At stumps on the fourth day of the third test match between Australia between Australia and South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground, South Africa was 1-61 in its second innings.
At stumps on the fourth day of the third test match between Australia between Australia and South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground, South Africa was 1-61 in its second innings. Australia declared its 2nd innings closed at 9-450, leaving South Africa to make 409 runs in 435 minutes to win. This morning with an overnight score of 4-243. Booth and Shepherd resumed in a heavy atmosphere with the South African bowlers getting a lot of movement through the air. However, Partridge was the danger man and soon produced a sharp in-swinger that had Booth beaten all the way.
Benaud came to the wicket to join Shepherd, but Partridge struck again and had the West Australian captain feeling for the ball and touching a catch to Waite.
The fall of this wicket brought McKenzie to the cease to begin a long partnership with Benaud. The two batsmen rescued Australia from a precarious position and eventually subdued the South African bowlers.They batted through the morning to a lunch score of 6-289 and then scored rapidly after lunch. McKenzie, who went on to score 76 - his highest in first class cricket - hit a mighty six off Partridge on the top of the Member's Stand.
They went on to add 160 to the score before Benaud was caught for 90 and McKenzie for 76. Then Grout began some lusty hitting and after hooking Partridge to the fence, skied a ball to mid-off and was caught by Bland, Simpson then declared the innings closed.
Facing a deficit of 409, South Africa began brightly.
McKenzie had bad luck early in the South African innings with the opening batsman Barlow being missed by Booth in the slips. But McKenzie had his rewards soon after when Simpson caught Barlow for 35.