SA reeling after Swann double
Cape Town - South Africa were 131/5 after Graeme Swann removed AB de Villiers and JP Duminy with successive deliveries in the third test against England at Newlands on Sunday.
The England spinner’s fine work stopped South Africa’s recovery in its tracks, leaving Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher to start the recovery job all over again.
42nd over: Swann gets his rather overdue breakthrough. He comes around the wicket to de Villiers and the Proteas man chips it to Strauss at short mid-wicket. An irritating way for him to get out on 36.
Duminy goes first ball! Caught behind as Swann turns it away from him and finds the edge. He’ll be on a hat-trick of first-ball ducks in the second innings following his Durban dismissal.
Swann, meanwhile, is on a hat-trick here and now…
He can’t get Boucher, though, who prods forward and gets bat on ball.
41st over: Broad returns to bowling action, for his first spell from the Kelvin Grove End.
Kallis tries to drive the second ball and misses. It’s close: he’s keeping the bowlers interested.
40th over: de Villiers climbs whacks Swann cross-batted for four through mid-wicket. It’s 127/3 and things are looking a lot more healthy for South Africa.
39th over: Kallis has a wild swing to a wider one from Onions. The sun’s now out and batting might be getting easier, but he’ll have to remain patient.
38th over: De Villiers takes a single off Swann to get South Africa off the Nelson.
Later in the over he cuts Swann away for a delightful four. 117/3.
37th over: Kallis is finally tempted to pull after a quiet period. He completely misses one from Onions, but connects the next one and gets four. It’s 111/3…
31st over: Onions comes on for Anderson, and is immediately whipped through mid-wicket for four by Kallis.
29th over: Anderson continues from the Kelvin Grove end – Kallis cuts him for four. But the batsman still seems a little surprised by the pitch’s behaviour now and then.
28th over: England’s big performer Graeme Swann is into the attack for Broad. Both batsmen on 16, it’s 83/3 for now…
De Villiers sweeps him confidently for two, and Swann doesn’t get his usual immediate wicket. Massive failure by his standards!
27th over: Shot of the day so far from de Villiers as he times Anderson beautifully through mid-on for four. It’s a full one this time: England lengths are not quite settling at the moment - they’ll need to keep their discipline with blue skies appearing.
26th over: Kallis dismisses an overpitched Broad delivery between mid-on and the bowler for four. It’s 75/3. It’s mostly short stuff from both Broad and Anderson at the moment, with a man appearing intermittently at deep square leg...
24th over: de Villiers defends one on the back foot from Broad, and just saves the ball from rolling onto his stumps with a second brush of the bat.
23rd over: Kallis relieves the pressure just a little by smoking Broad through the covers for four. It’s 59/3.
21st over: England remove the South African captain as Anderson gets Smith to edge his first ball after lunch behind to Matt Prior, who dives to take the catch in front of first slip.
20th over: Broad opens the afternoon session with a fairly innocuous maiden to Kallis.
Earlier, the home side lost the toss and were asked to bat by England captain Andrew Strauss on an overcast morning. England made good use of the conditions by immediately getting rid of struggling Proteas opener Ashwell Prince, and then removing Hashim Amla shortly before lunch.
The start of the match was delayed by half an hour due to morning drizzle, which meant that the first session was abbreviated to 90 minutes.
But when play did get underway, it was advantage England straight away as Anderson had Prince caught behind for a duck in the very first over.
Graeme Smith survived a scare in the next over when he nicked Graham Onions to Graeme Swann at second slip but watched an easy catch get dropped.
Smith then set about rebuilding the innings with Hashim Amla, but progress was slow in the tricky conditions. Just when a semblance of a recovery was showing at 46/1, however, Amla was given out LBW five overs after surviving a review for a caught-behind decision off Stuart Broad.
The LBW was in no doubt, though, as Amla played around a full and straight one from Onions.
Jacques Kallis then joined Smith (who was perhaps lucky England didn’t review his LBW shout in the 13th over) at the crease to steer South Africa to lunch on 51/2. The two Newlands-based batsmen will be hoping the appearance of blue sky will make things easier in the afternoon session.
Earlier, England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bowl.
Light drizzle on Sunday morning meant the start of play was delayed until 11:00 local time.
The overcast conditions and a pitch that has spent some time under covers made up Strauss’ mind and meant South Africa would bat first yet again, as they did in the first two tests.
South Africa have dropped the popular but out-of-form fast bowler Makhaya Ntini in favour of a second test cap for Friedel de Wet.
The rest of South Africa’s team remains unchanged despite the temptation to tinker with the batting line-up.
England field an unchanged side from that which routed South Africa by an innings in Durban. Paul Collingwood will play, with strapping on the finger he dislocated last time out.
South Africa – Graeme Smith (capt), Ashwell Prince, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Mark Boucher (wk), Morne Morkel, Paul Harris, Dale Steyn, Friedel de Wet.
England – Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wk), Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, Graham Onions, James Anderson.