Thursday 14 January 2010 

South Africa Dominate Opening Day Of Final Test

South Africa Dominate Opening Day Of Final Test
South Africa Dominate Opening Day Of Final Test
© REUTERS/Philip Brown (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

England 180 (Collingwood 47, Steyn 5-51, Morkel 3-39) v
South Africa 29-0

Fourth Test, Johannesburg, day one

Dale Steyn took five wickets for the 12th time in his Test career as South Africa bundled out England for 180 on the opening day of the fourth and final Test in Johannesburg.

Bad light and rain interrupted the home side's reply but they reached stumps on 29 without loss, Graeme Smith and Ashwell Prince seeing off new-ball bowlers James Anderson and Ryan Sidebottom.

Wickets tumbled after England won the toss and chose to bat and although Paul Collingwood (47) and Ian Bell (35) counter-attacked, South African wrested back control after lunch, Steyn returning five for 51 and Morne Morkel three for 39.

South Africa handed Test debuts to Wayne Parnell and Ryan McLaren but it was Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn doing the damage, removing England's top four batsmen inside ten overs.

Andrew Strauss clipped the firdst ball of the match, bowled by Dale Steyn, to Hashim Amla at short leg before Jonathan Trott (5) and Alastair Cook (21) were trapped in front by Morkel and the tall pace bowler picked up his third wicket when Kevin Pietersen miscued a pull shot to Parnell at mid-on.

That left England in big trouble at 39 for four and brought to the crease the heroes of Newlands, Collingwood and Bell and they played well to get England to 100 for four at lunch, Collingwood hitting a couple of sixes for good measure.

He was the first man to fall after to lunch when he became McLaren's first Test wicket, a snorter that flew off a leading edge to JP Duminy in the off-side. Bell was then bowled by a Steyn inswinger having been set up by three outswingers beforehand.

Matthew Prior (14) and Stuart Broad (13) hit out and Sidebottom, in the side in place of Graham Onions, failed to score before edging Steyn to Boucher and Steyn duly completed his five-wicket haul and ended the innings by having Swann similarly caught behind for 27.

Anderson and SIdebottom then returned identical figures of nought for 14 with two maidens from six overs as South Africa made a steady start to their innings.

There were a couple of strong lbw shouts that were correctly turned down by the umpires and one edge from Prince that flew past where a fourth slip would have been but otherwise few alarms for the left-handers and their partnership ensured that it was comprehensively South Africa's day.

England lead the series 1-0.

South Africa: Graeme Smith, Ashwell Prince, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Mark Boucher, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn

England: Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell, Matthew Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Ryan Sidebottom, James Anderson

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