Australia posted the highest successful run chase at Johannesburg’s New Wanderers stadium to beat South Africa and tie their two-Test cricket series.
Australia, chasing 310 to win, reached the target with two wickets remaining to maintain its record of not losing a Test series in South Africa since the Proteas were re-admitted to international cricket in 1991.
The previous highest successful chase achieved at the Wanderers was 292, set by Australia in 2006. Australia had won its past four Test series in South Africa after a 1-1 draw in 1994.
Today, rain wiped out the morning session and an early lunch was taken. The visitors, resuming on 142-3, suffered an early blow when captain Michael Clarke was bowled by Vernon Philander in the fourth over of the day after adding only one run to his overnight single.
Ricky Ponting was then dismissed for 62 when he edged to Jacques Rudolph at second slip off the bowling of Morne Morkel to leave Australia struggling on 165-3.
Michael Hussey and Brad Haddin steadied the innings with a 50-run partnership. Hussey was trapped leg before wicket by Philander for 39, but Haddin went on to score 55, before edging from Philander to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, to lift his team within sight of the victory.
Haddin’s dismissal left Australia 23 runs short with three wickets remaining and Peter Siddle was out soon after to leave the match in the balance. Dale Steyn then failed to hold a catch off his own bowling as Pat Cummins lofted the ball into the air.
It was the 18-year-old Cummins, on his Test debut, who took Australia past its target with a boundary, the visitors finishing on 311-8. Mitchell Johnson made 40 not out, with Cummins unbeaten on 13. Philander was the pick of South Africa’s bowlers, taking 5-70.
South Africa had won the opening Test of this series in Cape Town by eight wickets.