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Good Luck you Aussies

December 2nd 2012 10:23
Australia now look set to lose a series that they have been on the front foot to win for the last month. They deserved to win both Test matches so far, but were thwarted by the rain in Brisbane and Faf Du Plessis in Adelaide. Now a poor batting and 2nd innings bowling performance has left them with a mountain to climb in order to avoid defeat, in Perth.

South Africa returned this morning with a lead of 292 and never looked back. Hashim Amla slept one short of another century and duly brought it up in the 1st over of the morning. Jacques Kallis got a start but wasn’t able to kick on, on a good, true pitch. He was removed by Mitchell Starc for 37, next to the crease came AB De Villiers who has really struggled in the tour so far. But today his carefree attitude in the middle returned as he and Amla peppered the boundary ropes and the score books. They put on 149, in quick time, before Amla was superbly caught and bowled by Mitchell Johnson, just 4 short of a double-century. This didn’t affect De Villiers however as he continued on relentlessly, he lacked support though towards the end of the innings. Dean Elgar on debut made a pair, Du Plessis got 27, and the last four of Peterson, Philander, Steyn and Morkel added just 22. But the star of the show besides Amla was South Africa ODI captain De Villiers, who made a supreme 169 at a strike rate of 91.84, with 102 of his runs coming from boundaries. The only positive for Australia was the performance of Mitchell Johnson, he took 4-110, these weren’t the best figures however, as Mitchell Starc took 6-154, but where Johnson excelled was his control and lack of boundary balls compared to Starc.

The Aussies had to survive 13 over’s at the end of the day. Their main aim was to avoid any loss of wickets if they wanted any chance of avoiding defeat. The ball didn’t move for the South African bowlers and David Warner and Ed Cowan were able to last until stumps to reach 40 without loss. Now they need just 592 runs to win, with 2 days remaining. If Australia can survive the two days they will more than likely have scored enough runs to win the game and become World Number 1’s. They are blessed with some free flowing batsmen who can take them towards winning the match, plus the pitch is still extremely good for batting. If the ball continues to not move then the hosts will have a chance, albeit a small one. Let’s just say this would be an incredible way for Ricky Ponting to end his Test career.

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