The third test match between Australia and South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground ended in a draw, the final scores being: Australia: 260 and 9-450 declared; South Africa: 302 and 5-326.
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Background: The third test match between Australia and South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground ended in a draw, the final scores being: Australia: 260 and 9-450 declared; South Africa: 302 and 5-326.
A feature of the day's play was the equalling by Wally Grout of Australia of the record number of dismissals in tests - 130 - by a wicket-keeper. The record was established by Oldfield, also of Australia, in 1937. Grout has caught 111 batsman and stumped 19. And this is how he equalled Oldfield's record. Grout was keeping to Hawke's bowling - Australia's most successful bowler in the innings with 2-43. Pollock sneaked the ball and walked out without hesitating, knowing that Grout's safe hands were behind.
Team-mates congratulated Grout, both on his record and on the dismissal of South Africa's most dangerous batsman. Grout has played in 32 tests since 1957.
Early 1 the day a good crowd had their hopes of a decision raised when McKenzie shattered David Pithey's wicket. But this only allowed down play and after nearly an hour, fewer than 40 runs had been added. The early play was marked by a tense struggle between Benaud, who was getting tense struggle between Benaud, who was getting little help from a perfect wicket, and the South African captain, Goddard, who was often in trouble.
Benaud's accurate bowling pinned down the batsman, but they were quite unwilling to take chances and after two hours of play - at lunch - they had added only 80 runs, a much slower rate than was needed to win the match. In the play before the tea break the score crept to 200.
Before tea, Goddard, who had ben not out overnight misjudged a ball from Simpson and was out lbw. He had scored 84 in a valuable knock to save his side.
With Goddard gone, Bland took over the role of chief batsman and kept the Australian bowlers out while picking up occasional runs. At times the slow rate of scoring annoyed spectators who slow hand clapped.
McKenzie attacked with the new ball but met with no success. Then, after tea, the last wicket fell at 233 when Bland, who top-scored with 85, skied a ball off O'Neill to Benaud at mid-off. Benaud held the catch in what could be his last test match.