Port Elizabeth - South African batsman AB de Villiers continued his prolific
run-scoring form as he notched his 19th Test century on the second day
of the second Test against Australia at St George's Park on Friday.
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Villiers (102 not out) and JP Duminy (59 not out) posted an unbeaten
sixth-wicket partnership of 123 as South Africa reached 323 for five in
their first innings at lunch.
It was De Villiers' sixth century
during a record sequence of 12 Test matches in which he has scored a
half-century or better and never been dismissed for under double
De Villiers and Duminy saw off the second new ball at the
start of an extended morning's play during which 109 runs were scored
off 34 overs.
Duminy, who had scored only 77 runs in his previous
seven Test innings, was particularly impressive early on, hitting three
boundaries in one over from Mitchell Johnson, whose pace was again
negated by a slow pitch with even bounce.
De Villiers, who resumed
the day on 51 not out, played himself in cautiously on another overcast
morning before starting to unleash his repertoire of strokes.
captain Michael Clarke tried some innovative field placings in an
attempt to break the partnership, at one stage having four men in a ring
in catching positions on the on-side, only for De Villiers to hit the
only six of his innings over the fielders as Peter Siddle attacked his
De Villiers reached his century with a sweep for four off Nathan Lyon. He faced 201 balls and hit 13 fours and a six.
Duminy's half-century was scored off 108 balls with eight fours.