Proteas Show Resilience as Australia Win by an Innings and 284 Runs

Delmi Tucker acknowledges the deserved applause from the South African team after her inspired innings of 64 (181 balls) against Australia, aiding the Proteas Women to a second-innings total of 215 all out. Chloe Tryon matched Tuckers’ score of 64 runs at a slightly faster tempo, and the two were South Africa’s top batters in the Test, the tourists conceded the series’ only Test on day 3 by 284 runs, at the WACA in Perth, Australia, on Saturday, 17 February, 2024. Photo: Cricket SA on X

Delmi Tucker and Chloe Tryon’s maiden Test half centuries proved futile as the dominant Australians bowled out South Africa for 215 just after tea on day three, to claim an historic win in the one-off Test by an innings and 284-runs, at the WACA, in Perth on Saturday 17 February, 2024.

In spite of Australia’s big victory on the third and what was to the be final day of the four-day Test, South Africa brought the grit and determination that is synonymous with Test cricket, and South African enduring spirit.  

The Proteas side that took to the field at the start of play showed massive resilience. Tazmin Brits and Delmi Tucker, took the fight to the Australians, adding 46-runs to the teams’ over-night score.

Delmi Tucker batted her way to a brilliant maiden Test half century and, with Brits, put on a titanic 96-run fourth wicket partnership before Brits (31) was caught at slip, off the bowling of Ellyse Perry. With the visitors on 113/4, Chloe Tryon stepped up to the crease. 

Tucker and Tryon stood their ground and played a hard-fought 47-run partnership, before Ash Gardner caught and bowled Delmi Tucker for a remarkable (64). Gardner got the scalp of Nadine de Klerk 10 balls later, leaving the visitors on 161/6 in the 75th over.

With the win in sight Australia, hit the deck hard with the new ball. The combination of Kim Garth and Darcie Brown had the Protea batters second-guessing themselves. Jafta (9) was cleaned bowled by 20-year-old Darcie Brown, who took a total of seven wickets in the match, including that sensational five-wicket haul in the first innings.

Tryon and Nonkululeko Mlaba put on a spirited 32-run eighth wicket partnership before Annabel Sutherland sent Tryon (64) stumps flying. Having the visitors on 214/8, the Australians were relentless in their attack as they sought the final two wickets.

Sutherland got the wicket of Mlaba (15) and Alana King grabbed the last wicket of Ayanda Hlubi (0), awarding their team an historic win against South Africa by an innings and 284-runs, in the 98th over of the Proteas second innings. 

Annabel Sutherland was awarded the Player of the Match for her remarkable 210(256), in addition to her 2/11 bowling figures. Beth Mooney was named the CommBank Player of the Series for her brilliant five half-centuries for Australia across the multi-format series against South Africa. 

Australia Win the Women’s CommBank T20I Series v South Africa

Warm Up

24 Jan: Governor-General’s XI beat SA XI by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

Australia Won the T20I Series 2-1

27 Jan: Australia win first T20I 8 wickets (5 balls rem.) (Manuka Oval, Canberra)
28 Jan: South Africa win 2nd T20I by 6 wickets (6 balls rem.) (Manuka Oval, Canberra)
30 Jan: Australia win third T20I by 5 wickets (4 balls rem.) (Blundstone Arena, Hobart)

Australia Won the ODI Series 2-1

3 Feb: Australia win first ODI by 8 wickets (186 balls rem.) (Adelaide Oval)
7 Feb: South Africa win second ODI by 84 runs (DLS method) (North Sydney Oval)
10 Feb: Australia win third ODI by 110 runs (DLS method) (North Sydney Oval)

Only Test

15-18 Feb: Australia win by an innings and 284 runs (WACA Ground)

Proteas Women Squad (T20I & ODI) – Multi-format Tour to Australia

Laura Wolvaardt (c)
Anneke Bosch
Tazmin Brits
Nadine de Klerk
Mieke de Ridder
Ayanda Hlubi
Sinalo Jafta
Marizanne Kapp
Ayabonga Khaka
Masabata Klaas
Suné Luus
Eliz-Mari Marx
Nonkululeko Mlaba
Chloé Tryon
Delmi Tucker

Australia Squad for the T20I and ODI Series

Alyssa Healy (c)
Darcie Brown
Heather Graham
Ashleigh Gardner
Kim Garth
Grace Harris*
Jess Jonassen
Alana King**
Phoebe Litchfield
Tahlia McGrath
Beth Mooney
Ellyse Perry
Megan Schutt
Annabel Sutherland
Georgia Wareham 

*T20s only | **ODIs only


Photo Caption: Delmi Tucker acknowledges the deserved applause from the South African team after her inspired innings of 64 (181 balls) against Australia, aiding the Proteas Women to a second-innings total of 215 all out. Chloe Tryon matched Tuckers’ score of 64 runs at a slightly faster tempo, and the two were South Africa’s top batters in the Test, the tourists conceded the series’ only Test on day 3 by 284 runs, at the WACA in Perth, Australia, on Saturday, 17 February, 2024. Photo: Cricket SA on X

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