four to move to 27. Batting like a top order batter here!

15:40 - Lyon has just bowled a maiden over. The first time a spinner has bowled a maiden over in this match. At the 50th attempt!

15:34 - Some immediate reverse swing from Pattinson to Philander... He bowls one that cuts back viciously!

15:33 - Four runs off the first post-tea over. Pattinson to bowl the second over after tea from the Wynberg end.

15:30 - Lyon starts proceedings from the Kelvin Grove end...

15:28 - Welcome back for the final session. It's of immense importance for South Africa that they take them to 295 to avoid the follow on.

15:12 - TEA ON DAY 3: South Africa 200/6, still 294 runs behind.

95 more needed to avoid the follow on.

Join us in about 20 minutes for the final session.

15:10 - 200 up for South Africa, coming off 347 balls.

15:06 - 50 PARTNERSHIP between Du Plessis and Philander, coming off 107 balls.


Haddin drops Du Plessis after the latter gets bat onto a Harris delivery down leg side. A tough diving catch down leg...

15:03 - Former SA batsman Peter Kirsten, speaking on Radio2000, is really impressed by Philander's batting. "He is looking in no serious trouble."

For those of you who didn't know, Philander was more of a batsman at school...

14:59 - Johnson back on now, bowling from the Wynberg end.

14:58 - PICTURE

Ryan Harris, getting it to reverse swing... (Gallo Images)

14:47 - Smith out of the attack, with main destroyer-in-chief Harris back on from the Kelvin Grove end.


Du Plessis steps down the pitch to Lyon, but 'keeper Haddin misses a stumping chance!

14:43 - Smith concedes five off his first over.

14:41 - Leg-spinner Steve Smith now into the attack for the first time, he bowls from the Kelvin Grove end.

14:39 - After 50 overs, the Proteas are 176/6, still 318 runs behind and 119 more needed to avoid the follow on. The partnership between Philander and Du Plessis is worth 30.

14:32 - DID YOU KNOW?

Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has 32 dismissals in Tests in South Africa, the second most among visiting 'keepers after 38 by Brian Taber (Aus), according to Cricinfo.

14:20 - 150 up for South Africa, coming off 272 balls. 145 away from avoiding the follow on.

14:12 - Legendary English cricketer Geoffrey Boycott is spotted in the stands as the players take a drinks break.

The 73-year-old played 108 Tests for England but spends a lot of time in South Africa during our summer.

He scored 8 114 Test runs at an average of 47.72.

14:08 - Pattinson bowls a maiden over and gets some nice away seam movement...

14:04 - Pattinson now back on, bowling from the Kelvin Grove end.

14:02 - PICTURE

One one team on the park at present.... (Gallo Images)

14:00 - Watson is back on from the Wynberg end, replacing Johnson.

13:58 - Harris is one wicket shy of 100 Test scalps...

13:53 - TWEET

Ryan Harris is playing this game like it could be his last Test. And with knee surgery imminent, you can see why. #SAvAUS - Alternative Cricket

13:51 - Reverse swing from Harris is proving too hot to handle for SA's batsmen here today! And combine that with the pace of Johnson, then there's no place to hide!

13:51 - Vernon Philander is the next man in.

13:49 - WICKET! Duminy is gone. He edges Harris and is caught by Haddin for 4. SA 146/6.

13:45 - Duminy tries to duck under a Johnson bouncer, but is struck on the ribs... ouch!

13:43 - MASSIVE task for "Koppe" and Du Plessis to get SA to that 295 total in order to avoid the follow on. They both have good memories of heroic knocks against the Aussies, so time to draw on those...

13:34 - JP Duminy is the next man in.

13:33 - MASSIVE WICKET! Johnson gets De Villiers for 14, caught at second slip by Clarke. SA in tatters at 133/5.

13:24 - Slight delay here as Du Plessis leaves the field for a bathroom break... Maybe he had something dodgy to eat during lunch!?

Or maybe he is running away from the extreme sledging from the Aussies he had copped just after lunch. It stemmed from him fielding the ball at his own feet and throwing it back to Johnson, which upset the visitors.

He can expect some more abuse when he comes back now!

13:17 - Johnson to bowl the second over after lunch form the Wynberg end.

13:15 - Harris, who is getting some reverse swing, is on fire here. Du Plessis lucky to survive the first over after lunch.

13:13 - Du Plessis edges the first ball after lunch, but it falls just short of Michael Clarke at second slip. Lucky!

13:12 - Harris starts proceedings, he bowled to Du Plessis.

13:10 - Welcome back for the afternoon session...

12:33 - LUNCH ON DAY 3:

South Africa 127/4 after 32 overs.

A healthy run-rate of 3.96, but the 'W' column is where the problem lies for the home side...

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

12:29 - PICTURE

Great atmosphere at Newlands... (Picture: Sport24 fan Greg McDavid)

12:28 - Harris appears to be getting a bit of reverse swing already! Ominous sings for South Africa as early as the 31st over...

12:27 - 295

This should be South Africa's first target which would see them avoid the follow-on. Looks far away at this moment!

12:24 - PICTURE: Faint edge?

Didn't seem out at the time, but Hot Spot begs to differ. This was Harris's first ball to Faf. #SAvAUS - FOX SPORTS Cricket

12:19 - Replays show Du Plessis may have gotten a faint edge there... but the Aussies didn't review it.

12:18 - Big caught behind appeal by Harris first up to Du Plessis. Given not out...

12:17 - Faf du Plessis is the next man in.

12:15 - WICKET! Amla is clean bowled by Harris for 38. SA 121/4.

A ball that nipped back as Amla played the wrong line...

12:06 - TWEET

De Villiers has so much time it looks like he's in position first and the bowlers then bowl it to him...ridiculous talent. #SAvAUS #cricket - Craig Ray

12:03 - Aussie captain Michael Clarke continuing with his policy of using Johnson in short bursts.

12:03 - Pattinson back on from the Wynberg end, replacing Johnson.

12:00 - Amla moves into the 30s when he drives Harris through the covers for four.

# is in the groove now on a decent batting strip!

11:58 - Harris now back into the attack, replacing Lyon from the Kelvin Grove end.

11:53 - 100 up for South Africa after De Villiers darts down the pitch and drives Lyon to the boundary.

The 100 up after 138 balls.

11:47 - World's best batsman, AB de Villiers, is next in.

It's again up to him to save the Proteas...

11:45 - WICKET! Petersen is out for 53, caught behind by Haddin off Johnson. SA 95/3.

Extreme pace by Johnson! Petersen got an edge down leg...

11:42 - 50 PARTNERSHIP between Amla and Peterson, coming off 53 balls.

11:40 - Johnson bends his back and bowls one at 149.7km/h and hits Petersen on the arm...

11:36 - Proteas currently scoring at 4.7 runs per over. Can't remember when last we had this healthy a run-rate to start an innings?

11:35 - Amla plays a risky, lofted drive through the covers off Lyon. Luckily for him, it falls safely into a gap...

11:29 - HALF-CENTURY for Petersen, coming off exactly 50 balls. His eighth Test 50! Also his fastest ever Test half-century.

11:28 - Johnson now back on, bowling from the Wynberg End...

11:27 - Goodness, gracious! Petersen plays a reverse sweep off Lyon! I hate that shot, even in one-day cricket...

11:24 - Off-spinner Nathan Lyon is next on, bowling from the Kelvin Grove end.

11:23 - 18 runs off the latest Pattinson over. Petersen racing to his half-century...

11:20 - PICTURE

Dropped! Good effort by Lyon, but the ball didn't quite stick in his left mit. #SAvAUS - FOX SPORTS Cricket

11:15 - 50 up for South Africa, coming off 88 balls.


According to Cricinfo, Graeme Smith's average this series, 8.4, is the second lowest from a South African top order batsman in a series since 1992.

Only Daryll Cullinan's average of 5.2 against Australia in 1993/94 was lower.

11:12 - Lyon looks distraught. He got a big part of his left hand to the ball but couldn't grasp it... 


Petersen dropped by a diving Nathan Lyon at backward point. Tough chance, but  a let-off for South Africa!

11:00 - Hashim Amla is next in. Big innings needed from the mighty # !

10:58 - WICKET! Elgar is out for 11, caught behind by 'keeper Haddin off Pattinson. SA 42/2.

He got an inside edge, with Haddin displaying great reflexes to move to his left and take the catch.

10:57 - PICTURE

Beautiful panoramic view of Newlands - Hussein Manack

10:55 - The Proteas have scored 33 runs off the last four overs.

10:53 - Ugly scenes as new bowler, Shane Watson, throws the ball back at Petersen. Petersen ducks out the way.

Next ball he responds by flicking Watson off his pads for four...

10:50 - Television screens show the victorious SA Under-19 team who are at the ground.

They won the Under-19 Cricket World Cup by beating Pakistan in the final in Dubai on Saturday.

Massive cheer from the crowd!

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10:45 - James Pattinson replaces Johnson from the Wynberg end. First little battle won by SA against the Aussie danger-man!

10:44 - Harris's speed just under the 140km/h mark.

10:41 - Harris looking the more dangerous bowler here this morning...

10:37 - Johnson now coming around the wicket to Elgar...

10:36 - Elgar off the mark with a four, although he ran four after overthrows...

10:33 - DID YOU KNOW?

Smith has only passed 50 twice in his last 15 Test innings - although one of those times he went on to score 234 - against Pakistan in the UAE late last year.

10:30 - Elgar played Johnson well in PE last week. He'll need more of the same here today. His first two balls from Johnson - both bouncers - are well dealt with...

10:26 - Dean Elgar is next in. He moves up the order, with the Proteas holding Hashim Amla back in the No 4 slot...

10:25 - Harris has been superb this morning. Looked dangerous with every ball delivered

10:24 - SMITH IS GONE!

Caught by 'keeper Brad Haddin off the bowling of Ryan Harris for 5 off 19 balls

10:24 - WICKET!

10:16 - Bit of a waste of a review by Australia. The ball was pitching in line, but missing off stump fairly comfortably...


Umpire says 'not out' and Australia appeal the decision...

We wait...

10:10 - Mitchell Johnson charges in from the Wynberg End.

This could be interesting and give us a clearer indication of any swing/bounce/pace in the wicket

10:05 - Good start by SA as Harris gets some swing, but nothing alarming


Ryan Harris opens the bowling from the Kelvin Grove End as skipper Graeme Smith takes guard.

9:57 - PICTURE

Jacques Kallis is honoured on Day 2 of the Test at Newlands for his contribution to the game, alongside Deputy Minister of Sport Gert Oosthuizen and Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula (Gallo Images)


Australia have declared on their overnight score of 494/7.

South Africa will come out to bat at 10:00

Pad up Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen. Your country needs you!

9:50 - PICTURE

Australia warming up at Newlands - Neil Manthorp


It is a clear day, and we should have our early start.

About 52 overs have been lost already, two to poor over rate (on Day 1), and the rest to rain (on Day 2). We will try to make up eight overs each on the next three days, but this now leaves Michael Clarke with an interesting decision to make. Does he declare overnight or does he go for 600 and bat only once? There has been some catching practice going on, so my guess is Australia won't bat for too long.

Also remember JP Duminy will be on a hat-trick whenever he bowls next in this Test.


Team-talk ahead of Day 3 at Newlands - Twitter


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 3 of the third Test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands in Cape Town.


  • Avon Asac - 2014-03-03 10:05

    Have a feeling Alviro is batting to save his career here.

      Wikus Roos - 2014-03-03 10:31

      Whatever he is batting for it better come around at nothing less than 100, with Biff out we need a steady and sound partnership on the second wicket.

      UNITY - 2014-03-03 10:35

      Lol.. Should be watching Smith instead ! We have players that can bat, I'm not concerned about his double tons , I'd put De Kock in and take him out! There's just no substitution for poor performance.. He's clearly out of form..flashing his bat away..his captaincy alone doesn't contribute to the runs column..Clarke has lead by example!!!!

      Alan Smith - 2014-03-03 11:18

      Smith has averaged 38.5 in 18 innings since 1 Jan 2013. Excluding the 234 he made against Pakistan, his average is 27 in 17 innings.

      Alan Smith - 2014-03-03 11:22

      Over the same period, A. Peterson has compiled 440 runs in 16 innings at an average of 29.3

      Alan Smith - 2014-03-03 11:24

      D. Elgar has averaged 38 in 10 innings since 1 Jan 2013.

      Alan Smith - 2014-03-03 11:28

      Faf has averaged 39.2 in 16 innings since 1 Jan 2013, compiling 589 runs.

      Alan Smith - 2014-03-03 11:31

      AB has compiled 1,217 runs in 17 innings at an average of 76 since 1 Jan 2013

      Jr Bussa Mbule - 2014-03-03 17:29

      When will objectivity comes to you people , how about your Smith, I wonder what will be your comments if Alviro made 5 . Shame

  • Hansie Crook - 2014-03-03 10:25

    Kyle Abbott......

      Avon Asac - 2014-03-03 11:12

      Said long time ago we need left arm seamer, Hendriks should have been called up. Although I have a feeling Abbot will be the scape goat. When the real problem is conditioning. Morkel, Steyn, and Parnell are players who have injured themselves during a test , really is pathetic. You would think they would be warm before they start bowling.

  • BJ Pieman - 2014-03-03 10:27

    Smith needs 8 in the 2nd innings to reach 50 - in the series.

  • Albertus Lombaard - 2014-03-03 10:35

    Time for Smith to be dropped, everyone is screaming for Alviro's head but Biff was useless as batsman and cappie. De Kock to replace him and AB as cappie, nuff is enough!

  • Stewart Ian - 2014-03-03 10:36

    Why if anyone else has a bad batting series they get dropped. But Smith can get away with ? ?

  • Tumi Motlatla - 2014-03-03 10:36

    Smith out again.! This man should do the honourable thing and quit our national team. He is now a total embarrassment.

      Albertus Lombaard - 2014-03-03 10:57

      Agree, should move to Ireland with his Irish stukkie

  • Riaz Shaik - 2014-03-03 10:48


  • Mohlaume Mamabolo - 2014-03-03 11:04

    Graeme Smith must just resign as the captain of the test team since the start of the this test series he has not scored more than 50 runs.

      Mark Schrade - 2014-03-03 13:59

      I funny thing is he may score 250 in the next innings and keep his spot! Same as that useless Duminy, scores 1 century in 10 tests and averages around 30 but still gets picked. Don't quite understand why these 2 get picked every time...

      Jayden - 2014-03-03 18:09

      Mark YOU ARE A RACIST we do not want Smith out becos he is white , They must drop him for one game becos he is in a comfort zone ; where does Duminy comes in you are plain stupid

  • Anele Booi - 2014-03-03 11:09

    Greame smith has achieved many things and have an average of over 50, you guys don't know cricket #sounded white

      Enrico Forbes - 2014-03-03 12:06

      when last did he score as a batsmen he occupies upcoming players position

      Anele Booi - 2014-03-03 13:24

      My point exactly, he must do an honorable thing and just quit

  • Conrad Olivier - 2014-03-03 11:14

    We're probably going to have to bat again after this - no way we'll make the 500's like this.

  • Rob Salvado - 2014-03-03 11:17

    Smith is just useless! He is the Aussies best "Ambassador"! Psychologically he beats his own team. I would also love to earn what he earns to sit and watch the cricket from the stands. Just wonder who he pays for his position in the team and how does he look his team mates in the eyes. When is he ever going to be replaced? Do your mates a favor and step down, you are disgracing your position.

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-03 11:24

    Quota elgar is uit so wat is die verskoning nou?Is dit omdat hy nie die batting open of wat?King richie alviro bat nog hoor!

      Sean Tearnan - 2014-03-03 11:56

      When is News 24 going to ban this racist troll. Enough is enough

  • Zipho Best - 2014-03-03 11:31

    Hats off to both teams for making it a cracker thus far, fantastic attitude been shown by petersen.

  • Mzwandile Lishster Mngoma - 2014-03-03 11:32

    Smith should play for Ireland nw

      Johnathan Mann - 2014-03-03 11:40

      Ireland or England. As long as he does well. Good players are constantly not getting opportunities in the South African team.

  • David McCallum - 2014-03-03 11:38

    all of you are hypocrites

  • Hansie Crook - 2014-03-03 11:38

    Alviro 50 up!!!! Somebody please tell Alviro that he is playing a test not T20... he is on fire.

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-03 11:41

    Alviro well done mate!Run a ball 50 but u dont have to play of ur skin cz its not ur fault that the score is so high blame it on morkel and abbot and smith and quota elgar is already out.

      David McCallum - 2014-03-03 11:46

      1 in 20 innings again

      David McCallum - 2014-03-03 11:47

      quota out

      Sean Tearnan - 2014-03-03 11:53

      Blame it on Troll Baainaar no brain hoffie

      Freddie Kruger - 2014-03-03 17:32

      Sean, why do you even have to entertain this useless just have to look at David McCallum's wife on his facebook says it all(she's as ugly as his comments)...Danville Trash

  • Pieter Venter - 2014-03-03 11:51

    Smith please do us all a favor and announce your retirement. Ireland needs you.

  • King Dave Gatebe - 2014-03-03 11:56

    Graeme Smith is a disappointment in the squad! i think he mainly hide behind his captaincy. otherwise, he would be left out of the squad with his resent performance

  • Myza Dube - 2014-03-03 12:07

    Smith...wht a dissapointment...i think its tym fr him to quit....

  • Drake Richardson - 2014-03-03 12:22

    At least we saw one Captain leading from the front. ........ quoteas all out and following on before the end of play today.

  • Alan Arnold - 2014-03-03 12:38

    Graham Smith is a Has-been! Can't understand what he is doing in the team any longer - totally useless! We are going to get thrashed!!!!!!!

  • John Otto - 2014-03-03 12:51

    Only 31 overs and the aussies already getting ball to reverse. If you're warner....This must mean that Haddington is scuffing the ball on his gloves illegally. Perhaps one of the commentators should seek his views during the lunch break, as he is so quick to condemn sa?

  • Rover Bond - 2014-03-03 12:53

    how easy it is to regain your place in the national cricket team without producing-of course not all but certain players

  • Rover Bond - 2014-03-03 12:56

    massive uphill battle again to get a draw out of this game-the rain cant help its gone for a few weeks

  • Marius Maree - 2014-03-03 13:18

    127/4 at lunch on day 3. I assume the run rate will drop, the major thing is just to see off Johnson after the break. Usually there is 30 overs a session, so if they can bat out the session and get let's say 90 runs we could be at 217/4 at tea if we manage to finish at 260/5 odd at the end of play we can still save this match, victory is out of the question, I think the time we lost could be crucial in our favour

  • Sthembiso Mathera Zulu - 2014-03-03 13:30

    Greame lot of let down, bt let give him another up to AB n Faf to save us now.

  • Piet Genade - 2014-03-03 13:34

    Pathetic performance

  • Piet Genade - 2014-03-03 13:35

    All over by lunch tomorrow, they will win by an innings and some.

  • Naadira Suffla - 2014-03-03 13:36

    Haai.. They tampered wid de ball... I'm telling. You.. Lol

  • Hansie Crook - 2014-03-03 13:45

    133/5.... Now lets look for scapegoats. "They should have played De Kock in the place of Alviro. Alviro is weakest link in that perfect batting line up"

  • Sarah Laubscher - 2014-03-03 13:46

    Looks like another walk in the park for the Proteas. Go Boys.... hit them when they are down.

      Gerald Parker - 2014-03-03 14:03

      Sarah I think that they took your advice they are out for a walk in the park the park next to Newlands where they should be playing cricket

  • Piet Genade - 2014-03-03 13:55

    Questions need to be asked why we struggle in our own conditions. It's not only the Aussies, we've struggled against India, Paki, England and WI in SA. It's just never plain sailing for us here.

  • Spikkels NK - 2014-03-03 14:01

    There's no tenacity or determination or focus from South Africa's batsmen, like we saw from Australia. Look at AB and Duminy's dismissals: poor, lazy shots, an attitude of "I'm just gonna go out there and wave the bat around a bit, see what happens". Added to that, Smith constantly getting out with hardly any runs on the board puts the whole team under pressure. Opening batsmen should lay a solid platform, not dump their side in the mud time after time after time like Smith has done all series.

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-03 14:04

    if it wasnt for alviro and amla we wouldv been all out by now!So what are url saying now that the whities ddnt perform in ths test match must they all get dropped or what?

  • Piet Genade - 2014-03-03 14:04

    This is only day three and we have already conceded the loss. One would expect more resilience from the number 1 team in the world

  • Darian Gray - 2014-03-03 14:04

    I think if South-Africa loses this test match then Smith likely to be replaced as captain. Hope they can salvage a draw at least.

  • Bastille French - 2014-03-03 14:05

    The in swinger is doing havoc, ma man. Look at bright side, at least the tail is going to add the remaining 200 or so runs. Dreaming is the first step to doing the very impossible. Why not.

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-03 14:13

    Nobody is saying anything about the great elgar and abbot!Y Y Y Y Y?What about morkel y dont url say somethng bout his poor form its always players of color fault i really hate the attitudes of white people

      David McCallum - 2014-03-03 14:22

      and your attitude is showing the way forward .think before you talk nonsense

      Spikkels NK - 2014-03-03 14:40

      Want some ketchup for that chip on shoulder?

      Sean Tearnan - 2014-03-03 14:48

      I see Troll Baainaar is up to his usual quota going out for squat

      Rider Prider Rider - 2014-03-03 15:16

      Lol all dose wu hv colour in mnd and neva played da sport will knw dere is class n form,regardless of colour.

      Henry Dube - 2014-03-03 18:33

      i thought we were here to comment on cricket not about race. Some people forget the testimony of Madiba.

      Henry Dube - 2014-03-03 19:54

      As much as i hate to say this SA is still devided.....the issue of colour is brought up where it shouldn't. I wonder what were we REALLY celebrating in the past 20 years

      Henry Dube - 2014-03-03 19:54

      As much as i hate to say this SA is still devided.....the issue of colour is brought up where it shouldn't. I wonder what were we REALLY celebrating in the past 20 years

  • Sean Tearnan - 2014-03-03 14:50

    I see Troll Baainaar is up to his usual quota going out for squat

  • Rider Prider Rider - 2014-03-03 15:01

    I dnt c us avoiding the follow on, da frst tym i c numba 1 rankd team following on.

      Anathi Nodingolo - 2014-03-03 16:02

      go get your eyes tested then

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-03 15:43

    Quota Richie name the 50plus averages xcept Ab,amla and fav!And also give us Quota morkels stats aswell.

      Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-03 16:00

      Lmao kla hoekom is jy dan werkloos en ek werk vir die department plus ek het nog n besigheid met n mooi huis met n pool in en 3karre wat het jy

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-03 15:52

    Im soooo glad the ANC is in charge of this country!

      Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-03 16:15

      Hahahaha jys brandarm quota dis hoekom jy vi duminy haat hou op lieg vi jouself jy bly dan by jou ma en ryk haar vuil panties

      Henry Dube - 2014-03-03 19:45

      Please man no politics and racial remarks where there shouldn't. Its suppose to be personal to you.

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-03 15:55

    Australia won 28tests in south africa with most whites in the team and lost 14 test with players of color it just prove once again the little oppertunities we get make take the proteas to the top

      Ernus Smit - 2014-03-03 16:00

      Poor comment, poor taste!

      David McCallum - 2014-03-03 16:05

      you have no idea do you about this game ,you just like to make a noise

      Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-03 16:09

      If i knew nothing bout this game i wouldv say Quota is a legend and Pat Symcox the best spinner ever with a strike rate of 92 and i wouldv also said the proteas never chocked

      Ernus Smit - 2014-03-03 16:44

      I hate politics in sport - and when people argue abilities based on colour.

  • Lucky Tiva - 2014-03-03 15:57

    bunch of losers!

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-03 16:02

    Quota Richie jy is net naar oor duminy n sexy girl het en hy is baie ryk hy gaan nog n paar miljoene in die IPL kry can u diccccck that

  • Alan Smith - 2014-03-03 16:15

    really crap batting by the Proteas. Time for Smith to step up and save the test.

      Wikus Roos - 2014-03-03 16:23

      Smith, Elgar, De Villiers and Duminy batted pathetic, as for Amla, he could have done way better (but at least contributed some), now we are completely screwed!!!!

      Jayden - 2014-03-03 18:11

      Step up or step out

  • Anele Booi - 2014-03-03 16:30

    Philander looks like a beTter batter than smith.....its nt a color thing people bt our captain is deumakar

  • Berto Petra Mostert - 2014-03-03 16:40

    SA krieketbase moet verantwoordelikheid aanvaar vir die gemors op die veld. Wat gaan aan en hoekom speel ons topspelers so min krieket in die 4-5 dag formate? Hulle is duidelik verroes en as hulle nie in die Sunfoilseries speel nie moet hulle in afseisoen graafskapkrieket gaan speel. So kan dit mos nie toets na toets aangaan nie.

      Ernus Smit - 2014-03-03 16:52

      Berto - 100% Smith looks as though he has not batted for years. Mind you.... he hasn't batted for years. Were are all the big Smith supporters of last week?

  • Sthembiso Mathera Zulu - 2014-03-03 17:35

    It ok boys pull our self 2gether an try harder I knw we beat the Aussies. Come on boys!!!!