Thursday, January 18, 2018

Johnson, Harris put Australia in charge


Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris bowled Australia, leading by 234 runs with 10 wickets left, into a winning position on the third day of the third and final Test against South Africa at Newlands yesterday.

Australia were 27 without loss in their second innings at the close, having bowled the home team out for 287 and decided not to enforce the follow-on. David Warner blazed his way to 25 not out while Chris Rogers was unbeaten on one.

Johnson took four for 42 and Harris claimed three for 63 after visiting captain Michael Clarke declared their first innings on the overnight score of 494 for seven, leaving himself undefeated on 161.

Left-arm paceman Johnson maintained his red-hot form and seamer Harris swung the ball both ways to bamboozle the South African batsmen.

Harris removed dangermen Graeme Smith for five, Hashim Amla for 38 and JP Duminy for four.

The dismissals of Smith and Duminy were similar, balls that shaped away from the left-handers and found the edge to give wicketkeeper Brad Haddin comfortable catches.

Amla succumbed to reverse swing, playing down the wrong line as the ball clattered into his stumps.

Only Faf du Plessis (67) and Alviro Petersen (53) showed serious resistance, the latter scoring the fastest half-century by a South African against Australia in 50 balls.

It beat the previous record of 56 deliveries by Barry Richards in Durban in 1970.

Vernon Philander hung around for 107 balls for his unbeaten 37 while Dale Steyn pitched in with 28.

The series is level at 1-1.



South Africa vs Australia


Australia 1st Inns 494-7 dec.


South Africa 1st Inns

G. Smith c wkpr Haddin b Harris

A. Petersen c wkpr Haddin b Johnson 53 

D. Elgar c wkpr Haddin b Pattinson 11 

H. Amla b Harris 38 

AB de Villiers c Clarke b Johnson 14 

F. du Plessis c Warner b Johnson 67 

JP Duminy c wkpr Haddin b Harris

V. Philander not out 37 

K. Abbott b Watson

D. Steyn c Watson b Johnson 28 

M. Morkel c Watson b Pattinson

Extras: (B8, LB3, W6, NB3) 20 

Total: (all out) 287 

Wickets at: 7, 42, 95, 121, 133, 146, 241, 249, 279 

Bowling: Harris 22-9-63-3, Johnson 10-5-42-4, Pattinson 18.5-4-77-2, Watson 9-1-34-1, Lyon 12-1-53-0, Smith 2-0-7-0


Australia 2nd Inns

C Rogers not out

D Warner not out 25 

Extras: (LB1)

Total: (for no wicket) 27 

Bowling: Morkel 3-0-24-0, Abbott 3-1-2-0