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Sunday, December 21, 2008

South Africa triumph against the odds and my opinion: First Test Day 5

South Africa 281 and 4/414 ( G Smith 108, A B de Villiers 106 no, J Kallis 57, H Amla 53, J-P Duminy 50 no, M Johnson 3/98) defeated Australia 375 and 319 by 6 wickets: First Test Day 5 at Perth .

I was wrong . I thought the South Africans would choke. Not one batsman today buckled under the pressure applied by what was only an intermittently hostile Australian attack (Mitchell Johnson an exception). A B de Villiers's innings of 106 no/ 186b, 9x4 was the highlight of today's play, but he was well supported by Jacques Kallis and Jean-Paul Duminy who all bjuilt on the platform erected yesterday by Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla.

This result will rattle Australia. Will they improve? They can't get much worse, but why Andrew Symonds didn't bowl is beyond me. This is not an excuse: well done South Africa.

Any suggestions as to an appropriate recipient for the $100.00 I promised if South Africa won? Perhaps one that operates in the Republic (preferably not a politician's re-election fund).

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