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South African cricket team in Australia in 1997–98

The South African national cricket team toured Australia in the 1997-98 season. They played 3 test matches. Australia won the Test series 1-0.

South Africa also competed in a Carlton and United Series with Australia and New Zealand they won 7 of their 8 round robin matches but lost the best of three final 2-1 to Australia despite having won the first 'final'.

Test series summary

1st Test

26–30 December 1997
(5-day match)
309 (121.2 overs)
RT Ponting 105 (208)
PL Symcox 4/69 (27.2 overs)
186 (106.5 overs)
G Kirsten 83 (256)
MS Kasprowicz 3/28 (13.5 overs)
257 (96.2 overs)
PR Reiffel 79* (115)
AA Donald 6/59 (27 overs)
273/7 (122 overs)
JH Kallis 101 (279)
SK Warne 3/97 (44 overs)
Match drawn
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: SA Bucknor (SA) and SG Randell (AUS)
Player of the match: JH Kallis (SA)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

2nd Test

2–5 January 1998
(5-day match)
287 (124.1 overs)
WJ Cronje 88 (262)
SK Warne 5/75 (32.1 overs)
421 (167.4 overs)
ME Waugh 100 (186)
SM Pollock 3/71 (33 overs)
113 (53 overs)
JH Kallis 45 (110)
SK Warne 6/34 (21 overs)
Australia won by an innings and 21 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: DB Hair (AUS) and P Willey (ENG)
Player of the match: SK Warne (AUS)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
  • The match was scheduled for five days but completed in four.

3rd Test

30 January–3 February 1998
(5-day match)
517 (166 overs)
BM McMillan 87 (165)
MS Kasprowicz 3/125 (39 overs)
350 (122.5 overs)
MA Taylor 169* (378)
SM Pollock 7/87 (41 overs)
193/6d (58 overs)
G Kirsten 108* (159)
SCG MacGill 3/22 (7 overs)
227/7 (108.4 overs)
ME Waugh 115* (305)
L Klusener 4/67 (30 overs)
Match drawn
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: DB Cowie (NZ) and SG Randell (AUS)
Player of the match: SM Pollock (SA)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
  • SCG MacGill (AUS) made his Test debut.

External sources


  • Wisden Cricketers Almanack

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South African cricket team in Australia in 1997–98
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