Posted: 6 November, 2016
by Cricket Newsroom
Australia Must Make History To Win The First Test
Never done it before.
Australia must make history if they are to win the first Test against South Africa.
South Africa led by 388 runs at stumps on day three - already a higher target than the Aussies have ever successfully chased down in Australia.
Australia's greatest fourth-innings chase at home happened back in 1999, when they eclipsed Pakistan's target of 369 down in Hobart.
It's not far away from being a greater target than the Aussies have ever chased anywhere, either.
The highest successful chase by an Aussie side is 404, when they, helped by a 173* from Don Bradman and a 182 from Arthur Morris, plowed down England's massive target with seven wickets in hand.
The Aussies have been set a higher target than 388 on 45 occasions, and they've lost on 32 occasions.
Australia's highest ever fourth-innings chases:
1. 3/404 (vs. England, Leeds, 1948)
2. 6/369 (vs. Pakistan, Hobart, 1999)
3. 7/362 (vs. West Indies, Georgetown, 1978)
4. 8/342 (vs. India, Perth, 1977)
5. 5/336 (vs. South Africa, Durban, 1950)
6. 6/334 (vs. South Africa, Cape Town, 2002)
7. 6/315 (vs. England, Adelaide, 1902)
8. 8/310 (vs. South Africa, Johannesburg, 2011)
9. 7/307 (vs. Bangladesh, Fatullah, 2006)
10. 8/294 (vs. South Africa, Johannesburg, 2006)