Wickets Tumble Before England Counter-Attack

Wickets Tumble At The Wanderers
Wickets Tumble At The Wanderers
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England 100-4 (Collingwood 44no, Morkel 3-20) v South Africa 

Fourth Test, Johannesburg, day one

Wickets tumbled after England won the toss and chose to bat on day one of the fourth and final Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.

However, a counter-attack from Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell enabled England to reach lunch on 100 for four.

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 Ian Bell and Collingwood was unbeaten on 44 in 55 balls at lunch, hoisting Wayne Parnell and Jacques Kallis into the stands for sixes, the latter of which came from the last ball of the session while Bell looked relatively comfortable in making 19 in 45 balls.

The other hero of the draw in Cape Town, Graham Onions, was dropped with swing bowler Ryan Sidebottom preferred.

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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