Exactly four years ago on this day, a very unusual thing in cricket was witnessed. Australia, a team known to be extremely fierce and powerful, was reduced to smithereens. It was against the sheer hostility of the South African pace attack, where the Australians crumbled, for a total of just 47. The batsmen simply had no answers to the might of the Proteas pacers in the picturesque venue of Cape Town.
The day began with Australia getting dismissed for 284 in the first innings. The visitors soon demolished South Africa for a paltry 96 in 24.3 overs. The architects for Australia’s bowling prowess were Ryan Harris and Shane Watson, who took 4 and 5 wickets respectively. Already struggling, the Proteas fought back like lions and hunted the Kangaroos.
The procession began with Shane Watson, being trapped in front by the steaming Dale Steyn. Debutant Vernon Philander got to seam the ball viciously, as the likes of Ponting and Marsh struggled. At one stage, the Kangaroos were reduced to an unbelievable 21-9, and the possibility of the lowest test score being registered looked possible.
However, the tenth wicket pair of Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle took the team till 47, before finally getting dismissed. It was a day, when the Australians had to eat the humble pie. South Africa went on to win the game, as they chased down 236, for the loss of just 2 wickets.
Below, is the video of Australia’s innings being rolled over for 47.