Blast from the past: Proteas stage stirring fightback against Aussies
1902 — SA’s cricket team complete their first series against Australia on the losing side, going down 2-0 after being beaten by 10 wickets in the third and final Test at Newlands. The visitors had no trouble reaching the victory target of 59 runs on the third day. SA, bowled out for 85 in their first innings, made 225 in their second knock, with Jimmy Sinclair scoring 104. Charlie Llewellyn took 6/97 in Australia’s first innings of 252. Playing in what turned out to be his only Test for SA was Western Province batsman Percy Twentyman-Jones, who had played three Tests for the national rugby side in the 1896 series against Britain. Playing on the wing he had scored a try in the third Test against Britain, but in the cricket Test against Australia he was dismissed for a duck in both innings, being bowled on both occasions.
2006 — Frans Steyn scores a try on his Springbok debut playing on the left wing, but SA lose to Ireland 15-32 at Lansdowne Road. Bryan Habana, playing at centre, scored the other try for the visitors, who conceded four tries in total.
2007 — Dale Steyn takes 5/59 as the Proteas bowl out New Zealand for 172 to win the first Test at the Wanderers by 358 runs. Steyn had taken 5/34 in the Kiwis’ first innings of 118 to finish with 10/93. Jacques Kallis scored 186 and Hashim Amla an unbeaten 176 in SA’s second innings of 422/3. ..
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