Cummins hands Australia dramatic victory

Australia 296 & 310-8 South Africa 266 & 339 (Australia win by 2 wickets)

Teenager Pat Cummins followed up his six-wicket haul with the winning boundary as Australia secured a drawn series against South Africa by taking victory in a frantic finish in Johannesburg.

The 18-year-old was a hero with the ball earlier in the match and today came in with Australia wobbling on 292 for eight, still needing another 18 runs.

He rode his luck, offering Dale Steyn a caught-and-bowled chance, before pulling the match-deciding four off Imran Tahir.

At the other end, Mitchell Johnson finished unbeaten on 40, while Brad Haddin's 55 and 39 from Mike Hussey had earlier helped nudge Australia towards their target of 310.

Australia lost the opener in the two-match series by eight wickets in Cape Town, but today seized their chance to make up for that disappointment.

Cummins could hardly have made a more spectacular debut, and was named man of the match for his achievements.

"Just to get a Test match is unbelievable. Obviously this is a great win today," Cummins said at the presentation ceremony, televised by Sky Sports. "We came from behind and this just tops it off.

"It was great to bowl them out yesterday and to contribute was even better."

He bowled tidily in South Africa's first innings before ripping through their batting line-up when the home side batted next, rooting out six batsmen.

The New South Wales paceman has no batting pedigree to speak of but did not let that unsettle him when Peter Siddle's tame dismissal brought him to the middle this afternoon.

Johnson looked secure, so that may have eased his nerves, but the inexperience of Cummins versus the seasoned professionals in South Africa's attack looked like a no-contest.

Steyn got half a hand to the chance Cummins offered him, but the ball rolled away for four, and the tourists continued to whittle away the runs required.

With five still needed, South Africa skipper Graeme Smith brought Tahir back into the attack, rather than keeping faith with Vernon Philander, who had innings figures of five for 70 and was later named man of the series.

The audacious move almost paid off three balls in when off-spinner Tahir thought he had Cummins lbw. South Africa used a review to challenge the not-out verdict, but without any joy.

Cummins left the next ball, which sneaked past his off stump, before crunching the fifth of the over away through midwicket to the boundary. He finished unbeaten on 13 from 15 balls.

"I was a little bit nervous when I came in at the end. I just tried to swing as hard as I could," Cummins said.

Australia had been 142 for three overnight, a position which gave both teams cause for optimism, but a washed-out morning session meant they were kept waiting.

The Australians lost captain Michael Clarke for just two, bowled by Philander, and resistance from Ricky Ponting came to an end on 62 when he slashed a menacing delivery from Morne Morkel to Jacques Rudolph at slip.

Philander pinned Hussey lbw, and at 215 for six the tourists were in trouble, with their hopes seemingly resting on Haddin and Johnson, the tail looking brittle.

Their partnership had reached 72 when Haddin got a thin edge to an away-swinging delivery from Philander, Mark Boucher pouching the catch.

Siddle then chipped Steyn to Tahir with the team total on 292, and South Africa were again looking favourites.

They could not dislodge Johnson or Cummins though.

Proud Australia captain Clarke explained he was "yelling like an absolute goose" in the final stages of the match, but said: "I couldn't be happier with the result."

Clarke could not fail to be impressed by the newest Australian cap, saying of Cummins: "He's a hell of a talent.

"It's not just opposition players, but the Aussie guys know how good he is.

"It is about now managing Cummins and making sure he becomes one of the all-time greats."

Home skipper Smith, reflecting on the series, said: "We both threw a lot of punches and we've ended up level again.

"I must give credit to Australia today, to chase 310 a few of their guys stepped up and performed really well."

Scorecard


Johannesburg Australia beat South Africa by 2 wkts


Overnight

South Africa 266 (A B de Villiers 64, J H Kallis 54, 
A G Prince 50) and 339 (H M Amla 105, A B de Villiers 73; P J 
Cummins 6-79).

Australia 296 (P J Hughes 88, S R Watson 88; D W 
Steyn 4-64) and 142-3 (U T Khawaja 65, R T Ponting 54 no).


Australia Second Innings


R T Ponting c Rudolph b M Morkel 62 
M J Clarke b Philander 2 
M E K Hussey lbw b Philander 39 
B J Haddin c Boucher b Philander 55 
M G Johnson not out 40 
P M Siddle c Imran Tahir b Steyn 4 
P J Cummins not out 13 
Extras b1 lb7 w4 nb7 pens 0 19 
Total 8 wkts (86.5 overs) 310 
Fall: 1-0 2-19 3-141 4-145 5-165 6-215 7-287 8-292 
Did Not Bat: N M Lyon. 
Bowling: Philander 20 3 70 5 
Steyn 23 1 98 1 
M Morkel 19 6 43 1 
Imran Tahir 15.5 0 63 1 
Kallis 9 1 28 0 

PA

Sport
Club legend Paul Scholes is scared United could disappear into 'the wilderness'
football
News
A model of a Neanderthal man on display at the National Museum of Prehistory in Dordogne, France
science
News
Dawkins: 'There’s a very interesting reason why a prince could not turn into a frog – it's statistically too improbable'
newsThat's Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome
Sport
Malky Mackay salutes the Cardiff fans after the 3-1 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday
footballFormer Cardiff boss accused of sending homophobic, racist and messages
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
Rodgers showered praise on Balotelli last week, which led to speculation he could sign the AC Milan front man
transfers
Life and Style
life – it's not, says Rachel McKinnon
Arts and Entertainment
Eye of the beholder? 'Concrete lasagne' Preston bus station
architectureWhich monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
Arts and Entertainment
Arctic Monkeys headline this year's Reading and Leeds festivals, but there's a whole host of other bands to check out too
music(who aren't Arctic Monkeys)
News
Lizards, such as Iguanas (pictured), have a unique pattern of tissue growth
science
Extras
indybest
News
Anna Nicole Smith died of an accidental overdose in 2007
people
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
'The Great British Bake Off' showcases food at its most sumptuous
tvReview: Bread-making skills of the Bake Off hopefuls put to the test
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home