South Africa v Australia, 1st ODI, Durban

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news on 3 Apr 2009 at 14:24
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Australia’s one-day cricket hasn’t been at a standard known to the world over the past few months and seeking to rectify that, a confident Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat on what appeared to be a flat Kingsmead pitch. A fit-again Graeme Smith didn’t seem to disappointed at losing the toss but with Australia so hungry to take back the No. 1 ranking, he will hope his attack can contain the opposition.

Australia handed a debut to Ben Laughlin and included the spinner Nathan Hauritz. With four games to play in South Africa, the deciosion to field Laughlin ahead of Shane Harwood or Brett Geeves was motivated purely by Australia’s rotational selection policy.

With Jacques Kallis injured South Africa went in with four fast bowlers. Although the surface, once again, and a muggy atmosphere are bound to suit the fast bowlers spin should play a role here. Johan Botha and JP Duminy have been tidy in recent ODIs against Australia and Smith will expect more from them.

With the dust just starting to settle after such an engrossing and thrilling Test series, the format has changed and with it the respective roles of the two sides. South Africa are the No. 1 one-day international team in the world but that is up for grabs for Australia.

Australia have beaten South Africa four times in ODIs in Durban; South Africa have triumphed over Australia twice.


Australia: 1 Michael Clarke, 2 Brad Haddin (wk), 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Hussey, 5 David Hussey, 6 Callum Ferguson, 7 James Hopes, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Nathan Hauritz, 10 Nathan Bracken, 11 Ben Laughlin.

South Africa 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Herschelle Gibbs, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 AB de Villiers, 5 JP Duminy, 6 Mark Boucher (wk), 7 Albie Morkel, 8 Morne Morkel, 9 Johan Botha, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Makhaya Ntini.

Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo


  • Go Proteas!!!

    I can’t believe we lost the toss AGAIN! 😯

    Ponting must be a great tosser!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.04.09 14:28:14 by wpw Reply
  • wicket!

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.04.09 14:37:22 by McLovin Reply

  • Clarke’s gone 😎

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.04.09 14:37:44 by McLovin Reply

  • Ntini to Clarke, OUT, Clarke’s gone, Ntini bowling from wide of the crease slants the ball in towards the batsman, there gets it to straighten, and has Clarke lunging at the ball, a thick outside edge flies at a very catchable height, straight to JP Duminy at second slip
    MJ Clarke c Duminy b Ntini 1 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.04.09 14:41:33 by wpw Reply
  • A wicket maiden for Ntini!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.04.09 14:43:08 by wpw Reply
  • Clarke sucks… :mrgreen:

    Ferguson…I mean Ponting to follow soon…

    Ok cheers people… I’m out of here…

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.04.09 14:51:19 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • First boundary after 5.3 overs. 😯

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.04.09 14:55:43 by McLovin Reply

  • AUS 31/1 after 8.4 overs 🙄

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.04.09 15:07:18 by wpw Reply
  • Ponting gone. 74/2 after 14 odd

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.04.09 15:38:15 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 9) : 😎

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.04.09 15:39:22 by McLovin Reply

  • COOL!!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.04.09 15:39:56 by wpw Reply
  • Told ya…

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.04.09 15:43:39 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • Haddin, OUT, Horrendous, horrendous mix-up

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.04.09 16:00:36 by McLovin Reply

  • Hussey’s run out, Albie sends down a good yorker, Haddin jabs that towards backward point and wasn’t interested in the run, Hussey was charging down and kept running, both batsmen were nearly at the same end when de Villiers lobbed the ball to Albie, who breaks the stumps at the non-striker’s end

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.04.09 16:01:05 by McLovin Reply

  • Another run out!!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.04.09 16:09:18 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • @Me2 (Comment 15) : 115/4 Aussies panicking??

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.04.09 16:10:06 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • Go Proteas!

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.04.09 16:40:55 by Claytie Reply
  • 177/5

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.04.09 16:57:52 by McLovin Reply

  • 35 overs

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.04.09 16:58:16 by McLovin Reply

  • 215 for 5 . 7 overs left.

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.04.09 17:27:02 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • Hopes out! 235 for 6. 45.3 overs

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.04.09 17:43:29 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • Johnson out for 1. 243 for 7.

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.04.09 17:49:02 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • So no one is following the cricket. Is that cos we are playing like Bangladesh?? SA need another 151 runs to win off 114 balls with 3 wickets in hand!! Not gonna happen…

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.04.09 21:01:50 by wpw Reply

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