Mon, Nov 12, 2012 - Page 20 News List

Kallis, Amla centuries put Proteas in command

AP, BRISBANE, Australia

Duminy will be replaced in the squad by fellow allrounder Dean Elgar. The left-handed batsman and slow left-arm bowler is due to join the squad in Australia next week for the remainder of the series.

Play resumed a half hour early yesterday in a bid to make up some overs and both teams stopped play at 11am and stood together in a line for a Remembrance Day ceremony.

At one stage, it did not seem likely Australia would bat yesterday, but the late flurry of wickets left the hosts with 26 overs to navigate before stumps.

It started badly, with Warner prodding at Steyn and edging to Kallis at second slip.

Quiney’s first Test innings ended when he hooked Morkel to fine leg, where Steyn took a clever catch right on the boundary — taking the catch and then throwing it up as he neared the rope and regathering the second grab as Australia slipped to 30-2.

Former captain Ponting never got comfortable before he pushed forward at a sharply rising Morkel ball to give Kallis his second catch at second slip.

Kallis said getting Ponting early was a major breakthrough for the South Africans, who were in a good position to win the match.

“I think we’ve just got to give ourselves opportunities ... the game’s far from dead,” he said. “As long as we keep applying the pressure, that’s all that we can do.”

Hilfenhaus said Australia needed Clarke and Cowan to go on.

“The partnership we have at the moment is the crucial one for us,” Hilfenhaus said. “Hopefully, they can continue that tomorrow and make our way closer to their total.”

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