Australia Humiliated in South Africa

Australia’s hope of at least a draw were dashed when Vernon Philander forced a 6-3 on day five.  He decimated the Australians on the fifth day in Johannesburg. The Aussies slumped 492- run and lacked the battling resistance. They added a paltry 31 runs and their resistance lasted only 16.4 overs. South Africa finally registered a 3-1 victory which was their first victory over a touring Australian team since 1970. The Aussies did not expect to win but had hoped that they could at least secure a draw. However, Philander forced Marsh Shaun to be caught off the ball.  After another three deliveries, Mitchell joined his brother Shaun in the stands and was caught behind. Later Peter Hands comb managed to chop four overs.

The New captain Tim Paine alongside Pat Cummins were not capable of mustering a formidable resistance they had exhibited in the first innings. It made Paine edge behind while Cummins suffered a further humiliation. Philander had a hat-trick, while Chadd Sayers test only ended with the match’s second duck. The game ended after Nathan Lyon failed to get back on time and was run out.  The Australians had a horror tour even though they had started well in Durban. In Port Elizabeth, Wanderers and Cape Town the Proteas won forcing the tourists to go through unprecedented lows.

Meanwhile, the Austrian Cricket Association wants an explanation to what led Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith to be rushed to address a press conference just a few minutes after they left the field on the day of the ball tampering incident. According to ACA president, rushed conferences exert undue pressure on the player. ACA will contest the sanctions and ask Cricket Australia to reduce the sanctions imposed on the two players. Bancroft was banned for nine months while Smith was banned for 12 months after the ball tempering scandal that outraged the public in Australia and raised questions on the cricket culture. Steve admitted he took part in the authorization of the illegal ball tampering activity in Cape Town. Bancroft admitted that he committed the ball tampering offense. The players tried to cheat with a yellow sandpaper in an attempt to scuff the ball to help reverse the swings.

ACA president argued that the punishment meted on the players was disproportionate and the fact that the players were remorseful should have been considered. He said that Australia has lost the spirit of the cricket game and has made it a win- at- all- cost both on and off the field.


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