Wednesday 16 December 2009 

Kallis Century Puts South Africa In Strong Position

Kallis Century Puts South Africa In Strong Position
Kallis Century Puts South Africa In Strong Position
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South Africa 262-4 (Kallis 112no) v England

First Test, Centurion Park, day one

Jacques Kallis' 32nd Test century ensured that South Africa closed day one of the first match against England at Centurion Park firmly in charge after the tourists invited South Africa to bat first.

Kallis was unbeaten on 112 as he guided his side to an overnight score of 262 for four after he and JP Duminy (38 not out) batted through the final session of play.

After England won the toss, Graeme Smith fell early, caught by Matthew Prior off Stuart Broad for a seven-ball duck and Hashim Amla edged Graham Onions to Paul Collingwood at second slip for 19.

Kallis completed his half-century before tea, taken at 159 for four, but lost Ashwell Prince (45) caught by Collingwood, and AB de Villiers (32), caught by Alastair Cook as Graeme Swann picked up a couple of wickets.

England lost their two decision reviews when they unsuccessfully challenged an lbw to Jacques Kallis and an appeal for a catch behind off de Villiers, although that came shortly before he was dismissed, well picked up by Cook at short leg.

Swann was England's most impressive bowler, returning two for 61 and England were hindered by Onions spending a lengthy time off the field with a calf strain, although Kallis was in superb touch, betraying any signs of the rib injury that kept him out of the ODI series.

Shortly before stumps, he brought up the century partnership with Duminy, Kallis hiting 14 fours and a six having faced 202 deliveries.

South Africa handed a Test debut to Friedel de Wet in the absence of Dale Steyn through injury.

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