Prince, AB steady ship

2011-11-17 14:19

Johannesburg - South Africa reached 169/4 in 41 overs as Ashwell Prince and AB de Villiers repaired the damage done after lunch when two wickets fell.


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Earlier The Proteas have lost the wicket of Jacques Kallis after his scored a half century on the first day of the second Test against Australia.

 South Africa lost both of their opening batsmen before lunch on the opening day of the second Test against Australia at the Wanderers on Thursday.

After winning the toss and opting to bat, Proteas' captain Graeme Smith (11) was the first man out after he edged Mitchell Johnson to second slip.

Johnson got the ball to swing away from the left-hander and Smith edged it to Michael Clarke for a simple catch.

After playing some well struck shots, Jacques Rudolph (30) would have been disappointed with his soft dismissal, as the ball shaved his bat on its path into the gloves of Brad Haddin, off the bowling of Shane Watson.

Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis steered South Africa to lunch on 107/2.

Kallis hit a classic cover drive, off the first ball he faced, to draw level with Brian Lara as the fourth highest run scorer in Test cricket of all time.

Johnson took the new ball for Australia from the Golf Course End while 18-year-old Pat Cummins, Australia's second youngest Test debutant, opened the attack from the Corlett Drive End.

South Africa, who lead the two-match series 1-0, were an unchanged side from the first Test while Australia made two enforced changes.

Cummins came in for fast-bowler Ryan Harris, who is suffering from pain in his right hip, while Usman Khawaja will bat at three for Australia in place of Shaun Marsh, who had already returned home with a back injury.

Amla was unbeaten on 14 while Kallis, who had a decision overturned, went in to lunch on 43.

Earlier, umpire Billy Bowden had given him out lbw, but the decision was reviewed and television replays showed Kallis had got an inside edge, when he was on 32.


South Africa: Graeme Smith (captain), Jacques Rudolph, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher (wk), Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel,Imran Tahir.

Australia: Shane Watson Phillip Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (captain), Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon


  • Lionel - 2011-11-17 10:15

    Bat for two solid days and post 500 + and the series is ours!!!!!!!!!!

      Deon - 2011-11-17 10:26

      We hope it is a flat pitch, then it can be done. I will be happy with 400.

      Lionel - 2011-11-17 10:37

      Deon,I will be happy with a draw but a whitewash over the Aussies would be something else. We must try and bat for as long as possible and put the game out of their reach then go for the kill!!!!

      Deon - 2011-11-17 11:51

      This is a shaky start, 400 look far away now.

      Flowingriver - 2011-11-17 13:08

      Rudolf is not built for test cricket......!

      Deon - 2011-11-17 13:14

      Rudolf has a double hundred under his belt, something Kallis only recently could get. Kallis is batting very fast for a test.

      Flowingriver - 2011-11-17 13:22 swallow does'nt make a summer, mate!

      Deon - 2011-11-17 13:30

      I agree flowingriver, but did you know that Kallis struggled to get going in his first about 10 tests? Rudolf got his place due to his many good knocks in this years 4 day's local cricket. He has to be given some time to settle in, a 30 is not so bad.

      Deon - 2011-11-17 13:49

      Oops, it seems like we are slipping again. 1 Fifty in top 4 not good enough if you bat first.

      Flowingriver - 2011-11-17 14:02

      @ deon..... I did know that mate howeva u must know that Rudolf has played before and he shud be taking this opportunity with both hands ....nows his time to shine ......maybe its not in him....this level of cric is diff from prov.cric and hes proving it!

      Deon - 2011-11-17 14:06

      His 30 is starting to look better and better. It might be another low scoring game if this continous.

      Christelle - 2011-11-17 14:49

      I am pretty sure we can take the series! Just as a matter of interest, was that the 1st time ever that Kallis scored a 50 of less balls in a test match?. As much as I think he is the greatest batsman we have had since readmission, he often takes a power nap at the crease. Must have had a RedBull this morning.

      Deon - 2011-11-17 15:03

      Probably not C, he also made mince meat a few years ago of Zimbabwe. We beat them within 2 days if I remember correct.

      Lionel - 2011-11-17 15:08

      Hi Christelle,I am not sure if that is Kallis's first fifty in under 50 balls but it sure was good to see:):):) He has just reached the milestone of 12000 runs in tests and maybe the moment was just to much!!!!

      Christelle - 2011-11-17 15:13

      @ Deon and Lionel - It was awesome - but even more so that we are doing well. Cant take losing, but losing to Aus - thats a punch in the gut!!!

      Lionel - 2011-11-17 15:18

      It will also give me great pleasure if we can whitewash the Aussies(payback for the rugby:))and see the egg on there faces for a

      Deon - 2011-11-17 16:30

      Another collaps, we need another 50 runs at least.

  • shaficks - 2011-11-17 10:31

    Why is Ashwell Prince still in the team? JP Duminy is a far better option in my view.

      Lionel - 2011-11-17 10:38

      Shaficks,I feel your pain,last night Duminy scored he's 3rd fifty in as many games and is a more than capable spinner.

      shaficks - 2011-11-17 10:48

      I know right. I understand the calmness and maturity that Prince brings to the line - up but Duminy can take the game away from the Aussies, that's something that Prince can not do. His inclusion is a defensive one when we should be attacking the Aussies.

      shaficks - 2011-11-17 14:58

      LOL! Prince is making me eat my words!!!

      Lionel - 2011-11-17 15:01

      Mine to... lol:):):)

      shaficks - 2011-11-17 15:50

      I aint complaining, as long as the runs get put on the board I'm happy :)

  • Edmund - 2011-11-17 10:35

    Ok, I predicted a 2-0 win for SA before the 1st test match started. Prove me right and for a change give your supporters something to cheer about!

  • Shirley - 2011-11-17 11:01

    We need a positive stand,gaurding wickets above all else. Come on guys-oh damn Smith just out! Not a good start!!!

  • Andre - 2011-11-17 11:10

    Smith again chokes, but i guess the 100 he made in the first test will make him keep his place.

      markwmilligan - 2011-11-17 11:44

      Nitronic u are showing how ignorant you are. Another Smith basher. The man just made a hundred in the last game and now you jump on the band wagon. Get a life....

      Smith251 - 2011-11-17 11:48

      Smith is one of only 41 test batsmen in the history of the game, past and present, who has a batting average of 50+ and you call him a choker!!!!

      Leon - 2011-11-17 11:51

      Andre moet nou nie weer jou naam met n plank moer nie

      Andre - 2011-11-17 11:52

      @mark and Smith fair enough he did make a hundred the last test. BUt i still don't like him and he is still not worthy of a captain in my eyes. My reason for this is when they got kicked out of the WC everbody except him had to face the media etc. Now tell me what kind of captain does that? in afrikaans he should be called a lafaard for not manning up!!!

      Andre - 2011-11-17 11:56

      my magtig leon is dit jy..... Idiot

      Deon - 2011-11-17 12:00

      An average of 50 + and the highest score of 277. He is hardly a choker. I am not so fond of his 1 day batting but he is far from a choker.

      Marius - 2011-11-17 12:08

      The only problem I have with Smith is that he seems to make most of his big scores at Newlands and generally fails at most of the other grounds. Tbe a bvatting great he needs to make those big scores at any ground, not just the one where he grew up on.

      Leon - 2011-11-17 12:12

      ai ai ai andretjie dit moet seker moeilik wees om so negatief deur die wereld te gaan bly om te sien jy het jou all black jersey verwyder van jou profile picture use that now to wipe your mouth to get rid of ll the sh@t you are talking

      Deon - 2011-11-17 13:09

      Marius, he (Smith) made a few double hundreds in the UK too, only rain saved the Pommies in a few games. The UK is far from his home ground.

  • Shirley - 2011-11-17 11:30

    Lets be positive and supportive. Early days yet.Lets give the choker tag a rest!

      Andre - 2011-11-17 11:44

      I want to be positive, but why should we give it a rest the choker tag will remain until we have won a big tournament. Anyway Rudolph out aswell

      Deon - 2011-11-17 13:44

      Beating Australia at a test series is big enough for me. Go Proteas.

  • Bob - 2011-11-17 11:56

    Poor smiffy, the knockers will be on his back big time now, such fickle supporters, he is one of the best opening bats in the world but thats not good enough eh, his record proves it, he is not a particularly likeable guy but then he is not picked for his personality.

  • francie.potgieter - 2011-11-17 12:02

    Please I ask with tears in my navy blue eyes why is Smith still a opening batsman.

      Deon - 2011-11-17 12:04

      50+ average that is why.

      Dhirshan - 2011-11-17 14:26

      50+ average in almost 100 tests!

  • fishycraig - 2011-11-17 12:07

    And SA just took out Watson.

  • Thopa - 2011-11-17 12:18

    And how is this news? its like he's been scoring for the last two yeras....

  • Skinfaxi - 2011-11-17 12:43

    Well done South Africa. Nice positive play despite losing the openers! I like the healthy run rate, 100 up after 25 overs used to be a good one day target. Judging from the over before lunch I don’t think we’re going to be seeing too much of the spinners for the first couple of days which poses a problem for Australia if Watson is injured.

      Shirley - 2011-11-17 12:59

      Watson is a china doll-6 foot odd of injuries. S.A. seem to have a positive attitude.heres to Kallis 12000 runs.Just wish the supporters would be positive!

  • Niela.vH - 2011-11-17 12:57

    I like the way King Kallis is stamping his authority on this match and putting Oz under pressure. They got a bit of a problem if Watson can't bowl and Lyonn has to bowl today. Excellent tactics by Kallis!

  • Niela.vH - 2011-11-17 14:18

    This is the ideal oppertunity for AB and Prince to cash in. The ball is 40 overs old and Hussey is bowling. Big partnership on the way...

      Deon - 2011-11-17 14:24

      Don't jinx it.

      Lionel - 2011-11-17 14:26

      My concern is that we are batting to quickly(sounds crazy:):):))there is gonna be an awful amount of time for them to get runs etc,just hope I am wrong!!!!!!!!!

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-17 14:56

      Hi Lionel. I have no problems with a healthy scoring rate provided that the runs aren’t coming from high risk shots. Hit the rubbish! I think Clarke has back against the wall. He tried to go to his spinner early and he went at more than 6 per over and he had to take him off again. I think bowling Hussey and telling him to bowl wide was VERY negative and I’m disappointed that they tried that.

      Deon - 2011-11-17 14:57

      I will be happy with 350 runs or to bit untill lunch tomorrow.

      Lionel - 2011-11-17 15:05

      Deon,yes 350 or bat till lunch tomorrow then we would have done well then the Aussies can't beat us!!! Skins,I think Clarke thought that Watson was going to be his trump card again and it backfired.Its great cricket to watch when we scoring like we are but I want us to be in a position where the Aussies cant get to us(time and run wise),if you know what I am talking about??? Ag thats typical negativity from the Aussies when things not going there way!!!!

      Deon - 2011-11-17 16:05

      We must hope for not another 2 hours of madness from us in the 2nd innings. I will be surprised if this happens to be a draw. .

      Deon - 2011-11-17 16:50

      Oops, not a good time the last 30 minutes.

  • shaficks - 2011-11-18 09:27

    Although the total is far off from what we wanted, it may not be such a bad thing that Steyn has a new ball this morning under the moist conditions.

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