As it happened: SA v Oz Day 5

2014-03-05 18:00

 SA 265 & 287. OZ 303/5d & 494/7d

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Commentary by Sport24's Herman Mostert and Garrin Lambley

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19:00 - PICTURE

The victorious Australian team celebrate their series victory - (AFP)


SA skipper Graeme Smith: "We have been outplayed in this Test throughout so it was important to show the fight today. I am really proud of that, but it is important to congratulate Michael Clarke and his team. We have had great battles over the past years, and this one will go down too.

"Obviously it has been pretty emotional few days. (Retirement) pretty much on my mind at the start of the series, but for some reason kept putting it off. With my daughter in and out of the hospital…

"Ever since I moved here as an 18-year-old, Newlands has been my home so this was the perfect place to do it. Since the time I started everybody commented on my style of batting saying I won't make it so to end with these runs is a proud achievement.

"From a leadership perspective, having been part of so many wonderful results is amazing. When you get the job at 22, a lot of growth needs to happen. It took me a few years to figure out what was needed.

"To all the people who have approached me on the streets, to all that have bought tickets, to all that have stayed up late to support us, I am really thankful."

Australian captain Michael Clarke: "What a series. "Firstly, I want to think Graeme Smith and his team. The world will be a sad place for him retiring. It has been tough away from home for us for a long time. The way the boys have played is tremendous. The series in India and England were not good. To turn it around is great. All the support staff has been great too.

"Playing South Africa, and in South Africa, has been the greatest challenge. Great to have won here. Mitch (Johnson) and Ryan Harris have been exceptional. Patto (Pattinson) comes in and takes wicket. Nathan Lyon. Watto (Watson). We will enjoy the series now. I didn't enjoy today a lot. A long day. It was getting really close. There is still a lot of work to do to get where South Africa is."

18:13 - PICTURE

Farewell Biff - CA Digital Media


Australia's opening batsman, David Warner, has been named man-of-the-match and man-of-the-series.

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

18:00 - PICTURE

Waiting for post-match ceremony, emotional scenes #SAvAUS  - CA Digital Media


Terrific fight shown by South Africa on the final day, but the Aussies were full value for their win. They dominated for four days and toiled hard on a pitch that was still good for batting on the final day.

This is the first series loss for South Africa since they lost to Australia on these shores back in 2009.

With Jacques Kallis retiring at the end of last year, and Graeme Smith now also bowing out, it will signal the dawn of a new era and perhaps an uncertain period for the world's No 1-ranked Test side...

17:48 - WICKET! Morkel can't handle the pressure and is clean bowled off his second ball and that's it. South Africa all out for 265.

17:46 - Morné Morkel is the last man in.

17:45 - WICKET! Harris, who was brought back on, clean bowls Steyn for 1. SA 265/9.

Steyn faced 44 balls for his one run.

17:45 - This is Test cricket at its very best!

17:44 - Philander survives. SA 265/8 with 5 overs left in the day!

17:43 - Yes, NOT OUT as replays show it would have missed leg stump. Good decision by umpire Aleem Dar!

17:42 - Looks like it's going down leg...

17:41 - Johnson appeals for an lbw appeal against Philander. Given not out, but Australia review it.


I can't watch as Freddie Mercury is still in the attack.... 2 wickets in hand. 5.5...... - Cindy Poluta

17:38 - SA 265/8. 6 overs to go!!!

17:38 - Steyn survies another maiden.

17:37 - Wicketkeeper Haddin now standing up to the stumps as Watson runs in to Steyn. He struggles to catch it as Steyn leaves it hebind and moves back next ball...

17:34 - PICTURE

'Come a bit closer, Michael, and say that to my face. That's right, didn't think so.' - Cricket365

17:33 - SA 265/8. 7 overs left.

17:30 - HALF-CENTURY from Philander as he nudges Johnson down leg for four. His fourth Test 50.

That 50 came off 95 balls.

No doubt Philander's best ever knock!

17:28 - Danger-man Johnson back on from the Wynberg end. He will have four more overs...

17:28 - Steyn survives. 8 overs left.

17:28 - TWEET

Only Test cricket can throw up these circumstances. This is unparalleled sporting theatre. #SAvAus - Freddie Wilde

17:25 - Mitchell Johnson will definitely have a few more overs to bowl at the end. Those few could be pivotal...

17:24 - Australia turning to Shane Watson, bowling from the Kelvin Grove end.

17:24 - Big Vern survives another Pattinson over. 9 to go.

17:21 - Small Newlands crowd cheering every ball now... Not the worst atmosphere for a small crowd!

17:19 - SA 261/8. 10 overs, or 60 balls, remaining.

17:18 - An easy two on offer for Steyn but they opt not to run. These two have clearly decided: Steyn to cover the bowler from Kelvin Grove end and Philander from the Wynberg end...

17:17 - Fielders all around the bat for Steyn.

17:16 - Lyon is back on from the Kelvin Grove end, bowling to Steyn.

17:16 - Philander survives a maiden over from Pattinson. 11 left.

17:11 - No matter what happens here, it has turned into yet another epic Test match involving the South African side. Who said Test cricket was not exciting? 12 overs, or 72 balls left...

17:08 - TWEET

13 overs to go. Nothing in the pitch. Bowlers tired. Tension building - Andy Zaltzman

17:04 - TWEET

Last hour signaled at Newlands. Test match is kicking off, Clarke & Steyn at each other's throats after Philander's given not out. Gripping - Jean Smyth

17:03 - Pattinson now on from the Wynberg end, replacing Johnson.

17:02 - Steyn survives a maiden over from Harris. 14 overs left to survive.

17:01 - PICTURE

Tight call - FOX SPORTS Cricket

16:59 - Looks like the correct call was made!

16:58 - Clarke and Steyn also having 'words'...

16:58 - The Australians are extremely angry here and demand an explanation! Again a lot of swearing...

16:57 - NOT OUT! Third umpire Ray Illingworth has overturned the decision, saying Philander's hand was off the bat when he was struck.

16:54 - The Aussies are convinced that he got a glove on it. Looks a tight call. It may have brushed the top tip of his thumb...

However, his glove was off the bat, so shouldn't given out!

16:52 - Philander is given out after being caught at short leg off Johnson. He reviews the decision...

16:47 - Harris almost hits Steyn on the head with a vicious bouncer but the South African manages to duck away just in time. The Aussies sarcastically ask him if he's alright...

"I'm fine mate."

16:44 - Harris back on from the Kelvin Grove end.

16:39 - Philander not afraid of Johnson as he AGAIN pulls him for four to move to 45.

16:36 - Leggie Steve Smith back on from the Kelvin Grove end.

16:34 - 250 up for South Africa (off 718 balls) as Philander pulls Johnson for four to move into the 40s...

16:30 - Dale Steyn next in. Can he produce a similar performance to the one when he scored 76 against Australia in 2008?

16:29 - WICKET! Duminy (43) falls into a trap and is caught by Lyon at a leg slip off the bowling of Johnson. SA 246/8.

16:28 - SA 246/7. 20 overs left to play.

16:22 - Philander wants a fifty. He pulls Johnson for four to move to 36...

16:21 - Maiden over from Lyon. 22 overs left.

16:18 - Lyon now back on from the Kelvin Grove end. He has bowled 19 overs, conceding only 10 runs, but no wickets...

16:17 - TWEET

What a shame Proteas have woken up for the fight only on day five - Rob Houwing

16:15  - Philander survives the Johnson over.

16:15 - Just in case you're wondering, the extra half hour rule applies to every day except the final day of a Test match. So Australia won't get another 30 minutes at the end...

16:13 - Johnson back on from the Wynberg end. Key moment coming up now.

16:10 - Skipper Clarke is on to bowl now from the Kelvin Grove end. Aussies getting desperate?

16:09 - SA 237/7.

25 overs left to hang on for South Africa.

16:06 - OUCH! Philander is struck again. A beamer from Pattinson strikes him on the finger. Physio is out to assist...

Pattinson apologises as the umpire calls a no ball.

16:05 - PICTURE

Look closely & you'll see a cherry on the spot on Philander's shirt where he was hit by Pattinson. Ouch! #SAvAUS - FOX SPORTS Cricket

16:01 - Just in case you're wondering, the required run-rate to win is 10.84 per over for South Africa.

16:00 - Smith smacked for three boundaries off his last over. Duminy on fire now!

15:59 - 50 PARTNERSHIP between Duminy and Philander, coming off just 64 balls!

15:57 - Leg-spinner Smith is back on from the Kelvin Grove end.

15:55 - Next ball, an in-swinger from Pattinson almost castles Philander's stumps... Replays show it missed by about a centimetre.

15:53 - Philander duck into a Pattinson bouncer. Massive appeal from the bowler, but given not out. Going over the top!

15:50 - TWEET

Michael Clarke definitely starting to get edgy, can see he's trying to make something happen. Great spectacle. #SAvAUS - Jean Smyth

15:48 - SA 213/7 after 110 overs.

29 overs left to survive...

15:38 - Herschelle Gibbs, speaking on Radio2000, believes South Africa's chances at sneaking a draw is 50/50! He feels Philander and Steyn are more than capable to stay with Duminy for long enough... He's hoping Morkel doesn't have to come in at the end...

15:35 - Pattinson to bowl the second over after tea from the Wynberg end.

15:34 - Harris starts with a maiden.

15:30 - Harris will start the final session. He bowls to Philander from the Kelvin Grove end.

15:29 - PICTURE

Picturesque Newlands... - CA Digital Media

15:29 - Welcome back for the final session. Can South Africa survive and fight for what would be a remarkable draw? It's been done before!

Duminy is the key, and lets hope Philander and possibly Steyn can stick with him for as long as possibly because I can't see Morkel really surviving too long out there...

15:10 - TEA ON DAY 5: South Africa 201/7.

33 overs left.

Join us in about 20 minutes for the final session of the match...

15:08 - 200 up for South Africa, coming off 634 balls.

15:06 - Philander swings at a Johnson short ball, gets a top edge and it goes all the way for SIX!

15:02 - A lot of swear words can be heard via the stump microphone... Aussies having a ball of a time out there now... #classy

15:00 - TWEET

Regardless of the batsman, regardless of the circumstances, it is ALWAYS poor form to give a send-off to a batsman. #SAvAUS - Alternative Cricket

14:57 - Du Plessis was mocked by the Australians when given out there with David Warner at the forefront. Not the best sportsmanship, but that's what you can expect I guess...

14:54 - Vernon Philander is next in.

14:52 - WICKET! No luck for Du Plessis who has to go for 47 (109 balls). SA 173/7.

14:51 - Smith strikes when he gets Du Plessis lbw. Given out, but Du Plessis appeal.

14:51 - Leg-spinner Steve Smith now on from the Kelvin Grove end, trying to replicate Warne...

14:49 - PICTURE

Shane Warne, Australia's bowling consultant... (Gallo Images)

14:45 - QUOTE

"You just feel, if one of these two gets out, then it could open a gates," says Radio2000 commentator Peter Kirsten.

14:45 - Johnson back on from the Wynberg end.

14:41 - 100 overs bowled by Australia. SA 168/6, a run-rate of 1.68.

The script has Adelaide 2012 written all over it...

14:37 - 40 overs left in the day. "Koppe" and Faf holding firm...

14:27 - In the Adelaide Test in 2012, when South Africa played out a fighting draw, Lyon bowled 50 overs and conceded only 49 runs.

CLICK HERE for a scorecard from that Adelaide Test.

14:26 - Off-spinner Lyon is back on from the Kelvin Grove end. He has remarkably bowled 16 overs, conceding only 5 runs!

14:21 - Du Plessis looking solid as a rock here with 44 overs left. The new ball is 15 overs old now with the Aussie bowlers looking a tad frustrated...

14:10 - Drinks break with South Africa on 151/6. 47 overs remaining in the day.

14:09 - Du Plessis pulls Watson to the boundary to bring up South Africa's 150, coming off 553 balls.

14:06 - PICTURE

Cricket SA and the Proteas pay homage to retiring skipper Graeme Smith... (Gallo Images)

14:06 - Shane Watson is now on from the Kelvin Grove end...

13:58 - DID YOU KNOW?

The fewest runs scored in a FULL day’s play in the history of Test cricket is the 95 scored on the first day of the Test match between Australia and Pakistan in 1956-57.

So far the Proteas (147/6) have scored 76...

13:52 - Pattinson is now on to replace Johnson from the Wynberg end.

13:49 - It may just be a short bathroom break as he has just completed his four-over spell...

13:48 - Johnson has just left the field for Australia. Unsure what the issue is...

13:47 - Duminy, of course, also has fond memories of playing against the Aussies under extreme pressure. He scored 50 not out against them in Perth in December 2008 as South Africa chased down a mammoth 414 to win. He followed that up with a brilliant 166 in the next Test in Melbourne to set up a series win.

13:42 - Duminy gets off the mark by playing it off his pads on a vacant leg side...

13:40 - Harris coming around the wicket to Duminy, who is yet to get off the mark. Four slips in place...

13:36 - De Villiers's dismissal also means his record run of half-centuries in consecutive Tests (12) is now over.

But I reckon it's a record that will stand for a while though...

13:30 - JP Duminy is next in. Last chance saloon for the hosts to try and save the game!

13:29 - WICKET! De Villiers falls to Harris, he edges him and is caught by 'keeper Haddin for 43 off 228 balls.

SA 136/6. De Villiers was struggling against Harris there. Played and missed at a few before finally getting an edge...


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13:25 - Du Plessis confidently pulls a Johnson short ball for four. Looking confident here Du Plessis. No doubt drawing from his Adelaide 2012 heroics...


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13:20 - Harris starting to trouble De Villiers a bit now. Has beaten his bat twice with the new ball. Getting a little bit of shape away from the right-hander..

13:18 - Du Plessis gets a bottom edge off Johnson, but fortunately for him it falls short of 'keeper Haddin.

13:14 - Johnson bowling the second over with the new ball, from the Wynberg end...

13:11 - Second ball after lunch, De Villiers clips Harris off his pads for four to move into the 40s...

13:10 - Welcome back for the afternoon session. The new ball is available and Ryan Harris will steam in with it!

12:36 - Join us at 13:10 for interactive commentary from the second session!

12:34 - Interestingly, the latest bookies' odds are:

Australia - 4/7

South Africa - 250/1

Draw 11/8

12:33 - Australia require five wickets to win the series 2-1, while South Africa need to survive 60 overs to draw - or score an unlikely 389 to win...

12:32 - Vital to the outcome of the match perhaps, is that 80 overs have now been bowled and the new ball will be available to Michael Clarke's troops in the second session

12:31 - 39 overs bowled in that first session, 51 runs scored, for the loss of 1 wicket (Abbott for 7)


12:28 - PICTURE

Catchers, catchers, everywhere - Cricinfo


12:18 - PICTURE

The umpires and Michael Clarke discuss the state of the ball - CA Digital Media

12:16 - Could someone with better knowledge of the cricket laws please point out which law states a fielder, throwing a ball into the wicketkeeper - or bowler for that matter - HAS to do so without bouncing it first...

12:15 - De Villiers brings up his 200... balls faced that is

12:13 - The two umpires call a meeting with Michael Clarke, presumably to discuss the roughing up of the ball by bouncing it in to the wicketkeeper

Utterly ridiculous to expect a fielder on the run from the boundary to have to throw it into the 'keepers gloves without bouncing

12:10 - TARGET NOW UNDER 400!

SA require 399 - albeit unlikely - runs for victory!

12:08 - TWEET

What do you make of the commentators' complaints about the Aussies bouncing the ball back to the 'keeper? - FOX Sports Cricket

Let us know at

12:07 - AB turned 30 last month, while Faf celebrates his 30th in July

12:06 - The Proteas' hopes lie in the hands of two Affies boys right now - who also happen to be the most likely candidates to take over the captaincy of the national team going forward following Graeme Smith's shock retirement

11:58 - 100-up for the Proteas off 70.2 overs

11:50 - PICTURE

James Pattinson celebrates the wicket of Kyle Abbott - FOX Sports Cricket

11:43 - Mitchell Johnson steams in to Du Plessis. 67 overs bowled in the Proteas second innings, 13 until the new ball which could be key.

11:38 - Anyone drawing comparisons to the drawn Adelaide Test in 2012, AB de Villiers scored 33 off 220 and Faf du Plessis scored 110* off 376 balls...

11:36 - Abbott's resistance finally ends as he's bowled by James Pattinson for 7 off 89 balls in 116 balls.

He did his job.

11:36 - WICKET!

11:34 - 25 overs, 24 runs this morning.

Riveting Test cricket...

11:28 - Skipper Clarke turns to himself to have a bowl.

Australia are rattling through the overs at the moment as the partnership between De Villiers and Abbott grows to 26.

11:25 - And the first 2 overs after the drinks break mirror those 20 before it - very little...

11:17 - 20 overs have been bowled this morning, and 21 runs scored...

Crucially however, SA haven't lost a wicket...


11:09 - TWEET

Who's defense is better? AB de Villiers or Oscar Pistorius? - Cindy Poluta

11:06 - Over an hour since Abbott last scored a run... but he drives Smith to the boundary!

11:00 - Part-time leg-spinner Steven Smith now into the attack

10:56 - PICTURE

Not sure Michael Clarke's field placings are agressive enough... - FOX Sports Cricket


Australian spin legend Shane Warne is spotted on the boundary chatting to Nathan Lyon.

No doubt Australia will have loved to have Warne bowling for them today...

10:43 - 10 overs have now been bowled on Day 5.

SA have scored 12 runs - but crucially, haven't yet lost a wicket...

10:42 - Abbott is doing a fantastic job for the Proteas' cause.

His 2 runs have come off 45 balls

10:40 - Skipper Michael Clarke is tired of pace and turns to Nathan Lyon for some spin...

10:38 - PICTURE

Attacking field for Johnson... - Brendon Atwell

10:36 - For those wanting a sneaky bet on the outcome, Ladbrokes have the following odds on offer:

Australia - 1/4

SA - 100/1

Draw - 3/1

10:34 - The Proteas' dressing room will be encouraged by the first half hour as the pitch looks lifeless and the Australia attack - including Johnson - is struggling to get any life out of it

10:27 - Slow start at Newlands today - exactly as SA would've wanted.

Mitchell Johnson into the attack now. Things about to get spicy... 

10:14 - Streaky boundary by De Villiers through the slips...

10:10 - Two overs gone, two runs scored... SA need 438 to win!

10:04 - James Pattinson opens the bowling for Australia

10:03 - AB de Villiers and Kyle Abbott come out to bat.

De Villiers was exceptional yesterday at playing within himself. He negotiated 100 deliveries, scored just 16 runs. If he reaches 50 and goes at this strike rate, he will have taken South Africa a long way towards saving the Test.


10:01 - TWEET

Newlands crowd finally petering out, it seems. Will a handful see history? Nah. - Rob Houwing


View pictures of Graeme Smith's career...


Hot, Hot, Hot!

30 degrees Celsius expected today with ZERO % chance of rain


So, the final day of the final Test between SA and Australia has dawned.

Five hundred and eighty-eight possible legal deliveries. Ten ways to get out to each of them. Australia need just six of them to work out. South Africa need to keep 583 of them out.

Australia begin the day as obvious favourites, but if there is any team that can survive a day to draw a match, it is South Africa.

This will take proper and long Test-match batting, mind you. No counter-attacks. This is not for the impatient. And they have a relentless attack at them. 


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With their backs to the wall at 71 for four, and three sessions left to salvage a draw and the series, Proteas coach Russell Domingo believes there is still hope.

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Jacques Kallis says he didn’t realise SA captain Graeme Smith was ‘that close’ to retiring from national duty, writes Sport24's chief writer Rob Houwing.

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Former SA batsman Daryl Cullinan says Proteas captain Graeme Smith brought a Steve Waugh-like mental strength to the team.

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


  • thuli.mbene - 2014-03-05 09:58

    Eina. Pub lunch for the boys?

      JamesBlacksmith - 2014-03-05 17:50

      4 overs... a chance to win... and .... choke

  • John G Hill - 2014-03-05 10:01

    Unlike Adelaide in Nov 2012 Australia have their most lethal bowling attack at their disposal . Interesting to see wether those left can hang on .Kudos to them if they can !

  • Hansie Crook - 2014-03-05 10:13

    Proteas must be wishing for Jo'burg weather right now.

  • Harris Philip - 2014-03-05 11:01

    This is such a huge day of Cricket , in Australia they have almost 100,000 on ONE day for a Test match Newlands it looks like two men and a dog!!!

      Harris Philip - 2014-03-05 11:12

      The crowd has just been described as "sparse" ....LOL!

      My turn... - 2014-03-05 14:58

      100 000 to what game is that?

      Harris Philip - 2014-03-05 15:21

      Cricket ...a Test Match

      Greg Chemaly - 2014-03-05 18:25

      another reason why they are part of the elite three nations in cricket.We object to being placed in second tier but we are not capable of filling stadiums consistantly or at all.

  • Carl Wild - 2014-03-05 11:07

    No1 team in the world blocking to save there life

  • Thimothy Baloyi - 2014-03-05 12:35

    The Australian will finish Proteas after tea time.

      Mzwandile Brainen - 2014-03-05 12:44

      i will send the rain after the 8th wicket , just remind me because i'm not around.

  • Henry Dube - 2014-03-05 12:48

    If australia fail to win this test match i would label them bunch of losers, i mean this series is theirs to win

  • Dean Alba - 2014-03-05 13:33

    No feet again but goodball :-(

  • Wesleigh Norton - 2014-03-05 13:34

    i really wounder what goes through the minds of any batsmen in this situation? you have to save the game by batting out the day, so instead you play stupid shots and loose wickets! it does not make sense to me.

      sagebrush.bush - 2014-03-05 15:58


  • Michael Simon - 2014-03-05 14:21

    A slow and painful death. Can't bare to watch. It would be better for the fans if the just went for it.

  • Charles Komane - 2014-03-05 14:44

    No ways we wont force a draw, whether is nice, de Villiers faced 228 or smthing that equals 38overs that was great he is a soldier, duPlesis i hanging in there. Rain only can save us.

      Mzwandile Brainen - 2014-03-05 15:28

      When philander gets out i will ask my sangoma to send the rain. just remind me i'm not around. It will be a draw.

  • Hansie Crook - 2014-03-05 15:47

    After this comment there will be many "supporters" hailing the Proteas for their brave fight. Its been quiet.

      Wikus Roos - 2014-03-05 15:52

      There is no doubt on the performance thus far, magnificent composure to hold yourself from smacking at the loose deliveries and to rathar stick the ball to the ground. I hope they can stick it out right to the end and draw this, I hate losing to the Aussies. It just feels like this day is not ending!!! Go Proteas

  • John Loveland - 2014-03-05 16:08

    Duminy mustn't start slamming the ball. One bad swing and it could be the end of the day. They have fought well today, not too long to hang in there.

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-05 16:08

    jp and vern must not save this match coz these racist quota whities on this forum aka Richie does not deserve a protea draw f!!! them all u have done enough boys

      Obakeng Khazamula - 2014-03-05 16:23

      Screw you. No matter issues there are in cricket i don't want see them lose to AusSIES

  • Phenyo Victor Masisi - 2014-03-05 16:22

    Hw many overs left????

      David Nkomo - 2014-03-05 16:28

      About 20 or so for the day.

      Eugene Lourens - 2014-03-05 17:29

      At present 8 overs left sir with 2 wickets remaining :-)

  • sagebrush.bush - 2014-03-05 17:07

    If we lose this match and the series we can thank our top 3 batsmen for that. If everyone else can show a lot of guts why not them.

      Honest Raymond Makoi - 2014-03-05 17:19

      According to some reports graeme smith was in hospital for his childs operation the night before retiring. If true can you blame him for being in a wrong state of mind.

  • Wikus Roos - 2014-03-05 17:32

    Great iron solid stance. Go guys, get it done, and who better than two of our top bowlers to end the series.

      Andrew Stone - 2014-03-05 17:49

      Australia should have enforced follow on. Insanity not too. Why not maximise time to bowl za out?

  • Ayasaba Magwala Dubula Dubula - 2014-03-05 17:51

    Stupid morkel can't bowl,defend wickets.Abbot did much better than him.

  • Moses Govender - 2014-03-05 17:51

    Morne Morkel is an absolute waste. Offered nothing in this game and couldn't even stick around and fight. A spell out of the team will make him learn something! !!!

  • Wikus Roos - 2014-03-05 17:52

    If each of the top 3 faced 10 balls more. But oh well, great performance by the middle order and tail end, hardened to the bone! Vernon, what a fifty. Congrats to Oz

  • Carl Wild - 2014-03-05 17:52

    Lekker Australië!

  • Michelle Khusu - 2014-03-05 17:52

    Like honeslty, what is Morne Morkel good at? He is not a reliable wicket taker, can't even hold on at the crease for 10 bloody minutes!!!!

      Maphuti Mabotja - 2014-03-05 17:56

      Yep mate all da hard wrk of his fellow tail enders he cnt even cmpliment it n face 10 balls or give da strike to philander so dsapointn frm him I knw he cnt shoulder da blame fr da loss bt he shud hv tried harder lyk da ada tail enders

      Alexis Swartz - 2014-03-05 17:57

      been saying it a long time he is just useless

      Dean Alba - 2014-03-05 18:06

      I agree,why did he choose to suddenly go soft on M.Clarke by changing ends when he was clearly hurting him,Clarke went on to hit 160+ not out,he would of been out earlier,he doesnt have stamina to bowl consistently over 145,even Parnell's average speed is higher,Hendricks should of had a match for another slow seamer Abbot,nowadays there is no space for average pacemen,why did Elgar lose he's opening spot when clearly he was coping better with Johnson.Weak performance!!.

  • Mhlts Petrus - 2014-03-05 17:54

    than u the middle oder n the tailanders for ur resistance,well done the oz.n u smith u cost us so much,go n try to play golf

      Gideon de Jongh - 2014-03-05 19:26

      Hey idiot read what Smith said after the match bout his child being ill b4 making an idiotic remark.His baby's illness is properly one of the reasons he decided to retire as well and why his batting suffered over the last year how would you have felt if it was your child. We put sport men and woman on pedistalls but keep for getting they are only human like the rest of us with families and children that need them. He has achieved more than you will ever manage in a 100 life times.

  • Ina Pajamas - 2014-03-05 17:54


  • Mthunzi Phakathi - 2014-03-05 17:56

    8 minutes left and two wickets fall. almost, close but no cigar.

  • Dean Alba - 2014-03-05 17:56

    Our middle order should open the batting,call me old fashioned but I believe your best batsman bat at the top,not the otherway round!.

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-05 17:57

    Morne morkel is dem useless kani boul vang of net n paar overs block!Sies!

  • Alan Smith - 2014-03-05 18:00

    Morkel should be dropped. Useless.

  • Harris Philip - 2014-03-05 18:04

    A few weeks ago Michael Clarke was ridiculed by claiming he had the best bowling attack in the world. I guess he has been proved right ...and we have to eat humble pie.

  • Kagisho Sylvester Mholo - 2014-03-05 18:06

    Let's see those negative comments....

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-05 18:07

    Quota Richie as xpected u quite!I told u morkel is useless maaaaaar neeeeeee jys te obsessed shame.Jys maar n coward

  • Riaz Shaik - 2014-03-05 18:08

    Ag we always loose against Australia, like we have some kind of

  • Riaz Shaik - 2014-03-05 18:08

    Curse lol

  • Harris Philip - 2014-03-05 18:09

    Aussies looking to clean up all of the post match and post series awards

      Dean Alba - 2014-03-05 18:13

      I'm not watching anymore,some very average SA players there!.

  • Julie Cowley - 2014-03-06 00:10

    Great news to wake up to this morning - So proud of our Aussie Cricket team !! Our record in South Africa still stands :-)

      Gideon de Jongh - 2014-03-06 00:28

      Yep well done to your team mate they were the better team, but we gave them one hell of a fight so hats off to both teams that is what real cricket is all about.

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