S Africa vs Australia
Well, that's all we have for you from SuperSport Park. The second Test match starts next Thursday at St. George's Park in Port Elizabeth, and the Proteas must improve immensely if they're going to stay in this series. There'll no doubt be some serious questions asked over the next few days by the selectors and the public, but for now, it's goodbye from us here in Centurion. Thanks for joining us!
Michael Clarke is justifiably proud of his side's performance here over the last four days: 'Winning is always the best start. Credit to the bowlers and batters, Alex Doolan played an amazing innings on debut. We knew how tough a team South Africa were and you felt that especially as a batsman. It doesn't feel like an easy win when you are out there. You have to be on from ball one and we were. We knew it would tough on day one but we thought the cracks would come in. Mitchell is at the top of his game, he's fit and strong and his execution is perfect. Our fielding has been outstanding over the last six months, we have high expectations and it's nice to see some results. It's about enjoying tonight and celebrating - it's not every day you beat the No. 1 side - but we have to ready for PE.'
As you may have guessed, Mitchell Johnson scoops the man-of-the-match award for his work in this game. He was nigh-unplayable on this pitch, and 12 wickets is a fantastic effort. He also passed 250 Test wickets in this match.
Graeme Smith at the post-match presentation: 'It's very disappointing. We've been out-played from word go. Probably one of the most disappointing four days as we've had as a team. We need to reflect, train hard and perform much better. It seemed to one of those games; bowlers picking up niggles, food poisoning. At 100 for 4 we were pretty happy. But credit Mitchell Johnson. AB showed tremendous skill on a difficult wicket, the rest of us have performed well for a period of time so need to look back to those moments. We allowed Australia to play front-runner cricket and that's unusual for us.'
Match figures of 12/127 for Mitchell Johnson, and AB de Villiers was the only batsman to make any semblance of a score in both South Africa's innings, top-scoring both times with 91 and 48 respectively. Australia have coincidentally beaten the hosts by the exact same margin as in their previous Test against England at the SCG - they will head to the Eastern Cape overflowing with confidence after this display on the highveld.
Michael Clarke surprised everyone this morning by declaring early after Australia lost the wicket of Shaun Marsh, leaving them 482 runs ahead. South Africa couldn't get half-way there, with Johnson zapping out bother openers early before Faf du Plessis fell unluckily to a ball that kept so low it almost rolled.
That's the game folks, all over with a day to spare and South Africa have had no clue. Australia have carried on where they left off down under, felling the number one team with a combination of searing pace and centuries from Marsh. Smith and Warner. Simply put, the Proteas were never in the game and they fell apart spectacularly on the third day, to allow the visitors to step on the gas. They will have to find answers, and fast, before the Port Elizabeth Test gets underway in just five days' time.
Over 59.4 SA 200/10 (Morkel 1, Philander 26)
Sweet cover-drive to open up the over from Big Vern, leant into it and beat the man chasing it to the fence - four more to him. Harris won't have liked that, and tries to bounce the pull-happy Philander, but is wided for height. Next ball is crashed through the covers on the up again, and he's really enjoying himself out there Vern. Four again, and Harris tries to bounce him from around the wicket. Nope, not going to work Rhino - Vern pulls solidly again, the ball cut off on the rope by the man running around on the boundary, Chris Rogers. Morkel tries to get off the mark by turning one around the corner...oh, and it's a shambles as the throw comes in, a suicidal second run taken when Lyon already had the ball in hand! OUT, run-out, and the Test is over! Australia have won by 281 runs on the fourth day, and they have dominated this match in impressive fashion from start to end.
Over 59 SA 188/9 (Morkel 0, Philander 17)
Philander swings at Siddle to pull him well for four, bisecting the fielders out in the deep and trimming the deficit to exactly 300. Why not have another go? He does, and this time the ball sails over the rope for a six! Connected well, and he will have definitely enjoyed that - next ball is also pulled away, but can only find the long-leg fielder. He's going down swinging, the Cobras man.
Over 58 SA 173/9 (Morkel 0, Philander 6)
Harris' loosener on his return to the bowling crease is clouted to the square boundary off the back-foot by Vernon Philander. He does sometimes take a little while to get his rhythm working, but not too long this time as he gets Steyn to nick off to the slip-cordon after Vernon earned a single pushed into the covers. Good catch by Michael Clarke, Rhino has his second peg and the Proteas are just one wicket away now from their heaviest loss to Australia at home in terms of runs. Oof. Steyn could only manage 3 runs, and last-man Morne Morkel is called upon. The tall man stands upright and defends out the over, but the end can't be too far away now for the bullied and bruised South Africans.
Over 57 SA 173/8 (Steyn 3, Philander 1)
Peter Siddle is trying his hardest to bounce Steyn out, but he's warned by umpire Illingworth for excessive use of the bouncer here. He does have two slips and Alex Doolan at short-leg, who's proved himself in that position with two incredible catches today straight off the face of both Smith and Duminy's bats. Just two runs in this over to Dale Steyn as he dabs a ball into the off-side, getting an extra run due to a slight bobble by the man fielding.
Over 56 SA 171/8 (Steyn 1, Philander 1)
We've seen this a few times today - short ball from Johnson takes off at pace and evades Brad Haddin behind the sticks, despite him leaping as high as he can. Four byes.Philander tries to fend away a ripper that's targeted at his ribs, taking one hand off the bat as he tried to keep it away. That's broken his bat too, the bottom of the handle cracked and wobbling quite impressive in the ultra-slow-mo replay. South Africa will be relieved that it wasn't his hand that bore the brunt of that impact - a new bat is required, duly dispatched by the 12th man who runs onto the field to make the switch.
Over 55 SA 165/8 (Peterson 21, Philander 0)
Wonderful shot from Robin - back-foot cover-drive races away to the boundary for four runs. Quality from the lower-order man, and he pulls out of the hook as he's bounced next ball up. Australia are only three wickets away, and the question is really how many of those Johnson will get to add his twelve? Well, he'll have one left to aim at Siddle bowls Robin with a fuller one that barely got up off the deck to bowl him. Almost like the Shane Warne flipper of old, that. Tough to play that, similar to the one he got Faf du Plessis with earlier, and victory edges ever-closer for the Aussies. Peterson goes for 21 off 23 balls, and it's now Dale Steyn's turn to face the music out in the middle.
Two runs are punched into the off-side by Peterson, who isn't going to just hang about here it seems. He then tries to uppercut a lifting delivery going across him - not a smart move considering there's a man waiting down at the third-man fence. He does manage to flick one square for a single, but Vernon Philander gets smacked on the hand trying to defend - ouch! Vern walks away, whips the glove off and inspects his hand. Let's hope his right hand, his bowling hand, is okay.
Over 53 SA 156/7 (Peterson 12, Philander 0)
Nathan Lyon takes a break, and Peter Siddle will take up from where he left off. A full delivery is clouted down the ground well by Robin Peterson for four - much easier when you're not facing Mitch, isn't it Robbie? He gets a shorter ball to pull, but there's a man back to field it and limit him to just the one run.
Brydon Coverdale on Twitter mentions that this is the first time an Aussie fast bowler has taken 12 wickets in a match since the 1991 Boxing Day Test - Bruce Reid the destroyer-in-chief.
Over 52 SA 151/7 (de Villiers 48, Peterson 7)
What was that? Robbie P backs away and tries to pull, but it looks more like he was trying to pull upwards more than horizontally, and he's lucky that the ball falls away from a fielder. Didn't get much of a connection on it at all, and that shows you the pressure that comes about from facing extreme pace - panicked. AB looks far more assured, flicking one to leg for a single - that was going past off-stump before he wristily hoicked it the other way. Such confidence and timing - he's been the only SA batsman to look adept at dealing with Mitch in both innings - but he's now he's gone! OUT! A slower one from the bowler, and AB went down on one knee to belt it straight to short-cover. Great catch, and Mitch has another five-fer to his name, as well as his best-ever bowling figures in Test match cricket! No fifty this time from de Villiers, who leaves his homeground with 48 to his name.
Over 51 SA 147/6 (de Villiers 46, McLaren 6)
Four wickets remain for Australia to grab, and Lyon wouldn't mind a couple of those to his name. AB continues to fight from his end, working the ball down the ground for another single to long-on. Peterson will find facing the spinner a little less tricky than his experience in the previous over, but he's unable to force Lyon away for a run.
Over 50 SA 146/6 (de Villiers 45, Peterson 6)
Flippin' woah - another awkward lifting delivery from Mitch screams past McLaren who lifts his arms to try and evade it. There's a noise and Haddin goes up for the catch behind, although the bowler seems unsure. Not-out, and Clarke reviews it instead - replays show that it just nicked the sleeve as it passed Ryan's under-arm, so the decision stands. McLaren survives...but only for one more ball. OUT! Oh dear, this time he does nick it through to the keeper, and the sixth wicket falls with South Africa on 140! Too good from Johnson, and McLaren couldn't deal with it this time around and has to go for 6. Robin Peterson is tasked with replacing him, and a quality ball sees the left-hander playing back and edging the ball over the slip cordon for four. Well, what drama, what an over! The consistency from Johnson has been simply outstanding, and the Proteas have had little answers for him as the English did before them. Brutal, effective bowling and he's sure to be the man-of-the-match yet again. 50 overs done and dusted now, with SA 336 adrift.
'Does this game take the pressure off Alistair Cook? Looks like we werebeaten by a really good side and didn't merely capitulate because of lackof moral and gut', muses English fan Giles.
- 12th - 16th Feb 2014
- South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Supersport Park
- A S Dar, R K Illingworth
- TV Umpire
- I J Gould
- Match Referee
- R S Mahanama
- Reserve Umpire
- A T Holdstock
s africa BATTING CARD
|A.N. Petersen||c Haddin b Johnson||1|
|G.C. Smith||c Doolan b Johnson||4|
|H.M. Amla||c Marsh b Harris||35|
|F. du Plessis||lbw Siddle||18|
|A.B. de Villiers||c Smith b Johnson||48|
|J.P. Duminy||c Doolan b Johnson||10|
|R. McLaren||c Haddin b Johnson||6|
|R.J. Peterson||b Siddle||21|
|V.D. Philander||Not out||26|
|D.W. Steyn||c Clarke b Harris||3|
|M. Morkel||run out (Lyon)||1|
|Extras||1nb, 11w, 1 5lb||27|
|Total||All Out, 59.4 Overs||200|