Kallis ton thwarts England

2009-12-16 18:37

Centurion - Jacques Kallis made a patient, polished century and sapped the energy from England's bowlers on the first day of the first Test at SuperSport Park here on Wednesday.

South Africa, who had been in trouble earlier after being sent in, were 262 for four at the close with Kallis unbeaten on 112.

It was a position that the South Africans could hardly dared to have hoped for after a poor start to the day.

The host nation were rocked by the withdrawal shortly before play of strike bowler Dale Steyn because of a tight left hamstring. He was replaced by new cap Friedel de Wet.

Then captain and batting mainstay Graeme Smith was out for nought. South Africa slipped to 93 for three and 159 for four before Kallis and JP Duminy (38 not out) put on an unbeaten 103 for the fifth wicket.

England's bowlers, who had the ascendancy early on, lost their edge as the pitch, initially responsive, flattened out.

As the tide slowly turned against them, England were without Graham Onions, one of only four specialist bowlers, for much of the afternoon because of a calf strain, while they used up both their television umpire reviews with unsuccessful attempts to overturn not-out decisions against Kallis and AB de Villiers.

Off-spinner Graeme Swann was England's most successful bowler, taking two for 61 in an unbroken spell of 24 overs.

Kallis, playing as a specialist batsman because a rib injury will prevent him from bowling, looked in control from the start of his innings, although with his score on 35 he had to survive a television review when umpire Aleem Dar gave him not out after James Anderson appealed for a leg before wicket decision.

Television umpire Amish Saheba decided not to overturn Dar's decision after replays showed the ball might have struck the pad off an inside edge and could have been too high for the 'zone of certainty' which is the benchmark for reviews of an on-field official's decision.

Kallis went to his 32nd Test century off 177 balls with virtually his only false shot, a hook against Stuart Stuart Broad which landed dangerously close to fine leg fielder Onions and went for four. He hit 13 fours and a six off Swann.

Smith was caught behind off Broad without scoring in the second over when his attempted glance was held by wicketkeeper Matt Prior, who lunged to his right.

Ashwell Prince and Hashim Amla put on 50 for the second wicket but it was slow going against tight bowling before Amla was caught at second slip off Graham Onions.

Prince, who successfully sought a referral after umpire Steve Davis gave him out lbw to Onions when he had 19, made 45 before he was caught slip off Swann's second ball of the match.

Prince and Kallis put on 42 before Kallis and AB de Villiers (32) added 66 for the third wicket.


Toss: England

South Africa first innings

G Smith c Prior b Broad 0 (7m, 7b)
A Prince c Collingwood b Swann 45 (155m, 94b, 6x4)
H Amla c Collingwood b Onions 19 (89m, 67b, 2x4)
J Kallis not out 112 (278m, 203b, 14x4, 1x6)
A de Villiers c Cook b Swann 32 (81m, 66b, 5x4)
J Duminy not out 38 (138m, 103b, 4x4, 1x6)

Extras (1b, 10lb, 5w) 16

Total (for 4 wkts) 262 - 90 overs

Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Smith 1.3), 2-51 (Amla 20.5), 3-93 (34.2), 4-159 (De Villiers 54.3)

Bowling: Anderson 23-6-68-0 (1w), Broad 20-6-42-1 (2w), Onions 14-2-53-1 (2w), Swann 24-5-61-2, Collingwood 7-1-18-0, Trott 2-0-9-0


  • Balas - 2009-12-16 18:52

    I said earlier, we are going to get carrots. Maybe still but I wish captain Smith can for once learn from the toppie Kallis to be patient. You cannot soek and moer each ball. This is not 20/20. Maybe Smith should come in at 6 or something or try coaching.

  • Proteas poppie - 2009-12-16 19:20

    Not everyone likes the longer version of the game but I thoroughly enjoyed lazing on the couch and watching Kallis take over in his calm manner; well done to him and we must hope that they are able to build on this tomorrow...and I like Duminy's patience; he seems well-suited to the five day format.

  • Ash - 2009-12-16 19:26

    Well done sir!!

  • Christian Koegelenberg - 2009-12-16 21:42

    Well done, Kallis!!! Another imperious knock under difficult circumstances. All of the plonkers who have been baying for your sacking from the team on this site have been silenced. You are the greatest South-African batsman of the post-isolation era.

  • Peter-John Dyers - 2009-12-16 22:20

    Graham Smith has been hopelessly out of form for the past year. It is clear that in SA,if an out of form player is the captain, he cannot be given a break. It is unfair towards the player and not in the interest of the sport.

  • Piet - 2009-12-17 07:53

    Well good luck to kallis, if he continue like this, we are definately facimg a draw. Seems like the proteas are trying to survive, not to win the match.

  • Naz - 2009-12-17 08:01

    WELL DONE Kallis, u make us proud Rainbow Nation South Africans

  • Bliss@piet - 2009-12-17 08:21

    uhm... That was the 1st day. and in the first 5 hours or so the pitch had a lot of movement in it.. it started to settle later tho... Anyway a well deserved 100 to kallis.. id love to see how Duminy perform today.. Its going to be a good game i think in the end.

  • @Peter-John Dyer - 2009-12-17 08:32

    hahaha - in the past year we have played 3 and a half tests.! that seems a conveniently self-serving number of games for you to make your conclusion that smith hasn't been dropped because he is captain amid his poor form. it probably doesn't suit you then to learn that over the past 10 tests smith has averaged 59.3. in other words, peter-john, your post does nothing but betray both your ignorance and prejudice.

  • mike - 2009-12-17 08:34

    Where are all the Kallis haters? Come on. You populate these columns so regularly when he fails. Does it not suit you to hate a great? Or would it just make you look like the plonkers you are?

  • mikeh - 2009-12-17 09:52

    Kallis must be ranked as one of the great batsman of the world. He plays with one thing in mind and that is the good of the SA team. Thank you Jacques!

  • @piet - 2009-12-17 10:24

    huh? the first hour or so saw a fair bit of movement. with smith gone so early and us landing up 50-odd for 2 when kallis came in, i would certainly hope he took his time to settle in. especially if there is a blazing hot day or two ahead. why the rush? if we score 450, which looks likely, only one team can win. that in my book is positive cricket. cricket with the aim of winning. besides, kallis is at his best when he can set up shop and bat and bat and bat. indeed, this is perhaps his best chance to correct his lack of double tons. you clearly weren't watching the game.

  • @Piet - 2009-12-17 11:15

    Go watch 20/20 or something. coz u obviously dont understand real cricket!

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