Left field

The Reuters global sports blog

Wanderers test will not match Newlands. But for better or worse?


Last week’s crazy Cape Town test match between South Africa and Australia, where 23 wickets fell in a day and the visitors narrowly avoided the lowest ever test score, will go down in cricket’s esteemed annals.

They meet again at the Wanderers from Thursday. But would test cricket fans want to see a repeat?

The Newlands match was over in three days and despite all the drama, purists were left wondering whether the flurry of wickets was due to bad batting and a lack of application in the test arena rather than wonderful bowling in conducive conditions.

Australia captain Michael Clarke described his team’s batting as “disgraceful and unacceptable” after they were bowled out for 47.