New Zealand all out for 185 after middle-order collapse
Hamilton: Chris Martin struck back for New Zealand with two quick wickets to leave South Africa on 27 for two at the close of play on the rain-hit first day of the second test in Hamilton on Thursday after the hosts middle order had collapsed. Martin had South Africa captain Graeme Smith (13) and night watchman Dale Steyn (four) caught by wicketkeeper Kruger van Wyk after the visitors had taken five wickets for no runs in 20 balls to bowl New Zealand out for 185 at Seddon Park.
Alivro Petersen was not out on eight,while Hashim Amla was on two for the visitors at the close of play. Martins double strike restored a measure of balance after New Zealand had slumped from 133 for two to 133 for seven in a little over 15 minutes during the final session following some hostile fast bowling from Steyn and Vernon Philander. Brendon McCullums reckless hook shot to a Steyn bouncer that was over his head after he had battled for more than two hours sparked the collapse.
McCullum had curbed his natural attacking instincts to grind his way to 61 and share in an 89-run partnership with Ross Taylor (44) as New Zealand looked to be in a strong position after being asked to bat on a green-tinged pitch. However,McCullum and Taylor were dismissed in quick succession to trigger a collapse.
Brief scores: New Zealand first innings 185 all out in 61.2 overs (B McCullum 61,R Taylor 44,M Gillespie 27,D Steyn 3/49,V Philander 4/70,I Tahir 2/12) vs South Africa first innings 27 for two in 11 overs (A Petersen 8*,H Amla 2*,C Martin 2/18)
Australia take on West Indies in first One-dayer today
Kingstown: Stand-in skipper Shane Watson believes Australias recent successes over India and Sri Lanka will mask any world-weariness when they kick-off their Caribbean tour. Australia tackle the West Indies in the first of five ODIs on Friday,with two Twenty20s and three Tests to follow on the seven-week tour a trip they set off on just 12 hours after their Tri-Nations win over Sri Lanka in Adelaide.
Watson,deputising for injured full-time captain Michael Clarke,insists his squad can impress,with younger players desperate to make their mark. Its a very exciting time in Australian cricket, Watson said. To think even 12 months ago that things were being said that the depth in Australian cricket might not be that good,to actually see the guys who are coming through.
Watson is keen to see how the likes of Nathan Lyon,James Pattinson and Peter Forrest perform in the Caribbean after making their mark on home wickets. James Pattinson has been brilliant,Nathan Lyon … to see these guys come in and perform straight away is a very exciting thing, Watson told http://www.cricinfo.com.
S African board crisis intensifies,top officials quit
Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa (CSA) plunged into turmoil after its acting president AK Khan and the chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee John Blair stepped down from their posts in the wake of a damning inquiry report of financial mismanagement in CSA. The resignation of the two top board members did not come as a surprise as pressure is growing across the country for the entire board of CSA to step down. The Nicholson inquiry,instituted by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula,after three months of hearings concluded that CSA CEO Gerald Majola should be suspended and investigated for possible criminal charges by the National Prosecuting Authority for breaching his fiduciary duties.
Mbalula set up the inquiry after nearly two years of wrangling within CSA over huge Indian Premier League bonuses that Majola paid himself and other senior CSA staff without the knowledge of the board.