> Larry asked:
> "Given Australia's loss in the 5th and final test at the S.C.G. to the
> Poms.....I pose the following question:
> Prior to this loss, when was the last time Australia lost/won a test
> whereby not one player made 50 in an entire innings?? Me thinks it
> have been a long time since an Australian team has gone thru an
> innings and
> not one player got a half century. Your thoughts......"
> Almost happened on the last tour of England, one score of 54!
> On the previous tour (97) it happened 3 times, twice in one game!
> So not as rare as you might think even against England, still England
> are the only team that seems to be able to win a test in Aus in recent
> years. ;-)
Lets make it more difficult. No individual 50s in Aus. In fact no
Being an SA Supporter I can only think of one example in Jan 1994, Sydney.
In fact no-one got above 30. SA won by 5 runs. Pitch broke up big time and
Jonty Rhodes 76 no in SA's 2nd innings won it. Bradman had lots of nice
things to say about that innings. SA went 1 up in the series. Series was
Australia 2nd innings (target: 117 runs) R
MA Taylor c Richardson b de Villiers 27
MJ Slater b de Villiers
DC Boon c Kirsten b de Villiers 24
TBA May lbw b de Villiers 0
ME Waugh lbw b Donald 11
*AR Border b Donald 7
DR Martyn c Hudson b Donald 6
+IA Healy b de Villiers
SK Warne run out
CJ McDermott not out 29
GD McGrath c & b de Villiers 1
Extras (lb 3)
Total (all out, 56.3 overs)
What happened in the Aus 2nd innings?
a) As I said Pitch broke up
b) Damien Martyn batted for a long time for his 6 and then hit out to be
caught in the covers
c) Fanie de Villiers bowled wonderfully. As a Fast Medium he bowled 23.3 of
the 56 overs. Took 6 wickets.
Captain tried to take him off and he begged to carry on
d) Craig McDermott showed wonderful fight and almost won it for Aus. Then
Martyn blew it
e) Martyn was banished soon after and took tiome to return
Amazing how those moments are so vivid. I remember very little of Test 3
when Aus levelled it.
What a game (for SA anyway)
Aus then won the next series.