Cape Town, Nov 10: Australia were bowled out for 47 runs by South Africa in Day two of the first Test. Australia's fourth lowest score in over 109 years. Australia were nine down for 21 before Peter Siddle edged through the gully to avoid the humiliation of falling below the lowest Test total in all of cricket, which was 26 set by New Zealand against England in 1955.
A target of 236 was set for South Africa, who at the end of an extraordinary day were 81 for one.
Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla batted comfortably during the last hour. Earlier Shane Watson sent South Africa tumbling to 96 all out in their first innings.
Australia's lowest total was 36 against England at Birmingham in 1902. Later 42 and 44 were the second and third lowest total both against England.
The Fourth lowest total came against South Africa on Thursday after over 100 years gap.
Calling it "Disgraceful" Skipper Clarke said, " "Our shot selection was disgraceful, every half lbw was given and we nicked everything," said Clarke, the Aussie captain. "I can make a million excuses but fact is we should not have been bowled out for 47. All I can do is say that the top seven have to take full responsibility for what occurred. It was not good enough and me, as leader, certainly needs to take the blame," he added.
Despite their worst innings of the century, the visitors managed a lead of 235. A last-wicket stand of 26 runs from Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon helped Australia clear the run-mark of the lowest total in the history of Test cricket.
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.
Hosts South Africa had earlier been bowled out for 96 on a reasonable-looking wicket after the tourists had made 284 in their first innings with captain Michael Clarke scoring 151.