Australia vs South Africa 2016: 6 memorable Tests played between the two nations
South Africa are all set to take on Australia in a 3-match Test series beginning with the first Test at Perth from 3 to 7 November 2016. The last time these two sides came face-to-face in the Test arena was back in 2014 when the Aussies defeated the Proteas 2-1 in their own backyard.
Over the past couple of decades, the rivalry between these two great cricketing nations has been nothing short of remarkable as they have constantly challenged each other’s supremacy in the longest format. In the process, they have also given the cricket world some classic encounters which will be remembered for a long time.
Here are 6 memorable Tests played between Australia and South Africa:
#6 Cape Town 2011
The 1st match of the 2011/12 Test series between South Africa and Australia at Cape Town was among the most absurd Tests one would ever come across. The host team chose to field after winning the toss and had things going their way after the Australians were reduced to 40 for 3.
However, a monumental 151 by the opposition skipper Michael Clarke helped propel the Aussie score to 284. A spirited bowling performance led by Shane Watson’s 5 for 17 saw the Proteas skittled out for a paltry 96 in their first innings and made Australia favourites to win the game.
But the tables were turned in the most dramatic fashion by the South African bowlers as they ran through the visitors’ batting line-up and dismissed them for just 47 runs. The match, though, was still a long way from being won as the home side required 236 to win on a seaming pitch.
South Africa lost Jacques Rudolph early and Hashim Amla came in to join skipper Graeme Smith at the crease. The duo batted with great authority and made the pitch look like a belter during their decisive 195-run partnership. Both Smith and Amla scored centuries and the hosts registered a seemingly improbable 8-wicket win.