Thursday 17 November 2011 

Kallis Scores 12,000th Run Before South Africa Collapse

Kallis Scores 12,000th Run Before South Africa Collapse
Kallis Scores 12,000th Run Before South Africa Collapse
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South Africa 266 (de Villiers 64, Kallis 54) v Australia
Second Test, Johannesburg

Jacques Kallis became the fourth man to score 12,000 Test runs before South Africa lost six wickets for 25 runs in 11 overs to be dismissed for 266 on the opening day of the second and final game in Johannesburg.

Kallis reached the milestone, overtaking Brian Lara on the all-time list of Test run-scorers, with an aggressive 54 n 41 balls and although AB de Villiers and Ashwell Prince also scored half-centuries, Australia hit back.

Peter Siddle took three wickets while spinners Nathan Lyon and Michael Clarke bagged two wickets apiece as the tourists closed the day strongly.

The shortened post-tea session began - or didn't begin at all - with a 15-minute delay due to a sightscreen malfunction and South Africa's batting then went even more seriously wrong.

Prince and de Villiers had been making batting look relatively easy as they put on a 112-run partnership for the fifth wicket, de Villiers stroking some glorious shots through the off side and Prince exasperating the bowlers by piercing the gaps, albeit not always intentionally.

He fell to spark the collapse when he drilled Lyon to Mitchell Johnson at mid-off; a strange shot but the die was cast as de Villiers and Mark Boucher (3) also threw their wickets away.

De Villiers hit hard and high but without any distance and was well caught by a diving Patrick Cummins off Siddle, Cummins marking his debut with a fine catch as well as the wicket of Hashim Amla for 19.

Boucher was also undone as he tried to hook Siddle only to be caught by Lyon, who struck again to trap Vernon Philander in front without scoring.

With bad light looming, Clarke gambled by bringing himself on to ensure play could go on and it paid off when he had Morne Morkel caught at slip by Shane Watson and Imran Tahir caught at short leg by Phillip Hughes.

Dale Steyn hammered one huge six and was unbeaten on 15 from 31 balls and although Australia's openers looked ready to come out and begin their reply, the umpires decided that the light was too bad for play to restart.

Cummins was handed his cap to become Australia's second youngest Test player while Usman Khawaja came in to replace Shaun Marsh while South Africa were unchanged, as was Clarke's inability to win a toss and Graeme Smith had no hesitation in choosing to bat first.

His was the first wicket to go down when he edged Johnson to Clarke for 11 before Jacques Rudolph (30) and Amla steadied the ship only for Rudolph to edge Watson to Brad Haddin.

Watson left the field soon after and was unable to bowl further due to a left hamstring strain, meaning Cummins, Johnson and Siddle had a significant workload to deal with and they eventually did a fine job.

They were taken to the cleaners by Kallis, however, who struck eight fours and two sixes in a blitz of 54 in just 41 balls as he raced past Lara but was stopped in his tracks when he chipped Siddle to Khawaja at midwicket.

He had been fed half-volleys by the Australians and he didn't miss one of them and looked beautifully set to go on and post a big score but it was not to be.

South Africa won the opening Test in Cape Town by five wickets.

© Cricket World 2011

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