There were a few records made in the third day, with Ponting overtaking Steve Waugh to be the 2nd highest run scorer for Australia, with only Border above him. Phil Hughes broke George Headley’s 79-year-old record to become the youngest batsman in history to score centuries in each innings of a Test, something that was far from reality after seeing his first first test innings. All credit to Hughes who has scored 0, 75, 115 and is now 136 not out. His mates and domestic team mates must be loving this, especially after South Africa drilled Australia at home.
The away leg has turned around completely with South Africa seen as the favourites, getting taught a lesson in cricket. The 2nd days play certainly gave credit to the theory that Kingsmead has peculiar occurences as 13 wickets fell for under 200 runs, and 2 batsmen retired hurt. Day 1 and day 3 the pitch has looked flat, albeit that Harris got use out of the rough and one or two balls jumped about on day 3.
South Africa are going to have to dig deep to manage a draw, with the highest 4th innings total in a traditional test match being 451. Perhaps Ponting has done his homework, and knows the highest 4th innings total was 654/5 scored in Durban in the last timeless test match ever played. (England and South Africa). There were 680 overs bowled, these were 8 ball overs, England needed 691 runs to win but had to curtail their chase and agree on a draw, otherwise they would have missed their boat home. (if anyone knows more about this match please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
It will be interesting to see when Ponting declares, the lead is massive and a South African win bordering on impossible. Perhaps the thought of Ladies day at the Durban Country Club curtailed his thoughts of declaring early and trying to get a day off for golf?