First Test, Day Four: Another Aussie Comeback On The Cards?

Daniel LamCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2008

With only three wickets down, and a mere total of 186 to required on the last day for South Africa to win the first test, it is all but certain that the visitors to win. Or we would think so.

But its the Aussie spirit that keeps us in check, nothing is impossible, especially in cricket. 

The Aussies were already on the back foot in the second innings, up until came wicket keeper batsman Brad Haddin. Over shadowed by Adam Gilchrist for most of his career, it was Haddin's time to shine, and shine he did. Strong Partnerships with Jason Krejza and Mitchell Johnson propelled the Aussies to an unlikely 413 run lead. Huge sixes down the ground against spinner Paul Harris were the highlight of what was a controlled aggressive attack.

But it was the attack that brought his fall of wicket, stuck in the nervous 90s, Haddin was stumped by Mark Boucher off a Paul Harris ball.

413 would seem a massive total, and indeed it was. Especially after opener Neil Mckenzie fell early on ten. Along came Graeme Smith, along with in form batsman Hashim Amla, the pair set a first wicket partnership of 163, before Johnson claimed the all important scalp of Graeme Smith on 108.

Amla followed in quick succession three overs later, with Brett Lee eventually claiming his first scalp of the game, in comparison to Johnson's ten. However the crucial wickets were too little too late. The South African's were already far ahead. 

Truly a captain's knock by Graeme Smith, but we are left waiting on what will fulfill on the final day.