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Clarke leaves South Africa struggling

Australia captain Michael Clarke put in a record-breaking performance on the opening day of the second Test against South Africa.

SCORE: South Africa 2-217 in reply to Australia’s 550 all out.

MAN OF THE MOMENT: Graeme Smith. The South African captain leads from the front with a fighting unbeaten 111.

KEY MOMENT: Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade misses a routine stumping when Smith was on 46, and pays dearly for his howler.

STAT OF THE DAY: 5-68. Australia’s lower order crashed in the opening session, losing five wickets for 68 runs to revive South Africa.


SUMMARY: South Africa signal they won’t give up the second Test without a hell of a fight, responding from a day one beating with some telling blows of their own.

Stumps board on the second day of the second Test between Australia and South Africa at Adelaide Oval today.
Australia 1st Innings                                  Mins  Balls   4s   6s
D WARNER c Smith b Morkel                        119    178    112   16    4
E COWAN c & b Kallis                              10     44     29    1    0
R QUINEY c Smith b Morkel                          0      8      8    0    0
R PONTING b Kallis                                 4      4      3    1    0
M CLARKE b Morkel                                230    352    257   40    1
M HUSSEY b Steyn                                 103    208    137    9    4
M WADE c de Villiers b Morkel                      6     41     28    1    0
P SIDDLE c Smith b Kleinveldt                      6     30     21    1    0
J PATTINSON c Smith b Steyn                       42     53     35    4    2
B HILFENHAUS c Kleinveldt b Morkel                 0      7      8    0    0
N LYON not out                                     7     31     17    1    0 
Sundries (11lb 1w 11nb)                         23 
Total                                          550 

Fall: 43 (Cowan), 44 (Quiney), 55 (Ponting), 210 (Warner), 482 (Hussey), 494 (Clarke), 501 (Wade), 503 (Siddle), 504 (Hilfenhaus), 550 (Pattinson). 
Bowling: D Steyn 23.4-4-79-2, M Morkel 30-5-146-5, J Kallis 3.3-1-19-2, R Kleinveldt 20.1-4-81-1 (1w 6nb), I Tahir 23-0-180-0 (5nb), F du Plessis 7-0-34-0. 
Batting time: 489 mins.
Overs: 107.2.

South Africa 1st Innings                               Mins  Balls   4s   6s
G SMITH not out                                  111    271    220   12    0
A PETERSEN run out (Hussey)                       54    164    112    7    0
H AMLA st Wade b Warner                           11     48     26    2    0
J RUDOLPH not out                                 25     56     48    2    0 
Sundries (7b 2lb 3w 4nb)                        16 
Two wickets for                                217 

Fall: 138 (Petersen), 169 (Amla). 
Bowling: B Hilfenhaus 12-4-36-0, J Pattinson 8-0-40-0 (1w 4nb), N Lyon 24-2-53-0, P Siddle 12-3-34-0, M Clarke 3-0-10-0, M Hussey 1-0-7-0 (2w), D Warner 5-0-27-1, R Quiney 2-1-1-0. 
Batting time: 271 mins.
Overs: 67. 
Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZL), Richard Kettleborough (ENG).
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI). 
Third Umpire: Asad Rauf (PAK).

After most massive parties comes the sobering up. And so it was for Australia’s cricketers on Friday. A day after head-spinning revelry, reality hit as hard as any hangover. The sheer joy of scoring 482 runs against South Africa on the opening day of the second Test evaporated in Adelaide heat.

Graeme Smith led a brave South African fightback on day two but some unlikely bowling heroics from David Warner meant the Proteas still have a massive mountain to climb in the second Test. Warner (1-27) was injected into the attack in the 51st over and immediately claimed the crucial wicket of run-machine Hashim Amla (stumped for 11), as the Proteas finished 2-217 at stumps.

That tempered Australia’s frustration at missing two golden chances to get rid of stoic captain Smith - one from a keeping error and the other an overrule from DRS. Smith is unbeaten on 111 and while ever he’s at the crease the Test is far from over on a good batting strip at Adelaide Oval. Jacques Rudolph is the other not out batsman on 25.

The South Africans trail Australia’s first innings 550 by 333 runs with eight wickets in hand, but they’re carrying a ginger Jacques Kallis (hamstring) in their line-up.

If it wasn’t for Michael Clarke’s sensational year, Amla would be the player of 2012 - but he had no answer for surprise packet Warner. The part-time leg-spinner enticed the normally composed Amla out of his crease and gloveman Matt Wade redeemed himself from a costly spill earlier on the day on Smith to whip the bails off in time.The Proteas made the ideal start to their first innings reply.

Alviro Petersen (54) and Smith put on 138 before Petersen brought himself undone in the 42nd over with some terrible running between the wickets, allowing Mike Hussey to catch him short with a direct hit. Petersen found himself running head-on into man-mountain Smith as he sought his ground and his over-compensation in veering around his skipper cost him his wicket.

Smith’s first get-out-of-jail card was used when on 46. The burly left-hander came out of his crease to Michael Clarke’s (0-10) off-spin, but when the ball got through the gate, Wade couldn’t control. And in the 46th over with Smith on 78, firebrand James Pattinson (0-40) was convinced he had his man for a third time this series, as Wade went up for a huge caught-behind appeal.

Umpire Richard Kettleborough lifted the finger, but Smith was unmoved and hot-spot revealed no sign of an edge. Earlier, Pattinson continued his running verbal battle with Smith from the drawn first Test at the Gabba.

Under-pressure quick Ben Hilfenhaus (0-36) bowled four maidens but failed to penetrate, while Peter Siddle (0-34) went down a similar road. Front-line spinner Nathan Lyon got through 24 overs and finished 0-53.

Australia were all out just before lunch, but Pattinson’s quick-fire (42 from 35) was important. Clarke’s marathon innings came to an end at the hands of Morne Morkel (5-146) at 230 runs. The 489 runs he compiled in Brisbane and Adelaide was third on the list of most runs by a batsman without being dismissed - eight shy of the record held by Sachin Tendulkar.