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Proteas fall agonisingly short

2014-03-05 18:02

Cape Town - Australia have beaten the Proteas by 245 runs under dramatic circumstances in the third and final Test at Newlands to win the three-match series 2-1 and inflict a first series defeat on Graeme Smith's men since 2009.

As it happened: SA v Oz Day 5

For 93 overs it appeared that the Proteas would add Newlands 2014 to Adelaide 2012 and the Wanderers Stadium 2013 and give captain Graeme Smith a fitting send-off.

However, Ryan Harris had other ideas, as he returned for one final spell and claimed South Africa’s final two wickets to give Australia victory in the nick of time.

Just 27 deliveries remained in the Test match when Harris bowled Morne Morkel to bring the match to an end and consign the Proteas to just their second series defeat in their last 26 under Smith.

It was a fittingly dramatic end to a wonderful Test series, and Australia walked away deserved 2-1 winners after dominating the first and last matches.

The day began with South Africa on 71 for four, needing to bat out 98 overs to save the match.

Because runs were never an issue, with a target of 511 always beyond the Proteas, the first session was slow and short on action, which was just the way the home side wanted it.

AB de Villiers and night watchman Kyle Abbott scored just 24 runs in 25 overs to frustrate Australia, who finally ended Abbott’s 114-minute vigil when he left a straight one from James Pattinson.

That was the only wicket of the first session, but the second new ball was taken straight after lunch and accounted for De Villiers, who was caught behind off Harris after a 326-minute stay at the crease in which he scored 43 from 228 deliveries.

Australia’s patience continued to pay off as Faf du Plessis, the hero of both Adelaide and the Wanderers, was lbw to Steve Smith shortly before tea.

JP Duminy and Vernon Philander saw South Africa to tea, leaving 33 overs to bat out with three wickets in hand.

The pair reduced the figure to 20 before Duminy flicked a Mitchell Johnson delivery to leg slip to depart for 43.

However, Philander had been immovable in the first innings and he was proving as much again, as he took a more positive approach by taking regular boundaries off the Australian bowlers.

He was saved by the Decision Review System when it was decided his right hand was off the bat when a Pattinson delivery flicked the glove prior to him being caught at short leg, and went on to score 51 not out.

Ultimately he ran out of partners, though, as Harris cleaned up Dale Steyn and Morkel in the space of three deliveries to clinch one of the great Test matches.

Sport24

Comments
  • Lo Philips - 2014-03-05 18:04

    Congratulations to Australia. They have proven clearly that their bowlers are better than ours and that they are the best 5 day cricket team in the world.

      Alan Smith - 2014-03-05 18:06

      Morkel, elgar and peterson should all be dropped.

      Andre' Joubert - 2014-03-05 18:08

      Not sure where anything was proved, but if that's what you want to believe....

      Boom Boom Afridi - 2014-03-05 18:11

      i said it before and i'll say it again.. giraffes can't bat.. they are just not built that way :P lol

      JamesBlacksmith - 2014-03-05 18:19

      Proteas realised with 4 overs left that 'they might just not lost this game'... And then they lost. What's new?

      thuli.mbene - 2014-03-05 18:49

      Lol andré.

      Nkosinathi Ngilambile - 2014-03-05 19:31

      the difference between SA and Auzzies is Auzzies don't play for a draw. If they were chasing this score, they would've gone all out for it. If they fail the match is done by tea, if they succeed they win. SA used 812 balls to get 245 runs. Why didn't they play to win? Why don't they ever play to win! bunch of chokers

      Pam Stevens - 2014-03-05 21:25

      The "world's top team" loses a home series and hang on for a draw and we have a headline "Proteas fall agonisingly close" PLEASE!

      Brian Enslin - 2014-03-06 09:45

      South Africa played for a draw from day 2. Australia played to win from the first minute of Day 1 and never gave up. The defeatist attitude adopted by South Africa during this test match was appalling! Alot was said of the heroic batting on Day 5. heroic that it was, it was still a defeatist approach. The way we settled for mediocrity was embarrassing! I hope we limp away from this series and look inwardly and work on where we went wrong.

  • NickvanGraan - 2014-03-05 18:04

    The Aussies were too good ..

  • Boom Boom Afridi - 2014-03-05 18:07

    an awesome test match and what a great effort by the proteas. no losers here. i'm not a biff fan and i used to diss the guy a lot on this forum lol but for some reason i'm really going to miss the guy :( i grew up watching him and the proteas will never be the same without him.

      Brian Enslin - 2014-03-06 09:48

      There were losers. South Africa lost the test on day 2, when Faf said they would be happy with a draw? Happy? Why so content for mediocrity? Why settle for second best. Did we hear Clarke say they would be happy with a draw? No, the fired in, hungry for a win at every opportunity they had. South Africa's mindset settled too early for a draw. Led to compacency and they lacked the will and spirit to fight out the rest of the test. That is a loosing mindset and a loosing team.

  • Ajesh Parumasur - 2014-03-05 18:08

    So clarke was right about having the best bowling attack

  • Joe Smith - 2014-03-05 18:08

    Thumbs up if you think David Warner is a D ICK!

      Boom Boom Afridi - 2014-03-05 18:14

      david warner is like the new tendulkar..

      Rei Farinha - 2014-03-05 18:32

      C'mon man ... make a point, not a damn fool of yourself ...

      Gunner ZN - 2014-03-05 18:44

      Childish

      Gunner ZN - 2014-03-05 18:44

      Childish

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-05 20:15

      Warner played outstanding cricket. When he first came into the team, he took a ton of cr@p from snooty purists who declared him unfit for Test cricket due to his T20 background. Well, he proved them wrong and then some. You can't ask more than that from a player.

      UNITY - 2014-03-05 22:31

      On individual performances,David Warner took the test away from the proteas. He is amazing , to be scoring so fluently. His mouth is big, his bat can talk too. He plays like run a ball one day.. Isn't scared at the crease..u can see that. Johnson, yet another destroyer.. And captain clarkes amazing knock.

      Michael Simon - 2014-03-06 04:30

      Daan - where do you hail from again and where does Warner hail from? Now the true trailer trash is revealed and it isn't Warner. It is however someone bitter, angry and twisted.

  • UNITY - 2014-03-05 18:09

    The Newlands Ghost has come back to haunt SA this time.Duminy was the pick of the SA bowlers..lol..vs Harris,Johnson,Pattinson...must be dreamin.. Always falling on the line or short..As good as clarke is on captaincy and field placing.. His players came to the party with bat and ball! Well deserved victory OZ!final farewell Biff..

  • Ayasaba Magwala Dubula Dubula - 2014-03-05 18:09

    only a moron called morkel who can't bowl and even defend wickets for just a mere 15minutes caused us a draw.Abbot did much better than him,he should just follow biff.those silly warm ups just for two minutes aggggg.

      Derek Jones - 2014-03-05 18:32

      Youre the idiot he won the second test for us. Get a brain!

      Deolin Willemse - 2014-03-05 18:46

      I agree Morkel is a brainless idiot... And Duminy won that game with Abe not Morkel...

  • Boom Boom Afridi - 2014-03-05 18:10

    david warner is dangerous. and to think he used to work at a supermarket. nathan lyon is a decent spinner too. and to think he used to be a groundsman. this teaches us that anything is possible :P lol

  • Asb Bas - 2014-03-05 18:11

    What a scripted ending to maximise revenue - this match was sold - a gift to australia - we where asked to lose - which is why the captain resigned.Evidence - used the ligth roller after rain ??? should have used the heavy one to squeeze out moisture - and yesterday used heavy roller when he should have used ligth as the wicket was playing well.

      phthatcher - 2014-03-05 18:14

      Never a truer word spoken....

      Rei Farinha - 2014-03-05 18:38

      What a poor comment ... makes no sense whatsoever ... I think you should consider watching darts.

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-05 20:17

      My understanding is that the heavy roller isn't used after rain because the heavy roller will damage the softer turf. When groundsmen are preparing the wicket, they never use the heavy roller after watering. It's always the light roller, then the heavy roller when the pitch has dried out substantially.

  • Boom Boom Afridi - 2014-03-05 18:13

    dammit biff... you're only 33 years old!! don't retire!! :(

      Boom Boom Afridi - 2014-03-05 18:15

      why did biff have to retire? it's like my generation is passing by :(

      Andrew Lottering - 2014-03-05 18:18

      He had to retire cause he was useless

      Boom Boom Afridi - 2014-03-05 18:24

      he was over confident and sometimes arrogant pre match. but we're all like that at some point/all of us can behave like pr*cks lol but that doesn't make him a bad guy. and he led from the from in that ODI match, what was it, 434? and he played a test match with a broken hand. overall he was a decent cricketer that i didn't mind watching. miss the guy already :(

      Gavin Maartens - 2014-03-06 01:43

      His decision to retire could have been used to SA's benefit. If he had announced it before this test started, then the team would have been geed up to give him one last "hurrah". As it is, he made the decision mid way through, and that after we had been given a drubbing by them in the 1st innings. He may have been a great captain, but this last decision he ever made was a pretty, darn poor one.

  • Spikkels NK - 2014-03-05 18:13

    You can't win these games with a top 3 batsmen that contribute nothing and a main strike bowler that have no idea how to get a batsman out.

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-05 20:26

      One main strike bowler? Two more like. Neither Vern nor Morne made any impact. Morne's average for the series was 63, Vern's 51. Only Dale, with an average of 26, lived up to his career average more or less. If all our opponents played Vern and Morne with such disdain, neither of them would be in the top 50 of Test bowling rankings.

  • Carl Wild - 2014-03-05 18:15

    Well now who has the best bowling attack? I think Clark was right

  • ravikesh.kalicharran - 2014-03-05 18:16

    Gosh... Biff has a hot wife

      Henry Dube - 2014-03-05 18:53

      Too hot for someone who didn't take his innings seriously

  • Henry Dube - 2014-03-05 18:17

    Wow if you ask me, we came so close but the defeat is bitter.

  • Edward Pretorius - 2014-03-05 18:18

    Fantastic series! I don't like any Australian sports team,but I have to concede,in the end they were the better team all round. I still don't think they have the better bowling attack,nor the best team in the world,but in THIS series they were the best team! Go well Biff,I'm just wondering what happened behind the scenes on Monday night,I picked up something odd during the post match presentations,maybe I'm wrong but I thank you for leading the Proteas to the no 1 position in test cricket! Mooi loop ou GROTE!

      Louis Heubner - 2014-03-05 18:20

      LOL

      wynand.dewinnaar - 2014-03-05 18:33

      Fully agree, just a pity about the Australian chirping going overboard today otherwise series was hard fought. Biff will probably go down as the best test captain yet for SA.

      Henry Dube - 2014-03-05 19:07

      I think the green bags are yet to prove themselves as the best in the world.

      Peter Clune - 2014-03-05 19:52

      From an aust perspective u have it right. Since steve waugh ,warne and mcgrath hung up his boots we aussies have been dubious about ponting then clarke as capt. Johnno was more cold than hot .warner singlehandedly doubled sales of panadol in aust . So when they came out and smashed the english no one cld beleive it. We were 50/50 on this series as well . Theres great respect for your team here and again no one in aust thought we'd win 7 out of 8 tests this time last yr. As for arrogant. Yeah well weve been down so long its all coming out .

      Peter Clune - 2014-03-05 20:19

      From an aust perspective u have it right. Since steve waugh ,warne and mcgrath hung up his boots we aussies have been dubious about ponting then clarke as capt. Johnno was more cold than hot .warner singlehandedly doubled sales of panadol in aust . So when they came out and smashed the english no one cld beleive it. We were 50/50 on this series as well . Theres great respect for your team here and again no one in aust thought we'd win 7 out of 8 tests this time last yr. As for arrogant. Yeah well weve been down so long its all coming out .

      Michael Morris - 2014-03-05 20:27

      @Peter Clune...I actually feel sorry for MC. I don't think an Aussie captain had to work as hard as this guy to get it right. Steve Waugh and Ponting were blessed with great talent in the Aussie teams they captained. This Aussie team... what they lack in talent they make up in determination and creativity. I'd rather lose against the Aussies than against the England or any other team for that matter, but especially England.

  • Tian Nel - 2014-03-05 18:20

    so morkel cant even do his part and survive a few overs

  • Zoheb Hassan - 2014-03-05 18:26

    Well done to australia. A very well deserved victory..

  • Piet Genade - 2014-03-05 18:26

    Aussie deserved to win . Philander can be proud, lots of guts and ability. Steyn was a bit unlucky. Duminy played a stupid shot to a ball on the leg-side. Could have gone either way.

  • Henry Dube - 2014-03-05 18:29

    We shouldn't blame morkel because he couldn't bat, we should blame him because he couldn't take wickets......the batting crisis should be blamed on batsmen because thats their job. Can you blame Amla and de Villiers for not taking wickets? I don't think so.

      Michael Morris - 2014-03-05 20:19

      I think our bowlers let us down this test. From the start of the match one could see that Steyn couldn't keep the seam straight. He was all over the place. We bowled the wrong line against Warner and should have come around the wicket more. The Aussies, on the other hand, used the conditions perfectly. We were totally outplayed once they weathered the storm.

  • Dean Alba - 2014-03-05 18:32

    NooOOoo!! Geez Aussies really made the number 1 look average,dissapointing for us the crowd,Was G.Smith unlucky or just not there anymore?,Its all over the media how embarracing.........

  • Bianca Lottering - 2014-03-05 18:33

    South African spectators play brilliant coach cricket. Graeme never got the respect he earned. We are also quick to judge, the boys played well but Australia was better, we are still the best team and I'm sure it will show the next time we face OZ. We can't win them all.

      Bianca Lottering - 2014-03-05 18:45

      Make that *couch cricket.

      Edward Pretorius - 2014-03-05 19:13

      Thank you Bianca! Most of them don't even know how to pick up a damn bat! I agree 100% with you! Proudly Proteas!

  • Trix Roux - 2014-03-05 18:35

    Morkel should really up his game as a no 11 ffs if the number one bowler can.....

  • Gunner ZN - 2014-03-05 18:35

    Well done Aus.The better side won. So Clarke was right after all. They do have a better bowling attack.

  • Lucky Thipe Phasha - 2014-03-05 18:36

    Bitter...but the only thing you can take from this match is that phillander is a great batsman than most of our top batsmen!

      Andre Nunes - 2014-03-05 18:58

      Couldn't agree more! And hats off to Gary for bringing him back.Many had written him off (including myself) and how he proved us wrong.Many will say he has had a poor series against Aus.But prior to this series he has been fantastic!

  • Deolin Willemse - 2014-03-05 18:44

    Chokers... Abbot, Morkel must go Steyn is a useless choker...

      Hero-Gorha Madikizela - 2014-03-05 18:51

      Mxim, you talking nonsense. And which bowler in South Africa will do a better job than Steyn & Abbott?

  • Deolin Willemse - 2014-03-05 18:44

    And Elgar a failure

      Hero-Gorha Madikizela - 2014-03-05 18:49

      Let's not point figures cause they all failed, its a team sport after all. Only AB played well in this series.

      Terence Noel Hendricks - 2014-03-05 18:56

      Morne morkel has been disappointing this series very inconsistent bowling

  • Dean Alba - 2014-03-05 18:44

    Never logging on to the cricket side of Sport 24,I expect plenty Aussies celebrating them bieng the best team in the world,Stats are for soft loser's,we are the second best side in the world.

      Michael Morris - 2014-03-05 20:33

      Proteas will end the season number one and will win a trophy. Stats might be for soft losers (whatever that might be), but nothing is worse than sore losers.

  • Hero-Gorha Madikizela - 2014-03-05 18:44

    Congratulations to the arrogant Aussies, they outplayed us. But we will rise again...Proudly Protea!

      Johnny Axe - 2014-03-06 00:38

      It's only arrogance if you can't back it up. If you can it's called self-confidence.

  • Moses Govender - 2014-03-05 18:50

    Morkel has been too inconsistent for quite a period now. Like Johnson he needs to be dropped then he will come back breathing fire. Abbot and Hendricks should be given a run to see what they can offer. Look at the Aussies they drop anyone after 3 or four poor games. Mornè is just wasting his talent and is too passive as a fast bowler he should be working himself up!!!

  • Andre Nunes - 2014-03-05 18:51

    One of the positives is the way Philanders batting is coming along.One can't consider him to be a tail ender anymore. His putting a lot of our top order to shame!

  • Siakha Bin Gxagxa - 2014-03-05 18:51

    End of the road fot the proteas dominance in test cricket.

      Phyllis Burger - 2014-03-05 19:30

      Well Sean, our recent performances haven't been great. Losing three of the last seven tests we played. And hopefully now (after Morne's show with the bat) people will realise why Philander and Steyn went for the draw against India. Was hoping so much they would be able to repeat it today.

      Ayanda Shaka Sokhela - 2014-03-05 20:12

      Really? After just one series in defeat in how many years? Some people are overreacting!

      Siakha Bin Gxagxa - 2014-03-05 20:14

      The proteas seem to perform when they are on tour but at home they always struggle and now that we have lost our two most important players Smith & Kallis. It will put a lot on Amla & de velliers from now on and if other players don't come on board quick then it will take a while before we can have great team again. And we need to find a pace bowler to groom coz Dale steyn is in his 2nd half of his career and just like kallis and Smith he is going to be a huge loss when dercide to call it time. Australia (who now have the power to arrange more tests forthemselves) are on the way up and with proteas not playing many test its a matter of time before they topple us.

  • Bongani Nsele - 2014-03-05 19:12

    nerve wrecking stuff the fighting spirit was good to see though the Australian ambassador predicted this narrow win for the aussies

  • Henry Dube - 2014-03-05 19:13

    I just read from someone's comment that Warner used to work in a supermarket and Lyon as a groundsman.

      Johnny Axe - 2014-03-06 00:43

      That is true. No stigmas about your job in Australia. A job is a job and everyone is respected regardless.

  • Santiago Rabellini - 2014-03-05 19:17

    First series defeat in first series without kallis. Makes you wonder

  • Daniel Lionel Shneier - 2014-03-05 19:21

    I love News 24... 200 odd runs short, is not agonising!

  • ryk.vanrenen.9 - 2014-03-05 19:25

    Ek is nie kenner op krieket nie, maar iets worrie my. Hoe kan twee Ausie kolwers in hulle eerste beurt meer lopies aanteken as die hele Protea span.....?????.? Dit sê my dat daar 'n baie groot skroef los is in ons krieket. Graham Smith het 'n goeie loopbaan gehad, maar dit lyk vir my of politiek hom klaar gemaak het....???

  • Dirk Pansegrouw - 2014-03-05 19:32

    Overall disappointing result. We can't just blame the players. Something is wrong somewhere and I suspect it influenced Smith's decision. The Aussies will always be the worst team to loose too. So arrogant and far from number one!

  • Bardof Blairgowrie - 2014-03-05 19:39

    The Proteas at least fought to the death. Full credit to the Proteas. Congratulations to the Criminals.

      Michael Simon - 2014-03-06 04:46

      Isn't it your hero Pistorius on trial? He's not an Aussie is he!?! :)

  • Gideon de Jongh - 2014-03-05 19:46

    Smith decided to retire because of his baby's illness she just had an operation as well so that would have played on his mind as well we dont know what medical issues his baby has or how long she has been ill. That will also put into perspective why his batting form was off for a while now and he sais after the match he was keep putting it off hence hoping perhaps that things will improve. It did not and thus made the call on monday so it is a combination of things that forced him to retire one of the things was defnitely his baby's health issues.

      Pam Stevens - 2014-03-05 21:40

      For the whole series and Pakistan before that? It begs the question, if he was in such a mental state, why was he in the team?

  • Clive Adrian Hammond - 2014-03-05 19:57

    Seems like a win one loose one at the moment? We can do better, and the u19 showed some awesome talent! Thanx biff for your awesome service and dedication! Good innings, few captains can survive couch Potatoe logic! Well done! Let's build now!

  • Francois Marx - 2014-03-05 19:58

    Shows that if theres not enough matches to prepare, sharpness dives. HOWEVER, SA had to bowl 2 Tests with 3 seamers, the No 1 bowler also injured; the workload on our bowlers (Phil and Mor) doubled. Graemes mind was not on his batting but on daughter and retirement. SA is still in very good shape!!!!

  • Piet Genade - 2014-03-05 20:02

    Batting department is a problem. Too many iffy players in the top order. Only AB, Amla and Faf can be seen as solid players. Not too worried about the bowling, we must remember that one of our strike bowlers broke down in each of the last two tests. That's unfortunate and you can't plan for that. Morkel will have to step up though, maybe a complete revision needed in respect of the areas he needs to bowl to get wickets. He has the ability and it will be a shame if it goes to waste.

  • Peter Clune - 2014-03-05 20:16

    Neither england or ur chaps recovered from johnsons vicious bowling.ur best export pietersen and swan both retired after england were dismantled by johnno. Us aussies know it. Steyn did the same for ur lot for years. Johnno clicked into gear test 1 against england. So weve had him like this for 8 tests. Alistair cook and smith were sorted out the same way. And He hates captains for some reason. As for warner. We love him now ..... as for arrogant . Man weve been down for so long its all coming out now that were winning. And we dont give a toss about rankings. Us Aussies simply like watching johnson tear team apart. Everything else is a bonus.

      Francois Marx - 2014-03-05 20:21

      Tut-tut, he bowls well on bouncy pitches. No bouncy pitch, no "tearing apart".

      Piet Genade - 2014-03-05 20:44

      Johnson is only effective on a pitch that has some goodish bounce. He'll struggle on the sub continent. Steyn is a more crafty bowler.

      Malcolm Kuhn - 2014-03-05 21:35

      Everybody knows the pitches on the sub continent are doctored to suit spin/seam bowling. Why do you think India have never won a series overseas in decades?

      Michael Simon - 2014-03-06 04:53

      Steyn is past his peak. He doesn't perform on every pitch or against every team in every innings like he used to. More like 1 in three innings now. Johnson performed more often on different pitches than Dale did and Dale should've known local conditions. Before his injury he was being toked for 9 an over in this test - he didn't do well at all. Lucky Proteas have the two top bowlers in the world. When one runs cold hopefully the other runs hot. We heard how Wanderers would suit Vern - its his turf. Unfortunately he only performed with the bat. When he needed to step up and compliment or supplant - he failed. So so sad. The cricket Gods just didn't go their way.

      Francois Marx - 2014-03-06 07:32

      Mike, what are you talking about?!? Steyn is still in his prime. Didnt he destroy Oz just a week ago?? Wasnt he injured (strain) last test? In Pretoria he had a stomach ailment. Now where do you see hes over his prime?? Oh and Vern bowled 2 double shifts in 7 days and he bowled well. He certainly did not 'fail', all things concidered. Besides, if both had normal games they would probably have sparked as usual. One average series in years dont make any of them failures. Thank you.

      Michael Simon - 2014-03-06 12:00

      Franny, far from failures Vern and Dale. True greats of the game. I hope you are right and that Steyn improves and get back to his best. But you have to admit his speed and 5fers are becoming more infrequent. He isn't as fearful as he once was. They were however the bowlers chosen and still The Proteas were wolloped. Same pitches were there for the bowlers and batsman of both teams and it seems our team failed more times than the Aussies. Time to face facts - the balance has gone with Kallis, Bouch gone and now Smith. It is especially weak without Dale. Surely the team with two of the best bowlers in the world can cope one man down, or when the other doesn't perform. Its just not happening often enough now against good teams. I see the end of an era drawing closer. You must admit - cracks have been exposed.

  • Ayanda Shaka Sokhela - 2014-03-05 20:17

    Well done Aussies. You guys were better than us. Great fight by the Proteas, they really made the Aussies work for their victory. Thats what the best teams in world do! Its a bit premature to say write the Proteas off... You dont become a bad side in one match. The Proteas will rise again!!

      Ayanda Shaka Sokhela - 2014-03-05 20:22

      And all the best to G. Smith in the future. We'll miss you, the best Captain ever, who lead his team to number one in the world!!

      Malcolm Kuhn - 2014-03-05 21:30

      Yep....even with the weather AND 3rd umpire on your side Aussies still overcome the worlds no 1 ranked team. How good are they??

      Ayanda Shaka Sokhela - 2014-03-05 23:17

      Good enough to be number one in the world bro. Thanks @Russell.

      Michael Simon - 2014-03-06 01:17

      Yes. Proteas put up some incredible fight. Sad that the scoreboard will never reflect how close to a different result it was. Full credit to the Aussies. Its great to see some competition come back to world cricket and great to see the match up to these sides back to its historical best.

      Malcolm Kuhn - 2014-03-06 08:45

      @ Russell I see you are a little sensitive to the THRUTH of being beaten by a clearly better team & cannot handle that fact?? We all know who the best team in the world is despite the world rankings saying otherwise! Oh BTW for the record - the 3rd umpire review system is clearly for only obvious errors in judgment & not to overturn close calls. In this instance the 3rd umpire was at fault overturning the original decision. Suck my ass!!

  • Frankie Harmse - 2014-03-05 20:18

    Complains rather than appreciating excellent play from both teams.. Best be rather dont site with a team rather enjoy the play you witnessing....

  • Alain Smit - 2014-03-05 20:24

    Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda, You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me, And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boil You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

      Francois Marx - 2014-03-06 07:19

      Very gay

      Michael Simon - 2014-03-06 12:02

      Very hateful.

  • Gideon de Jongh - 2014-03-05 20:37

    Basically it comes down to this now that Smith and kallis has retired we have only 3 really good batsman Ab amla and Faf then a few iffy batsman namely duminy and elgar and one that need to prove him self as a all rounder namely philander. One really good strike bowler in steyn one good bowler if conditions apply and one that cant get wickets even if he has the talent no spinner ect. A real mess if you ask me.

  • Hagen Rode - 2014-03-05 21:11

    Clearly a lot of people that have commented here know absolutely nothing about cricket. e.g. Nkosinathi Ngilambile, Michelle Beukes Raath et al. Totally clueless.

  • Liam Knight - 2014-03-05 21:26

    so you guys may have lost but that was some innings!!!

  • Malcolm Kuhn - 2014-03-05 21:26

    Even with the weather AND the 3rd umpire on your side Aussies still beat you! How good is this Aussie side??

      Piet Genade - 2014-03-05 21:37

      You've beaten a team which had one of its strike bowlers ill/injured in every test. Warner was outstanding, Johnson is good on a bouncy pitch (disappointing on anything else), your other bowlers are mediocre. It will take a while to become first ranked test team yet. SA have beaten you in a test where one strike bowler got injured and bowled only eight overs. How sh.t is that?

      Malcolm Kuhn - 2014-03-05 21:43

      @ Piet SA haven't beaten aussies in 45 yrs on home soil, how embarrassing is that??

      Piet Genade - 2014-03-05 21:47

      A bit silly to include more than 20 years of isolation, don't you think? Besides, you've lost your last two HOME series to SA, how sh.t is that?

      Malcolm Kuhn - 2014-03-05 21:54

      Let the records show that inclu +weather, +3rd umpire, + top 2 ranked bowlers in the team, + de villiers world record for most consecutive innings 50's, Aussies still beat you! Wow - did I miss anything else??

      Piet Genade - 2014-03-05 21:58

      I don't think SA have ever lost 7 tests in a row. Shall we just leave it at that.

      Michael Simon - 2014-03-05 22:39

      A sign of the times or an end of an era for the Proteas. A world without Steyn at his best is just around the corner or already here. His great bowling spells are becoming more infrequent. Before he left the field with injiry in this match, he was being carted for 9 an over. Sorry to say but even with Dale, Australia probably wouldve won. In fact, had Dale ended their innings sooner they just wouldve won sooner with the margin they won by. No more coulda, woulda,shoulda's. For SA to rebuild properly, they must first be honest and not blame any one or two men.Team of champions or a champion team?. I always thought(and still do) that the proteas were the latter. Onwards and upwards.

      Francois Marx - 2014-03-05 23:12

      Ugh Malcolm! Let the record show a dead flat pitch for Aus + after rain a moving pitch for SA + what about 3d umpire? + worlds best bowler injured (NOT BOWLING) + de Villiers batting for 5hrs! Ja my china, you missed alot! Shows what you know. Or choose to not admit.

      Zoheb Hassan - 2014-03-06 08:53

      @piet, harris couldn't walk on the pitch for the final day, but still with one injured bowler who needed surgery they still won