Cape Town - Pat Cummins achieved
the distinction of being both the leading first innings runs scorer and
wicket taker for Australia as the tourists took a substantial lead of
109 runs on the second day of their tour match against South Africa 'A' at Willowmoore Park on Friday.
taken four wickets on the first day he then recorded his second
first-class 50 (59 not out off 95 balls, 11 fours) to lead a lower-order
fightback that saw
the visitors recover from 178/7 to 329 all out as he shared successive
partnerships of 47 for the eighth wicket with Mitchell Starc, 64 for the
ninth with Nathan Lyon and finally 40 for the 10th with Josh Hazlewood.
It is the only half-century in the match to date.
South Africa 'A' attack had done well to get rid of the Australian top
order so cheaply, particularly after they lost the services of pace
spearhead Duanne Olivier,
who was only able to bowl five overs on the second morning before
leaving the field as a result of a badly bruised shoulder on his bowling
arm sustained while he was batting on the first day.
Hendricks took up the mantle to claim a return of 5/83 in 24.4 overs.
He got the ball to swing appreciably in the morning session and was well
his perseverance and skill.
Malan and Zubayr Hamza then made a good fist of wiping out the deficit,
sharing an unbroken partnership of 55 for the first wicket in 18 overs
before bad light
prevented the last five overs from being bowled.