Live Cricket Score: England vs South Africa, 2nd Test at Headingley - Day three

Captain Andrew Strauss and his opening partner Alastair Cook (in picture) batted confidently, aided by some wayward bowling by the South Africans on day two Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Leeds: Aug 3, 2012

England reached a score of 48 runs for the loss of no wicket at the close of day two in the second Test at Headingley.

England were 48 for no wicket when bad light ended play with 22 overs still due to be bowled.

Captain Andrew Strauss and his opening partner Alastair Cook batted confidently, aided by some wayward bowling by the South Africans.

England fast bowler Stuart Broad admitted that the prospect of rain ahead of the match had influenced England’s decision.

“The forecast was so bad for the weekend that our best chance was to bowl South Africa out on day one,” he said.

“It’s pretty even,” said Broad, who took three for 96 to be England’s most successful bowler.

“Being none down tonight was vital. We have one job and that is to bat as big and as long as we can. We need one of those 600 knocks and to put South Africa under pressure on the last day.”

South Africa’s innings lasted until shortly before the tea break. Alviro Petersen made a career best 182 as South Africa ground out an imposing total, casting doubt on England’s decision to pick an all-seam attack and send them in.

Brief Scores: South Africa 419 (Alviro Pietersen 182, Graeme Smith 52, AB de Villiers 47; Stuart Broad 3 for 96, James Anderson 2 for 61) lead England 48 for 0 (Alastair Cook 20*, Andrew Strauss 19*) by 371 runs.

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