Hussey steers Australia to series win

October 29, 2011
Mike Hussey

by Binguyen

Australia defeated South Africa last night in the deciding one-day international to claim a 2-1 series win in Durban.

The victory gives the visitors a boost ahead of the two match Test series starting in Cape Town on 9th November.

South Africa won the toss yesterday and elected to bat, and it appeared to be the right decision as half centuries from Hashim Amla, and Jacques Kallis had helped the home side to 117-1. At this stage South Africa were eyeing up a total of over 250.

However, a combination of poor batting combined and excellent bowling saw South Africa’s innings stumble towards 50 overs. Xavier Doherty was the pick of the Australian bowlers, taking 2-33 from 9 overs. The left arm spinner was extracting turn and bounce from the Kingsmead surface.

South Africa finished their innings on 225-6 with no batsman scoring at better than a run a ball. Despite this below par total, South Africa were still in the game as the wicket was offering in-consistent bounce at times.

Shane Watson made a characteristic 49 at the top of the innings, but much like the South African effort, the innings began to falter in the middle overs. Spin was playing its role, as Botha had Ponting caught and bowled for 11, while part timer JP Duminy removed Michael Clarke (26), and Shaun Marsh (30).

At the fall of Marsh’s wicket the score was 156-5 with the game in the balance. Australia needed a cool head to see them home and they got this through the experienced Michael Hussey. Hussey is one of the best situational players in the game, and he went on to make 45 not out, which proved to be the match winning innings.

Hussey pulled Morkel for six ensuring Australia won the game with 3.3 overs to spare with just 3 wickets remaining.

With the sides evenly match it should make for a great Test series and the only real disappointment is that the administrators have decided that there will be only two Test matches.

Chris Murtagh 29/10/2011

2 Comments to “Hussey steers Australia to series win”

  1. Ed
    October 29th, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    No better player then Hussey at the moment. He does it in every form of the game in all conditions.

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  2. Donald
    October 29th, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    Sad times for the Aussies having to rely on a 36 year old the whole time to get them out of trouble.

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