South Africa puts Aussies under pressure

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Updated 12 November 2012
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South Africa puts Aussies under pressure

BRISBANE: South Africa were on track to end Australia’s unbeaten 24-year Test run at the Gabba after dominating the third day’s play in the opening Test yesterday.
The world No. 1 team amassed a formidable 450 in their first innings and then had Michael Clarke’s Australians under pressure at 111 for three in reply at stumps.
Clarke was at the crease on 34 with opener Ed Cowan not out 49 in an unbroken 71-run stand.
The Australians last lost at the Gabba against the West Indies in 1988, but the Proteas’ first innings total was the best by a touring side at the ground since England’s winning 456 in 1986.
Jacques Kallis had a memorable day, raising his 44th Test century — he is second on the list of all-time century makers, behind only India’s Sachin Tendulkar — and his fifth against Australia.
His 147 was the highest score by a South African in a Brisbane Test since Eddie Barlow’s 114 in 1963.
The star all-rounder also chipped in with two catches at second slip to help put the skids under the Australians.
The home side’s thoughts turned to saving the match after three wickets tumbled inside the opening 10 overs.
David Warner lasted 15 balls before he poked at a Dale Steyn delivery slanted across him straight to Kallis at second slip to depart for four.
Debutant Rob Quiney fell to a spectacular juggling catch on the fine leg boundary rope by Steyn for nine off Morne Morkel.
Steyn tossed the ball into the air realizing he was going over the rope and had the presence of mind to step back into the field of play and take the catch.
Senior batsman Ricky Ponting lasted just five balls before he edged Morkel to the safe hands of Kallis for a duck to leave the home side wobbling at 40 for three.
Kallis and Hashim Amla earlier hit centuries as South Africa dominated Australia’s bowling with a formidable first innings of 450 off 151.4 overs.
Australia removed Kallis shortly after lunch when Quiney took a high two-handed chance in the gully off James Pattinson to end the allrounder’s 349-minute stint at the crease.
Kallis shared in a 165-run partnership for third wicket with Hashim Amla, who reached his third century in four innings against Australia and his 17th overall before he given out lbw to Peter Siddle for 104.
Amla was struck high and TV replays suggested the ball was going over the stumps. Surprisingly, he did not refer Asad Rauf’s decision to the third umpire.
The world number two batsman in Tests became South Africa’s first triple centurion with an unbeaten 311 against England at The Oval in July.
The Australian bowlers, who eked out just two wickets on Friday’s opening day, had their best spell with four wickets in the middle session.
Ben Hilfenhaus wrapped up the Proteas’ innings with the wickets of Dale Steyn (15) and Morne Morkel (0) after tea. JP Duminy was unable to bat after rupturing his Achilles on Friday’s opening day.

Debutant Rory Kleinveldt blasted two successive sixes off spinner Nathan Lyon to remain 17 not out.
Pattinson was Australia’s best bowler with three for 93.
Australia, in the field for over 10 hours interspersed by Friday’s washout, were in early strife with South Africa’s vaunted pace attack pressing home the advantage to groans from the home crowd.
The first target is to avoid the follow-on target of 251 on Monday’s fourth day.


Mohamed Salah named Premier League’s best player of the year at PFA awards

Updated 23 April 2018
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Mohamed Salah named Premier League’s best player of the year at PFA awards

  • Egyptian superstar currently has 30 Premier League goals this season
  • Salah beat the likes of De Bruyne and Kane to the award

LONDON: Liverpool’s star forward, Mohamed Salah, was named the best player in the Premier League at the English PFA Player of the Year awards on Sunday.

Salah said  when he left the Premier League he had always wanted to return as he did not get a chance at Chelsea. “It was very clear in my mind, I will return back to the Premier League and I will show everyone my football,” he said after receiving the award adding that he was a changed person when he return to England’s top league. “I am very happy for this award, and very happy for my teammates and what we are doing in the Premier League,” the striker said.

When asked about his impressive form, Salah said “I play for the team, not just for myself,” and praised his teammates for their support: “The players help me a lot to be here.” 

The Egyptian, who was the clear favorite to pick up the prize, was going head-to-head with Manchester City’s Premier League-winning midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
The other four nominees were David De Gea, Harry Kane, Leroy Sane and David Silva, though nobody expected them to pip Salah.
The PFA Player of the Year award is voted for by the players from England’s 92 professional clubs in the Premier League and Football League.
Salah, in his second spell in England following an unsuccessful move to Chelsea in 2014, also leads the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot.
Currently top on 30 goals for the season, Tottenham’s Harry Kane is just four goals behind with four games left to play.
The Tuesday after the PFA awards, Liverpool and Salah face the Eygptian’s old team Roma in the Champions League semifinals.