Australia started the Fourth Test at the Wanderers Oval today with some of their slowest scoring of the season.
Australia started the Fourth Test at the Wanderers Oval today with some of their slowest scoring of the season. But after reaching 69 in three hours, with Macdonald 26 and Harvey 5, out to Tayfield and Goddard, enterprising batting by Benaud, who was promoted to no 4. took the total to 114 for two.
The Springboks were battling under a handicap of injuries and indisposition to three bowlers. First, Neil Adcock, who had McDonald missed behind the wicket, when the Australian opening bateman had scored only three, had to leave the field for the day after he had bowled six overs for ten runs. He has influenza.
Adcock's new-ball opening partner, Peter Heine, aggravated an old injury to his left leg and could be used only in short spells. On returning to the attack with only half an hour left for play Heine promptly dismissed Benaud, a century-maker for the second time in the series, and Craig.
The third injured man was was the skipper Clive van Ryneveld, who, in stopping a fierce drive from Benaud, again split the webbing on his left hand. He had to have stitches put in, and it was uncertain if he would be able to bat.
The faste bowlers wasted a lot of balls - a factor which contributed to the slow scoring. Goddard moved the ball in with his arm, but when his length shortened McDonald punched him for four with a square cut. The crowd grew impatient at Burke's slow scoring and gave him a few slow claps..
Harvey played uncertainly to Goddard, who bowled him a maiden over. Tayfield half appealed for lbw to Harvey and the left-hander mis-hit him to fine leg.
Tension had crept into the game when the players went off with the total at 47 for one. It was the third time in four tests that Craig had won the toss. He sent MacDonald and Burke out to bat on a pitch that looked dry and hard, with tinges of green showing through its straw colour.
By the middle of the afternoon the crowd was over 5,000, and at the end of the days play the Australians had been restricted to 217 runs for four wickets.