52nd over: South Africa 148-5 (Verreynne 40, Jansen 42) Bathed in hot afternoon sunshine in the middle of the MCG, Marco Jansen resumes South Africa’s innings by sweeping Nathan Lyon for four. He’s then a very lucky boy, propping forward to defend and inside-edging onto his pad, but the ball lobs out of reach of short-leg without carrying as far as short mid-on. The teams are back out for the final session. 39 overs are scheduled to be bowled.
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Can this year just end already? #AUSvSA— Firdose Moonda (@FirdoseM) December 26, 2022 12th over: Australia 45-1 (Warner 32, Labuschagne 5) Better from Jansen, shaping the ball back into the right-handed Labuschagne from over the wicket, but the run-machine uses the curve to work three through the on-side. Warner then enjoys a slice of luck, failing to leave securely and the ball deflecting off his raised blade – but away to safety.
It was especially timely for Australia because not long beforehand Mitchell Starc badly injured the middle finger on his bowling hand spilling a diving catch, ruling him out of the attack for the remainder of the day and possibly for much longer. Australia’s response was always going to be about David Warner, the under-fire opener striding out in his landmark 100th Test. And he didn’t disappoint, playing with brio to remain unbeaten on 32, his side 45-1 at the close. The only wicket to fall was Usman Khawaja, who lazily edged Kagiso Rabada, one of a quartet of South African pacemen who underperformed badly with the new ball. They will know they have to up their game collectively tomorrow to avoid Australia running away with this Test.
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It’s a curious over, one in which Lyon deviated from his stock 89/90 kph pace up to 102/103 kph for a couple of deliveries, showing how creative Australia are becoming in their efforts to break this solid partnership. 61st over: South Africa 175-5 (Verreynne 50, Jansen 58) Cummins needs a spark of inspiration and he turns to Cameron Green to locate it. His young allrounder responds with a line and length maiden. “Gee, it looks like a nice batting pitch now, ” coos Ricky Ponting on the telly. Australia have an hour and a half or so to avoid an inquest into Cummins’s decision at the toss.
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Australia, and Green in particular, have ripped this innings apart in the blink of an eye. 67th over: South Africa 186-8 (Maharaj 2)WICKET! Jansen c Carey b Green 59 (South Africa 182-7)Green does it again! Full delivery, fourth stump line, Jansen has a swing at it but doesn’t move his feet and can only feather a nick behind.
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Not only that that, but the ball ran away for four, bringing up Jansen’s 50! Which he celebrates by nudging his second boundary of the over, around the corner to the fine-leg fence. That stroke brings up the 100 partnership. South Africa are growing into this Test match. 57th over: South Africa 159-5 (Verreynne 46, Jansen 46) Boland is instructed to bowl a tighter line, and is handed a field accordingly. He gets a heavy effort ball to lift on Jansen that raps the batter on his bottom glove, but trickles away to safety. Jansen is showing real fortitude today, wearing plenty of deliveries without losing his head. 56th over: South Africa 154-5 (Verreynne 43, Jansen 45) Australia now have two men out for the sweep so Jansen only earns a single for his efforts.
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53rd over: South Africa 150-5 (Verreynne 42, Jansen 42) Scott Boland shares duties with Lyon after tea, but he serves up an early gift for Kyle Verryenne, allowing the right-hander to ease a couple of runs down to fine-leg off his hip. “With this old ball, the pitch looks unthreatening and full of runs, ” I type, just as Boland gets one to nip off the pitch and past Verryenne’s outside edge. There’s a performative appeal for caught behind from bowler and keeper, one lacking the conviction of belief, but Smith in the slips is adamant, and he convinces Cummins to review, but there’s a clear gap between bat and ball on the replay. Just as an aside, Australia are two overs behind on the over-rate. It will be interesting to see if they respond to this, following its role in their failure to reach last year’s World Test Championship final.
See earlier posts about Cameron Green’s intervention – we like to find narratives that can sustain us through a column or an OBO or commentary stint and make them hang together coherently. Sometimes we get sucked into the world of our creation. 9th over: Australia 33-1 (Warner 27, Labuschagne 0) Warner continues to assert himself against an off-colour Rabada, calling loudly, running aggressively, and putting the onus back on the bowler to do something radical to dismiss him. Elsewhere in the over, Justin Langer called Ricky Ponting “Punt” on the telly; which caused a double take from your correspondent. For the uninitiated, Ponting’s nickname during his career was Punter, but to abbreviate it further is asking for trouble on live television. 8th over: Australia 28-1 (Warner 23, Labuschagne 0) Marco Jansen takes his two-metre plus frame from first slip to the top of his run-up.
Australia vs. South Africa 2nd ODI: Date, Live Stream, TV Info and PreviewTheron Kirkman/Associated PressAustralia are 1-0 up in the five-match ODI series against South Africa after winning the first match by 32 runs on Friday. The two sides resume hostilities at the same ground on Sunday. Read on to check out all the vital viewing information and a preview of the second one-day international. Commences: Sunday, Nov. 16Where: Perth, Western AustraliaStart time: 3:20 a.
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