Proteas in England
SA frustrate England
Leeds - England endured a frustrating
morning after sending South Africa in to bat on the first day of the
second Test at Headingley on Thursday.
The Proteas were 84 for no
wicket at lunch. Alviro Petersen was on 59 not out while captain Graeme
Smith, returning to the squad after attending the birth of his daughter,
was unbeaten on 24.
But both batsmen had escapes against England's all-seam attack.
was dropped at second slip off James Anderson when he was on 29, with
Alastair Cook -- in the slips in the absence of dropped off-spinner
Graeme Swann -- put down a straightforward chance just below waist
Three balls earlier, Petersen edged Anderson at catchable height between third slip and gully for four.
the next over, fast bowler Steven Finn, who replaced Swann, was denied a
wicket when Smith, on six, edged him to his England counterpart Andrew
Strauss at first slip.
But umpire Steve Davis had called "dead ball" because Finn broke the stumps at the bowler's end with his right knee.
It was the fourth time Finn's knee made contact with the stumps but the first time the umpire intervened.
were two further "dead ball" calls during Finn's spell, one of which
Smith hit to the boundary, only to be denied what would have been his
Petersen dominated the strike during the early part of
the day, reaching his 50 off 78 balls, with seven boundaries, including
two successive pulls for four off Tim Bresnan to bring up his
By lunch he had faced 106 balls compared to 56 bowled at Smith.
there was a fair covering of grass on the pitch, there was no undue
assistance for the bowlers on a partly cloudy day in Leeds with patches
South Africa won the first Test by an innings and 12 runs.Teams:
Andrew Strauss (captain), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin
Pietersen, Ian Bell, James Taylor, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart
Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson.
South Africa: Graeme Smith
(captain), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers,
Jacques Rudolph, JP Duminy, Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel,