SA falter at Newlands

2014-03-03 12:43

Cape Town - South Africa were in trouble at 127 for four at lunch on day three of the third Test against Australia at Newlands, in Cape Town, on Monday.

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The Proteas were sent in to bat in the morning after Australia declared on their overnight score of 494 for seven.

Graeme Smith's poor run of form in the series continued as he departed for five, edging Ryan Harris through to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

South Africa soon found themselves further in the mire at 42 for two when Dean Elgar (11) was caught behind off James Pattinson.

Alviro Petersen and Hashim Amla staged a mini recovery sharing a 53-run, third-wicket stand.

Petersen (53) was next to go when he gloved a Johnson delivery down the leg side, giving Haddin his third catch of the morning.

Harris then got the ball to jag back in to clean bowl Amla for 38, with the bowler finishing the morning session with figures of 2/18.

At the break, AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis were not out on 13 and three, respectively.


  • Thabo Malose - 2014-03-03 13:04

    where is that whimp warner,is he still mouring about tempered balls. Or that apply only when he losing.

      Kevin Robarts - 2014-03-03 16:22

      the series was not lost in cape town, it was lost when smith decided to bat second on a pitch known for uneven bounce in the 4th innings

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-03 17:06

      Kevin, we were outplayed at Centurion, just as we are being outplayed at Newlands. The toss has nothing to do with it. Really, it's time to stop making excuses and clutching at straws. Aus have been the better team. Whether we batted first or second or Centurion makes no difference. Mitch would have torn our batting apart either way.

      Eduard Homes - 2014-03-04 07:16

      Come on, this was no surprise. SA is actually on a down trend....

  • UNITY - 2014-03-03 13:04

    Well I'm glad at least the quota Peterson has done his bit, to quota smith.. Maybe we should swap smiths with the ozzies.. Wrong message from the dressing room.. We shouldn't have accelerated the run shows in the stroke play..Always some injury in the bowling department..never ends!

  • Hill Billy - 2014-03-03 13:06

    So, which one of you brown neck an4l plugs are gonna come up with an excuse for Smith today? Tiffie, Unity, skrapnel...?

      Luvuyo Ntitsolo - 2014-03-03 14:55

      Hi. Ok, let me try to keep Smith in the side with Stats: 10 innings are enough to judge whether a player should be kept or dropped: with 40+ average being safe and below 30 averages being dropped. Batsman 1. GS- 462 runs @51.33 2. AP- 292 runs @ 32.44 3. DE- 325 runs @ 40.63 4. HA- 388 runs @ 43.11 5. AB- 747 runs @ 74.7 6. FD- 324runs @ 36.00 7. JP – 275 @ 30.55 According to these numbers, AB,GS,HA & DE are safe. AP,FD need to do something special in the next series but they still should be in the side to show selectors why they need to selected in the next series. GS got 200+ exaxtly 10 innings ago and will need to start scoring runs or his last 10 innings average will drop to below 30.

      Hill Billy - 2014-03-03 17:01

      He couldn't put a decent score together ONCE against the Aussies and it will cost us the series. On home soil. The PE & Newlands wickets was/is superb to bat on. Look at the calendar, he hasn't made a good score all year. That's a stat too!

      Luvuyo Ntitsolo - 2014-03-03 21:16

      No Billy its actually this series that Smith hasn't contributed, in the series b4 this one he did ok when he played India, he scored 186 runs @ 62 avarage, that's more than being decent... The series b4 that one when he played pakistan he avarage well over 80..... Its only this series that his failed

      Hill Billy - 2014-03-03 21:48

      You should put the statistics into perspective. Would you pick a guy who scores 500 runs in 1 innings and then 0 for the following 9, or a guy who scores 50 runs 10 times in a row? For that same reason, look at his average over the last 10 innings without that 234 and it drops to the 20s. Test cricket is about consistency. Then consider the pressure he puts the other batsmen under each time he fails. Also he's the captain who's example nobody wants to follow right now. Just to correct you, he averaged 50 (not 80) in the Pakistan series. He made 410 runs, of which 249 (60%) came from 1 game. Where was he in the other 3 games? In the last 16 months, that 234 was his only century and he's only made 4 50s

  • Donovan Van Senus - 2014-03-03 13:09

    Choke choke choke

  • Hansie Crook - 2014-03-03 13:20

    Again I ask: Where are the Kyle Abbott lovers? I last saw them commenting 3 days ago.

      Danie van Zyl - 2014-03-03 15:45

      We need a spinner a real spinner not robby p. My pick shaun von berg..

      Deon Louw - 2014-03-03 15:48

      Not many people can bowl 4 maidens in a row to Australia at 400 + for 4 and Clarke in the 90's, He bowled great, the pitch and Australia was just better.

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-03 17:00

      Tommy, the deck doesn't seem too problematic for Aus's bowlers. Mitchell J 3 for 31 so far. That is more wickets than Dale, Vernon, Morne and Kyle got combined in their innings. Instead of trying to blame the non-white players or the white players, perhaps we just need to accept that Aus is playing a lot better than us?

      Hill Billy - 2014-03-03 18:26

      It's very unfortunate that on the 2nd morning when Abbott bouled 6 overs for 1 run, GSmith persisted with Duminy from the other end. Abbott sealed his end beautifully only to hemorrhage runs from the other end. Golden opportunity missed.

  • Phil Chivers - 2014-03-03 13:44

    Funnier things have happened, lets as the Pakistani Bookmaker what he would like the result to be???

  • Michelle Vanstaaden - 2014-03-03 14:29

    Terribly coaching, they are playing like this is a 20/20. After Smith and Elgar were lost early surely the message from Domingo SHOULD have been to reconcile, alas no. Pathetic coach will destroy the Proteas test team.

  • Deon Louw - 2014-03-03 15:47

    Fear not when Faf is near.

  • Johan Brand - 2014-03-03 20:29

    How many wickets did Mornè take in his last 5 test? Everybody is ranting about his pace against the Aussies and how he hurt Clark. How many did Clark get again?

      Luvuyo Ntitsolo - 2014-03-03 21:30

      Last 10 innings Morne bowled 177 overs conceded around 465 runs, took 11 wickets at an avarage of just over 42....... WithThat perfomance he should be drop.. And btw his record is just as bad in his last 20 tests

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