Proteas limp to series loss

2014-03-14 20:58

Centurion - South Africa were handed a six-wicket hammering with five overs to spare by Australia in the third and final T20 at Centurion on Friday, on the eve of their flight to Bangladesh for the ICC World T20.

AS IT HAPPENED: SA V Australia - 3rd T20

Australia's mix of seam and spin bowling flummoxed South Africa as they limped to 128 for seven after being sent in to bat.

Left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc immediately backed up Australia's decision to field first as he bowled a maiden over first up and struck Quinton de Kock in the throat, before trapping Hashim Amla lbw for two in his second over.

Starc returned later to bowl Albie Morkel, who had briefly thrilled his home crowd with two sixes in his 18, with a brilliant yorker and was Australia's most impressive bowler with an outstanding two for 16 in his four overs.

Spinners Glenn Maxwell and Brad Hogg were Australia's other most successful bowlers with two wickets apiece.

De Kock was the one South African batsman to show some quality on a slow pitch as he scored 41 off 40 balls before wrist-spinner Hogg ripped a delivery across him to have the left-hander caught behind.

South Africa, who leave on Saturday for the ICC World T20, will be concerned by their poor batting display, especially the quantity of balls hit straight to fielders.

Faf du Plessis (5), JP Duminy (13), AB de Villiers (11) and David Miller (2) were all dismissed in soft fashion as they stupidly picked out fielders with lofted strokes.

Tailenders Wayne Parnell (17 not out) and Beuran Hendricks (12 not out) spared some of the home team's blushes as they added 25 for the eighth wicket in the last three-and-a-half overs.

Australia made an aggressive start to their run-chase as openers Aaron Finch and Cameron White (14) added 43 off 29 balls to leave a capacity crowd resigned to defeat.

Finch was not afraid to go the aerial route as he belted 39 off 27 balls and Shane Watson scored 35 off 28 balls as Australia cruised to victory.

South Africa had few ways of getting back into the contest, but leg-spinner Imran Tahir was their most effective option, taking two for 21 in his four overs, but his batsmen had left him with far too much work to do.

The home side were left to rue the rain disappearing from Gauteng as Australia dealt a heavy blow to their World T20 plans.


  • Hero-Gorha Madikizela - 2014-03-14 21:03

    Well, like it or not, our bowling attack without Morne Morkel & Steyn is useless. Our batsmen must pull up, we cannot rely on De Kock only!

      Zoheb Hassan - 2014-03-14 21:13

      Morne doesn't offer a lot, he has a lot of mixed results.. Steyn has always been the cornerstone of our bowling whether in tests or odis or t20s.. Its pity he wasn't fit, the games wouldve been more challenging even the 7over game..

      Christopher Laurenz - 2014-03-14 21:17

      'Proteas limp'..Proteas are paraplegics!...Maybe Oscar can help the management!

      Christopher Laurenz - 2014-03-14 21:24

      And so are the commentators...Guys!!! speak what you all so diplomatic in the wrong way! And only will you say. when you hear from other commentary, what you were supposed to say when you actually commentating..USELESS!!!We need real commentary that says it like it is!!! BECAUSE everyone that is watching are saying exactly the same thing, but the commentary are not saying what 99 percent of the viewers are seeing...Pathetic!!!

      UNITY - 2014-03-14 21:33

      I wonder if Amla is playing a Biff in T20?not interested in his domestic record, and last T20 anchor role.the batting order was wrong, Domingo defend the Proteas again? We still bat conservatively,like G Kirsten! Bowl like donald duck! Where's the dot balls? We deserve to lose..if we don't build up an x factor mentality at the crease ..we wasting our time going to Bangladesh!

      Lo Philips - 2014-03-14 21:51

      We really looked like amateurs tonight. We looked like a school team against the Aussies

      Mikail Jones - 2014-03-14 21:54

      @Unity lets see uour batting order?

      NickvanGraan - 2014-03-14 23:08

      What happened to all the "lessons we learned" during the last drubbing Russell Domingo?

      Michael Simon - 2014-03-15 15:39

      Steyn alone can't save this team.

  • Zoheb Hassan - 2014-03-14 21:03

    Not really disappointed, always expected the aussies to whip us..

  • Rachel Mc Gregor - 2014-03-14 21:08

    Ahh, the difference it makes when you can pick on merit!

      UNITY - 2014-03-14 21:21

      I was also impressed with Imran Tahirs performance and Qdekock yet again!

      Zoheb Hassan - 2014-03-14 21:49

      I agree, both played well, tahir took two wickets and a catch.. Qdk saved us, without his 41 our total wouldve been like 80

  • Piet Genade - 2014-03-14 21:11

    What is worrying, is the lack of pride shown by the captain and players. If Australia lost like that you won't be seeing any smiles. A full house and they play like that.

      Theuns Jacobs - 2014-03-14 21:54

      @pillay, so what do u call it in your country? Curry making?? We've lost the test series as well, is that cricket?? Go eat a bunny chow man so it can clear your head!

  • harold.marsberg - 2014-03-14 21:13

    The problem with our team is at the selectors. The best T20 players are sitting at home. Amla is not in form...leave him at home. We need big hitters for this game, not test batsmen! Our bowlers are crap......all this short bowling is cake to the opposing big hitters.

      Zoheb Hassan - 2014-03-14 21:15

      I agree, amla has had a terrible series against the aussies.. We needed impact players upfront not someone who gets out so easily and isn't suited for t20s.. Miller shouldve opened

      Mikail Jones - 2014-03-14 21:53

      Name the best T20 players uou are alluding to?

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-15 01:54

      Lol, gotta love SA fans. Hash was one of the best batters in the Ram Slam. Now suddenly he's useless and the selectors are idiots for picking him?!? Who should be in his place?? Alviro? Richard Levi? Henry Davids?

  • Piet Genade - 2014-03-14 21:15

    Has Philander been selected for the WC? We'll have to go into that tournament with our test bowlers otherwise I can't see us having a chance.

  • Christopher Laurenz - 2014-03-14 21:15

    Pathetic captaincy! 50 balls to get 23 runs+- and we on the fence saving a boundary??? look at the captaincy of Australia..straight into their hands! We need foresight...GRAHAM KIRSTEN come back!!

      Mikail Jones - 2014-03-14 21:52

      Uhmmm who is Graham Kirsten?

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-15 01:56

      Graham Kirsten, heh. Gary was in charge at the last T20 WC, where we didn't win a game.

  • thuli.mbene - 2014-03-14 21:18

    Will probably get a lot of thumbs down here, but I predict an Aus vs NZ final in the WC.

      Hero-Gorha Madikizela - 2014-03-15 09:00

      NZ??!!? Why them? Have you seen the West Indies, they have an all-rounded team (batsmen, fielders, pace and spinners).

  • Roger Harrison - 2014-03-14 21:20

    Australia did not win, S.A. gave it away with very poor bowling apart from Imran Tahir. Could passport control please ensure that Tsotsobe in particular is not allowed to board the aircraft plus Amla who is not suited to T20 cricket.

      Louis Heubner - 2014-03-14 21:43

      what u smoking. We got beaten twice. Wake up!

      UnlimitedLFB - 2014-03-14 21:52

      You must be watching SABC...get DSTV an watch the Ramslam t20, Amla did very well in there and had a better strike rate than De Kock so he can play t20, lets just hope he'll find his touch in WC

      Johnny Axe - 2014-03-15 01:14

      Whatever mate you got schooled in your own backyard or as Gream Swan described it @ssraped.

      Michael Simon - 2014-03-15 15:42

      That's right - head in the sand. Australia didn't win it. Time to face facts guys. Our team isn't that great and even Steyn can't save it each and every time.

  • Edward Pretorius - 2014-03-14 21:28

    Shocking performance by the boys! I'm very disappointed! Good batting by Quiny,but the rest were absolutely crap,this has nothing to do with players who should have been there or not,these guys will represent us at a flippen WC in a couple of days time! I hate to say this but those bunch of convicts just looked a better unit out there tonight.

  • desneyhughes - 2014-03-14 21:33

    Not impressed at all!

  • Fly Mercedes - 2014-03-14 21:37

    Love or Hate them_ the Aussies have nearly an Altimate team(Finch,Warner,White,Watson,Bailey,Hodge,Hiddin n co).Put ur money wit em! On the other hand we hv an Average captain Faf and the rest of our Not good enough players. Maybe its a good thing that this time we Not goin to T20WC as favorites but jas participants...

      Theuns Jacobs - 2014-03-14 21:57

      That's the problem, they all have their vacation tickets, so why break a sweat now? We won't see the semi's!

      UnlimitedLFB - 2014-03-14 22:11

      You forgot Maxwell & foulkner in that line up...come on now did we really expect SA to beat this Ausies side??, the West Indies will be just as good btw and Pakistan too. So if some other teams takes out these 3, we might do well bt we will strugle against these teams

      UNITY - 2014-03-15 09:14

      I think we have the right players for the "sub continent", batting order needs some look at,with AB and Miller because parnie and hendricks can tail end with faf and duminy at 5 and 6up the order.. On the bowling side..this pitch lacked a bowler that could "pitch" the ball up like starc. That must be dale steyn..but we still lack a stronger/younger bowler like starc! Aussies are not just agressive..they have the muscle..and they seem to be coming back in all forms!!!

      UNITY - 2014-03-15 10:43

      I think we have the right players for the "sub continent", batting order needs some look at,with AB and Miller because parnie and hendricks can tail end with faf and duminy at 5 and 6up the order.. On the bowling side..this pitch lacked a bowler that could "pitch" the ball up like starc. That must be dale steyn..but we still lack a stronger/younger bowler like starc! Aussies are not just agressive..they have the muscle..and they seem to be coming back in all forms!!!

      UNITY - 2014-03-15 10:43

      I think we have the right players for the "sub continent", batting order needs some look at,with AB and Miller because parnie and hendricks can tail end with faf and duminy at 5 and 6up the order.. On the bowling side..this pitch lacked a bowler that could "pitch" the ball up like starc. That must be dale steyn..but we still lack a stronger/younger bowler like starc! Aussies are not just agressive..they have the muscle..and they seem to be coming back in all forms!!!

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2014-03-14 21:48

    Toe quota demingo, what's your lame excuse this time? Or was it ANOTHER learning curve. We have lost the test and T20 series at home, in case u haven't noticed!!Time for you and donald too voetsek! Bring back jennings so he can sort the team out!

  • Zoheb Hassan - 2014-03-14 21:54

    " The home side were left to rue the rain disappearing " really? We need rain to win? Lol that's just pathetic

  • Kenneth Chauke - 2014-03-14 21:55

    we need to accept the fact that we are not good enough. Amla should be dropped,we need big hitters in T20. We must stop these excuses of so and so not there. What if they get injured and are unable to play. Those who are selected for a particular game must do the job,period.

      Mikail Jones - 2014-03-14 22:05

      Great post. Accept that we are not good enough but support the team. Hopefully the players selected will feel less pressure and up their performance. STOP WHINING ANG GET BEHIND THE PROTEAS!!!

  • UnlimitedLFB - 2014-03-14 22:02

    De Kock played well, his proving me wrong about him deserving a place in the team, I hope he continues to make me eat my words and helps us win this cup

  • Zubaier Zuba-yeah Abrahams - 2014-03-14 22:09

    no worries if we lose now. atleast the ozzies haven't seen too much of Steyn so he can surprise them in the world cup. Our batsmen seriously need to up their game and our bowlers need to mix it up a little moreif they wish to get anywhere in the 20/20 world cup. they are too predictable. come on boys, you can do it

      UnlimitedLFB - 2014-03-14 22:31

      Lol..I doubt we will do any better, bt this bowling line up won't stay as is in the WC, Steyn & Morne will will be bck if they are fit, that should strenghten our bowling. As for our batting, we need to hav a look at reshuftling the batting order..1. HA, 2. QdK, 3.AB, 4.JP, 5.DM, 6.AM, 7 D Wiese, 8.WP, 9.DS, 10,MM,11 IT.... Faf's inclusion makes key player bat lower than they should unless he's ok batting at 7 as a protection if we lose early wickets and need to rebuild

      Isaac Molefe - 2014-03-15 06:23

      a very good comment however i have doubts about inclusion of amla.the spine of our squad should lie on first 8 hard hitters.i would have loved to see inclusion of richard levi instead of it polotics perhaps?if that's the case,quota my ass!we want the best psbl team to be proud of.

  • Mikail Jones - 2014-03-14 22:14

    The only thing wong is that you have internet access. Do you spew the same rubbish at the Protea test team who is currently ranked No 1? #idiotmuch

  • Drake Richardson - 2014-03-14 22:26

    Turns out I was correct. .. They did want these games to get in some good early choking practice before the big event. Now because of the deal between supersport and SABC, the whole country can watch them choke yet again.

  • lorenco.lewis - 2014-03-14 23:20

    wake up Australia all the way...!!!!! one day you will understand my son....

  • Alan Smith - 2014-03-15 01:08

    Get used to this. No kallis, smith or boucher any longer

      UNITY - 2014-03-15 08:45

      We used to it! Not much T20 left in there.

      UNITY - 2014-03-15 10:44

      We used to it! Not much T20 left in there.

  • Johnny Axe - 2014-03-15 01:20

    Great stuff by the Finch-hitter. There's another Mitchell in town inflicting pain. What a ripper!

  • Isaac Molefe - 2014-03-15 04:17

    i strongly believe we have the talent to match the best.richard levi is just an example of one player who was not selected instead of amla who in my opinion is not suited for this format.i just dont know what the selectors ideal competetive team..quinton,levi,faf,ab,miller,jp,albie

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-15 11:19

      Quinton, Faf, AB, Miller, JP, Albie were all in the team yesterday. Do you really think swapping Hash for Richard Levi is going to make that big a difference?

  • Isaac Molefe - 2014-03-15 04:18

    i strongly believe we have the talent to match the best.richard levi is just an example of one player who was not selected instead of amla who in my opinion is not suited for this format.i just dont know what the selectors ideal competetive team..quinton,levi,faf,ab,miller,jp,albie

  • Matheus Reginald - 2014-03-15 06:27

    think this series loss is a gud one,hope its an eye opener before da world cup 20 twenty.thanx

  • Isaac Molefe - 2014-03-15 06:42

    our best posbl and competitive team would have been 1R levi 2Qdk 3ab 4jp 5miller 6A morkel 7D wiese 8parnell 9steyn 10morne 11tahir. This one could bring the cup home.Amla should not be on board,he is not suitable for the format.He can hardly hit a 6.Quota my ass!we need victors.

      UNITY - 2014-03-15 08:44

      how levi makes a comeback is still a wonder!maybe in the next black caps series.

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-15 11:12

      Lol, it was only a matter of time before people were calling for Richard Levi to open again. Because, as we all know, the best players are the ones who weren't picked. Therefore Levi is now the best player. Wait until he is picked, though, and see how quickly he becomes a "useless chocker".

  • Pieter Venter - 2014-03-15 06:56

    Why spend the the money to go to the world cup? They will be out early. The Proteas was a strong team before Mickey Arthur took over and from there it was a one way down and when Gary took over it was upward again and now they are going downward all the way again.

  • Christoff Bell - 2014-03-15 07:02

    Big part of our problem is that the guys do not know how to bat or bowl on slow pitches, and those are the type of pitches we gonna get in the world cup. Bowlers not varying their pace or bowl any yorkers. Surely coaches should pick up on this and prepare accordingly!

  • Graeme Lotter - 2014-03-15 07:03

    Lol @ News 24 comments. Not long ago I read here that Levi is fat and useless, now I see a lot of people want him to open the T20' again. (I agree, on the opening part) But, is it surprising that that our players 'choke' when they get attacked on a personal level by every armchair expert who, might it be noted, do not represent SA Cricket as a bowler, batter, fielder, coach or selector, every time they go out for less than a match saving performance. Pfft

      david.lugube - 2014-03-15 09:29

      I don't see our rugby players choking when attacked on personal level .... They actually try harder. Morne steyn for example proved critics wrong....

  • Philip Viljoen - 2014-03-15 07:04

    The Proteas were pathetic!!! They can stay home rather!! No secure batting line up!!Pathetic coach!!

  • Gerrie Malan - 2014-03-15 07:34

    I predict the end of the year will also no longer see the team at the top spot of test cricket teams. They are on their way to fulfill the ANC's creative ability of making all South African sports teams also-rans.

  • Craig Taljaardt - 2014-03-15 07:35

    As an avid Protea supporter, I'm very concerned at the current management/captain/team structure! Domingo has been assistant coach for sometime and clearly has not learnt much from his predecessors! Let me clarify: - the captain and coach decide who bat where. In both games our best batsmen came in too late and were forced to up the tempo and got out - yesterday again when wickets fell AB only came in at no 5.... How can the best batsmen in all formats come in at 5? He ends to be given the majority of the batting - Again when their spinner was bowling and got the wicket, instead of sending in a right handed batsmen, we sent in another left handed and this helped Autralia to continue using their spinner to keep the runs tight - Again it's proven that the step up from franchise cricket to the national side is HUGE!!!! Hendricks has he'd a brilliant season, but clearly out of his depth - Kyle Abbot is in the form of his life, yet not even part of the T20 World Cup squad, yet Tsosobe, Parnell and Hendricks are.......very worrying!! - I'm a HUGE Amal fan! but he clearly is outof nick and needs time at the crease. Our batsmen including Faf were batting like its a 50 over game....... Yes I'm not a coach and have never played the game at national level, but it's plain to see that we have huge problems in our T20 setup!!! Reality is that the 20/20 World Cup will be another pr disaster if the management and captain don't change their approach!!

  • Srinivassen Moodley - 2014-03-15 07:48

    As Long as Russel Domingo is at the helm the Protea Ship it will now sinking.He is unable to motivate players sufficiently enough for them to realise their potential.The under 19 under Ray Jennings just won the World Cup

      UNITY - 2014-03-15 08:36

      Good Point..maybe Ray should be pushed up the coachin! Anyway can't wait for some of those under 19s to filter through to young de kock!

  • Claude Felbert - 2014-03-15 07:56

    This team is not operating like a team and seem to lack direction and purpose. The bowling tactics are wrong -- either they are unable to follow the coach or the coach has got it wrong. The batting line-up also displays poor tactics for the conditions. The only mitigating factor is that we lost the toss in the last two games in what were clearly difficult conditions. While this may have made a difference the Australians outplayed us.

  • Arthur A Lilford - 2014-03-15 08:21

    "Limp" is the word - Batting needs to buckle up - Bowling well "sad" is all i can say are we going to make the same mistake and think flat and take seam attack to T20 W Cup SA Cricket made that mistake before and they don't or cannot think "outside the box" just plain orthodox and and no planning - SA Cricket you wasted my Friday evening

  • Brett Whelan - 2014-03-15 08:53

    If this is the team that will be playing next week. We've lost already. These guys were pathetic. No fight in them. We must have better choices within our provincial teams

  • Ryan Williams - 2014-03-15 09:30

    Well, well, well... a month is a long time in cricket (across all formats). All huff & puff from the 'Flower' fans before the Australian tour began about how SA was the hardest place to win and how 'overrated' Australia were. Test series & T20 series victories later and there is a fair amount of egg on face. South Africa can enjoy their last few months with the (now undeserved) no. 1 ranking - we all know who the 'real' kings are. Until next time...

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-15 11:18

      Ryan, you are correct that the Aus tour served a very useful purpose in bringing the arrogant SA fans down to earth. Statements like "Aus didn't play well in the Ashes, it was just England being useless" indicate the level of cluelessness and arrogance that prevail among some of our fans. However, to claim that Aus are now the kings is a bit much. As is the assumption that the Proteas are undeserved number ones. Aus have lost more Tests away from home in the past year than the Proteas have lost in the past five years. The Proteas have been unbeaten away from home for nearly eight nears now. Aus have been unbeaten away from home for nearly eight months now. Michael Clarke himself says that the Aus side have a long way to go before they can call themselves number one. Beating or drawing with Pak in the UAE will be a start. As for the T20s, I don't recall the Proteas being number one in that format. We have always underperformed in T20, so beating the Proteas is not an indication that Aus are top of anything. They are playing good T20 cricket atm, with victories over both Eng and SA. But they will have to best the subcontinent teams in their own conditions if they want to win the WC. Playing in the subcontinent will be a true test of both their Test and T20 prowess.

      Gasant Miller - 2014-03-15 15:55

      Excellent comment Richard. You're one of the few people who's comments I follow on Sport24, most of the other 90% are armchair critics who don't have a clue what they're talking about!

      wade.martin.96 - 2014-03-16 06:18

      We will see.

      wade.martin.96 - 2014-03-16 06:18

      We will see.

      Ian Grantham - 2014-03-19 14:21

      This is basically to Richard Barnes comment, as I can see no where to reply to his inane remarks. If you go back over the Australian teams of the last few years you will notice that a LOT of rebuilding has taken place, lots of players coming and going, a situation of different teams for a very long time and no continuity, This was bought about by Australia losing THEIR No 1 SPOT RICHARD , so what did they do/ They rebuilt around a program that would deliver depth. That depth is now being delivered Richard. The assumption that S A is not No 1 is NO assumption, after demolish England, yes DEMOLISHING them Richard, they the on the back of this came to S A and comprehensively defeated S A in the first test, lost the 2nd and once again proved too good in the 3rd. It was harder than against England , which does give substance that S A is a good team,, but STILL the Aussies had a comprehensive win. This took place immediately after their total white wash against the English Richard. I would say you are wearing rose coloured glasses and are lacking in taking a look at the cold hard facts.

  • Hassan Yousuf Vahed - 2014-03-15 10:01

    The Bowling attack is so useless, Hendricks??? Who is this novice??? Parnell none the better. Faff is also a useless captain. Bring on AB

      UNITY - 2014-03-15 10:28

      Hendricks is the best bowler in T20 in the domestic series.

  • Hassan Yousuf Vahed - 2014-03-15 10:03

    Give credit to the Aussies please, they outplayed the Proteas in all departments

  • Hassan Yousuf Vahed - 2014-03-15 10:08

    The commentary really sucks. Move on Ntini, your commentary sucks and bore the game even more. He does not know he's talking 3/4 of the time.

  • Belinda Clayton - 2014-03-15 10:52

    They useless and should be paid on performance only

  • Zubair Ali - 2014-03-15 18:29

    I switched off just after De Kock went out. Honestly i am a huge of Amla but i think the T20 does not suit his game. He needs to be replaced. When i switched back i think Aus were 40/1, Bowling was crap as usual. I say this again, We need to find a replaced for Steyn. No Steyn and we toothless. Even if the other Morkel was playing, Bowling attack is toothless without Steyn. Hope someone in CSA is listening and started looking for a bowler with Steyns capabilities.

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