Test Cricket Tours - South Africa to Australia 2008-09
Tour of Australia 2008-09Captain: Graeme Smith
45th official Test tour
Ninth Test-playing tour of Australia by South Africa
(December 2008 -
had not lost a home series since 1992-93 but the South Africans had good
reason to be confident after beating Pakistan, Bangladesh
and England on recent
tours, and drawing a series in India. Skipper Graeme Smith felt
this was their best chance to beat Australia in a Test series since
readmission in 1991.
The South African were due to
in the lead-up to the Boxing Day Test but this fixture was squeezed out by
the Champions League. When the Mumbai atrocity caused the tournament's
postponement, it was possible to add an extra warm-up match before the tour
South Africa won the first Test match at Perth, pulling off the
second-highest run chase in Test history by scoring 414 for 4.Following up with a win at Melbourne they won the series 2-1. This
gave them victory in a Test series on Australian soil for the first time, and
they later took over as the world’s number one one-day international team
after handing the Australians a 4-1 series defeat.
Craig Matthews (acting Convenor of Selectorsas Mike Procter would not take up the poisiton
until December), Mustapha Khan, Winky Ximiya.
Unavailable: Andre Nel (surgery
to repair knee ligament damage.)Albie
Morkel (shoulder injury).
Tour Party Announced :22 November
Not selected : Herschelle
was included as cover for Paul Harris who had fractured a thumb in the first
Test against Bangladesh.
This meant the team had seven non-white players in the squad
The ODI and 20/20 squads were named on 22 December with
Graeme Smith as captain, but he withdrew and Johan Botha
(vice-captain) took over as skipper.
Time between selection and departure from South Africa
(22 November to 6 December)
Five of the squad members - Graeme Smith, Morne Morkel, Hashim Amla, AB de
Villiers and Dale Steyn - were to be involved in the Twenty20 tournament but became
available to travel to Australia
with rest of the squad on 6 December when the Mumbai bombs caused ithe IPL to
The South African arrived at Perth
on Sunday 7 December and were whisked off to a boat cruise on the
River before retiring
for the night.
Duncan Fletcher signed on a 50-day coaching consultant contract and
travelled with the team to Perth for 12 days
ahead of the opening Test match against Australia.
The one-day specialists arrived on 8 January 2009.
Time spent in Australia
(7 December - 1 February)
On-tour selection panel
Vaughn van Jaarsveld joined South Africa's
Test squad in Perth
on Sunday 28 December as cover for the injured Ashwell Prince (thumb) and
Graeme Smith (tennis elbow).
• In Perth South Africa achieved
the second-highest successful run chase in all Test cricket.
• Graeme Smith (108) and AB de Villiers
(106*)scored centuries as South Africa
reached the target of 414 set by Ricky Ponting.Debutant JP Duminy (50*) made the winning
•Duminy scored his maiden Test century (166)
: his partnership of 180 with Dale Steyn was the third highest ninth wicket
stand in Test cricket.
•Graeme Smith walked out to bat with a broken
hand atSydney and defended the last wicket until
within five minutes of the close of play.
Other first-class matches
§ One-day internationals
⊕ Twenty 20 internationals
Return to South Africa
Graeme Smith withdrew from
the ODI series and left the tour at the end of the Third Test to have
treatment on his elbow injury. He had in any case fractured a hand while
batting.He arrived back at Cape Town International
Airport (from Johannesburg) on Thursday night 8 January.
Harris, Prince, Peterson, Zondeki and McKenzie also
returned home on 9 January as they were not in the limited-overs squad.
Makhaya Ntini flew back to Johannesburg
from Perth on 29 January to be with his wife
and children after they were involved in a car accident in the Eastern Cape.
Hundreds lined the streets of Perth on the morning of
Saturday 31 January to bid the team goodbye as they drove to the airport. Their flight landed in Johannesburg on the Saturday
evening.More than a thousand fans
gathered at OR Tambo International Airport to greet them and Smith flew up from Cape Town to join the team’s celebrating winning the Test
and one-day series.