Johannesburg - Graeme Smith has fallen after scoring a century to advance South Africa to 201/2 on the second day of the fourth Castle Test against England at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
Earlier Half-centuries from Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla powered South Africa
to 160 for one and a position of some strength at lunch on the second
day of the fourth Castle Test against England at Bidvest Wanderers in
Johannesburg on Friday.
Smith went to the break on 84 while Amla had 52 with the home side trailing England by just 20 runs on the first innings.
Smith, who began the day on 12, enjoyed some luck early on during the
morning session as he played and missed at a number of deliveries but
he grew in confidence as the day progressed.
The Proteas’ skipper survived a confident caught behind appeal
off the bowling of left-arm quick Ryan Sidebottom, with his score on
15, but the on-field umpire said not out as did the television umpire
after England had asked for a review.
The burly left-hander reached his 27th Test half-century off
105 balls while he had faced 155 deliveries while striking 14
boundaries at lunch.
Amla was composed at the crease and he strode to his 16th Test fifty off 79 deliveries with his knock including six boundaries.
The duo’s unbroken second-wicket partnership realised 124 runs with the century-stand coming up off 156 deliveries.
The pitch did not offer up as much bounce and swing movement as
the first day but there was enough on offer early on during the day to
encourage England’s seam attack.
Ashwell Prince (19) was the only South African wicket to fall
after the left-hander edged a delivery from paceman Stuart Broad, that
seamed away from the batsman, through to Graeme Swann at second slip.
Broad went to lunch with figures of one for 38 off 10 overs.
South Africa - Graeme Smith (capt), Ashwell Prince, Hashim Amla,
Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Mark Boucher (wk), Ryan
McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.
England - Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott,
Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart
Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Ryan Sidebottom.