This is why I love test cricket

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Published on November 12, 2011 with No Comments

Easily one of the most eventfull tests I’ve seen in a long time. It was a roller coaster ride crammed into 3 days. When reading a lot of reviews and listening to the commentators not many people are sure why Australia were bowled out for so few runs. Which I find odd because my opinion is that it was clearly the pitch that had uneven bounce. My childhood backyard had more consistent bounce than that pitch. Especially if you look at the wickets of Sean Marsh and Mitchell Johnson. In one delivery the ball bounced as if on a tennis court and then for Marsh it barely bounced at all. But what was so suprising is how much the pitch had changed in the last innings. Wow South Africa could easily have scored 400 in the last innings. Another reason why this test is so memmorable is because of all the “records” achieved in this test. See some of them below:
– this was South Africa’s greatest come from behind win in a test match. Previous was 148.
– Boucher reaching 500 dismissals in test cricket. This is by far the most in test cricket. 2nd on the list is Adam Gilchrist with 379.
– it was the 8th time in history that the nr 11 batsmen scored the most runs of the team. Lyon scored 14 runs.
– the highest amount of wickets that fell in one day since 1903. 23 wickets if you didn’t know.
– it was Australia’s lowest innings score in over 100 years. Nice!
– For only the third time in Test history, some part of all four innings of a match were witnessed in a single day
– for the first time in the history of Test cricket, a batsman from both sides was dismissed twice in a day, Michael Clarke from Aus and Jacques Rudolph from SA.
– Smith equalls the record for the most hundreds in the last innings. he does however become the 1st player to have those hundreds as match winning hundreds.

And finally, at one stage South Africa needed 111 runs to win at exactly 11:11 on the 11th day of the 11th month in 2011. The scoreboard read 11:11 11/11/11

– well this test reminded us how awesome test cricket can be. I get asked quite regularly by amateur cricket fans why I love test cricket so much. Not only is it a more mental game than ODI and T20 but the playing conditions such as the weather and pitch can play such a huge role just like the one in Newlands. the winning team in this case was the team that adapted their game the quickest according to the conditions. Wanderers should be a different game as it should favour batters more. But as this game showed us, you will neverknow for sure until the 1st ball is bowled

Australian captain, not a happy camper.

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