South Africa vs Australia, 2018: 3rd Test, Day 4 – Statistical Highlights

All the stats and numbers that were recorded during the fourth day’s play of the Cape Town Test match.

South African bowler Keshav Maharaj
South African bowler Keshav Maharaj. (Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa wrapped up the Cape Town Test with some fine bowling performances after the lower order’s efforts with the bat. Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander’s fifties helped the hosts to post 373 on board. Australia started well in the 430-run chase as they made 57/0 in 20 overs. However, some poor shots and tight bowling saw the Aussies collapse to 107/10 losing their last ten wickets for just 50 runs.

All the stats and numbers that were recorded during the fourth day’s play of the Cape Town Test match:

1 – Number of bowled dismissals in this Test match; the 2nd fewest bowled dismissals in a Test that witnessed the fall of 40 wickets. The 1997 Georgetown Test between Windies and England had no wickets via bowled.


As many as three wickets came in in bowled/lbw in this Cape Town Test which are the fewest in any Test match. The 1902 Australia-England Test in Melbourne and the 1969 India-NZ Mumbai Test had only five bowled/lbw dismissals.

3 – This Test is only the 3rd time for South Africa where they lost 20 wickets with none of them coming via bowled. They lost 20 wickets in 1932 Melbourne Test and 1998 Leeds Test without any of their batsman getting out bowled.

3 – Only the 3rd time Morne Morkel received a man of the match award in his 85-match Test career. He won the match award in the 2010 Johannesburg Test against England and in the 2012 Wellington Test against New Zealand.

He took his 8th 5-wicket haul in Test cricket with 5/23 in the 2nd innings following his 4/87 in the first innings. His match figures of 9/110 are his best in Test cricket and also the first time he took two 4-fers in a Test match.

12 – Steven Smith’s match aggregate of 12 runs in this game is his 3rd lowest in a Test match where he batted twice. He scored three runs in the 2013 Lord’s Test (2 and 3) and 11 runs in the 2015 Nottingham Test (6 and 5) against England.

18 – Number of caught dismissals for South Africa in this Test match. These are the most number of wickets they lost with fielder/keeper taking catches.

34 – This Test match witnessed 34 caught dismissals which are the most in any game in Test cricket. The 1992 Perth Test between Australia and India had 33 caught dismissals.

Fielders took 29 catches in this Test including one catch by a substitute; the most number of catches for fielders in a Test match. The 1904 Melbourne Test between Australia and England had 27 catches held by the fielders.

301 – Nathan Lyon became the 6th player to take 300 wickets in Test cricket for Australia. He is the 5th off-spinner and overall the 9th spinner to bag 300 Test wickets.

Most wickets in Test cricket for Australia:


Most wickets for spinners in Test cricket: