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Proteas collapse again

2011-11-17 16:49
Ashwell Prince (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Proteas' batsmen have again collapsed after being in a seemingly promising position against Australia at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

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Despite a fifth-wicket partnership of 122 between AB de Villiers and Ashwell Prince, South Africa were bowled out for 266 on the first day of the second Test before bad light brought a premature end to proceedings.

Sitting comfortably at 241 for four South Africa lost six wickets for 25 runs in the afternoon session when the rot set in.

The implosion was started by Nathan Lyons who induced Prince to gift a catch to Mitchell Johnson at mid-off, but not before the stylish middle order batsman had scored his 11th half-century.

De Villiers (64) fell six balls later to a brilliant, diving catch by Pat Cummins, after a loose pull-shot off a Peter Siddle delivery.

Lyons then made a lot of ground for his catch to dismiss Mark Boucher (3), who was never in control of his hook shot off Siddle’s bowling.

The tail went cheaply and the Proteas were all out just before bad light became an issue.

Earlier in the day, Jacques Kallis became only the fourth batsman to score 12 000 Test runs before his dismissal in the fourth over after lunch.

He had played a superb innings to reach his half-century off 37 balls, hitting seven fours and two sixes.

After achieving his milestone in Test runs, Kallis (54) flicked the next ball off his pads to Usman Khawaja at midwicket giving Siddle his first wicket of the day.

Shortly afterwards, Hashim Amla (19) was on his way back to the pavilion, giving youngster Pat Cummins his well-deserved first wicket in Test cricket.

The 18-year-old debutant found the outside edge of Amla’s bat and Ricky Ponting took a head-height catch at second slip.

Australia were a bowler short after Shane Watson suffered a hamstring injury in the morning session but not before seeing to the soft dismissal of Jacques Rudolph (30).

After he had played some magnificent shots, the ball shaved the edge of Rudolph’s bat into the gloves of Brad Haddin.

Winning the toss, Proteas captain Graeme Smith (11) was the first man out edging Mitchell Johnson to second slip.

Johnson got the ball to swing away from the left-hander and Smith pushed it to Michael Clarke for a simple catch.

South Africa lead the two-match series 1-0.

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