Maybe a good 40 at the tail, but a 70 would be pretty hard for him to acheive against that attack.
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Terrible from South Africa really. Sack Smith. Empower Prince.
Sreesanth said, "Next ball he was beaten and I said, 'is this the King Charles Lara? Who is this impostor, moving around nervously? I should have kept my mouth shut for the next ball - mind you, it was a length ball - Lara just pulled it over the church beyond the boundary! He is a true legend."
I'm personally backing Graeme Smith. Quality name.
Couldn't lead a lemming off a cliff tbh.
Interesting game definetly.
MacGill out with foot injury
Australian leg-spinner Stuart MacGill will miss the remainder of the South Africa test series with a bruised heel. He pulled up sore after bowling in the nets, and was later informed that his first series as Australia's number one spinner is over. MacGill took four wickets in the first test.
Australia have selected Tasmanian seamer Ben Hilfenhaus as MacGill's replacement, marking the first time in years Australia has entered a test match without a specialist spinner. While the MCG pitch is not expected to offer a great deal of turn, MacGill's absence will increase the chances of versatile all-rounder Andrew Symonds recieving a recall to the side, based on his ability to bowl off-spin.
Cricket Australia has so little faith in the bowling of Cameron White that they've turned to a man with a bicep injury to do the spinning duties.
Gilchrist seals victory
2nd Test - MCG
A trademark Adam Gilchrist century put Australia into a winning position on the fourth day at the MCG, and a brilliant effort with the ball from Brett Lee sealed the result.
South Africa began well for the second test in a row, having the better of the first day as they dismissed Australia for 297 on a good wicket. The introduction of Dale Steyn to the team as a replacement for Nel made little difference, but Pollock and Kallis bowled beautifully. It was only the heroics of Michael Clarke that kept Australia's total competitive, as he continued his good form from the first test with 97, including adding 48 runs with Ben Hilfenhaus for the 10th wicket.
South Africa struggled with the bat, and when Lee removed Boucher just after a rain-induced tea break on the second day, the tourists were 6/120. Enter Shaun Pollock, who added 166 with Gibbs on his way to a rare test century and secured his side a first innings lead.
Half-centuries to Ponting and Hayden had Australia on the third evening had Australia back in control, but Kallis continued a dream game with the ball and removed Clarke and the out of form Watson early on the fourth day, bringing the game back to level terms. Gilchrist and Hussey then added 161 for the 6th wicket to ensure a sizable fourth innings target. Gilchrist's 50 came at subdued pace, but he moved from 50 to 100 in just 23 balls as Australia searched for quick runs and a declaration. The runs came so rapidly Hussey added just five singles in the same time, and in the end there was no need to declare. Gilchrist eventually fell for 113, setting South Africa 376 to win.
Lee all but removed any chance of a successful chase in his opening over, taking two wickets in four balls, and South Africa lost three more wickets before lunch on the final day. Mark Boucher survived most of the middle session with Gibbs, but Lee broke the stand with his fourth wicket. Boucher then protected Nel admirably in a partnership that lasted 20 more overs, but Stuart Clark eventually took the crucial Boucher wicket and South Africa folded, 120 runs short.
MJ Clarke 97, PA Jaques 83
SM Pollock 3/66, JH Kallis 2/33
South Africa 314
SM Pollock 106, HH Hibbs 74
B Lee 3/54, MG Johnson 3/78
AC Gilchrist 113, MEK Hussey 80
JH Kallis 5/83, DW Steyn 4/89
South Africa 255
MV Boucher 76, JH Kallis 52
B Lee 5/56, SR Clark 3/69
Australia win by 120 runs.
Australia lead the three test series 2-0.
Man of the Match: AC Gilchrist
Australia suffer further injury blows
Australia continue to suffer with injury troubles after losing Stuart MacGill before the second test. Both Matthew Hayden and Brett Lee will miss the final test of the series against South Africa, and part of the following ODI series as well.
Hayden strained his back while batting on the third evening in Melbourne, while Brett Lee has come down with a neck injury caused by his wild celebrations after taking Makhaya Ntini's wicket. Hayden will be available for the third ODI, while Lee is expected to be unavailable until the fourth.
With Andrew Symonds also unavailable for the third test, Australia have added Chris Rogers, Adam Voges and Cullen Bailey to the squad. Rogers is expected to replace Hayden at the top of the order, while Bailey may make his debut as a specialist spinner on the turning SCG surface. With two of the three guaranteed to play, it will mean four players will have made their test debuts for Australia by the end of the series.
Last edited by FaaipDeOiad; 05-02-2007 at 07:53 PM.
Good to see Gilchrist keeping up his good form, pity about Brett Lee's very unfortunate injury.
Can't believe that Jacques made it infront of Rogers to begin with. Just shows how bias the selectors are towards NSW players and simply can't come to grips with the fact that Western Australia should be playing as their own country, really.
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