Wednesday 6 January 2010 

Smith Misses Double As South Africa Build Huge Lead

Smith Misses Double As South Africa Build Huge Lead
Smith Misses Double As South Africa Build Huge Lead
© REUTERS/Philip Brown (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

South Africa 291 & 397-4 (Smith 183, Amla 95) v
England 273 (Prior 76, Cook 65, Morkel 5-54)
Third Test, Cape Town, day four

South African captain Graeme Smith missed out on scoring a third double-century against England but his 183 ensured that his side were some 415 runs ahead at lunch on day four of the third Test in Cape Town.

Smith was finally caught by Paul Collingwood off Graham Onions having faced 273 deliveries and hit 25 fours and put his side well ahead.

South Africa managed to add 85 runs in the morning session, which also saw England dismiss Jacques Kallis for 46 when he edged James Anderson to Matthew Prior.

England slowed proceedings to a crawl at times, desperate to slow the game down and prevent South Africa declaring on their terms but AB de Villiers, unbeaten on 32 and JP Duminy, on four, began to fight back and attempt to move the game forwards.

England were later cleared of any ball-tampering by the ICC at lunch as it was confirmed that South Africa lodged no complaint after various incidents on day three.

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