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The South Africa Vs Australia Test match at Cape Town on November 11, 2011, witnessed a rare phenomenon which came once in a thousand years. On November 11, 2011, South Africa needed 111 runs and the time was 11:11 AM. Thus, on 11/11/11, South Africa required 111 runs to win the Test and the timing was 11:11 AM. It was a brilliant Test match for South Africa who bounced back in remarkable style. In response, Shane Watson took 5/17 and Ryan Harris responded with four wickets as Australia bowled out South Africa for 96.
Vernon Philander took 5/15 and backed by Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, Australia were reduced to 21/9 and it was felt that they would be bowled out for the lowest total in Test cricket. However, a last wicket stand of 26 between Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon helped Australia reach 47 before they were bowled out. Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla ensured there were no further hiccups and when South Africa reached 125/1 on day 3, the equation read 111 more runs to win. Smith and Amla smashed centuries and South Africa won the match by eight wickets. However, they failed to win the series as Australia won the next Test in Johannesburg by three wickets to level the two-match series 1-1.
Babar top-scored with 99 when Australia and Pakistan squared off last October in Abu Dhabi, where the hosts won by 373 runs to claim the series. Test prospect Riley Meredith snared two early wickets after Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won the toss and elected to bat. The day-night match is doubling as a national selection shootout ahead of the first Test at the Gabba starting on November 21, with Travis Head, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns and Will Pucovski all lining up for Australia A. Coach Justin Langer and chief selector Trevor Hohns will sit down on Wednesday to pick their squad for the Gabba, with Harris, Khawaja and Burns competing to open the batting alongside David Warner. The three-day match will be broadcast live on Fox Cricket 501, with play to begin at 4pm EDT and finish at 11pm. Australia A XI: Marcus Harris, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Will Pucovski, Travis Head, Cameron Bancroft, Alex Carey (wk, c), Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Sean Abbott, Riley Meredith Travis Head will look to secure a place in Australia's Test team in a tour match against Pakistan that will double as a national selection shootout. Head leads a crowded field of Test candidates who will line up for Australia A in the three-day match at Perth's Optus Stadium starting on Monday. Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns and Will Pucovski will also front up for the day-night clash which precedes the first Test starting November 21 at the Gabba. Head was Australia's vice-captain during the Ashes but that didn't spare him from being axed for the deciding fifth Test at The Oval. The left-hander's century against a Josh Hazlewood-led NSW attack in the last Sheffield Shield round has put him in the box seat to edge out talented youngster Pucovski and fill the middle-order vacancy in Australia's Test side. National coach Justin Langer and chief selector Trevor Hohns will sit down on Wednesday to pick their squad for the Gabba, with Harris, Khawaja and Burns competing to open the batting alongside David Warner. 76 v Victoria at the WACA (one-day cup) Play Video Steve Smith will return for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield at the SCG today. Steve Smith will return for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield at the SCG today. 32 v Western Australia at the Gabba (Shield) 31 v Western Australia at Metricon Stadium (one-day cup) 5 v South Australia at the Gabba (one-day cup) 2, 0 v South Australia at the Gabba (Shield) 1, 24 v New South Wales at the Gabba (Shield) 109, 29 v New South Wales at Adelaide Oval (Shield) 3 v Queensland at the Gabba (one-day cup) 80no v Tasmania at Adelaide Oval (one-day cup) 0 v Western Australia at the WACA (one-day cup) 64, 2 v Western Australia at the WACA (Shield) 123 v South Australia at Junction Oval (Shield) 2 v Queensland at Junction Oval (one-day cup) Marnus Labuschagne will tune up for the first Test in Queensland's clash with Victoria, who have named 17-year-old batsman Jake Fraser-McGurk to debut at the MCG. Play Video Jake Fraser-McGurk will become the youngest Victorian debutante since Cameron White in 2001.