Proteas Women circling the drain against classy Australia in once-off Test

Proteas bowler Nadine de Klerk in action

The Proteas were left teetering on 67/3 and a mammoth 432 runs behind Australia in the once-off women’s Test at stumps in Perth on Friday. Proteas bowler Nadine de Klerk in action. Picture:

Published Feb 16, 2024


South Africa’s misery was compounded on day two of the once-off Test against Australia, as the visitors were left teetering on 67/3 and a mammoth 432 runs behind at stumps in Perth on Friday.

Australia began the day on 251/5 after bowling out South Africa for 76 which meant they had already built a lead of 175 runs in the first innings.

Annabel Sutherland (210) was the star for the hosts, having begun the day on 54, she resumed her innings alongside Ashleigh Gardener (65).

Together the pair put on 144 for the fourth wicket, and Sutherland would go on to bring up a brilliant double ton. In total, Sutherland faced 256 deliveries, striking 27 fours and two sixes for an incredible strike-rate of 82.

Contributions all round

With good contributions coming down the order from Sophie Monlineux (33) and a fiery unbeaten 49 from 45 balls from Kim Garth, Australia eventually declared on 575/9.

For the Proteas, Masabata Klaas (3/85) and Chloe Tryon (3/81) both picked up three wickets each, while Nadine de Klerk returned figures of 2/96 as they toiled in the field.

Coming into bat with a 499-run deficit, South Africa’s top order failed once again as they were reduced to 13/3 with Laura Wolvaardt (8), Anneke Bosch (0) and Sune Luus (5) all back in the hut.

Fortunately for South Africa, Tazmin Brits (18 not out) and Delmi Tucker (27 not out) showed some resistance as they remained unbeaten until the close of play.

Brits and Tucker have put on 54 for the fourth wicket, but will have a daunting task still awaiting on day three as the Proteas face the prospect of a massive defeat.