Why Test Cricket Works

Here is another set of reasons why test cricket is still key:

For the first time in the history of test cricket (2016 matches), 2 batsmen from both teams get out twice on a single day. {Day 2 South Africa versus Australia РNewlands November 2011.}

Australia were 21 for 9 and all out for 47 and South Africa  made 96 all out. Yet 3 batsmen score centuries РMichael Clarke 151, Graeme Smith 101 n.o. and HM Amla 112.


We witnessed the four innings of a test match on a single day.

The end of Aussies first innings was completed on Day 2. Michael Clarke got out on the morning of Day 2. He also got out in Australia’s second innings on the same day.

SA was bowled out for 96 in 130 minutes and 24.3 overs. JA Rudolph made 18 of them facing 28 balls.

Aus made 47 in their second innings with time for SA to bat again. In all this Michael Clarke who made 151 in the first innings got out a second time on the same day for 2 (16 balls).

The unfortunate JA Rudolph got out a second time on the same day and Amla could have joined him but for a dropped catch. This history was made. 2 batsmen from opposing teams getting out twice on the same day in a test match.

For Smith and Amla to score centuries and SA to win by 8 wickets is truly remarkable under the circumstances.