South Africa v Australia
Philip Shead - 20-24 Jan 1950
This game is often held up as an example of the brilliance of Lindsay Hassett captaincy. Batting first South Africa got an average score of 311. Then it rained overnight, the resultant wicket used rather well by a useful offspinner called Hugh Tayfield saw Australia fall for a meagre 75. Given the rest day to decide the South African captain Nourse made a blunder by deciding to bat again and not enforce the follow on. With the bowlers generally bowling more like spinners than anything, once Australia had Nourse removed Hassett gave instructions for them to delay timewise the completion of the innings. Eventually South Africa were bowled out for 99, Australia managed to lose only three wickets by stumps (for 80 runs chasing 336). On the final day Neil Harvey played a highly rated innings with the assistance from McCool and Loxton. Australia won the series 4-0 with one drawn.