South Africa ‘A’ crash to 10-wicket de­feat against Aussies

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CAPE TOWN — Mitchell Swep­son, Mar­cus Stoi­nis and Kur­tis Pat­ter­son all starred as Aus­tralia A com­pleted a 10-wicket win over South Africa A on the fi­nal day of their sec­ond four-day match in Townsville yes­ter­day.

Swep­son and Stoi­nis first shared seven wick­ets, both tak­ing ca­reer-best fig­ures in the process, as the tourists were dis­missed for just 180 in their sec­ond in­nings, set­ting the hosts a vic­tory tar­get of 83.

Opener Pat­ter­son then struck an un­beaten 50 (48 balls, 8 fours), his sec­ond half cen­tury of the game af­ter hit­ting 92 in the first in­nings, as the Aus­tralians raced to vic­tory in 15 overs at the Tony Ire­land Sta­dium.

Fel­low opener Cameron Ban­croft was not out on 32 as the home side fol­lowed their 197-run win in the first game with an­other com­fort­able tri­umph that clinched the two-match se­ries 2-0. The fi­nal out­come on day four, though, was set up by South Africa’s dis­ap­point­ing bat­ting show.

They had be­gun the day on 18/1 and got go­ing well enough to reach 70/2 at one stage. Overnight pair, Dean El­gar and Om­phile Ramela were first up, tak­ing the to­tal to 48, be­fore the lat­ter was dis­missed for 25 by Scott Boland (2/36). Test opener, El­gar then fell for 35 when he edged the seam of Stoi­nis (3/27) to wick­et­keeper Sam White­man.

Temba Bavuma (4) and Sti­aan van Zyl (14) were next to go, be­fore Wayne Par­nell (22), Dane Vi­las (36) and Andile Phehluk­wayo (27) all got starts, but the spin of Swep­son (4/33) mopped up the tail to set up what proved to be a sim­ple chase. The tour will con­tinue with a one-day leg be­gin­ning on Satur­day when the South Africans play a Na­tional Per­for­mance Squad in Townsville. The se­ries also in­volves In­dia A and Aus­tralia A and con­cludes on Au­gust 31. Mean­while, Eng­land pace­man James An­der­son has re­claimed the num­ber-one rank­ing from In­dia’s Ravichan­dran Ash­win in the ICC rank­ings for Test bowlers. The rank­ings were up­dated fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of the Edg­bas­ton Test which Eng­land won by 141 runs to take a 2-1 lead over Pak­istan. An­der­son had en­tered the Edg­bas­ton Test trail­ing Ash­win by one point, but he opened up a 12-point gap over the In­dia spin­ner. This fol­lowed An­der­son’s four wick­ets against third-ranked Pak­istan, which earned him six points, as com­pared to Ash­win’s six wick­ets against eighth-ranked West Indies in the Ja­maica Test which cost him six points.

This is the sec­ond time in less than six weeks that An­der­son has topped the bowl­ing ta­ble.

He had surged to the top of the chart for the first time in his ca­reer on 31 May af­ter he took eight wick­ets in Eng­land’s nine-wicket vic­tory over Sri Lanka in the sec­ond Test at Ch­ester-le-Street.

But the com­pe­ti­tion at the top of the ta­ble is so tight that the num­ber-one rank­ing has thrice changed hands from Yasir Shah to Ash­win and back to An­der­son.

Aus­tralia’s Mitchell Starc, Sri Lanka’s Dil­ruwan Per­era and Chris Woakes of Eng­land are the other bowlers to make im­pres­sive gains in the lat­est rank­ings.— Sport24.

James An­der­son

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