South Africa vs Australia live: Third Test, Day One live scores, blog

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    South Africa v Australia

    NEWLANDS, MARCH 1-5, 2014

    3rd Test - SAF v AUS

    Australia 1st Inn 7/494
    South Africa 1st Inn 287 All Out
    Australia 2nd Inn 5/303
    South Africa 2nd Inn 265 All Out
    Australia won the toss and elected to bat
    Australia won by 245 runs
    South Africa Over:134.3  RR:1.97
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    M Morkel* 0 2 0 0 0.00
    VD Philander 51 105 6 1 48.57
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    RJ Harris* 24.3 15 32 4 1.31
    MG Johnson 34.0 11 92 3 2.71
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    Last Wicket: Morkel, 0 (BWD:Harris)
    Current Partnership: 0 runs, 2 balls, RR:

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    With the series tied at one game apiece, South Africa and Australia will clash in the third and the final match at Newlands in Cape Town from Saturday. Follow the action live from 7.30 pm AEDT.

    It was expected to be closely-fought series from way before it started but while the scoreline reads one game apiece, both matches have been one-sided.

    And they have gone in favour of the team batting first, which not only speaks of how the pitches have played through the duration of the game, but also about how difficult it has been to handle the pressure of batting against the on-board runs.

    What makes it more interesting now is that the recent record at Newlands suggests that the team batting second have the advantage. Seven of the previous 11 Tests in which there have been results, have been won by the side batting second while only one has gone in favour of the team batting first.

    There’s one difference, though.

    Having learnt from their defeat in the first Test and probably from what worked for England in the first leg of the Ashes series last year, the track for this third game may not behave too differently from the one at Port Elizabeth in the last game.

    What this implies is that it could play out to be a dry surface, tend towards being abrasive and it’s highly probable that it will assist reverse swing. Again.

    Australian skipper Michael Clarke had an interesting observation about the pitch to make, a day before the game.

    He said: “I think it (reverse swing) is going to play a huge part … especially if the sun’s out (and) the forecast is pretty good for every day. And the two wickets either side of the main pitch will be quite dry.”

    The dry surface on either side of the main pitch will allow for more abrasion, and in turn for that much more reverse. How the Australian batsmen cope with it will be an interesting and a decisive sub-plot of the game.

    The other interesting bit coming out of the break between the previous game and this one were the David Warner comments ‘speculating’ on the cause of the South African ability to reverse swing the ball.

    It did not go down too well with many, and while the ICC fined the Aussie opener and the management doled out an internal sanction to Warner, those words would have done enough to spur on the South Africans. It’s a long-winding Test ahead but Warner will hope he’s not left to regret those words.

    The playing 11s for both sides will bear a different look.

    Australia will welcome Shane Watson back into the line-up with John Inverarity almost confirming that Shaun Marsh will miss out on selection for this one. This will allow Alex Doolan to retain his place in the side.

    There’s an additional worry for Australia; do they continue with Ryan Harris as a part of the arsenal or if they bring in James Pattinson. Harris is struggling with his knee but has confirmed he is fit enough to last the game. The concern, however, is his form, which has seen him take three wickets at 74 in this series.

    South Africa will also be forced to make one change at least with Wayne Parnell hobbling out of the previous match.

    They could bring back Ryan McLaren in his place or try out another frontline speedster in Rory Kleinveldt at the number eight slot.

    Alviro Petersen could also come into the playing 11 having recovered from his stomach bug, which will not only mean that Quinton de Kock will go out but it could also push Dean Elgar to down the order.

    Join me for this first day of the third Test on Saturday and you can follow the live score of this game from 7.30 pm AEDT and post your comments below.

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    • 11:06am
      Existentialist said | 11:06am | ! Report

      Nice to wake up and still be 3 down.
      So refreshing and good to see pup hopefully get his long overdue ton (jinxed?). Well supported Smithy!

      Long way to go though

    • 3:25am
      kombiutedriver said | 3:25am | ! Report

      Commentators were saying the average score for Day 1 at Newlands was around 270-280 but I did not catch how many wickets down. I think it was 7 but I could be wrong. If that is the case then they have done well and can hopefully bat on to score 450-500 with Clarke and Smith still in and Watson, Haddin, Johnson, Harris, Pattison, and Lyon to come.
      Think the ice packs will be on Clarke tonight. Showing some real grit with the blows he has taken.
      Good job boys.

      • 3:28am
        Sandy said | 3:28am | ! Report

        He has shown some grit, ew, I can almost feel the pain. Agree good job boys.

    • Roar Guru

      Elijah Weightman said | 3:19am | ! Report

      Great days play Australia. Time to bat the Saffas out of the game. Great knocks by Warner and Clarke, with the latter playing a supreme innings thus far. Very determined and gritty. This Test match is ours for the taking.

    • Columnist

      Ronan O'Connell said | 3:06am | ! Report

      SA are in deep trouble here and, without Steyn tomorrow morning, could well be batted out of this match.

      • 3:10am
        Sandy said | 3:10am | ! Report

        If Steyn is back in the morning, how long before he can bowl?

      • 3:14am
        kombiutedriver said | 3:14am | ! Report

        Interesting to see how the umpires and the match referee call that.

        • Columnist

          Ronan O'Connell said | 3:29am | ! Report

          By the letter of the law he wouldn’t be allowed to bowl until well into the second session. That would be interesting.

          • 3:31am
            Sandy said | 3:31am | ! Report

            Cheers Ronan.

          • 3:50am
            kombiutedriver said | 3:50am | ! Report

            Bet the Saffa physio is working overtime on that hamstring tonight.
            Wonder if he sustained a ‘nick’ on that run to the boundary and will be wearing a bandaid at the start of play tomorrow? ……..

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:06am | ! Report

      Tough, tough day for the South African bowlers after their premier speedster Dale Steyn went off with a hamstring strain. Morne Morkel bowled rather well and smacked the Aussie captain many a times but failed to get him out, while Abbott, Vernon and the spinners weren’t effective.

      Australia are in the driver’s seat and if Steyn does not bowl tomorrow, they could well run away with the game. Get in the region of 500-550 from where on, only one team would be able to win this contest.

      South Africa need a bagful in the first session tomorrow and look to restrict their opposition to 400-425, but even that’s quite a good score on what looks like a ragged track. Can the hosts fight back?

      That’s it from me, will be back to call tomorrow’s play then. Have a good night ahead!

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:02am | ! Report

      Clarke defends a fullish ball from Vernon and that signals the end of the opening day of the third Test match at Cape Town. Australia end the day well on top with the score at 3/331 after 88 overs.

      Clarke and Smith still at the crease after a swashbuckling David Warner century to kick off the proceedings.

    • 3:01am
      Tom from Perth said | 3:01am | ! Report

      Well done boys

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 2:58am | ! Report

      Last over of the day and it’s started off with Clarke squeezing one through the covers for a four.

      92 for Clarke now.

      3/331 in the 88th

      • 3:00am
        Dalgety Carrington said | 3:00am | ! Report

        Surely not tonight….

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