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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 vs Aus 4th ODI preview

SA are 2-1 up in this spectacular series, with the 4th ODI soon to get underway on Australia day.

Every South African would love to see SA clinch the series on Australia day even though it would be par for the course if it was 2-2 going into the final ODI. The injuries for both teams are hurting, SA have lost Greame Smith, Mark Boucher has been ordered to sit out with a broken toe and Jaques Kallis has a side strain and will possibly sit out.

Australia have their injuries as well with Bracken being the latest man to sit out. It should be interesting to see what the make-up of the sides are.

AB de Viliers will take the gloves and needs to perform with the bat to ensure SA can clinch the series – that is if the rest of the side performs like they have done. Sa will be short on the batting if Kallis sits out 

Cricinfo reckons the sides will be:

South Africa(probable) 1 Herschelle Gibbs, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 AB de Villiers (wk), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Neil McKenzie, 7 Albie Morkel, 8 Morne Morkel, 9 Johan Botha (capt), 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Makhaya Ntini, 12 Vaughn van Jaarsveld.

Australia1 Shaun Marsh, 2 David Warner, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Hussey, 5 David Hussey, 6 Cameron White, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 James Hopes, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Ben Hilfenhaus, 11 Shaun Tait, 12 Nathan Hauritz

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

SA vs Aus 1st Test Final day preview

187 runs to win, 7 wickets left – could there be a better close to the 1st test? Chris Adams reckons Australia are in the driving seats deciding they are 60/40 favourites!!!

The target of 414 if reached will eclipse the 387 India reached set by England a few days ago. It will be the second highest successful run chase in the 4th innings with only West Indies chasing down a higher total.

Strangely enough this was against Australia – it seems that Australia has many of these records set against them , with South Africa successfully chasing down the 434 set by Australia in the one day arena.

With just a few hours to go, I cant wait to see South Africa successfully chase down a mammoth total – a total that is at least 100 runs too high