Sport

South Africa lose wickets in chase for runs at Gabba

Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke Tom Shaw/Getty Images

SOUTH Africa this afternoon had lost two wickets in their battle for runs against Australia at the Gabba.

Alviro Petersen was the second wicket to fall on his way for 64 after trying to loft Nathan Lyon over mid on.

Instead he hits it straight down the throat of Michael Hussey.

South Africa were 1-90 at lunch on day one of the first Test in Brisbane after Australia claimed the key wicket of captain Graeme Smith during the first session.

For 10 overs, Smith (10) and fellow opener Alviro Petersen looked comfortable at the crease and settled into a nice groove against an occasionally wayward Australian attack.

But after winning the toss and electing to bat, the Proteas captain fell in the exact method Australia's leaked tactical dossier suggested was the best way to get him - leg before.

James Pattinson (1-29 from nine overs) took the wicket, pressing the batsman up on the crease as the ball smacked into his back pad halfway up middle stump.

Umpire Billy Bowden did not raise the finger but a confident Pattinson asked for the decision to be reviewed, and in return earned his first scalp of the international summer.

Australia's three-pronged pace attack was too short at times through the first session but Smith's departure after just 27 deliveries piled the pressure back on the tourists at 1-29.

However, there has been no joy since for the home side.

Petersen and Hashim Amla (29 not out) are in the middle and have combined for a partnership worth 61 that has steadied the South African ship.

Petersen has hit five boundaries while Amla also looks in the mood after crashing spinner Nathan Lyon down the ground for a big six.

Preferred ahead of twelfth man Mitchell Starc, Lyon had kept things tight prior to that and finished with figures of 0-17 from his three-over spell.

Smith had survived an earlier appeal in the third over, but DRS replays showed a leg side ball from Ben Hilfenhaus flicked his pad, not his bat, despite a half-hearted shout from wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.

That left Australia with just one unsuccessful use of the DRS system remaining this innings.

Hilfenhaus (0-14 from eight overs) and Peter Siddle (0-28 from seven) were rotated in and out of the attack but the Proteas are now on top thanks to Petersen and Amla's second-wicket stand.

Live blog of the cricket at Brisbanetimes.com.au

Gabba hoped to influence Australia win against South Africa

AUSTRALIAN captain Michael Clarke says he wants to see the colour of the Gabba pitch before he decides who to leave out of the 12 for today's first Test against South Africa.

He might also want to look at the colour of the sky before deciding what to do if he wins the toss.

One man who knows all about playing at the Gabba is Queensland captain and former Australian one-day and T20 player James Hopes.

He said a lot had been made in the lead-up to the match about what the pitch could do, and much of the speculation was overblown.

"The Gabba is one of the few places in Australia where the weather forecast can influence your decisions," Hopes said.

"Having said that, if I win the toss I'm batting, especially if the sun is out. If you bat first and you're still batting at the end of the first day, you'd be in a really good position.

"If your two openers are still in at lunch, you'll win the game."

Hopes did sound a note of caution, however, about the lack of experience at the top of Australia's batting order, with openers David Warner and Ed Cowan having played just 12 Tests between them, and No.3 batsman Rob Quiney making his Test debut.

"From an experience viewpoint the top order could have a question mark," Hopes said.

"But Warner has played a lot against these guys, and Cowan and Quiney have as well in other competitions.

"I think Quiney is an exceptional player. he's very good off the back foot - the short balls won't worry him."

As much as Hopes said he was looking forward to seeing the Victorian make his debut, he also said he couldn't wait to see what former Delhi Daredevils teammate Morne Morkel could do alongside fellow Proteas pacemen Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander.

"Steyn is exceptional, and Philander is very interesting.

He's not quick - in the 130s - but he moves the ball around and can bowl long spells.

"But I'm most looking forward to watching Morne. He's very fast and very tall ... and moves the ball as well.

"And of course if those three miss out you go to the best all-rounder in the world (Jacques Kallis)."

While both captains said they were undecided about the final make-up of the teams, both are likely to go in with a spinner.

That would mean one of Australia's pace quartet - Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Ben Hilfenhaus and Mitchell Starc - would miss out.

It could come down to a choice between Hilfenhaus and Starc, and with the part-time bowling of the injured Shane Watson missing, Clarke may go with Hilfenhaus given he can bowl extended spells, while Starc is more of an impact bowler.

 

THE TEAMS

AUSTRALIA: Michael Clarke (c), Ed Cowan, David Warner, Rob Quiney, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Matthew Wade, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Ben Hilfenhaus (12th man to be named).

SOUTH AFRICA: Graeme Smith (c), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Jacques Rudolph, JP Duminy, Fas du Plessis, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Dale Steyn (12th man to be named). BETTING: First Test: Australia

Topics:  cricket james hopes michael clarke south africa cricket


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Ballina koalas faced with extinction

Ballina's koalas are under threat.

About 36,000 koalas left in NSW face an uncertain future

An emotional Mike Baird: 'There was great personal cost'

"After 10 years in public life, this moment for me has arrived."

Surfer calls for second shark net off one coastal town

SIGNS OF SUPPORT: Young protesters make their opinions clear at a rally in support of shark nets at Ballina last November. More than 500 people attended the event calling for the immediate installation of the nets. PHOTO: ALINA RYLKO/ THE NORTHERN STAR

Kids surfing near the Lennox Hotel are at risk of shark encounters

Local Partners

41-year-old playgroup under threat of closing down

IT'S been an important part of the Ballina community for decades, but this playgroup could be forced to shut its doors.

See turtles up close on rescue centre tour

SPLASH: This green sea turtle, held by Australian Seabird Rescue general manager Kath Southwell, splashed some of the children on a tour of seabird rescue's headquarters.

The turtles don't mind giving the tour groups a splash, too

Shrek on stage

POPULAR MUSICAL: Shrek (River Fullagar) interrupts the wedding, shocking Fiona (Hillary Goodsell), the Bishop (Grace Pateman) and a furious Farquaad (Lachlan McGeary) in the Ballina Players' latest production.

The best-known green ogre is the star in Ballina Players production

Humble Cortina expected to shine at show

BOYS TOYS: Members of the North Coast Street Machines (from left) Errol Beaumont, Steven Fitness, Les Eckersley and John Stanford are ready for this Sunday's show and shine in Ballina, with their vehicles (from left) 1964 EH Holden, 1962 S Series Valiant, 1934 Ford, 1969 XW GT Falcon and a 1974 L Cortina.

There aren't many who can say they own thefirst car they bought

J.K. Rowling writes through severe back pain

An aching back couldn't stop J.K. Rowling catching inspiration

Elsa voice actor's son hates Frozen

Idina Menzel's son "hates" his mother's most famous film 'Frozen'

Chrissy Teigen likes her "soft" stretch marks

Stretch marks are no problem for Chrissy Teigen

Naomie Harris in the dark over Daniel Craig's future as 007

Naomie Harris has no idea if Daniel Craig will be returning as 007

REVIEW: Will Kasey Chambers' Dragonfly take off with fans?

Kasey Chambers’ new album Dragonfly gets 3.5 stars from Cameron Adams.

CHAMBERS is back with her 11th studio album.

Ed Sheeran wants Beyonce collaboration

Ed Sheeran wants to record a duet with Beyoncé.

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Pat Rafter's $18m Coast home proves hot property

PAT'S PAD: The Sunshine Beach home of tennis ace Pat rafter is on the market for a record price.

"It's a record for our company and for the Sunshine Coast.''

INTERACTIVE MAP: Which Northern Rivers towns boomed in 2016?

BOOM TOWNS: While Ballina properties continued to attract top dollar in 2016, it was areas to the south that experienced price hikes, including Wardell, Evans Head and Woodburn.

Click on our map to find the median sale price in your town

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!