The tour had no warm-up matches
and started with a Twenty20 international, followed by a series of five
one-day internationals. Australia fought back from being two-down to level
the series but then lost the final one-dayer when Herschelle Gibbs hit 175 as
South Africa bettered the highest ever 50-over innings of four for 434 with
just one ball remaining.
Australia made a
clean sweep in the Test series
Mark Boucher claimed that some
of the South Africans were racially abused during the Proteas’ Australian
tour. He was quoted in Wisden Cricketer
magazine as saying “Nasty things have been said ... I have lost respect
for one or two of their players,” and added "I hope our public give them
a bit of stick, because we’ve taken a serious amount.”
A spate of suicide bombings in Chittagong and north of Dhaka in December made the
Australian Board wary about the Bangladesh part of the tour but
they were satisfied with enhanced security arrangements.
November 2005 Cricket Australia
appointed Richard McInnes as performance analyst; and the former fitness
advisor to Bangladesh Cricket Board, Justin Cordy, as the strength and
conditioning coach of the Australian team. He replaced Jock Campbell who had
reached the end of his two-year contract.
ODI squad announced:
Adam Gilchrist (wk), Simon
Katich, Ricky Ponting (capt), Damien Martyn, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey,
Andrew Symonds, Shane Watson, Brett Lee, Nathan Bracken, Brad Hogg, Stuart
Clark, Daniel Cullen, Mitchell Johnson
Tour Party Announced:
Not selected :
Withdrawal Glenn McGrath withdrew
from the limited-overs section of the South African tour to spend more time
with his sick wife.
Selection for Bangladesh
part of tour announced:30 March 2006
The only change was Dan Cullen replacing Mick Lewis
in the one-day squad
Time between selection and departure from Australiax days
(?- 20 February
The Australians held a news conference in Sydney before the one-day squad flew out on Monday 20
February and arrived in Johannesburg
in the afternoon of the same day.
Mike Hussey remained in Australia where his wife was due
to give birth.
Time spent in South
(20 February - 9 ? February)
(captain), John Buchanan(coach),x(vice-captain).
P A Jaques
Jaques was flown in on 27 February to help the one-day squad when Ricky
Ponting (abdominal strain) and Andrew Symonds (hip) were injured.
M G Johnson
Shaun Tait picked up a back injury in South Africa, Justin
Langer was concussed by a bouncer
from Ntini and Mike Kasprowicz had
a sore back, so Cricket Australia
decided they would return to Australia
for treatment rather than tour Bangladesh.
Jason Gillespie, Phil
Jaques and Mitchell Johnson (who was
already in the one-day party to Bangladesh) were added to the
Test team in their places.
•In the fifth one-day match Australia’s 4 for 434 in 50 overs (was the
highest total in 50 overs cricket till South Africa overtook it.Ricky Ponting’s innings of 164
•Mick Lewis’s ten overs went for 113 runs - the most expensive analysis
in one-day international cricket.
•Jason Gillespie scored 201 not out against Bangladesh at Chittagong
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
After completing their 3-0
series victory with a two-wicket win at Johannesburg
on Tuesday, the Australians flew to Dhaka on
Thursday 6 April
Shaun Tait returned to Australia
following the conclusion of the final Test at Johannesburg.
Time away from Australia
(20 February - )
The tour was sponsored by Travelex. In 2005-06, Travelex signed
for another five years as the international tour partner of the Australian
accounts of the tour
In June 2006 physiotherapist Errol Alcott stood down after 22
years with the Australian national team to join the Sydney rugby league club,
Rabbitohs, recently taken over by film actor Russell Crowe. Alcott had begun work
with the Australians on the 1983-84 tour of West Indies.Alex Kountouris,his number two since
leaving the Sri Lankan team in 2003, took over as the Test side’s main