Test Cricket Tours - Australia to South Africa 1996-97
Tour of South Africa
official Test tour
Test-playing tour of South Africa
- April 1997)
Mark Taylor’s poor batting form
from the Australian domestic season continued and his place in the team came
under question until Ian Healy threw his bat on the steps leading to the
dressing room after being caught behind and was suspended for the next two
one-day internationals so Taylor, who was unfit, had to play and lead the
It was a highly successful tour
in terms of playing results: the Test series was won by two matches to one
and the Standard Bank one-day series by 4 to 3.Since defeat in the 1996 World Cup final Australia’s one-day form had slumped so it was
surprising that South
Africa were beaten.
Not selected : Michael Slater, Mike Kasprowicz, Damien Fleming, Brad Hogg.
Dale, di Venuto, Julian and Law were chosen to play in the one-day
Mark Taylor was given the option of going home at the end of the
Test series to rest before the tour of England but he chose to stay on.
Time between selection and departure from Australia
( - 10?
The team arrived in Johannesburg
on 11 February 1997 and were met by Dr Ali Bacher, head of the United Cricket
Board of South Africa.On
arrival the Australian players expressed concern over possible riots in Johannesburg, which had
recently left two dead, but Bacher reassured that security fears were
Time spent in South
(11 February - 14 April)
Mark Taylor (captain),Geoff Marsh (coach),Ian Healy(vice-captain).
A C Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist was called up to
keep wicket when Ian Healy was suspended for dissent by match referee Raman
Subba Row from the first two one-day internationals.
Mark Waugh split the webbing on
his right hand whilst fielding in the 3rd ODI in Cape Town and was unable to play again until
the last match of the series.
•Steve and Mark Waugh appeared together in a
Test for the 44th time at Johannesburg,
passing the record of the Chappell brothers who had played together 43 times
•Steve Waugh (160) and Greg Blewett (214) shared
a partnership of 385 for the 5th wicket at Johannesburg. Their stand was spread over
recorded its greatest victory margin over South
Africa at Johannesburg
- an innings and 196 runs.
•Jason Gillespie took 5-54 at Port Elizabeth; and 14
wickets in the series at an average of only 20.5.
•Mark Waugh scored 116 to secure the series victory
at Port Elizabeth.
•Glenn McGrath took 6-86 at Centurion.
Other first-class matches
† Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
At the end of the Test series Matthew
Hayden, Justin Langer, Glenn McGrath and Matthew Elliott went home.
Last ODI played 13 April
Time away from Australia
(10 February? to 15 April)
of the tour
This was the first time since readmission to Test cricket that South Africa
had lost a home series.The next tour
made to South Africa
was by the West Indians in 1998-99, and they restored their record with a
thumping five-nil victory.