Australia fight back after Kallis reaches milestone

Australian players celebrate the fall of a wicket against South Africa AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Johannesburg: Nov 17, 2011

Bowlers helped Australia claw back after on the opening day of the second Test against Australia at the Wanderers on Thursday. At tea, South Africa were 213 for four with AB de Villiers unbeaten on 51 and Ashwell Prince on 34.

The pair had added 84 runs for the fifth wicket.

Earlier, Jacques Kallis became only the fourth batsman to reach 12000 runs in Test cricket, but he departed the very next ball.

Eight balls later, Hashim Amla was on his way back to the pavilion, giving youngster Pat Cummins his well-deserved first wicket in Test cricket.

The 18-year-old debutant found the outside edge of Amla’s bat and Ricky Ponting took a head-height catch at second slip.

Australia were a bowler short after Shane Watson suffered a hamstring injury in the morning session.

He left the field in the middle of an over but not before seeing to the soft dismissal of Jacques Rudolph (30).

After playing some magnificent shots, the ball shaved the edge of Rudolph’s bat into the gloves of Brad Haddin.

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Proteas’ captain Graeme Smith (11) was the first man out edging Mitchell Johnson to second slip.

Johnson got the ball to swing away from the left-hander who pushed it to Michael Clarke for a simple catch.

South Africa, who lead the two-match series 1-0, were 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 Khawaja replaced Shaun Marsh, already back in Australia with a back injury.

Brief Scores: South Africa 213 for 4 (Jacques Kallis 54, AB de Villiers 51*; Peter Siddle 2 for 67, Nathan Lyon 2 for 37) vs Australia

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