In the third Test of South Africa’s tour of Australia 1997/98, visitors South Africa scored 517 and although Mark Taylor carried his bat for 169 in the first innings, Australia needed to bat 109 overs in the second innings to save the Test match. Mark Waugh batted 404 minutes, and, despite controversy when Waugh hit one of his bails off the bowling off Shaun Pollock. Jr. Waugh was given NOT OUT. (Here’s the explanation: Under Law 35 Mark Waugh was adjudged to have finished his stroke and therefore given not out), South Africa fell agonizingly short by three wickets to win the Test match. Wisden in its tour report wrote: “After the match Cronje put a stump through the umpires` dressing room door and was lucky to avoid a ban.” Controversy took place in the following manner: It was 3rd Test Day 5, at Adelaide Oval, Shaun Pollock was the bowler, about 8 overs to go until the close of the Test match, Australia were somehow hanging on for a draw, Mark Waugh the last recognized batsmen, who was on 107* at the time, went on to socre 115*, in the process helping Australia draw the Test match. It was beyond belief of entire South African team. South African captain Hansie Cronje even threw a stump through the umpire’s door after the game.
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