Sunday 3 January 2010 

Kallis Century Steadies South Africa

South Africa Struggle To Find Batting Form
South Africa Struggle To Find Batting Form
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South Africa 279-6 (Kallis 108no, Boucher 51) v England
Third Test, day one, Cape Town

A Jacques Kallis century ensured that South Africa were not embarrassed again having been invited to bat first by England on day one of the third Test in Cape Town.

England struck early after winning the toss and putting South Africa in to bat, at Newlands, after rain delayed the start of the third Test Match.

At tea, after 57 overs, South Africa had struggled to just 183-5 with Anderson, Swann and Onions amonst the wicket takers for England.

Prince and Duminy failed to trouble the scorers and it was left to Kallis, unbeaten on 108 at stumps, to steady the South Africa innings with a 50-run partnership in just 82 balls with Mark Boucher (51) and a 50-run partnership in just 80 balls with Dale Steyn (27 not out), to bring South Africa back into this match.

South Africa finished day one on 279-6 when bad light stopped play with honours even, James Anderson and Graeme Swann bagging a pair of wickets apiece with Graham Onions and Stuart Broad taking one each.

England lead the four-match series 1-0.

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