Proteas dismiss Aussies

A superb half-century to debutant opener Phil Jaques was the only highlight of Australia’s innings, as South Africa dismissed the home side for 245 in the one-day international at Docklands stadium in Melbourne today.

Jaques’s 94 was the highest score made on debut by an Australian player, eclipsing the previous mark of 79 scored by the South-African born Kepler Wessels.

However, it was an almost lone hand from Jaques as tight bowling from the Proteas saw Australia set a modest victory target of 246. To keep up with the match, visit our live scorecard.

The South African bowling attack was led by Andrew Hall, who claimed 4 for 35, while Shaun Pollock (2 for 31) and super-sub Johan van der Wath (2 for 21) both took two wickets each.

Australia were forced to make a series of changes before the match with Jaques replacing the injured Simon Katich and Damien Martyn being elevated to open the batting in the absence of Adam Gilchrist, who was rested.

Gilchrist’s place was taken by New South Wales glovesman Brad Haddin.

South African fast bowler Charl Langeveldt is still suffering from a groin injury and was not selected.

Playing his first limited-overs international, Jaques was caught behind by Mark Boucher off the bowling van der Wath.

He faced 112 deliveries and hit 14 boundaries, having spanked 10 alone in bringing up his half-century.

Jaques lost opening partner Damien Martyn early in Australia’s innings in the third over for 11, when the Western Australian was bowled by Pollock for 11.

Ricky Ponting and Jaques guided Australia past the 50-run mark before the Australian captain was caught low down at slip by his South African counterpart Graeme Smith off Hall for 9.

The wicket of Ponting brought Jaques and Andrew Symonds together and it appeared during Dale Steyn’s spell in the 15th over that the pair would establish a formidable partnership.

Jaques smashed four consecutive fours Golden Goose but later in the over Steyn, making his debut for South Africa, claimed the wicket of Symonds when he had the Australian all-rounder brilliantly caught by Ashwell Prince for 7.

Michael Clarke replaced Symonds at the crease and began his innings in imposing fashion with a four.

He and Jaques compiled a valuable stand for the fourth wicket worth 87 runs before van der Wath left his mark on the match when he had Clarke caught behind for 34.

Van der Wath was subbed into the match following the inglorious debut of Steyn, who was thrashed for 58 off five overs.

Jaques departed soon after six runs short of a century while Haddin made little impression, out to Pollock for 1 after he dragged a delivery onto his stumps.

The momentum had well and truly swung in the favour of the Proteas, as they next snared the key wicket of Mike Hussey.

Hussey was out 18 when he was caught by Garnett Kruger at fine leg off Hall and Brett Lee also went cheaply for 6, dismissed by the part-time spin of Smith.

Australia then lost its last two wickets for 24, both of which fall to Hall.

Brett Dorey – on debut – was caught by Justin Kemp for 2 before Hall had James Hopes out for 38 when he was caught by Johan Botha.

Glenn McGrath was the not out batsman on 2.Australia:Phil Jaques, Damien Martyn, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Mike Hussey, Brad Haddin, James Hopes, Brett Lee, Brett Dorey, Glenn McGrath, Brad Hogg (super-sub).South Africa:Graeme Smith, Boeta Dippenaar, Herschelle Gibbs, Ashwell Prince, Justin Kemp, Mark Boucher, Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, Johan Botha, Garnett Kruger, Dale Steyn, Johan van der Wath (super-sub).