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Donny
March 24, 2006, 05:24 AM
Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat.

After Makhaya Ntini claimed the early wicket of Matt Hayden (0), Justin Langer and Ponting took the Aussies safely to lunch on 1/74.

Jacques Kallis has bowled well without success.

Donny
March 24, 2006, 06:32 AM
Ponting and Langer added 97 before Langer (35) edged to Boucher from Kallis.

Ponting is 53 n.o.

islam
March 24, 2006, 07:22 AM
Ponting gonna make another 100

Donny
March 24, 2006, 07:40 AM
At tea, it's 2/138.

Ponting 73 n.o.
Martyn 20 n.o.

islam
March 24, 2006, 07:45 AM
I hope martyn fails and makes 20-30, and australia is forced to play clarke in the next game..

Tigers_eye
March 24, 2006, 08:39 AM
On any series the selectors should see out the player. Clark has enough time to be in the squad and he will be in the squad. I am against the constant shuffling Australia does to their lineup.

Sovik
March 24, 2006, 08:42 AM
looks like ponting is going to score another test hundred

Donny
March 24, 2006, 08:46 AM
"Clark has enough time to be in the squad and he will be in the squad." :-/

Not sure what you mean, Cats_eye. He IS in the squad.

2/167.

Ponting 84 n.o.
Martyn 36 n.o.

islam
March 24, 2006, 09:04 AM
I think hes refering to clarkes age, how clark will have more years to play than martyn.

Donny
March 24, 2006, 09:29 AM
Ponting goes to his 29th. Test century which brings him equal with the great Sir Donald Bradman and second only to Steve Waugh for Australia.

2/198.

Ponting 103*
Martyn 45*

Donny
March 24, 2006, 09:30 AM
Out next ball. :sorry:

Tigers_eye
March 24, 2006, 09:41 AM
Thank you Islam,
I was talking about Clark's age and future playing time.

So ponting did a hodge? :) It happens to the best of them.

Donny
March 24, 2006, 10:26 AM
Bad light stopped play at 5/228.

Marto scored 57.

Ntini has 3/50.

Donny
March 24, 2006, 07:41 PM
Late wickets prevented the day from being a near disaster for The Proteas.

Although Ponting would've been annoyed at the way he got out, his innings included 2 definite chances, a half chance and quite a few 'play and misses'. Smith was constantly plugging gaps in the field after boundaries.

The bowlers stuck to their task wonderfully well in trying conditions.

It's difficult to judge the day until we see Australia bat on this deck but, on the surface of it, honours were probably even.

islam
March 25, 2006, 02:09 AM
ponting did a hodge, but in international level (it can be excused)
:lol:

Donny
March 25, 2006, 07:19 AM
The Aussies scored 369 with valuable lower order runs from Mike Hussey (75), Shane Warne (36) and Stuart Clark (13 n.o.)

Brett Lee claimed Graeme Smith with his first ball. Smith edged high to 3rd. slip where Justin Langer took a ripper.

Michael Kasprowicz then bowled Herschelle Gibbs with a beauty.

2 wickets for 12 runs. :)

Edited on, March 25, 2006, 12:20 PM GMT, by Donny.

Donny
March 25, 2006, 09:51 PM
Jacques Kallis (72 n.o.) and Abe de Villiers (48 n.o.) took the score to 2/140 at stumps.

Donny
March 26, 2006, 03:28 AM
Early wicket.

Matt Hayden snaps up de Villiers from Stuart Clark for 50.

3/156.

Donny
March 26, 2006, 04:48 AM
4/207.

Shane Warne claimed Ashwell Prince for 33.

Donny
March 26, 2006, 05:04 AM
Jacques Kallis goes to his 24th. Test century, equalling Greg Chappell and Sir Vivian Richards.

4/221 at lunch.

Donny
March 26, 2006, 06:14 AM
Warney gets Jacques Rudolph for 13.

5/226.

Donny
March 26, 2006, 07:12 AM
New ball taken.

Stuart Clark caught & bowled Kallis for 114 with his first ball and Adam Gilchrist took a brilliant one hander to send Shaun Pollock on his way for 1 from Brett Lee's bowling.

7/257.

Donny
March 26, 2006, 07:23 AM
CRASH! Stumps everywhere.

Lee takes his 200th. Test wicket as Mark Boucher departs the scene for 19.

Donny
March 26, 2006, 07:33 AM
Lee takes 5/69 as SA lost 5/12.

All out for 267.

Donny
March 26, 2006, 10:16 AM
Langer was out for 37 to Nicky Boje but Ponting and Hayden took Australia safely past the 200 lead.

1/115.

Ponting 47 n.o.
Hayden 26 n.o.

The lead is 217.

Donny
March 26, 2006, 10:32 AM
At stumps, Australia leads by 227 runs with 9 wickets in hand.

Ponting is 48 n.o. and Hayden, 35 n.o.

Donny
March 27, 2006, 04:05 AM
1/173.

Ponting 76*
Hayden 53*

Donny
March 27, 2006, 06:14 AM
2/250.

Ponting joins Sunil Gavaskar as the only Test player to score centuries in both innings, 3 times.

Hayden just out for 102.

Donny
March 27, 2006, 06:57 AM
Ponting caught in the deep for 116.

The lead is 384.

Donny
March 27, 2006, 07:06 AM
Adam Gilchrist smashed 24 from 9 balls before being caught at long on.

SA needs 410 to win.

Edited on, March 27, 2006, 2:01 PM GMT, by Donny.

Xavier
March 27, 2006, 08:39 AM
Originally posted by Donny

SA needs 410 to win.

410 is an almost impossible target... stg like chasing 435 in a one day game. :cool:


...btw why the South Africans are called Proteas?
What does that mean? :-/

Edited on, March 27, 2006, 1:41 PM GMT, by Xavier.

Donny
March 27, 2006, 09:14 AM
A protea is any tropical African shrub of the genus Protea having alternate rigid leaves and dense colorful flower heads resembling cones.

http://www.aussiecricket.net/admin/data/upimages/AProteaAAA.jpg

http://www.aussiecricket.net/admin/data/upimages/AProteaAA.jpg

Xavier
March 27, 2006, 09:42 AM
Originally posted by Donny
A protea is any tropical African shrub of the genus Protea having alternate rigid leaves and dense colorful flower heads resembling cones.



Thanks for clearing!

I hope this match could end in a draw... to have a 3rd test with final exit of the series still to be decided. But it looks that Aussies will win this one quite easily.

Donny
March 28, 2006, 05:41 AM
Warney has taken 3 and Clark, 1.

SA is 4/128 at lunch.

Donny
March 28, 2006, 07:42 AM
7/191 at tea.

Warne has 4/48.

Baundule
March 28, 2006, 10:02 AM
292/8; Boucher and Nel on the crease. 10+ more overs to go.

fishyguy
March 28, 2006, 10:40 AM
Wow just saw the last wicket fall. Ntini was unlucky I suppose but it dosent matter.

Aussies have won. Great victory fro the best team in the world.

I know that the BD team are called "tigers" not because we play like 'tigers' more because its a national symbol but boy if you saw how the Aussies got the last few wickets with the field placing they are the very definition of what a tiger's predatory instinct is all about.

I know the BD team will be thrashed against them but I couldnt be happier playing against them because if you want to improve you gotta play and learn from the best.

Edited on, March 28, 2006, 3:45 PM GMT, by fishyguy.

Donny
March 28, 2006, 11:04 AM
Warney took 6/86 and 8 wickets for the Test to earn Man of the Match.

Gilly did a great job as skipper as Punter was ill and only got to the ground for the last hour.

Yes, fishyguy, the last decision could've gone either way but, as you said, it doesn't matter. Generally the umps were excellent.

cricket_pagol
March 28, 2006, 11:25 AM
It was fun following this test match... great game by the Aussies

Xavier
March 28, 2006, 12:14 PM
Originally posted by Donny

the last decision could've gone either way but, as you said, it doesn't matter.

I know that's cricket-fans philosophy, but isn't that disappointing for the South Africans to lose the test and the series on a controversial dismissal? I think they made a good job to get a draw (especially Boucher) and maybe would have deserved it (and they went so close!).

fishyguy
March 28, 2006, 03:54 PM
Its obviously dissapointing for SA but incase you havent been following test cricket bad decisions take place all the time. Its part of the game. I don't know about you but I've seen it happen to all the teams many times.

It used to bother me at first but now I've accepted it as part of game. It dosent bother me at all.

Xavier
March 28, 2006, 05:31 PM
Originally posted by fishyguy
Its obviously dissapointing for SA but incase you havent been following test cricket bad decisions take place all the time. Its part of the game. I don't know about you but I've seen it happen to all the teams many times.

It used to bother me at first but now I've accepted it as part of game. It dosent bother me at all.

I've been following cricket for one and a half year until now so I'm still learning about the game, I just mean that ending such a tense match with a controversial dismissal is frustrating for fans and players and should be avoided as much as it's possible. IMO there should also be tv-replay for LBW dismissals, as they are quite difficult to be judged.
btw Australia have shown to be better team so I'm not saying they don't deserve the win, but the way the match ended leaves some bitterness as the South Africans had their effort frustrated at last. 'bye! ;)

fishyguy
March 28, 2006, 09:09 PM
I can uderstand your emotions completely.

I felt the exact same way as you do right now about 3rd umpires etc.

But you know what, that is what makes cricket the game it is and yes bad decisions that leave a bad taste in your mouth is all part of it.

I used to whine all the time but if you watch it enough you get used to it.

Donny
March 29, 2006, 03:20 AM
Before this train of thought goes any further, it was NOT a controversial decision.

When a batsman shoulders arms and pads away a ball turning in toward his stumps, he's courting disaster.

Replays didn't show a definite not out, just that it was close.

The umpires did an excellent job in this Test. I contend they always do. They have a few seconds to give a decision in most cases but when countless replays indicate they might have been or were wrong, the fans scream blue murder.

Tigers_eye
March 29, 2006, 02:30 PM
Is Australia going to rest any regulars for the 3rd test?

Great game and thanks Donny for the updates. I did not watch the game but your updates helped a great deal.

Donny
March 29, 2006, 08:41 PM
Thanks, Cats_eye. :)

Australia certainly won't rest anyone but it's posssible Stuart MacGill may replace Michael Kasprowicz if the wicket suits.

I would like to see Shaun Tait in for Kaspa if MacGill doesn't play.

Kaspa has been steady whereas Tait can be explosive. He's erratic - recently taking 6/41 in our domestic one day final with 14 wides! - but has an excellent strike rate. This 'dead rubber' Test would be an ideal time to give him some more experience.