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.


Tunisia told to forget about England defeat ahead of Belgium clash

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Tunisia told to forget about England defeat ahead of Belgium clash

  • Tunisia still confident despite last-gasp defeat to England on Monday.
  • Eagles of Carthage come up against highly fancied Belgium.

LONDON: Nabil Maaloul has called on Tunisia to forget about the defeat to England and concentrate on the task at hand: Beating Belgium today.
The Eagles of Carthage lost 2-1 in their opener to England on Monday to leave them needing to get a result against Eden Hazard and Co. in Moscow. Getting a result against the highly fancied Belgians will not be easy, not least because they looked sharp during their 3-0 victory over Panama.
But Maaloul is certain his side can make their mark in Russia, having held England at bay for all bar the last minute.
“If we had got a draw it would have been an excellent result for us (against England), but hopefully this will lead to higher levels of concentration in the coming games,” Maaloul said.
Tunisia will not make life easy for Belgium as they seek to provide a bright spot in a poor World Cup for African sides, with Egypt and Morocco already out.
“We lost a battle, but not the war,” Tunisian forward Fakhreddine Ben Youssef said of the England game.
The Belgians want to win at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow to avoid making their final group game against England on June 28 a make-or-break qualification affair.
Romelu Lukaku netted twice in the victory over Panama, but bar the scoreline, the match was notable for the rough treatment dished out to Hazard. The Belgium playmaker was tightly marked and occasionally clattered by Central Americans.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez hopes the Chelsea player will not get the same treatment from Tunisia.
“It is a worry that in any of those tackles he could really get hurt,” said Belgium’s Spanish coach.
“It doesn’t worry me if that is just their way of trying to stop him.”
History favors the Belgians. They are yet to lose to African opposition at a World Cup, while Tunisia have never beaten a European side at a finals.
The experienced Oussama Haddadi is set to replace Ali Maaloul at left-back in the Tunisian defense and Martinez saw plenty of danger for his team in the north Africans’ opening 2-1 defeat to England.
“They have a lot of bravery and they’re very dynamic,” Martinez said. “The players have a good understanding between each other and they can bring energy and intensity on counter-attacks. They play direct, efficient football.”
After seeing Lukaku and Dries Martens grab the goals against 
Panama, Hazard wants to add some goals of his own.
Hazard, whose younger brother Thorgan is also in a squad considered to be Belgium’s best for decades, is aware of the thirst for success back home.
“We knew it before the tournament. People say that Belgium would win every game but it’s not that simple,” said Hazard. “We want to win, we won the first game and have another one Saturday against Tunisia. We take it game after game.”
Belgium, ranked third in the world, reached the quarterfinals of Brazil 2014 and are aiming to match their previous best of reaching the semifinals at Mexico 1986.
There was some good news for Martinez on Thursday when Barcelona center-back Thomas Vermaelen trained for the first time in Russia.
Likewise Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, who like Vermaelen is 32, is expected to return on Friday.