Facts and Figures: Australia, S. Africa performance in 2007 and 2008

December 30th, 2008 - 2:17 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Dec.30 (ANI): Is Australia coming to the end of its over decade-and-a-half dominance of world cricket. Many connoisseurs of the game would like to think so in the wake of South Africas series victory against the Australians in Melbourne and Perth. Their (Proteas) series win caps a magnificent 2008, even though Australia remains the world’’s best Test side in terms of rankings.
The Proteas would officially become No.1 if they can produce a series whitewash, with the third Test to start in Sydney on Saturday.
Following is the contrasting years for Australia and South Africa in Test cricket.
AUSTRALIA January
Beat India by 122 runs at SCG
Lost to India by 72 runs at WACA Ground
Drew with India at Adelaide Oval
Won series 2-1 (after winning first Test at MCG in 2007)
May/June
Beat the West Indies by 95 runs at Kingston
Drew with the West Indies at Antigua
Beat the West Indies by 87 runs at Bridgetown
Won series 2-0
October/November
Drew with India at Bangalore
Lost to India by 320 runs at Mohali
Drew with India at New Delhi
Lost to India by 172 runs at Nagpur
Lost series 2-0
November/December
Beat New Zealand by 149 runs at Gabba
Beat New Zealand by an innings and 62 runs at Adelaide Oval
Won series 2-0
December
Lost to South Africa by six wickets at WACA Ground
Lost to South Africa by nine wickets at MCG
Trail series 2-0 with third Test to be played at SCG
TOTAL - Played 14 Tests, won 5, lost 5, drew 4
SOUTH AFRICA January
Beat the West Indies by seven wickets at Cape Town
Beat the West Indies by an innings and 100 runs at Durban
Won series 2-1 (after losing the first Test at Port Elizabeth in 2007)
February/March
Beat Bangladesh by five wickets at Mirpur
Beat Bangladesh by an innings and 205 runs at Chittagong
Won series 2-0
March/April
Drew with India at Chennai
Beat India by an innings and 90 runs at Ahmedabad
Lost to India by eight wickets at Kanpur
Drew series 1-1
July/August
Drew with England at Lord’’s
Beat England by 10 wickets at Headingley
Beat England by five wickets at Edgbaston
Lost to England by six wickets at The Oval
Won series 2-1
November
Beat Bangladesh by an innings and 129 runs at Bloemfontein
Beat Bangladesh by an innings and 48 runs at Centurion
Won series 2-0
December
Beat Australia by six wickets at WACA Ground
Beat Australia by nine wickets at MCG
Lead series 2-0 with third Test to be played at SCG
TOTAL - Played 15 Tests, won 11, lost 2, drew 2
Where Australia’’s Test series defeat to South Africa ranks.
* Australia’’s first series defeat at home since they lost 2-1 to the West Indies in 1992-93
* Australia’’s first series defeat to South Africa since they lost 4-0 in South Africa in 1969-70
* Only Australia’’s third series defeat to South Africa in 21 series, after the 3-1 defeat in 1966-67 and the 4-0 defeat in 1969-70 (both in South Africa)
* Australia’’s 18th series defeat at home in 131 years
* Just Australia’’s fifth series defeat in the past decade, after Sri Lanka 1999, India 2001, England 2005 and India 2008 (all away).
Looking ahead to the third Test in Sydney:
*A South African win would make them the world’’s No.1 Test team
* It would be only the second time Australia have been whitewashed at home, after England won 2-0 in 1886-87
*It would be only the sixth time Australia have been whitewashed in a Test series, after England won 3-0 in England in 1886, England won 2-0 in Australia in 1886-87, England won 2-0 in England in 1890, South Africa won 4-0 in South Africa in 1969-70 and Pakistan won 3-0 in Pakistan in 1982-83. (ANI)

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