Rudolph return over in a flash

2011-11-11 10:05

Cape Town – Amidst the mayhem which encircled the second day of the first Test between South Africa and Australia, a few contributions (and non-contributions) played a significant role in the resulting events.

Test debutant Vernon Philander stole the show in the afternoon session with his crafty display of seam bowling which brought him figures of 5/15 in his 7-over spell in the Australian second innings, but had it not been for fellow debutant, Imran Tahir and Dale Steyn’s seemingly insignificant contributions with the bat, the script may easily have told a different story.

Steyn and Tahir put on 13 runs for the final wicket, which eventually put the Proteas a mere 12 runs clear of the first innings follow-on target of 84.

Had those 13 runs not been scored, Australian captain, Michael Clarke would have in all likelihood enforced the follow-on and avoided the embarrassment which his team were subjected to instead.

However, those 13 runs brought Proteas captain, Graeme Smith and Jacques Rudolph to the crease.

Rudolph, playing in his first five-day Test match for five years may have felt a bit short-changed having completed all of his on-field duties in just over a day (two and a half hours of play was lost due to rain on the first day) when he was eventually dismissed by Peter Siddle for 18 runs in the South African second innings.

“It’s amazing that I completed my batting and fielding in two days and it rained.

“That must be some sort of record,” Rudolph said in Friday’s Cape Times.

Rudolph must have been wondering if he was up to the pace of Test cricket circa 2011.

“The game has really moved forward, and I joke with Jacques Kallis when Australia were 21/9 that 17 wickets had fallen with nobody scoring more than 10 runs.”

Meanwhile, he also praised the man of the moment, Vernon Philander.

“Vernon is an exceptional bowler. His domestic stats don’t lie, he has wickets at 19, he really is a strong competitor, and I’m really happy for him. And the key going forward for him is to keep his feet on the ground.”


  • Grant - 2011-11-11 11:17

    Not a great contribution by Rudolf, but probably not the best game to judge him on :P As for avoiding the follow-on, thats a very good point. However, most teams dont enforce the follow on (especially when there is still so much time left in the game), and rather choose to bat on the best batting days and create a massive lead. Has Aus had the opportunity to enforce the follow on, and had they decided NOT to, the egg on their faces would have been priceless! :P

      christopher.lourens - 2011-11-11 13:04

      I agree, Aus would have been insane not to take the follow-on.

  • Jim - 2011-11-11 11:37

    Rudolph the red faced opener.

      Grant - 2011-11-11 11:57

      Ha ha ha

      Utopian - 2011-11-11 15:53

      Only two batsmen managed to make double figures twice in the game: Smith and Rudolph. And that in the worst test ever for opening batsmen, disaster in the top order four out of four innings.

  • annarie.vanderschyff - 2011-11-11 12:01

    well done rudolph finalley your back and scored even half the australian 2 innings runs. rather late than never.

  • Hannetjie - 2011-11-11 12:44

    I don't think Jacques Rudolph should be judged on this game, quite a few batsmen (SA and Aus) who did not contribute. I also think Smith and aMla should have opened the innings and bring in Rudolph on no 4 or 5 to give him a bit of time to setlle in.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-11 15:09

      That's a good point. We were subjected to an article on how wonderful Ricky Ponting is just prior to the test and he racked up 8 & 0. Rudolph has pure class and jusging is score without putting it in the context of the game is unfair. Yes he got 18 in the first innings - but it was also the second highest score by a SA batter!

      granville.paulse - 2011-11-11 16:26

      Why must Amla move in the batting line-up to accommodate a new guy??? That makes absolutely no sense. In Tests Amla bats at 3 full stop!!!! If Rudolph can't cut the mustard as an opener then there is no space for him in the team!

  • Mpho - 2011-11-11 14:18

    Rudolph doesn't get the benefit of a honeymoon period, he's a vet who has played 35 Tests before this was his his 36th, he ain't no youngster. He better start scoring really quick.

      Utopian - 2011-11-11 15:55

      Only two batsmen out of the 22 managed to make double figures twice in the game: Smith and Rudolph. Compare that to Australia's openers. It was the worst test match ever for top-order batsmen...

      Mpho - 2011-11-11 17:21

      Well not really because Smith and Amla scored tons and they're both top-order batsmen aren't they? Michael Clarke, even though he's a mid-order batsman, came in while the ball was new so in essence he had to deal with what top-order guys have to deal with and he got a ton too didn't he? So, it was in fact NOT "the worst ever test match for top-order batsmen"... That said, I'm not saying Rudolph played badly or that he should be dropped based on this test. I'm just speaking in general terms for him, not particularly this test. He's not there to learn or get acclimatized, he's there to do a job and if he ain't gonna do it we might as well be investing on young talent like Elgar or Russouw instead of going round in circles with a guy who has had ample opportunity.

      pieter.haasbroek - 2011-11-11 18:29

      Perhaps you should concentrate on soccer. Cricket requires intelligence. 35 Tests means nothing especially after a break of 5 years in quoata player wilderness for Rudolph. If Rudolph received the same treatment as Kallis he would have had the opportunity to play perhaps 150 test by now and he'd be an established, top international cricketer. Who would you rather have there? Another quota player? Pretty boy Robin? Well, at least he thinks he's pretty. Here's a prediction - Philander will go the same way as a few other previously disadvantaged players - flash in the pan and then disappear into neverland. Maybe he'll become another specialist commentator on DSTV hahahaha.

      Mpho - 2011-11-12 07:50

      Mcawww look, another frustrated little man craving attention.... aren't you the cutest thang.

  • Utopian - 2011-11-11 15:51

    Only two batsmen managed to make double figures twice in the game: Smith and Rudolph, the opening pair for South Africa. In a game where the hard ball ruled completely, all the openers had a torrid time in a four innings. It was not a game for opening batsmen. Smith completely outscored everyone else, so much for all the Biff-haters.

  • steven.chiaberta - 2011-11-11 17:02

    Unlike quite a few of the batsmen in this test, Rudolf got out to 2 brilliant balls, not playing stupid shots. He was looking brilliant, especially in his 1st innings and definitely deserves another chance or 2. As opener - completely agree that Hashim must stay at 3 and the top order shouldn't be moved around.

  • Gabiba - 2011-11-11 21:51

    pieter haasbroek u are a dickwad.

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