Updated: 03/08/2012 06:26 | By pa.press.net

Petersen shines as Proteas take control



Alviro Petersen was the star for South Africa with his unbeaten 124

Alviro Petersen was the star for South Africa with his unbeaten 124

England's bowlers managed only stuttering progress as Alviro Petersen shut them out on day one of the second Investec Test at Headingley.

Five wickets in a stumps total of 262 amounted to far better than what England mustered at The Oval. However, after winning the toss, and under cloud cover either side of teatime rain, Petersen (124no), who followed a fluent first 50 with a stoic second, prevented the hosts from making more telling gains.

England endured an ominously and controversially wicketless first session, then struck three times in the afternoon - once with a run-out - but could not consolidate as the clouds dispersed again.

When Tim Bresnan had Graeme Smith (52) caught at square-leg in early afternoon, he was delivering England's first wicket since he himself last got rid of the opposition captain 10 hours previously - in playing time - dating back to day three in London.

Both James Anderson, after Alastair Cook's dropped slip catch, and then - in bizarre circumstances - Steven Finn came frustratingly close to removing a South Africa opener before lunch.

Cook put Petersen down on 29; then first-change Finn thought he had Smith neatly caught at first slip by Andrew Strauss for six, only for umpire Steve Davis to call dead-ball after the fast bowler repeated his uncanny habit of disturbing the bails at the non-striker's end in his delivery stride.

Petersen was past his 50 before lunch, with a pull at Bresnan for his seventh four, and Smith reached his from 91 deliveries in early afternoon. But he was to succumb at last to England's packed leg-side field, and only three overs later the hosts picked up the big bonus of Hashim Amla's wicket with a run out.

When Cook redeemed himself with a smart catch low to his left, at second slip again, after Jacques Kallis toe-ended an attempted cut at Anderson, South Africa had faltered from 120 for none to 157 for three.

Rain brought an early tea, though, and when play resumed an hour and a half later Petersen was still not for shifting - and AB de Villiers was watchful too in an important stand of 97. Petersen dug out his fourth Test century, with a four off Stuart Broad, before having an lbw decision off Finn overturned on DRS when on 119.

Even De Villiers' chop-on to Broad with the second new ball, and nightwatchman Dale Steyn's clean-bowled duck to Finn, therefore could not alter the complexion of another day when world cricket's balance of power tilted towards South Africa.

1Comment
Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
10 reasons to make MSN UK your homepage (© Microsoft)

latest cricket news

  • Jos Buttler will make his Test debut on Sunday

    Jos Buttler warns he is unlikely to single-handedly "fix English cricket" as he prepares to take a step into the unknown.

  • India's Ravindra Jadeja has been fined by the ICC

    India appear far from happy with Ravindra Jadeja's punishment for his part in the spat with England fast bowler James Anderson during the Trent Bridge Test.

  • Aaron Finch smashed 89 for Yorkshire

    Birmingham are through to the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-finals after leapfrogging Yorkshire to claim the final North Group qualification spot on Friday evening.

  • Mahela Jayawardene scored 165 before he was run out as Sri Lanka took charge of the second Test

    Two early wickets put Sri Lanka in charge as South Africa closed day two of the second Test in Colombo on 98 for three in reply to the home side's 421 all out.

  • Alex Hales has impressed for England at Twenty20 level

    Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales hopes his form this season in the LV= County Championship can help secure him a place in the England squad for the forthcoming ICC World Cup.

  • Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene finished on 140 not out on day one of the second Test against South Africa

    Mahela Jayawardene's unbeaten century helped Sri Lanka recover from a shaky start to finish 305 for five on day one of the second and final Test against South Africa.

  • England coach Peter Moores, right, has reiterated his backing of captain Alastair Cook, left

    England stood by their united assurances that Alastair Cook is still the man to lead them forward, by confirming him as captain for the third Investec Test against India.

  • Kane Williamson has been suspended from bowling due to an illegal action

    New Zealand off-spinner Kane Williamson has been suspended from bowling due to an illegal action, the International Cricket Council has announced.

  • Jonathan Trott notched his first century since returning from illness

    Warwickshire's Jonathan Trott scored his first century since returning to cricket from illness but was unable to prevent Sussex seizing control of the contest in LV= County Championship Division One.

  • The under-fire Alastair Cook has received support from Sourav Ganguly

    England captain Alastair Cook has found an unlikely supporter in former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, who believes the rest of the squad have failed to back their leader up when required.

  • Brendan Taylor's side were dismissed by Afghanistan for 159 to lose by 100 runs

    A remarkable batting collapse from Zimbabwe ensured Afghanistan won the final one-day international by 100 runs in Bulawayo.

  • Stuart Broad is one of several players with a point to prove

    Peter Moores admits he has yet to figure out whether England's whitewash Ashes defeat has left him with a clutch of cricketers with their best days behind them.

  • Matt Prior has not yet closed the door on his England career

    Matt Prior remains as determined as ever to play for England but just wants to take time out to get 100 per cent fit.

  • James Anderson, pictured right, could miss his home Test at Emirates Old Trafford

    James Anderson faces the possibility of being banned from his home Test at Old Trafford after a date of August 1 was set for his International Cricket Council disciplinary hearing.

  • Hashim Amla's South Africa travel to Colombo looking to wrap up a 2-0 Test series victory

    South Africa captain Hashim Amla has warned his players to forget last week's opening Test victory against Sri Lanka on the eve of the second Test in Colombo.