Strauss leads England's strong reply

Boucher, Harris stage rearguard action to steer SA to 418

Strauss leads England's strong reply

South Africa made 418 in their first innings and claimed an early wicket when Friedel de Wet had Alastair Cook caught behind for 15 but the hosts failed to make another breakthrough.

Makhaya Ntini, playing in his 100th Test, had Cook dropped by AB de Villiers at third slip off the left-hander's first delivery but South Africa did not pay a heavy price as debutant De Wet angled a delivery across the batsman and found the edge of his bat.
Strauss reached the close on 44 not out with Jonathan Trott on 18 after South Africa’s last five wickets had added 138 runs and England off-spinner Graeme Swann completed his third five-wicket haul in Tests.

Tail wags
Earlier, South Africa's wagging tail kept England toiling under the hot sun as the hosts reached  a competitive 418. After England had dismissed overnight batsmen Jacques Kallis for 120 and JP Duminy for 56 in the morning session, South Africa went to lunch on 330 for six.

However, the afternoon turned sour for England as Mark Boucher scored 49, Paul Harris 38 and debutant Friedel de Wet 20.  England paid dearly for Graham Onions dropping Boucher on 25 at fine leg off Stuart Broad, with South Africa on 318 for six, as the wicketkeeper guided the tail and nudged the total towards the imposing side on an occasionally unpredictable pitch.  Graeme Swann eventually had Boucher caught at short-leg for 49, the off-spinner ending the session with four for 103 in 42 overs.  
Morne Morkel used the umpire decision review system before lunch to successfully overturn an lbw appeal by Swann, was hit on the chin by Onions and then edged the same bowler to wicketkeeper Matt Prior to be dismissed for 13.  
De Wet celebrated his debut by getting off the mark with a superb cover-drive for four off Swann and repeated the treatment three balls later.

score board
 SOUTH AFRICA (I Innings, O/n: 262/4)
Smith c Prior b Broad     0
Prince c Collingwood b Swann     45
Amla c Collingwood b Onions     19
Kallis c Collingwood b Anderson     120
AB de Villiers c Cook b Swann     32
Duminy c Collingwood b Swann     56
Boucher c Cook b Swann     49
Morkel c Prior b Onions     13
Harris b Onions     38
F de Wet lbw b Swann     20
Ntini (not out)     4
Extras (B-2, LB-15, W-5)     22     
Total (all out in 153.2 overs)     418
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-51, 3-93, 4-159, 5-283, 6-316, 7-341, 8-377, 9-414, 10-418.
Bowling: Anderson 37-9-104-1, Broad 32-8-74-1, Onions 30-5-86-3, Swann 45.2-10-110-5, Collingwood 7-1-18-0, Trott 2-0-9-0.
ENGLAND (I Innings)
Strauss (batting)    44
Cook c Boucher b De Wet    15
Trott (batting)    18
Extras (LB-1, W-5, NB-5)    11     
Total (for 1 wicket in 23 overs)    88
Fall of wickets: 1-25.
Bowling: Ntini 7-1-18-0, F de Wet 7-0-46-1, M Morkel 4-0-12-0, Harris 5-2-11-0.

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