As it happened: SA v Oz Day 4

2014-03-04 19:30

 SA 71/4 & 287. OZ 303/5d & 494/7d

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Commentary by Sport24's Herman Mostert

BATSMEN IN : AB de Villiers 16*, Kyle Abbott 1*

BATSMEN OUT : Alviro Petersen 9, Graeme Smith 3, Dean Elgar 0, Hashim Amla 41

                            ***ALL THE ACTION FROM DAY 1 AND DAY 2 AND DAY 3***

18:08 - PICTURE

David Warner (145) again proved to be South Africa's nemesis... (Gallo Images)

18:03 - SUMMARY

No doubt who is in firm control, but if one has to be positive then a look back in time to November 2012 in Adelaide is perhaps the way to go.

In that game, AB de Villiers made 33 off 220 balls, helping South Africa save the Test in remarkable fashion.

Faf du Plessis (110 not out off 376 balls) was of course the hero as the Proteas finished on 248/8 in 148 overs to claim a famous draw.

An interesting stat from that Test is that they were also heavily up against it at 45/4.

So, if the Proteas are to pull off another Houdini escape act, then it will be up to Messrs De Villiers, Du Plessis and Duminy...

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

CLICK HERE for a full scorecard from the Adelaide 2012 Test against Australia.

18:00 - De Villiers survives the final four balls and that's STUMPS ON DAY 4: South Africa 71/4.

They require another 440 runs with 6 wickets in hand.

17:58 - Abbott does well to defend a vicious Johnson bouncer! Next ball he gets off the mark to leave De Villiers to face the final four balls...

17:56 - Johnson is now on from the Kelvin Grove end. Clearly he wants to have a crack at Abbott!

17:55 - De Villiers gets two runs to go to 16. He was on 14 for 62 minutes!

17:53 - Off-spinner Lyon now replaces Johnson from the Wynberg end...

17:52 - Abbott survives a maiden over from Pattinson. Eight minutes left in the day...

17:47 - Johnson staying on for an uncharacteristically long spell. His sixth over in a row now. Normally only bowls 4-over spells. 

I reckon Clarke wants him to put everything into getting De Villiers out - which would break the back of the South African innings...

17:44 - 16 minutes for the night-watchman to survive...

17:42 - Kyle Abbott is next in - as night-watchman.

17:41 - WICKET! Amla is given out for 41, lbw to Pattinson. Replays showed it was hitting middle stump. SA 68/4.

17:40 - Some great reverse swing there. It doesn't look good for Amla...

17:40 - Pattinson traps Amla out lbw but the South African appeals it...

17:37 - De Villiers (14 not out off 82 balls) is playing similarly to the way he played when South Africa saved the Test against Australia in Adelaide in 2012. In that game he made 33 off 220 balls, helping South Africa save the Test in remarkable fashion. Faf du Plessis (110 not out off 376 balls) was of course the hero in that game...

CLICK HERE for a full scorecard.

17:30 - 30 minutes left in the day...

17:27 - Good decision from Aleem Dar there!

17:25 - Pitching outside leg, so it stays NOT OUT.

17:24 - Massive lbw appeal by Johnson against Amla. Given not out. The Aussies review the decision...

17:21 - 50 PARTNERSHIP between Amla and De Villiers, coming off 163 balls.

17:18 - DID YOU KNOW?

Mitchell Johnson is now the bowler who has dismissed Graeme Smith most out of any other bowler - nine times in 11 Tests.

17:10 - Immediately a hint of reverse swing from Pattinson. But in general, the Aussies have not been able to get as much reverse swing as they did in South Africa's innings. Or not yet, at least...

17:09 - Pattinson now back on to replace Harris from the Kelvin Grove end...

17:07 - Johnson not hitting the 150km/h mark at the moment. More lower and mid 140s... Maybe he's a bit tired?

17:00 - An hour's play left...

17:00 - Harris back on as well, bowling from the Kelvin Grove end.

16:57 - Amazing how when Johnson comes back a sense of anticipation appears... after a bit of a lull in the last 30 minutes.

16:55 - First ball back, and Amla cuts him behind point for four...

16:54 - Johnson is back on from the Wynberg end...

16:52 - 50 up for South Africa, coming off 160 balls. A bit of an ironic cheer from the Newlands crowd...

16:48 - Drinks break with South Africa on 47/3 after 26 overs.

16:46 - Replays show it would indeed have missed the leg stump.

16:45 - A big lbw appeal by Watson against Amla. Umpire Aleem Dar says not out. Looked like it was going down leg... Australia opt not to review it...

16:42 - TWEET

One of those 4th inns where you wonder if the overs will catch up with the runs - Rob Houwing

16:40 - Smith bowls a classic Shane Warne-type leg-spinner, which beats the outside edge of Amla's bat. No coincidence that Smith's action bears a striking resemblance to his mentor in the Aussie camp...

16:35 - TWEET

Most Test 100s without being on the losing team: G Smith 27, G Boycott & W Hammond 22, I Bell 20, G Greenidge 19 - Andrew Sampson

16:33 - QUOTE

"At least these two are showing some fight," says Radio2000 commentator Colin Bryden.

16:31 - Leg-spinner Steve Smith now on from the Kelvin Grove end...

16:31 - PICTURE

South Africa's wagon wheel from the past five overs... #SAvAUS - FOX SPORTS Cricket

16:25 - Shane Watson is now on from the Wynberg end, replacing Pattinson. The South African run-rate is 1.76, but it's all about survival for them...

16:20 - De Villiers plays Pattinson to square leg. Amla wants to run, but De Villiers sends him back. He makes it in time...

No need for run-outs!

16:17 - 26 overs left in the day. The Proteas are yet to win a single session in this Test. With De Villiers and Amla there, they could save some face on a disastrous day...

16:12 - TWEET

AB and Amla both to score 150 plus - Albie Morkel

16:11 - Dare I say it, but AB and # are going along quite comfortably at the moment with the ball now 17 overs old. Can they hold out until stumps?


At 10:30 on Thursday morning, Cricket South Africa (CSA) will announce the name of a player who will be nationally contracted in Graeme Smith's place. Perhaps Dean Elgar?

16:02 - Some spin now from the Kelvin Grove end as Nathan Lyon comes on...

16:01 - Some good line and lengths from Pattinson... 

15:57 - James Pattinson now replaces Johnson from the Wynberg end...

15:56 - Umpire Aleem Dar having some stern words to say to David Warner... looks like Dar was warning Warner about deliberately throwing the ball onto the pitch!

15:55 - TWEET

South Africa are being so outplayed at Fortress Newlands it is scary - Rob Houwing

15:49 - Some problems with the sight-screen causing a slight delay. A white cloth again comes to the rescue!

15:44 - Rapturous applause from the Newlands faithful as Amla drives Johnson off the back foot to the boundary... A lot more of those needed...

15:41 - PICTURE

Graeme Smith's last moment in Test cricket... (Gallo Images)

15:33 - De Villiers beautifully pulls Johnson for four, makes it look like the decent batting strip it still is...

15:31 - Johnson continues from the Wynberg end.

15:28 - AB de Villiers is the next man in, with Harris continuing from the Kelvin Grove end.

15:26 - Welcome back for the final session. So far, one of the worst days of cricket I've ever witnessed by a South African cricket team... Lets hope for some fight in this final session!

15:09 - That also brings up TEA ON DAY 3: South Africa 15/3.

Join us in about 20 minutes to see if Australia can wrap up the game in the final session.

15:08 - WICKET! Elgar is clean bowled by Johnson for a duck. Some seam movement from the destructive Aussie with Elgar completely playing the wrong line...

15:04 - TWEET

Thanks for the memories Graeme Smith. sport doesn't allow one to script the goodbyes. ask Sir Don. you go as one of the great captains - Gary Lemke

15:03 - Graeme Smith’s six scores in this three-Test series against Australia were: 10, 4, 9, 14, 5, 3 - giving him a total of 45 runs in the series at an average of 7.5… His worst career average in 3-Test series.

15:01 - PICTURE

Emotional scenes at Newlands as Graeme Smith departs for the final time. #SAvAUS - FOX SPORTS Cricket

14:57 - Hashim Amla is next in with his side on the ropes.

14:54 - WICKET! Smith (3) is out for the very last time in Test cricket. Caught by Doolan at short leg off the bowling of his nemesis, Johnson. SA 12/2.

Sad end to Smith's Test career!

14:50 - Dean Elgar is next in.

14:50 - 100th Test wicket for Ryan Harris!

14:48 - WICKET! Petersen is out for 9, lbw to Harris. SA 12/1.

14:46 - Smith off the mark with 3, playing Johnson on the leg side - where he was at his strongest during his career...

14:44 - Wow, Petersen almost runs himself out! Luckily for him, Nathan Lyon misses the stumps. Madness from Petersen trying to attempt a run!

14:43 - Mitchell Johnson to bowl the second over from the Wynberg end.

14:42 - 5 off the first over.

14:38 - PICTURE

Graeme Smith, we salute you. #SAvAUS - FOX SPORTS Cricket

14:38 - Ryan Harris will open the innings from the Kelvin Grove end, bowling to Alviro Petersen.

14:38 - PICTURE

Here we go...Graeme Smith walking out to bat for the final time in his career. #SAvAUS - FOX SPORTS Cricket

14:36 - The Australians have formed a guard of honour as Proteas skipper Graeme Smith strides out for the last time in a Test match...

14:30 - The Proteas need 511 runs to win.

There are in the region of 142 overs left in the match.


Australia have declared their second innings on 303/5 - a lead of 510 runs.

14:26 - 300 up for Australia, coming off 345 balls.

14:24 - Australia 293/5. They now lead by 500 runs!

14:22 - Brad Haddin is next in.

14:20 - WICKET! Warner is finally out for 145 (156 balls), caught behind by De Villiers off the bowling of Abbott. Australia 290/5.

Warner scored 543 runs in the series at an average of 90.5!

14:20 - Remarkable scenes: All South Africa's fielders are set on the boundary...

14:16 - Warner and Philander having a few words. Warner upset that Philander's trying to bounce him...

14:15 - Philander in operation now from the Kelvin Grove end...

14:14 - TWEET

Have you ever seen every fielder on the boundary like that? Herschelle Gibbs: "Not since I was in high school." - Ben Way

14:10 - Looks like Clarke is targeting a 500 lead before declaring. Psychologically that would also be another dagger in South Africa's heart...

14:06 - TWEET

Why aren't Australia declaring? Do they really think SA are going to come within sniffing distance of 478? #defensive #uncharacteristic - Rahul Bose

13:59 - Smith off the mark with a cover drive through the covers for four. He also edges his second ball past first slip for four...

His third ball also goes to the boundary, this time over mid-off.

13:58 - Steve Smith is next in...

13:57 - WICKET! Clarke is out for a golden duck, caught at mid-off by substitute Quinton de Kock off the bowling of Abbott. A shot completely mis-timed by the Aussie skipper...

13:55 - The Australian run-rate this session 8.44 runs per over thus far. Top notch even for T20 cricket!

13:53 - 250 up for Australia, coming off 309 balls...

13:51 - Aussie skipper Clarke is next in.

13:49 - WICKET! Abbott finally gets a wicket. Watson out for 25, brilliantly caught at point by Duminy. Australia 245/3.

13:46 - Full toss from Abbott and Warner duly smacks him over midwicket for SIX!

13:44 - Abbott replaces Elgar from the Wynberg end.

13:43 - The declaration must be imminent now with the two batsmen playing T20-like cricket.

13:42 - Warner steps away from his stumps and slogs Morkel down to mid-on, but Abbott badly misjudges it and lets it bounce... chance gone begging!

13:39 - Morkel now on from the Kelvin Grove end, replacing Duminy...

13:38 - Elgar also smacked to all parts...These two (Warner and Watson) will surely be a major threat in the upcoming T20 series!

13:36 - PICTURE

That ton also means Warner has made more runs in a three-match series in South Africa than ANY other batsman. #SAvAUS  - FOX SPORTS Cricket

13:35 - Dean Elgar now on from the Wynberg end.

13:33 - Duminy gets absolutely hammered by Watson. 22 runs off his last over... The ball has also disappeared over the Railway stand and a new one is brought out...

13:30 - 200 up for Australia, coming off 282 balls.

13:27 - CENTURY for Warner, coming off 124 balls. His eighth Test century and fourth against South Africa.

He is the first person to score two centuries in one Test in South Africa since Jacques Kallis (161 & 109*) did it against India at Newlands in the 2011 New Year’s Test.

13:26 - Morkel sends down a beauty and it beats Warner all ends up. Almost got an edge on 99!

13:19 - Shane Watson is next in. Expect him to tee off here... he also made a quick-fire 40 off 32 balls in the first innings.

13:17 - WICKET! At long last Morkel gets a wicket with a short ball! Doolan tries to pull him but is caught on the deep square leg boundary by Abbott for 37.

Australia 188/2.

13:14 - Morkel bowls the second over after lunch from the Wynberg end... and Warner flicks the first ball down leg for four...

13:12 - Warner scored only 17 runs off 54 balls in the period before lunch. Quite surprising considering his fast start...

He nevertheless still boats a healthy strike rate of 82.88

Expect him to have a real go once he reaches 100!

13:10 - Duminy will start proceedings. He bowls to Warner from the Kelvin Grove end...

13:09 - Welcome back for the afternoon session. Expect the Aussies to declare sometime this session. I reckon Clarke will try bat for a 450 lead...

13:03 - PICTURE

The centre wicket during lunch #SAvAUS  - CA Digital Media


You have 30 minutes to catch up on the Oscar trial before reporting back to the SA v Australia LIVE UPDATES!


Tributes have poured in from far and wide - despite the Oscar Pistorius-related current clutter - on Twitter following Graeme Smith’s sudden decision to retire from international cricket.

Click HERE for the full article...

12:35 - PICTURE

Raise a glass to Biff! - Cricket South Africa


And that's the lunch break.

Australia are 180/1 and enjoy an overall lead of 387 runs

The first session consisted of 37 overs, 153 runs and 1 wicket

12:28 - This should be the last over before lunch on Day 4 at Newlands

12:22 - Dean Elgar gets a chance to turn his arm over

12:22 - 40 overs bowled in Australia's second innings and they've scored 172 runs at a run rate of 4.3.

Their overall lead now stands at 379 with nine wickets in hand...

12:21 - SA managing to dry up the runs at the moment...

Or are Australia just playing for the 12:30 lunch break?

12:06 - ***OSCAR TRIAL UPDATE***

For those glued to this commentary and not following News24's Oscar trial Live Updates, Advocate Barry Roux is STILL quizzing witness Michelle Burger.

It may well be the 'Trial of the Century' - because it might take that long!

12:05 - 35 overs bowled in Australia's second innings and they've scored 161 runs at a run rate of 4.6.

Their overall lead now stands at 368 with nine wickets in hand...

12:03 - T20 SERIES

Just a reminder that immediately after this Test, SA and Australia will do battle in three T20s.

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

11:58 - Warner is into the 'nervous nineties'

Me thinks he won't be there for long...

11:55 - TWEET

Huge congrats on an amazing career. Great player and leader who will be hugely missed by SA. Leaves a big hole to fill - Phil Tufnell

11:54 - 150-up for Australia as they've added 124 runs this morning in 26 overs - and there are still 36 minutes until lunch


Watch as Graeme Smith's team-mates react to his shock retirement

11:48 - FORUM

Was it time for Graeme Smith to call it a day?

Have your say on Sport24's Forum!

11:47 - 30 overs bowled now in Australia's second innings and they are 142/1 - at a run rate of 4.73.

Their overall lead is now up to 349

11:42 - PICTURE

The Proteas may have missed a trick not reviewing this delivery from Morne Morkel to Alex Doolan - Fox Sports Cricket

Although Hot Spot didn't pick up a mark, Snicko suggests there was a noise...

Mind you, not sure SA want to dismiss Doolan - he's been positively negative in his batting!


The highest score in the fourth innings to win a Test at Newlands is 334/6.

Australia currently enjoy an overall lead of 343 - and counting!

11:39 - Doolan gets a move on... 4 now off 28 balls...

11:36 - PICTURE

Poignant moment as Graeme Smith leads his team onto the field for perhaps the final time. Shame no one in the Members Stand showed up... Cricket South Africa

11:31 - On the Australian balcony, everybody is looking at a laptop, looking very amused. They can't be reading this commentary...

11:29 - 129/1 off 25 overs at a run rate of 5.16...

Pedestrian stuff I tell 'ya!

11:27 - The Doolan go-slow continues...

He's up to 1 run off 20 balls now...

11:25 - Warner has now scored 1 000 Test runs in the 2013/14 season. Some 201 ahead of second-placed Pakistani skipper Misbah-ul-Haq...

11:19 - TWEET

A good case for Shane Watson to be batting 3 in this situation!! - Tom Moody

11:18 - Doolan doing his utmost to slow down Australia's run rate.

He has 1 off 13 balls...

Surely Shane Watson would've been a better bet at No 3? And former Australian batsman Tom Moody agrees!

11:15 - DID YOU KNOW?

Warner is on his way to becoming the first man since Jacques Kallis to score two centuries in a Test in South Africa...

11:10 - TWEET

Here's to what u gave and what u gained,what u taught and what u learned.A wonderful career,an incredible man .... GS - Morgan Deane Smith (Graeme's wife)

11:08 - Rogers is RUN OUT for 39. Lazy running, but a fantastic throw from the boundary by Steyn. Nothing wrong with his arm!

11:06 - WICKET!

11:03 - 20 overs have now been bowled in Australia's second innings - and they have scored 121 runs!

11:01 - TWEET

Graeme Smith deserves all the accolades and some . A great cricketer , inspirational leadership and cultural transformation of team - Jonathan Kaplan

10:57 - At this rate, Australia will have the luxury of being able to declare closer to lunch than tea...

10:57 - PICTURE

So long, farewell... (Gallo Images)

10:57 - Warner treats Steyn with contempt, smashing the world's No 1 Test bowler back over his head for SIX!

10:50 - Australia on 99/0 after 17 overs - at a rate of 5.82 as their overall lead passes the 300-mark...

10:49 - Struggling to keep up with Australia's scoring rate this morning as Warner carts Steyn for yet another boundary!

10:39 - Very sedate pace to start off with. Certainly not over-exerting himself just yet from around the wicket...

10:38 - Dale Steyn is into the attack.

We wait to see at what pace he'll be able to bowl...

10:38 - The overall lead Australia enjoy is nw up to 285 - still with all 10 wickets in hand

10:36 - And just like that Warner smashes Duminy for SIX!

10:36 - Raining runs at Newlands this morning as Australia get a move on.


I am a fan of cricket living in the former Northern Province(Limpopo) and I think Quinton de Kock should be the captain of the ship based on his commitment to the game and age is still on his side. Remember Smith became captain when he was just 22. For a long term solution; de Cock should one for the future - Theophelus Mathebula

10:26 - Hat-trick averted as Warner picks up a single off Duminy's first delivery...

10:25 - 30 runs in 5 overs this morning has prompted Smith to turn to spin - and JP Duminy who just happens to be on a HAT-TRICK!


No signs of any demons in the pitch this morning. Little cloud cover and bright sunshine. Batting paradise...

10:20 - PICTURE

Graeme Smith ahead of his first match for South Africa (Gallo Images)

10:15 - SA leaking runs this morning and then review an LBW decision originally given NOT OUT - which the third umpire upholds after the ball pitches outside leg stump.

10:06 - PICTURE

The Newlands scoreboard requests fans rise and salute the retiring Graeme Smith (Twitter)

10:05 - Steyn will have to wait as Kyle Abbott opens from the other end...

10:04 - TWEET

For the last six years, Graeme Smith's Test team has been unbeaten. It would be an utter travesty for that record to end in his last Test. - Marc Lewis

10:02 - Vernon Philander opens the bowling, but the news is that Dale Steyn WILL try at least to bowl this morning after leaving the field in the first innings with a hamstring injury.


Australia have an overall lead of 234 runs with 10 wickets in hand.

The question to be answered today (maybe just before tea) will be 'when will Michael Clarke declare...

10:00 - Smith leads his team out onto the hallowed turf at Newlands for what could be the final time.

The whole Australian team stand and applaud, as do the fans in attendance.

9:59 - Smith's retirement has taken attention away from the fact it's Day 4 of the third and deciding Test between SA and Australia at Newlands!


Graeme Smith is currently - with one Test innings to play - the 12th highest Test runscorer of all time.

He'll remain in that position no matter what (unless he scores 861...)

Click HERE for the all-time Test runscorer list...


With Smith stepping down as skipper, the next question on everyone's lips will be: Who will take over as captain?

AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis' names have been mentioned, but AB is 30 and Faf will turn 30 himself in July this year.

Those two would be short-term solutions.

Anyone else you think should be considered?

If so, email us on and we'll hit the publish button!

9:38 - TWEET

Hearing huge news out of SA. is retiring! For what he has done for SA cricket - the man is a legend! Congrats my Surrey BFF! - Kevin Pietersen


Born February 1, 1981 in Johannesburg


* Promising schoolboy cricketer at King Edward School in Johannesburg, picked for South Africa's Under-19 team.

* Left-handed opener, who played his initial first-class cricket for Gauteng but soon moved to Cape Town at the age of 18 to play for Western Province.


*Test debut against Australia in 2002 at Newlands, one month after his 21st birthday. Scored 68 in the second innings, batting No 3, but South Africa lost.

*Took over as captain in his ninth Test, with many sceptical about his leadership ability at age of 22. Won his first Test as captain against Bangladesh by an innings and 60 runs.

* Made double centuries in consecutive Tests - 277 at Edgbaston and 259 at Lords - on tour in England in 2003.

* His games as captain are 108 for South Africa and one for the ICC World XI against Australia in October 2005.

* Set a world record 415 for the first wicket with Neil McKenzie against Bangladesh at Chittagong in early 2008. They had finished day one with 405 runs, the most ever put on by a pair in a single day of Test cricket without losing a wicket.

* Led South Africa to an away Test series win over Australia in 2008 - their first home loss in almost two decades. His heroics in batting despite a broken hand in an attempt to save the third Test won over many fans.

* Smith has led his side to 53 Test victories, with a win percentage of 49.07. It is the most victories for a captain in Test history.

* Wanted to relinquish the captaincy after the 2011 Cricket World Cup in India, where he took the rap for the team's brittle middle order, but was persuaded to stay on as Test skipper by coach and former team-mate Gary Kirsten.

* Led South Africa to Test series wins over England and Australia in 2012 to confirm the country's status as the top Test-playing nation.

* With one innings remaining in his Test career, has scored 9 262 runs in 117 Tests at an average of 48.49. It includes 27 Test centuries. Has also taken eight wickets with his right arm off breaks.


View pictures of Proteas skipper Graeme Smith's career.

Click HERE for a trip down memory lane...


Graeme Smith in his debut Test for the Proteas against Australia in March 2002 (Getty Images)


Well the big overnight news is that Proteas skipper Graeme Smith has called time on his career.

Smith, 33, will step away from the international arena following this current Test against Australia at Newlands - giving him a maximum of two more days of cricket.

Anyone think the timing of his decision is rather strange? Why dump this bombshell on your team-mates half way through a match? What could be gained from doing that?

Click HERE for the full article...


Proteas fans thought the Mighty # was one of a kind. How wrong they were, it appears he has a doppelganger in England's Moeen Ali.

Click HERE to view the uncanny likeness...


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


  • Anathi Nodingolo - 2014-03-04 10:03

    go well smith you have done your huge part of this great nation of ours i see people call him a failure but non of them say who was better than him in his era as both opener and captain non-sense making people yes i said it. and we sometimes forget how much time these guys spend away from their families so that we can be entertained by far the best captain salute big man enjoy your life you have done well

      Anathi Nodingolo - 2014-03-04 10:11

      ayi ayi Captain

      JamesBlacksmith - 2014-03-04 15:04

      @Averaged like 7 in his last 6 innings, if that. Out for 3 last innings, who saw that coming?

      Shabeer Hoosen Haroun - 2014-03-04 17:57

      S.A simply do not have a physical and psychological strong team (period). As for Graeme Smith, I can't ever remember him winning a toss. He loses the game before it even starts. He needs to practice with a coin rather than play cricket. His retirement comes a bit too late for S.A cricket. This country needs to produce strong men who can rise up to the occasion, REAL FIGHTERS!!!

  • Hansie Crook - 2014-03-04 10:07

    News24 keeps on deleting my comments. but it true and you know it. Ntini took thirty-four wickets in his last twenty bowling innings and was dropped while Morkel has taken just twenty-one wickets.

      Anathi Nodingolo - 2014-03-04 10:10

      forget about morkel being dropped its like asking for thami to keeper that time is gone for thami to keep and morkel to be dropped

      John Loveland - 2014-03-04 16:31

      Don't you just love these abusive, nonsensical and racialistical people, who think they are kings... but remain faceless and anonymous. They don't comment much on the topic, but prefer to be crude and vulgar. You can't give a man without balls a bells.

  • Drake Richardson - 2014-03-04 10:24

    By now the quoteas would be st least 2 wickets down

  • Elroy Felix - 2014-03-04 10:27

    A lot of people has been crying for Kyle Abbott to be picked!!! So you got your man !!! What has he done differently to Rory or better ? ummmmmmmm nothing.... In Rory ,,,SA would've had the extra batsman

      Anathi Nodingolo - 2014-03-04 10:49

      make sense tommy to me morkel has not given us anything other than a bouncer ball that he does not even take wickets with

  • Neil Roberts - 2014-03-04 10:53

    They are generating a result hence the run flow.Australia needs a certain number of runs on the board by a certain time to declare.

      Elroy Felix - 2014-03-04 11:03

      Well by the looks of things, SA has decided to role over and play dead!! No fight out there!

  • Harris Philip - 2014-03-04 11:10

    The Aussies are firmly in control. No doubt at all who the best side is out of these two ........regardless of rankings. Dale the Steyn remover has not looked like the best bowler in the world in this series ..ok we know he is now injured..... but that title must go to Mitchell Johnson followed by Ryan Harris. The best btsman in the world is an even simpler one to decide ...based on what we see right now , David Warner wins hands down. Warner is currently playing with the Steyn Remover ...its like men versus boys.

      Harris Philip - 2014-03-04 11:58

      Not sure what has been going on .......we have had a part time spinner and one-legged bowler leading the attack against arguably the most dangerous Batsman in the world. One of the commentators has indicatiade that he thinks our guys have given up !!! WTF!!!!

      Gilliaume Strydom - 2014-03-04 14:26

      Ok, so according to you rankings mean nothing and we should decide who the best is EVERY SINGLE TIME sides meet? That's absurd! Its called form!!!!! Mitch is a great bowler! yes, but he is inconsistent! he is having a brilliant streak, but what will happen if he has a dry series or 3... Then we will see how "great" this mitch is. same with everyone! Rankings is predicted on constant and consistent performance! So stop speaking nonsense

      Harris Philip - 2014-03-04 14:37

      Gilliaume , according to me , based on the performances this series , it is clear who the best team is , which team has the best batsman and which team has the best bowling attack.

  • Theo Mostert - 2014-03-04 11:27

    Do we have a bowling coach? What is he paid for? And the batting coach????

  • Theo Mostert - 2014-03-04 11:28

    Do we have a bowling coach? What is he paid for? And the batting coach????

      Hansie Crook - 2014-03-04 12:05

      Bowling coach = Alan Donald Batting consultant = Gary Kirsten

  • Peter Neilsen - 2014-03-04 12:25

    Well, Duminy has perfected the art of negative bowling, at least. One can only wonder what the umpires are doing. Probably gone to sleep. Best attack in the world? Yeah, right.

  • Charl Koegelenberg - 2014-03-04 13:04

    in 43 overs the "no1" bowling attack cant take one wicket. only a run out and 180 runs

  • Sthembiso Mathera Zulu - 2014-03-04 13:22

    Nx! Smith can retire maybe wll c a new improved protears

  • Charl Koegelenberg - 2014-03-04 13:28

    Now that Warner has a 100 the flood gates will open with warner and watson in to bat

      Harris Philip - 2014-03-04 13:33

      Watson has just given the Ball such a Klap it has gone ten rows back ...........Biff is apparently thinking of putting a fielder in the stands!

      Charl Koegelenberg - 2014-03-04 13:35

      knocked the ball away

      Harris Philip - 2014-03-04 13:38

      Oh no , the Convicts have outwitted Biff again ..........a fielder in the stands is not good enough ....Watson hits the Ball over his head into the Brewery !!!

  • Sean Hampson - 2014-03-04 14:08

    To me it feels like we playing against an ODI Squad. The reason Australia is dominating us is that they don't swap players like underwear. Our team on the other hand is like a child with ADD. No direction and can't decide on one squad for a series. Injuries do happen but they still keep changing players like it's going out of fashion.

  • Sean Hampson - 2014-03-04 14:09

    To me it feels like we playing against an ODI Squad. The reason Australia is dominating us is that they don't swap players like underwear. Our team on the other hand is like a child with ADD. No direction and can't decide on one squad for a series. Injuries do happen but they still keep changing players like it's going out of fashion.

  • Henry Dube - 2014-03-04 14:11

    warner doesn't respect the SA bowling attack

      Harris Philip - 2014-03-04 14:39

      Why should he respect the SA bowling attack when we continue to try and get (currently) the best batsman in the world out with a part time spinner and a one legged fast bowler.

  • Dean Alba - 2014-03-04 14:56

    Petersen doesnt have enough talent to play tests for SA,a basic new ball delivery and you plant your pad infront of your stumps,schoolboy stuff,Smith is no good also thats why he retired.

  • Piet Genade - 2014-03-04 14:57

    What a lame performance by our team. Geez, this is embarrassing.

      Harris Philip - 2014-03-04 15:00

      I wonder if they can last TODAY ...let alone tomorrow!

  • Thabo Malose - 2014-03-04 15:00

    where are those smith lovers, are you still crying for these clown? Their is useless, pathetic and smith.

  • Anele Booi - 2014-03-04 15:12

    Smith made a gud choice to retire, weak player

  • Harris Philip - 2014-03-04 15:17

    Whats the betting that Kallis is sitting back with a Castle or two .....smiling and patting himself on the back for not exposing himself to Mitch Johnson!

  • WE Werner - 2014-03-04 15:20

    Something seriously wrong in the SA camp

  • Dean Alba - 2014-03-04 15:20

    Johnson's ability to bowl a dangerouse bouncer absolutely kills most batsman's technic thus ensuring they dont go forward to good balls which normaly are easilly playable,Petersen,JP,Amla,AB,Smith almost everybody got out,is or are about to go out because their feet not moving,Doesnt anybody have the guts to take a few on the body if must to tire out Johnson,No ballz!.

  • Lor Dantebellum - 2014-03-04 15:23

    Tea ? Who wants to drink tea if you're an Aussie right now ? They've probably gone to the pub at 15/3

  • Gideon de Jongh - 2014-03-04 15:25

    And still people bashing Smith geez people get a grip Australia has been on top since day 1 we have been outplayed this whole test, we are facing Australia at their ruthless best. We have been spoiled silly the last couple of years playing a weak English side a poor Indian side in December now we are facing a very good side for once and get outplayed and you blaming smith. If any of you can do better go and try it for yourself instead of making comments of who to pick and who is poor and who is not.

  • Ziba Ndube - 2014-03-04 15:33

    I don't think rankings matters.

  • Dean Alba - 2014-03-04 15:38

    I see Amla is moving he's feet or atleast is trying,good on him now all AB has to do is just trust himself and go forward if he must,plenty of talent between these 2,they have to set that example that it is posible to face him,he's not at 150km/h everyball,I've seen short Ponting hit Johnson for plenty in Aus but it takes a man to face him properly at this form.

  • John Jessup - 2014-03-04 16:04

    All three openers out! The worst pain is from how predictable it all was with a pitch not suited to SA and yet we still somehow always hope for something different. Even SA selectors knew it, that's why they put Elgar in as 3rd opener after his flash in the pan a few days ago. Noe AB and HA have to be 4th and 5th openers and so it goes. Everybody now out of position. I can't watch this one-sided rubbish anymore. I'm going to the gym.

  • Henry Dube - 2014-03-04 16:45

    Im getting dizzy of watching this game, the run rate is so low.....Can someone tell me what happened to BOTHA the spinner.

  • Naadira Suffla - 2014-03-04 16:51

    Who knows the rain

  • Charl Koegelenberg - 2014-03-04 17:10

    SA At It Best, being boring and batting for a draw

  • Piet Genade - 2014-03-04 17:11

    Don't worry guys my chommies and I will have a drive out to Newlands overnight and mess up the pitch.

  • Sean Tearnan - 2014-03-04 18:45

    Pathetic SA. Makes u wonder about Match Fixing

  • Henry Dube - 2014-03-04 21:16

    I hope AB and Faf would stay at the crease the whole day to save this test match other than that i can't bear losing this test series to the Australians or should i call them green bags

      Gideon de Jongh - 2014-03-05 00:35

      If we do manage to survive it will be pure dumb luck with that ball reversing now abbot will be out early today and the next new ball will be taken an hour after lunch i see this test ending only in one way a thumping by Australia they have been on top since day 1 and we have some serious batting and bowling issues now as well for the near future.

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