Roebuck: Bizarre disintegrationMark Taylor shocked
Ludicrous, surreal, extraordinary, remarkable, bizarre ... were just a few of the words used around the world to describe Australia's batting collapse on the second day of the first cricket Test against South Africa.
"Wickets were falling so often it was hard to keep up as Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Brad Haddin and Shaun Marsh all went for ducks," Indian newspaper the Hindustan Times wrote.
Britain's Daily Mail did not hide its glee, stating in its headline: "47! Former kings of the world Australia slump to their lowest score in 109 years on an astonishing day in Cape Town."
Headlines described the amazement at the day of drama: "The makings of a madcap day", "23 wickets, 294 runs, 1 amazing day"and "Awful Aussies out for 47".
"On a day when unwanted batting records were broken, Australia's collapse was the most significant as they only narrowly avoided the lowest ever Test total," Britain's The Guardian newspaper said.
But as India's Deccan Herald noted, at least the cricket statisticians would have been happy: "A maniacal Thursday afternoon that saw wickets tumble like nine pins at the Newlands stadium was a perfect day for cricket statisticians."
And the Mail pointed out the result could give long-form cricket a boost.
"The drama will certainly be seen as a fillip for Test cricket, which some pundits see as being under threat from the more commercially successful Twenty20," the newspaper said.
Matthew Jenkins of TAB Sportsbet said despite Australia's disastrous second-innings collapse, they were still $4 to win the Test.
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