Truth be told, it had us all in awe of South Africa, but it also raised questions about how Australia allowed a draw when they had the tourist reduced to rubble at 44/4 after 21 overs. Only to see them last another 127 overs to save the match
The Aussies were big hearted, determined, disciplined and all the adjectives you can attach to indicate respect, but at crunch time they just lacked that match winner to push for what should have been a certain victory. In their defence, they were robbed of the services of their main strike weapon in James Pattinson through injury. With his absence exposing the rest of the attack as being an excellent support cast but unable to step up to take the leading role outside of Peter Siddle who was super human.
Hit an explosive century in the 1st innings to set up the match beautifully for the Aussies and then showed within the match that his leg spin bowling has great potential. People keep raising doubts over his Test potential, but he keeps showing why he should be a near certainty in the side with him adding a Virender Sehwag type match winning X Factor
Good match from the big hearted Warner
Cowan had an excellent game in the 1st Test, but was somewhat average in this game. He was undone by swing in both innings with him being comprehensibly bowled in the second innings by an absolute jaffer from Kleinveldt
Struggled in this match
A Pair and back to State Cricket for the bloke that all of Australia wanted to succeed. His selecting smacked of desperation with it under lining the lack of depth in Test standard batting in Australia at present
Quiney gets to tell his Grand kids when he is old and grey how he played for Australia in one of the most compelling matches seen at the Adelaide Oval
Do you think he might leave out the fact he got a 'Pair' as he recalls the Tale of the match?
Father Time is tapping you on the shoulder Punta telling you to go before you completely embarrass yourself and crap on your legacy
Should have retired after the Ashes
Hit one of the most breath taking innings one could see with his near run a ball 230 in the first innings of this match. Which again paid homage to his rise to being the best batsman in the Test game since taking over the Test Captaincy
Super Human at present
Mr Cricket has been just that with him playing two match defining knocks with the bat in this game. His half century in the 2nd innings was arguably more crucial than his free flowing century in the 1st with him scoring it under pressure and guaranteed that Australia got to what should have been a match winning lead.
Very impressing match from the evergreen Veteran
I am not completely sold on Wade with him looking adequate with bat in hand, but non too clever behind the stumps with him missing some crucial chances in this match that could have ensured victory
A glove man first and foremost needs to be impeccable behind the stumps with the jury still out over Wade on this point.
Only bowled 9.1 overs until he was outed from the bowling attack with a side strain which probably cost Australia the match. Despite his injury, he still made some telling contributions with the bat
Huge loss in this Match
The lad proved himself to be a True Victorian, not some girly type from the other 'lesser' States....
Huge display of skill and courage from the big hearted quick with him nearly commandeering a victory for the ages for the Aussies
It will be interesting to see if all this Meterosexual New Age Crap about rotation of bowlers comes true in the Perth game in regards to Siddle....
All talk....you think?
Awesome by Siddle
Another big hearted trier that is a perfect back up bowler to the strike men. Shown indelibly in the 2nd innings with Pattinson down and Australia needing a hero with Hilfenhaus coming up way short.
Needed to do more
Heroic and at times showed real pedigree with his skill
But one over defined him
The 2nd last over of the match with Australia needing 2 wickets to win and Lyon choosing to rush through his over to give Peter Siddle a chance to win the match.
Rather than show belief in himself, and think this is my big chance to fully show to the Aussie public that I am the real deal rather than some peripheral figure
Harsh rating for such a big hearted display, but that over is why I marked him down
So a third Test in Perth starting Friday with the winner taking all....
It will be interesting to see how the Aussie recover from this match from not just a physical sense, but more crucially a mental regard. With them all knowing that the Adelaide Test was the one that got away.
The Squad for the 3rd Test welcomes back Shane Watson at the expense of Rob Quiney, but then makes you feel the need to have your head in your hands if your an observer of Australian Cricket. The inclusion of Mitchell Johnson, despite him doing sweet FA in First Class Cricket this year defied belief and matched by Josh Hazelwood being selected on the back of him averaging close to 50 in the Shield this year
Made you think Security let the King of the Morons Andrew Hilditch back in the building to help with selections...
As well as feeling sorry for consistently excellent performers like Luke Butterworth, Jackson Bird and Ben Cutting to name but 3 far more deserving candidates.
Going on the names Selected, this would be my Aussie 11
Cowan, Warner, Clarke, Ponting, Watson, Hussey, Wade, Starc, Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Lyon
But you know, that Australia will present RSA an early Christmas present by including Mitchell Johnson...........
The team getting a draw from where the were in this match must go down as one of the most remarkable saves in Test Cricket. Faf Du Plessis was truly extraordinary and King Kallis gave you chicken skin with his courage, despite obvious injury
Getting out of this game could be the inspiration to finally play to their potential in Perth
Scored a classy 122 in the 1st innings followed by a duck in the 2nd innings.
So it was a 50/50 type match for the RSA skipper with him so needed in the 2nd innings with a backs to the wall fight for survival on
Needed to do more in the 2nd innings
Looked real class in both innings, but inexplicable threw his wicket away in the 1st innings when it seemed apparent no one would get him out. He sacrificed his knock in the 1st Test too with him set for another big score. With both lapses tending to indicate that his temperament in regards to his concentration is not at a level it should be
Looks a Bees dick away from playing a match defining innings
A lauded player of Spin Bowling as seen in his obliteration in India a few years back but got out to the part time offerings of Dave Warner in the 1st and then to Nathan Lyon innocuous spin in the 2nd
Makes no sense at all
Sub Standard by such a high quality batsman
Amazing by Kallis from a courage and skill point of view after being injured
But this was a what might have been type game for King Jacques
With him hooping the ball with masterful swing in the 1st and looking like he was going to getting a swag of wickets with him making all the Aussie batsmen struggle only to break down.
Which flipped the Test like a coin
There is only one King
Played a decisive role in saving the match in the second innings in partnership with Du Plessis
Outside of this he has looked like Little Boy Lost all series long with him struggling behind the stumps and looking a shadow of the cavalier batsmen we have grown to love.
His fans will give the excuse of the pressure of him having to keep for his batting woes, which has merit, but he simply should be doing more
Perth offers him redemption
Faf Du Plessis
Amazing with him scoring one of the best match saving knocks in the games history to go with his very accomplished 78 from the first innings in his debut match!
A mark for every ball he faced to save the match for RSA
Terrible, and should be dropped
Has been average all series going on what we expect from the man known as 'The Steyn Remover', and he was pretty much the same in this Match
Makes me question whether he is carrying an injury for he looks a shadow of his former destructive self
Not good enough from one as talented as Steyn
Looked way out of his depth in the first innings, but then made us be wide eyed in the 2nd with his incisive swing bowling
Which made you think that when he puts it together he is indeed a very capable Test bowler
But would that glimpse fill you with enough faith to select him for Perth in the hope he displays that side of him?
Rubbish in the first, but looked very able in the second
Best bowler in the series by a mile, and will be a nightmare on a Perth pitch that will assist his rearing bounce
And the inaugural Bryce McGain Award for Bowling toiletry goes to Imran Tahir!!!!!!!!
I never thought I would see one worse than Bryce McGain, but Tahir is the Man!
The biggest poser for the deciding Test is the fitness of King Kallis and whether to risk him in such a huge game
Bit of a DUMB question for you know Kallis will play even if he is on one leg and probably be more able than the rest of the players in the game.
Which leaves the only question being the rest of the line up with Vernon Philander likely to be fit.
This would be my 11
Petersen, Smith, Amla, Kallis, Du Plessis, De Villiers, Tsolekile, McClaren, Philander, Steyn, Morkel