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Cricket Matches Schedule
- Sat 13 - Sun 14, Dec 2008: Western Australia v South Africans at Perth
- Wed 17 - Sun 21, Dec 2008: 1st Test - Australia v South Africa at Perth
- Fri 26 - Tue 30, Dec 2008: 2nd Test - Australia v South Africa at Melbourne
- Sat 3 - Wed 7, Jan 2009: 3rd Test - Australia v South Africa at Sydney
- Sun 11, Jan 2009 (D/N): 1st Twenty20 - Australia v South Africa Melbourne
- Tue 13, Jan 2009 (D/N): 2nd Twenty20 - Australia v South Africa at Brisbane
- Fri 16, Jan 2009 (D/N): 1st ODI - Australia v South Africa at Melbourne
- Sun 18, Jan 2009: 2nd ODI - Australia v South Africa at Hobart
- Fri 23, Jan 2009 (D/N): 3rd ODI - Australia v South Africa at Sydney
- Mon 26, Jan 2009 (D/N): 4th ODI - Australia v South Africa at Adelaide Oval
- Fri 30, Jan 2009 (D/N): 5th ODI - Australia v South Africa at Perth
Australia vs South Africa Cricket Series 2008-09
South Africa in Australia Cricket Series 2008-09
AUS v SA, 5th ODI, Perth: South Africa beat Australia by 39 runs (SA 4:1)
Jan 30, 2009South Africa's near-perfect tour began with a Test win in Perth and fittingly it finished with a 4-1 one-day triumph at the same venue as Australia conceded the No 1 ranking to Johan Botha's men.
JP Duminy, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, all of whom contributed to the Test successes, finished the trip strongly and the debutant Lonwabo Tsotsobe picked up four wickets to give the tourists one more happy story to recount on the flight home. South Africa had waited all series for the chance to bat first and when they did, they set the largest target of the five games thanks to Amla, De Villiers and Duminy.
Australia knew that chasing 289 was going to be tough and when they stumbled to 53 for four, Ricky Ponting might have been ready to update his assessment that Monday's loss in Adelaide was their worst performance of the summer. But in a reverse of Australia's trend throughout the series, the middle and lower orders outshone their colleagues at the top. Michael Hussey's 78 gave them the subtlest of sniffs and David Hussey and Brad Haddin made handy contributions but, like an Australian Tour de France cyclist, the uphill effort was simply too arduous.
Their requirement of 164 from 20 overs became 100 from 10 and, regardless of how clean Haddin could strike the ball, it was all too much.
Amla had promised so much throughout the tour but until his unbeaten 80 in Adelaide had struggled to build on his promising starts. His 97 was the closest thing to a century in this series and he did it in a typically calm manner, striking 52 singles and not bothering with a boundary for 26 overs as he and De Villiers picked off easy ones and twos through the middle overs.
There had been a couple of early cheers for Amla, who had guided Ben Hilfenhaus over third man for six, but once they fell to 58 for two he adopted the more conservative approach. His 118-run partnership with De Villiers, who was equally composed in his 60, set the platform for Duminy to go nuts in the final overs.
AUS v SA, 5th ODI, Perth: South Africa 288-6 (50.0 overs) beat Australia 249 (49.0 overs) by 39 runs
AUS v SA, 4th ODI, Adelaide: South Africa beat Australia by 8 wickets, clinch series (SA 3:1)
Jan 26, 2009The South Africans crushed the Aussies by eight wickets in what turned out to be a lopsided floodlit contest to take an invincible 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
Opting to bat first, Australia put up yet another sordid batting display and folded up for 222 in 48 overs with only Ricky Ponting (63), James Hopes (42) and Cameron White (30) salvaging some individual reputation with the bat.
South Africa's pace colleagues Makhaya Ntini (3/52) and Dale Steyn (3/49) did an excellent job with the new ball wrecking Australia's top and middle order.
Chasing 223, South Africa needed 38.1 overs to overwhelm the target with Hashim Amla (80 not out), AB de Villiers (82 not out) and Herschelle Gibbs (38) starring in the chase.
Australia remained the number one team in both forms of the game followed closely by South Africa and India, both of whom have beaten the Kangaroos in Test series in recent months.
AUS v SA, 4th ODI, Adelaide: South Africa 223-2 (38.1 overs) beat Australia 222 (48.0 overs) by 8 wickets
AUS v SA, 3rd ODI, Sydney: South Africa beat Australia by 3 wickets (SA 2:1)
Jan 23, 2009South Africa beat the home side by three wickets in the third ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
South Africa was earlier appeared to lose their way after launching a blistering run chase in reply to Australia’s 269. Herschelle Gibbs and Jacques Kallis added 96 for the second wicket in quick time after the Proteas lost Hashim Amla early. Gibbs slammed 10 fours and a six in his 54-ball assault in which he scored 64, before Mitchell Johnson ended his stay.
South Africa, cruising at the stage began to stumble and lost three wickets in the process.
AB de Villiers, JP Duminy and Kallis fell in quick succession as the visitors slipped to 163-5 with Neil McKenzie and Mark Boucher left with the task to stem the rot.
But the visitors reached to home in 46.3 overs with Morkel blitz going ahead of the home side 2-1 in five matches ODI series.
Earlier, the South African bowlers pegged back Australia with quick wickets to reduce the hosts to 269 all out off 49.1 overs.
AUS v SA, 3rd ODI, Sydney: South Africa 270-7 (46.3 overs) beat Australia 269 (49.2 overs) by 3 wickets
AUS v SA, 2nd ODI, Hobart: Australia beat South Africa by 5 runs, level series (AUS 1:1)
Jan 18, 2009A new look Australian bowling attack stifled South Africa's in-form batsmen as the hosts eked out a thrilling five-run win in the second ODI to level the five-match cricket series 1-1.
Put into bat, Australia at one stage looked certain to reach the 300-mark before South African bowlers bounced back to restrict them to a moderate 249 for nine with Shaun Marsh (78) and Ricky Ponting (64) shinning with the bat.
In reply, South Africa got handy contributions from Jacques Kallis (72), AB de Villiers (44), Mark Boucher (37 not out) and JP Duminy (35) but still fell six runs short of the victory target and finished 244 for six in the humdinger.
Needing 17 from the final over off Ben Hilfenhaus, Mark Boucher hit the bowler for a six but in the subsequent deliveries, boundaries were not easy to come by. Required a six off the last ball, Boucher could only manage a single as Australia levelled the series.
AUS v SA, 2nd ODI, Hobart: Australia 249-9 (50.0 overs) beat South Africa 244-6 (50.0 overs) by 5 runs
AUS v SA, 1st ODI, Melbourne: South Africa beat Australia by 3 wickets (SA 1:0)
Jan 16, 2009South Africa twice came back from forlorn positions to defeat a new-look Australia by three wickets in a thrilling opening to the one-day international series at the MCG.
Led by Albie Morkel, who made a match-winning 40 off only 18 balls, the Proteas capitalised on a well-chosen batting powerplay to plunder 18 runs off the 48th over, bowled by Ben Hilfenhaus, to steal a remarkable victory with three balls to spare. Morkel delivered the final twist in a thrilling match which Australia had for the large part appeared destined to win.
After Australia reached an imposing 271 for eight, built largely on half-centuries from Shaun Marsh and David Hussey, the Proteas lost early wickets and were in big trouble when Jacques Kallis departed with the score on 90 for three in the 19th over.
But a 123-run stand between the irrepressible Jean-Paul Duminy and Neil McKenzie returned the momentum to the Proteas before Duminy's dismissal for 71 triggered another swing.
The Proteas lost four wickets for eight runs in less than three overs to slump to 221 for seven before the older Morkel brother and Johan Botha (12 not out) put the Australians to the sword.
AUS v SA, 1st ODI, Melbourne: South Africa 272-7 (49.3 overs) beat Australia 271-8 (50.0 overs) by 3 wickets
AUS v SA, 2nd Twenty20, Brisbane: Hussey, White star in Australia's T20 win (AUS 2:0)
Jan 13, 2009Michael Hussey and Cameron White propelled Australia to a six-wicket victory over South Africa in the second Twenty20 international at Brisbane Tuesday.
South Africa, who chose to bat, scored 157 with Jean Paul Duminy hitting 69 off 41 balls.
Australia were four for 92 before Hussey (53 not out off 33) and White (40 not out off 18) pulled the team out of danger with an unbeaten 69-run stand as the hosts recorded their second consecutive T20 win.
With 36 required from 24 balls, White blasted four consecutive boundaries off Wayne Parnell to draw Australia near and then hit Morne Morkel for a four and six to complete the run chase with seven balls to spare.
AUS v SA, 2nd Twenty20, Brisbane: Australia 161-4 (18.5 overs) beat South Africa 157-5 (20.0 overs) by 6 wickets
AUS v SA, 1st Twenty20, Melbourne: Warner shines on debut takes Australia to victory (AUS 1:0)
Jan 11, 2009Australia defeated South Africa by 52 runs in the first Twenty20 match at Melbourn on Sunday.
Batting first, Australia made 182 runs for the loss of nine wickets in the allotted 20 overs.
David Warner, making his international debut, played an aggressive innings of 89 runs off only 43 balls with seven fours and six sixes while Dale Steyn claimed three wickets.
In reply, South Africa were dismissed for 130 runs in 18 overs. Jean-Paul Duminy top-scored with 78 off just 48 balls, hitting nine fours and a towering six. David Hussey captured three wickets.
The second Twenty20 International will be played on Tuesday.
AUS v SA, 1st Twenty20, Melbourne: Australia 182-9 (20.0 overs) beat South Africa 130 (18.0 overs) by 52 runs
Australian cricket selectors drop Matthew Hayden
Jan 08, 2009Matthew Hayden's future with Australian cricket was in doubt Thursday after the left-handed batsman was left out from the squad for the two Twenty20 matches and the one-day series against South Africa.
National Selection Panel chairman Andrew Hilditch said that Hayden's omission had nothing to do with the batsman's woeful form during the Test series against South Africa.
'The omission of Matthew Hayden from the KFC Twenty20 and Commonwealth Bank Series squads is not a reflection on his performances in the recent Test series but rather a strategic decision made by the National Selection Panel as we plan for these signature events. His possible selection for the upcoming tour of South Africa will be discussed as with all players when we select a squad after the round of interstate matches at the beginning of February,' Hilditch was quoted as saying.
And the pressure on Hayden, 37, to retain his spot will only intensify with the return of New South Wales (NSW) batsman Phil Jaques from a long-term back injury Jan 17 in grade cricket. Also hot on Hayden's tail are NSW youngster Phillip Hughes, Victorian Chris Rogers, and South Australia's Michael Klinger - the leading run-scorer in Shield cricket this season.
The door is wide open for any of these batsmen to earn a ticket to South Africa, where Australia must win to protect their standing as the world's No.1 ranked side.
The selectors also decided to rest Mitchell Johnson from the two Twenty20 matches and first two one-dayers due to a heavy workload, and in his place Shaun Tait has been recalled after briefly taking a sabbatical from the game last summer due to physical and emotional stress.
Australia Twenty20 squad: Ricky Ponting (Captain), Michael Hussey (vice-captain), David Hussey, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, Nathan Bracken, Brad Haddin (wicket keeper), Shaun Marsh, Shaun Tait, David Warner, Ryan Harris, Cameron White, Nathan Hauritz.
Australia ODI squad: Ricky Ponting (Captain), Michael Clarke (vice-captain), Brad Haddin (wicket keeper), James Hopes, Nathan Bracken, Shaun Marsh, Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, Cameron White, Shaun Tait, Peter Siddle.
AUS v SA, 3rd Test, Sydney: Australia claim consolation win (AUS 1:2)
Jan 07, 2009Australia salvaged a consolation win against South Africa after dismissing the tourists for 272 with only 10 balls remaining on the fifth day to clinch a 103-run victory in the third Test at the SCG.
South Africa entered the final day needing a further 314 runs to pull off an improbable win - and a series clean sweep - having progressed to 62 for one at stumps on day four. But any hope of an unlikely victory disappeared when the tourists lost Neil McKenzie (27), Jacques Kallis (four) and Hashim Amla (59) in the opening session. The Australians secured their victory when Graeme Smith, who bravely returned to bat at number 11 with a broken finger, was bowled by Mitchell Johnson with 10 balls remaining.
The hosts had removed JP Duminy (16), Mark Boucher (four) and AB de Villiers (56) in the middle session to take control of proceedings to leave the Proteas on 193 for seven at tea.
Paul Harris (six) went lbw to Peter Siddle in the sixth over after the resumption to leave the South Africans 202 for eight but Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini held out for over 17 overs, adding another 50 runs before Steyn was removed lbw by Andrew McDonald for 28. Proteas skipper Smith had not played since retiring hurt with a broken finger and troublesome left elbow in the South African first innings but the skipper returned to courageously bat out the remaining overs with Ntini until he was bowled by Johnson for three.
Siddle was the pick of the Australian bowlers, taking three wickets for 54, while McDonald returned figures of two for 32.
South Africa had already clinched the three-match series after winning the first two Tests in Perth and Melbourne but Australia's victory meant that they retained their position at the top of the ICC's official Test rankings.
AUS v SA, 3rd Test, Sydney: Australia 445 & 257-4d beat South Africa 327-9 & 272 by 103 runs
AUS v SA, 2nd Test, Melbourne: South Africa make history, seal series against Australia (SA 2:0)
Dec 30, 2008Ricky Ponting's Australia are now just one defeat away from losing their world number one crown after South Africa crushed them by nine wickets in the second Test to register their first ever series victory Down Under.
Having taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, South Africa will topple Australia from their top ranking if Graeme Smith's men can win the third and final Test in Sydney.
Resuming on 30 for no loss, South Africa needed 42 overs to score the remaining 153 runs for a memorable win and the moment came soon after lunch when Hashim Amla flicked Michael Clarke behind square leg for two runs. In a match where Smith struck two fifties, JP Duminy scored his maiden hundred and Ponting scored 101 and 99, Dale Steyn was adjudged Man of the Match for his match haul of 10 for 154 besides the crucial 76 he scored in the first innings.
Graeme Smith was the lone South African wicket to fall in the second innings. The South African captain was trapped leg before by Nathan Hauritz after making a 94-ball 75 with 10 boundaries in it. Fellow opener Neil McKenzie (59) and Amla (30) remained not out after guiding the team to a historic win.
Ponting, meanwhile, became the first Australian captain in 16 years to suffer a series defeat on home soil. Last time Australia lost a series at home was against the West Indies in 1992-93.
AUS v SA, 2nd Test, Melbourne: South Africa 459 & 183-1 beat Australia 394 & 247 by 9 wickets
AUS v SA, 1st Test, Perth: Historic win for South Africa at Perth (SA 1:0)
Dec 21, 2008AB de Villiers hit an unbeaten century to guide South Africa to a successful record-breaking run chase of 414 -the second biggest run chase in Test history against Australia at the WACA in Perth on Sunday.
De Villiers was unbeaten on a cracking 106 and debutant JP Duminy was not out on 50 as South Africa produced a great batting display on the fifth and final day to win the opening Test by a comfortable six-wicket margin. Captain Graeme Smith had given them a perfect start in their second innings with a magnificent 109, adding 153 runs for the third wicket with Hashim Amla (53).
Mitchell Johnson , who took eight for 61 in the first innings, continued chipping away at the wickets in the second innings but the South African middle order came to the party in fine style.
Resuming on 227 for three, veteran Jacques Kallis hit a timely half-century (57) and was involved in a 124-run partnership for the fourth wicket with de Villiers to give the visitors the upperhand. But the wicket of Kallis, with South Africa needing another 111 runs for victory, left the match evenly poised.
De Villiers then took centrestage and he along with Duminy scored runs at will as the Australian bowlers seemed completely clueless. De Villiers hit nine boundaries in 186 deliveries, his seventh Test century, as South Africa coasted to the victory target in 119.2 overs in the post lunch session.
Incidentally, the highest run-chase in Test cricket had come also against Australia when the West Indies chased down a mammoth 418 for seven at St John's in 2003.
|Top Five Run Chases|
|418–7||2003||St John's||West Indies beat Australia|
|414–4||2008||Perth||South Africa beat Australia|
|406–4||1976||Port of Spain||India beat West Indies|
|404–3||1948||Headingley||Australia beat England|
|387–4||2008||Chennai||India beat England|