Ex-Proteas captain Bacher calls Adelaide Test draw 'greatest in history'

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 08:23 hrs

Former South Africa captain Ali Bacher believes the Proteas' draw against Australia, in the second Test at the Adelaide Oval on Monday, could be one of the greatest in the history of the game.

"I've witnessed some extraordinary achievements by some fantastic cricketers in the past, but today's performance could be one of the best ever. There is great honour in salvaging a draw when defeat appears to be almost inevitable," Sports24 quoted Bacher, as saying.

Bacher recalled two other magnificent draws which both involved South Africa's struggle for survival.

"I remember well Gary Kirsten's 275 against England, when South Africa had been forced to follow-on, to save the 1999 Boxing Day Test in Durban and Jacques Kallis's maiden century in 1997 batting under immense pressure in Melbourne," Bacher he said.

"They showed extraordinary resilience and determination then and did so again today in Adelaide," he added.

The 70-year-old Bacher, who captained the last four Tests in 1970 before South Africa went into isolation, praised both Faf du Plessis and Kallis for securing the draw after the Proteas were set a near impossible target of 430 in the fourth innings.

"This morning, very few people would have given South Africa a chance of battling it out and saving the game and yet it happened, which confirms the guts of our present national team," Bacher said.

"Not only were they playing away from home but, at the end of the first day, Australia were looking almost invincible," he added.

South Africa needed to bat all day to deny Australia victory and, in the process, Du Plessis became the first South African to score a century and a half-century on debut.

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