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Wednesday, December 07, 2005


Proteas wilt down under as hosts force follow-on

South Africa's batting was ripped apart in Perth yesterday by a Western Australian bowling attack which has struggled in the Australian domestic competition this season - and included a player drafted from club level.

On a disastrous second-day of their three-day tour match against Western Australia, the out-of-practice tourists made a dismal 179 in reply to the home side's first innings total of 391/8 declared.

Western Australia then enforced the follow-on and at stumps South Africa had slumped to 25/2 - still 187 runs adrift - with opener Jacques Rudolph on 14 and Ashwell Prince on one.
Opener AB de Villiers was the first wicket to fall in the second innings when he was caught behind for seven while Herschelle Gibbs suffered the same fate on 13.

Western Australia had declared their first innings closed half an hour before lunch and at first it seemed as though the South Africans would make full use of an unusually slow WACA ground surface with De Villiers and Rudolph putting on 71 before the first wicket fell.

The Proteas then collapsed, losing their remaining 10 wickets for 108, with only tailender Nicky Boje offering any resistance with an unbeaten 26.

First-class debutante Shawn Gillies, drafted into the team from local club Melville, started the rot with his second delivery, bowling De Villiers for 27.

Four balls later the Jamaican-born allrounder struck again, this time dismissing Rudolph for 43 after he lifted a catch to point. He finished the innings with 3/41 from 11 overs.

It was a dismal performance from the Proteas who believe they can beat Australia on their home soil in the upcoming three-Test series starting at the same venue on December 16.
Following the fall of the openers, the batsmen dropped at an alarming rate. Gibbs, making 25 before being clean bowled by Edmondson, was the only one to offer any resistance.

Ashwell Prince (4), Mark Boucher (8), Shaun Pollock (4) all preceded ducks from Makhaya Ntini and Andre Nel, while Charl Langeveldt made a brief cameo with Boje to make 14.
Western Australia has lost all four of their domestic matches this season. - Sapa-AFP
I just would like to take this opportunity to say

1st to post!

I'd just like to thank my mama, my daddy, all my fans out there, and to all my homey's in the hood, keep it real and STAY BLACK!!!

I say get rid of Gibbs and Prince, we dont need 'Darkies' in the SA team.

OK, guys, i'm just trying to start a 400+ thread and in the past when race was discussed it worked... Maybe we should invite stan or die waarheid along with Andre Hough's agent (Eugene) and Gareth...
lol Wpw

Eish this is bad news.

Funny how our cricket team invariably wilt in Australia.

This is going to be another innings and plenty drubbings series and a 3-0 whitewash.

The Australians are mean and angry at the Poms and their fans are wilting at the shocks of getting a klap at the Rugby League 3N, the rugby union 3N, the end of their dominance in Olympic pools, their wilting athletes, and of course losing the Ashes.

I personally think we're gonna be the ones to pay for those failures this year and be the first victims of Australia's come back in cricket....

Mickey Arthur's jetlag excuse is utter crapo.
Agree david
I personally think there are guys in the team who dont belong there. Pollock is finished. When last did he take 4 or more wickets in a test? Gibbs, Boje, Boucher and Rudolph need to score runs or get booted out. It's amazing how difficult it is to break into the Protea side and it's even more difficult to get dropped if your surname is Kallis, Boucher, Gibbs or Pollock...
Shit...we suck,it's going to be a long summer, winter in my case.  
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