It was a very old fashioned day of hard, tough, Test cricket in Perth yesterday. South Africa bowled with superb discipline, good line and length, and had some misfortune with the umpiring. But Australia dug in, toughed it out, and thanks to the ‘brittle’ middle order of Hodge and Hussey, have the whip hand now.
And don’t feel too sorry for the South Africans. They have dropped five or six catches now for the Test and while their ground fielding has been very good, their catching is lamentable; a far cry from the atheletic teams coached by Bob Woolmer. So spare the sympathy for a team that can field.