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Gabba reaches record in just three days

Saturday December 17, 2016 by  

The historic Gabba Commonwealth Bank Day-Night Test has continued to draw strong crowds, with a record attendance confirmed today for a non-Ashes Test match at the venue.

The opening game of the Test series against Pakistan had attracted 66,325 fans after the first session, with the two-session ‘twilight’ tickets now applying.

In 1975-76, the West Indies and Australia drew 64,383 fans to the “old” Gabba. Read more

South Africa wins first Test

Monday November 7, 2016 by  

South Africa has completed a 177–run victory over Australia on the fifth and final day of the First Test in Perth today.

The South Africans achieved a rare hat-trick of WACA Test victories against Australia, bowling the hosts out for 361 to take a one-nil series lead with two Tests to be played.

Kagiso Rabada was named player of the match, taking seven wickets which helped his team rebound off the ropes after their first innings to win the match on the fifth day. Read more

Proteas in the box seat

Sunday November 6, 2016 by  

South Africa is closing in on victory against Australia after the fourth day of the First Test in Perth today.

Stumps on day four, Australia are 4-169, still needing 370 runs to win with six wickets in hand and one day to play.

Set 539 runs to win, after the Proteas declared their second innings shortly after lunch on 8-540, the Australians made a great start in pursuit of a world record victory target. Read more

Proteas weather the heat to bat all day

Saturday November 5, 2016 by  

South Africa has taken the upper hand on the third day of the First Test against Australia in Perth today.

The Proteas weathered the heat to bat all day, losing four wickets while pushing their lead to 388 runs, finishing on 6-390 with Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander at the crease.

Jean-Paul Duminy and Dean Elgar were the mainstays, both recorded their fifth Test centuries with the latter going on to notch his highest score to date. Read more

Bowling trio lead Proteas fightback

Friday November 4, 2016 by  

The ball has continued to dominate the bat on the second day of the First Test between Australia and South Africa in Perth today.

South Africa closed out the day 2-104 having restricted the Australians to only a two-run lead by capturing all 10 first innings wickets for 86 runs after David Warner and Shaun Marsh shared what looked to be a commanding 158-run first wicket partnership.

Dean Elgar and JP Duminy guided the Proteas’ to the close of play, Elgar patiently moving towards his fourth Test fifty while Duminy fended away the short pitched bowling from Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood after Stephen Cook and Hashim Amla were dismissed. Read more

Opening day honours to Australia

Thursday November 3, 2016 by  

Australia has taken the honours on the opening day of the First Test against South Africa in Perth today.

Having bowled South Africa out for 242, David Warner and Shaun Marsh led the Australian pursuit for the first innings lead with a quick-fire evening session response.

Vernon Philander almost had Warner out lbw in the sixth over only for Decision Review System (DRS) appeal to show he overstepped the mark. To rub insult into that South African review hawkeye showed it was hitting the stumps after umpire Aleem Dar had said not out. Read more

Australia retains trophy in drawn Test

Tuesday November 17, 2015 by  

Summer rain in Perth has ensured the Second Test between Australia and New Zealand at the WACA Ground finished in a draw.

Regarded as the most likely result after day two on Saturday, despite the best intensions from both teams since then to make a game of it, the fifth day forecast of afternoon rain blanketed the ground just before the scheduled tea break.

With a Blackcap victory all but out of reach, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor survived 13.1 overs before play was called off. Read more

Johnson confirms retirement decision

Tuesday November 17, 2015 by  

Mitchell Johnson has announced the Second Test in Perth will be his international swansong after a glittering career on the main stage of Australian Cricket.

The left-arm paceman, now 34, teased the media last week with speculation his top flight career was possibly going to end midway through the series against New Zealand at the WACA.

“I feel now is the best time to say goodbye,” Johnson said. Read more

Win result still possible

Monday November 16, 2015 by  

An outright victory for either Australia or New Zealand is still possible after day four of the Second Test at the WACA Ground in Perth.

The Australians finished today on 2 for 258, leading overall by 193 runs with one day to play after New Zealand were earlier bowled out in their first innings for 624.

Steve Smith (131 not out) scored his 12th Test century, first time in the second innings, and shared a valuable and unbeaten third wicket partnership of 212 runs with Adam Voges (101 not out) who also raised his bat for his second Test century just before stumps. Read more

Taylor, Williamson tame Australia

Sunday November 15, 2015 by  

Written off on day one New Zealand are on the brink of at least salvaging a draw after day three of the Second Test at the WACA Ground in Perth.

The Blackcaps finished day three on 6 for 510, trailing by just 49 runs with Ross Taylor unbeaten on 235 and Mark Craig on seven.

Earlier, both Taylor and Kane Williamson batted themselves into the record books with a new-record third wicket partnership along with highest individual scores for New Zealanders against Australia in all Test matches played between the two nations so far. Read more