Rain stops play between England and South Africa on day three

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By CricketCountry Staff

Leeds: Aug 4, 2012

Rain stopped play on the third day of the second Test between England and South Africa at Headingley.

England started the day on 48 for no loss. Rain stopped play after only 20 balls were bowled.

England made a solid start to their reply after South Africa stretched their first innings to 419 on the second day of the second Test at Headingley on Friday.

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.

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.

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 80 for 1 ( Andrew Strauss 33*, Alastair Cook 24; Vernon Philander 1 for 36) by 339 runs.