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SA vs Australia Fixtures 2009 in South Africa

Australia come to South Africa hoping to maintain their top spot - 3 tests will decide the world number 1 spot

February 2009
Fri 20 – Sun 22
10:30 local, 08:30 GMT South African Board President’s XI v Australians
Senwes Park, Potchefstroom

Thu 26 – Mon 2
10:30 local, 08:30 GMT 1st Test – South Africa v Australia
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

March 2009
Fri 6 – Tue 10
10:30 local, 08:30 GMT 2nd Test – South Africa v Australia
Kingsmead, Durban

Thu 19 – Mon 23
10:30 local, 08:30 GMT 3rd Test – South Africa v Australia
Newlands, Cape Town

Fri 27 
18:00 local, 16:00 GMT 1st T20I – South Africa v Australia
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Sun 29 
18:00 local, 16:00 GMT 2nd T20I – South Africa v Australia
SuperSport Park, Centurion

April 2009
Fri 3 
14:30 local, 12:30 GMT 1st ODI – South Africa v Australia
Kingsmead, Durban

Sun 5
10:00 local, 08:00 GMT 2nd ODI – South Africa v Australia
SuperSport Park, Centurion

Thu 9 
14:30 local, 12:30 GMT 3rd ODI – South Africa v Australia
Newlands, Cape Town

Mon 13
10:00 local, 08:00 GMT 4th ODI – South Africa v Australia
St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth

Fri 17 
14:30 local, 12:30 GMT 5th ODI – South Africa v Australia
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

SA go up 2-1 after thrashing Australia

South Africa beat Australia by 4 wickets with many balls to spare after Albie Morkel smashed 40 runs after 22 balls to get the Proteas home safely.

Australia managed to drop 2 regulation catches in the first over, Ponting dropped a sitter in slips with Hussey ensuring his captain wasnt the only villain putting down a sitter at point.

Again, McKenzie slowed the tempo down and made a relatively simple run chase get out of hand, however he managed to run himself out before the run chase was too high to get like the previous match. On a more positive note, he seems to be finding his form and hopefully will be back to his best on Australia day when SA can claim the series. My colleagues in Australia tell me that the press has taken the Australian team to shreds recently, with the headline “Australian Cricket is Dead”

It was great to see Warner come good again and he is a real prospect for Australian cricket. His home crowd got to see him for the first time last night and he didnt disappoint.

Preview of 3rd SA vs AUS ODI

The series is levelled at 1-1 after SA managed to throw the last game away. There are going to be many justified questions around Neil McKenzie’s place or the rather curious decision to send him in at such a crucial time of the match.

SA needed 94 runs from 14 overs (84 balls) which is not a tough ask, especially when you are only 4 wickets down. I have nothing against Neil McKenzie, however he is not the man I would send in to win the match with 36 overs down and more than a run a ball needed – especially when there is Mark Boucher, Albie Morkel and even Johan Botha to choose from – in fact Dale Steyn can swing the willow successfully!!! After 15 balls Neil had managed just 8 runs and the scoring in the 5 overs he was in for didnt get past 4 in the over, in fact it was a 15 run partnership off 30 balls effectively making a score easy to chase with 6 wickets in hand a massive task.

Boucher came to the crease scoring more than a run a ball as did Morkely but the fat lady had sung and the poor Saffas that had to sit through were tearing the hair out possibly shouting obscenities at the coach and captain.

The 3rd ODI is at Sydney and should be a cracker – it will be interesting to see if Warner gets another chance and whether SA will toggle with the team – its a difficult match to call and no doubt it will be tight however SA should have the upper hand.

David vs Goliath – The David Warner story

Most Australians had never heard of him, the South Africans could only have been chuckling yet the modern day fairy tale was witnessed on Sunday when David Warner came out to open the Australian innings.

Those who saw it live witnessed something special, something similar to the 438 game that SA won against Australia a few seasons back, something that will go down in the history books as the best Twenty20 debut ever made. The man had never played a first class game in his life yet he was opening for his country against one of the greatest cricketing nations. Many papers would have had a go at this curious decision made by the selectors.

Warner entered the match as the first man in 132 years to debut for Australia in any format without a first-class appearance to his name.

This was the debut of dreams and I am glad I got to see it