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Sunday, November 20, 2011

D'Oliviera's death a reminder of a very different South AfricaAmla & de Villiers put South Africa on top: T2D3

South Africa 3/229 (69 ov, Amla 89*, de Villiers 70*) & 226 lead Australia 296 by 119 runs with 7 second inns wickets in hand: T2/2 D3/5 at Johannesburg

The day began with a tribute to Basil D'Oliveira  who died overnight aged 80.

When play started Australia kept South Africa in check with three wickets before lunch, but were unable to  separate Hashim Amla 89*/196b (13x4) and A B deVilliers 70*/122b (1x6, 10x4) who have added 139.

Each of the Australian quicks bowled 17 overs on the day. Once again Pat Cummins was the best with 2/46 (and perhaps unjustly deprived of a third -  Amla - by the third umpire's interpretation of Hawkeye).

Pleasing as this is it raises questions about why the others weren't able to offer more support. Mitchell Johnson bowled as, nothwithstanding the small arena,  17-1-77-0 suggests, Peter Siddle 17-6-41-0 was more parsimonious but only steady while Nathan Lyon 11-3-41-1 , despite getting Graeme Smith with a ball which bounced, was inconsistent (even so, he might have bowled more).

Despite the rapid fluctuations of fortune so far in these two Tests it's hard to imagine Australia getting back into the game, let alone winning from here, with its out of form (and puff)  batting lineup.


Fox Sports Report (with link to video).
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