A few Ozzies join the club today. First, please let me apologise because in the excitement of Zimbabwe’s Craig Ervine ducking yesterday, I neglected to mention that Australia’s opening batsman Joe Burns got burned fourth ball in Hobart to leave him with a series batting average of 0.5!
Joe (Not too) Mennie (Yes I know I’ve used that before!) who was selected ahead of Jackson Bird for his superior batting as much as his bowling (See previous post: The Bird and the Lyon)…
… also joined the club as did Mitchell Starc who made our longest duck so far, being dismissed by his (Unlucky?) thirteenth delivery.
Callum Ferguson, a player that Silly Point detailed last week (See previous post: Ferguson Not Forgotten)…
… managed to avoid International Duck Watch ignominy by scoring 1 in Australia’s second innings to add to his rather tragic run out for 3 in the first innings.
There was excitement in Tasmania earlier today when what was thought to be a Pacific Black Duck (Anas Superciliosa) was spotted in Hobart however it turned out that it was actually Australian batsman Adam Voges being dismissed first ball in the second Test.
Australia were bowled out for a woeful 85 with captain Steven Smith (48 not out) scoring more than half the runs. The only other batsman to make double figures was Joe (Not too) Mennie who made 10. Remember that bowler Mennie was selected ahead of Jackson Bird because of his superior batting ability. Debutant Callum Ferguson who featured in a recent post (See previous post: Ferguson Not Forgotten)…
… highlighted the batting horror show by being run out for just three!
In response to the host’s abject display South Africa finished day one on 171-5 (Amla 47, Starc 3-49).