Cook gets his long­awaited win at last

Weekend Witness - - Sport - JONATHAN COOK in Cape Town

PERTH — It took them al­most three months, but Eng­land fi­nally notched their first win of their hor­rific Aus­tralian yes­ter­day.

Af­ter eight suc­ces­sive losses to the home na­tion, the tourists fi­nally had some­thing to cel­e­brate with a 57­run win over Aus­tralia, who al­ready held an un­beat­able 3­0 lead in the five­match ODI se­ries.

Up against an un­der­strength Aus­tralian side led by Ge­orge Bai­ley rather than Michael Clarke, Eng­land made 316 for eight af­ter be­ing sent in to bat on a great bat­ting wicket.

In re­ply Aus­tralia made 259 from 47.4 overs.

Cook had been quoted as say­ing he was re­con­sid­er­ing his role as cap­tain lead­ing up to the match, but at the coin toss vowed to do all he could to hang on to the po­si­tion.

— Sapa­AFP. A. Cook b Maxwell............................................... 44 I. Bell c Faulkner b Chris­tian............................ 55 B. Stokes c Wade b Faulkner........................... 70 G. Bal­lance c Smith b Pat­tin­son...................... 18 E. Mor­gan c Chris­tian b Faulkner .................... 33 R. Bopara c sub (Do­herty) b Coul­ter­Nile ...... 3 J. Buttler c John­son b Faulkner........................ 71 T. Bres­nan c John­son b Faulkner ...................... 2 S. Broad not out .................................................... 4 C. Jor­dan not out................................................... 0 ( 16w)......................................................... 16 (for eight wick­ets, 50 overs)......... Fall of wick­ets: 1­87 (Cook), 2­138 (Bell), 3­190 (Bal­lance), 4­206 (Stokes), 5­216 (Bopara), 6­287 (Mor­gan), 7­312 (Buttler), 8­312 (Bres­nan). Bowl­ing: John­son 10­0­72­0 (1w), Pat­tin­son 8­0­63­1 (5w), Faulkner 10­0­67­4 (2w), Coul­ter­Nile 10­0­62­1 (3w), Maxwell 9­0­37­1 (2w), Chris­tian 3­0­15­1 (3w). S. Marsh c Bell b Bres­nan................................. 15 A. Finch c Broad b Bres­nan............................108 M. Wade c Cook b Bopara................................ 23 G. Bai­ley c Buttler b Stokes............................... 11 S. Smith c Buttler b Broad ............................... 19 G. Maxwell c Buttler b Stokes ......................... 26 D. Chris­tian c Bal­lance b Broad....................... 23 J. Faulkner c Buttler b Stokes............................ 2 M. John­son b Stokes............................................. 6 N. Coul­ter­Nile not out.......................................... 8 J. Pat­tin­son c Buttler b Bres­nan....................... 4 (lb5, w9).................................................. 14 (all out, 47.4 overs)......................... Fall of wick­ets: 1­46 (Marsh), 2­110 (Wade), 3­132 (Bai­ley), 4­174 (Smith), 5­189 (Finch), 6­222 (Maxwell), 7­230 (Faulkner), 8­239 (John­son), 9­247 (Chris­tian), 10­259 (Pat­tin­son). Bowl­ing: Jor­dan 9­0­57­0 (2w), Broad 10­056­2, Bres­nan 8.4­0­45­3 (3w), Tred­well 5­026­0, Bopara 6­1­32­1, Stokes 9­1­38­4 (4w). IN ar­guably one of the finest per­for­mances of her dis­tin­guished 317­Test match ca­reer, in­spi­ra­tional cap­tain Mar­sha Cox in­spired the world num­ber 11 In­vestec South Africa women’s hockey team to a thor­oughly de­served 1­0 vic­tory over world num­ber four Aus­tralia at Hart­ley­vale Sta­dium last night af­ter the score was 0­0 at half­time.

SA con­trolled prob­a­bly 70% of the sec­ond Test and another cel­e­brated su­per­star, Pi­etie Coet­zee, scored the win­ner in the 58th minute when Cox fed the world record Test match goalscorer, who used her all her ex­pe­ri­ence and aware­ness to give her­self room to un­reel a mag­nif­i­cent back­hand shot that smashed into the back­board be­hind out­stand­ing Aussie keeper Rachael Lynch. It was the as­ton­ish­ing Coet­zee’s 278th goal in her 277th Test match.

SA now can­not lose the se­ries. The first Test was drawn 3­3 and the third and fi­nal Test is at the same venue 4 pm to­day. The Hart­ley­vale Sum­mer Se­ries does not end there, how­ever, as the first of six Tests against world num­ber 12 Bel­gium be­gins 4 pm tomorrow.

SA’s Dirkie Cham­ber­lain and Ilse Davids cel­e­brated their 150th and 100th Test matches re­spec­tively when their moth­ers handed over bou­quets of flow­ers be­fore the first whis­tle.

Both sides trans­ferred the ball with pre­ci­sion and in­ven­tion from the out­set, with Cox in scin­til­lat­ing form. The ac­tion was end to end, with the Aussies also com­ing to the party but there was lit­tle doubt that SA were show­ing im­proved vi­sion than in the first Test.

How­ever, the Hock­ey­roos won the first penalty cor­ner in the 10th minute af­ter a deliberate break­down by the South Africans in the 23­me­tre area. Jodie Schulz’s con­ven­tional hit went past the near post. The Aussies were also full value on the break­out and in the 12th minute a 60­me­tre pass found Kel­lie White, whose shot was well saved by keeper Phume Mbande.

Lenise Marais earned SA’s first PC and Coet­zee’s drag­flick was saved by Lynch. The de­fend­ing on both sides was solid yet in the 28th minute Kath­leen Tay­lor won SA’s sec­ond PC and Quanita Bobbs’s flick was glove­saved by Lynch to the keeper’s right.

Two min­utes from half­time (33rd) a stun­ning move saw SA’s Tar­ryn Bright throw an ac­cu­rate aerial pass to Coet­zee that broke the Aussies’ de­fen­sive screen wide open. The in­form Coet­zee passed to the equally on­song Shel­ley Rus­sell, whose shot was stopped by Lynch. Coet­zee was then ag­o­nis­ingly un­for­tu­nate not to scram­ble the ball into the goal.

The 0­0 half­time score didn’t re­flect how well SA played.

Aus­tralia started the sec­ond half with in­tent but the first real chance came in the 48th minute when Cham­ber­lain was des­per­ately un­lucky from close. With 14 min­utes left the Aussies could have made much more of a break­away chance af­ter a su­perb aerial long ball.

But the crowd’s spon­ta­neous re­ac­tion in the 58th minute when Cox fed Coet­zee for the lat­ter’s match­win­ner bore wit­ness to the piv­otal mo­ment that de­cided the out­come of the most pul­sat­ing of con­tests.

Eight min­utes from the end Coet­zee shot wide af­ter the pacy Bernie Cos­ton had turned over Aussie ball with a well­timed in­ter­cept, but in the fi­nal anal­y­sis it didn’t mat­ter a jot.

(all at Hart­ley­vale) Jan­uary: vs Aus­tralia: Satur­day 25th (4pm) vs Bel­gium: Sun­day 26th (4pm); Tues­day 28th (8pm); Wed­nes­day 29th (7pm); Fri­day 31st (7pm) Fe­bru­ary: vs Bel­gium: Sun­day 2nd (4 pm); Mon­day 3rd (7 pm). * Twit­ter han­dle is @In­vestec_S­port us­ing #In­veste­chockey.

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