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South Africa 266 (de Villiers 64, Kallis 54, Siddle 3-69) v Australia
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Australia's persistence and South Africa's undue haste conspired to round up the hosts for an unsatisfactory 266. Having advanced as far as 241 for 4, South Africa lost 4 for 4 to Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle in a frenzied 18-ball passage after tea, and Australia's captain Michael Clarke nipped out the final two wickets in fading light that prevented the tourists' innings from commencing.
Jacques Kallis' flighty and fleeting 54 had set the rhythm of the innings on a friendly pitch, its pace and impulsive shot-selection maintained by AB de Villiers and Ashwell Prince. In the final session Prince, in particular, looked like he could be out any ball, and ultimately it was his airy drive to mid on that started the rush of wickets.
Though Lyon and Siddle took the spoils to a series of thoughtless strokes, Pat Cummins also deserved considerable credit for the quality of his bowling on debut, which reaped the wicket of Hashim Amla and was comfortably the most economical of any Australian paceman. He also claimed a ripping catch to account for de Villiers.
Concerns about Shane Watson's fitness were partially assuaged by his return to the field following an earlier hamstring complaint, but he did not move from first slip and it remains to be seen whether he can bowl again in this match.
Watson had taken the second wicket to fall, that of Jacques Rudolph, and his continued inconvenience will affect Australia's bowling options. It will also place more burden of performance on the 18-year-old Cummins, who became Australia's second youngest Test debutant after Ian Craig, having played only three first-class matches, and was included in this game at the expense of an injured Ryan Harris.
Mitchell Johnson bowled better than in Cape Town, particularly in his first spell, but was still expensive as he sought the rhythm and swing of 2009.
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