Openers Adam Gilchrist and Simon Katich again failed to give Australia a good start, and after scores of 3, 8, 0, 13 and 0 in his past five one-day innings, Gilchrist will have a week off to freshen up. Brad Haddin has been called into the one-day squad in his place.
A battling innings from opener Boeta Dippenaar has laid the foundation for South Africa’s five-wicket win over Australia in game two of the VB Series in front of a record 39,874 crowd at the Gabba. Dippenaar concocted a gritty 74 and was well supported by Ashwell Prince (19) and an explosive half-century from Mark Boucher (63 not out) to sneak the Proteas home.
In Australia’s innings, Michael Hussey and Brett Lee shared a crucial century stand to dig Australia out of trouble at 6-71. The pair each made half-centuries to stage a record-breaking seventh-wicket partnership of 123 and guide Australia to 228 all out in 49.5 overs.
Their century stand helped the Australians recover after Proteas paceman Shaun Pollock had started a collapse with his first-ball dismissal of Adam Gilchrist. Pollock’s precision bowling made light of the absences of injured trio Makhaya Ntini, Andre Nel and Charl Langeveldt, reducing the hosts to 3-43 with the wickets of Gilchrist (0), Simon Katich (0) and Damien Martyn (12).
Hussey (73) was eventually snared in the 45th over by debutant Garnett Kruger for his first international one-day wicket before Lee was run out for 57 after a mix-up with Bracken.
Captain Graeme Smith’s batting woes continued, out for 12 attempting to pull a short-pitched Glenn McGrath delivery. But Dippenaar was always in control, bringing up his half-century with a delicate late cut, and even when he was run out Boucher and Justin Kemp continued to push toward victory.
Boucher’s cameo followed on from where Dippenaar left off, smashing 63 runs from 62 balls. Kemp joined in with a quick fire 29 putting on a 50-partnership with Boucher from just 38 deliveries to see the Proteas home.
It looked like being even closer thanks to some exemplary fielding from Andrew Symonds, Martyn and Hussey. Hussey’s one-handed catch to send Prince on his way was a highlight.
Brett Lee’s last over went for 17 including one mammoth six from Kemp, as Boucher finished with a flourish to give the Proteas their first win of the summer.
Upcoming one-day internationals —
– South Africa v Sri Lanka, Brisbane, 17/01/06
– Australia v South Africa, Melbourne, 20/01/06
– Australia v Sri Lanka, Sydney, 22/01/06
– South Africa v Sri Lanka, Adelaide, 24/01/06