Bowlers fight back

2011-11-18 14:45

Johannesburg - Australia lost their third wicket after lunch in the second Sunfoil test against South Africa at Bidvest Wanderers when Ricky Ponting was trapped lbw for a duck.


Vernon Philander took the first wicket of Australian batsman Phil Hughes shortly after lunch on day two of the second Test at the Wanderers on Friday.

Earlier Australia's opening batsmen steered the visitors to 169 without loss at lunch.

Shane Watson and Phillip Hughes did exactly what was required of them in the morning session, reduce the deficit after South Africa were all out for 266 on the opening day.

Hughes was first to reach his half-century, the third of his career, off 68 balls, and Watson followed shortly afterwards with his 16th half-century, from 74 deliveries, which included nine fours and a six.

When his score was on 68, Hughes reached 1 000 runs in Test cricket, playing in his 15th Test match.

The batsmen were happy to play their shots and took their chances through the air.

Hughes was dropped on 30 but it was a difficult chance which fell to Hashim Amla at backward short-leg, off the bowling of Morne Morkel.

He also survived a caught-behind appeal, which the South Africans chose not to review, when he was on 38.

Television replays showed the ball touched the bat before the pad on its way through to the keeper.

When the hosts did choose to review an appeal for lbw, against Watson off the bowling of an absolutely adamant Imran Tahir, it turned out to be a thick inside edge.

At lunch Watson was unbeaten on 76 and Hughes on 85.

South Africa: GC Smith (captain), JA Rudolph, HM Amla, JH Kallis, AB de Villiers, AG Prince, MV Boucher (wk), VD Philander, DW Steyn, M Morkel, Imran Tahir

Australia: SR Watson, PJ Hughes, RT Ponting, MJ Clarke (captain), UT Khawaja, MEK Hussey, BJ Haddin†, MG Johnson, PM Siddle, PJ Cummins, NM Lyon