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Proteas fight back to level test series!

After a humbling defeat to Australia in the first test at SuperSport Park in Centurion, the Proteas needed to be at their best in the second test to level the series. South Africa raised their game tremendously to thrash the Aussies in the second test and set-up a deciding third test in Cape Town.

South Africa took nine wickets after tea to level their three match series against Australia on the fourth day of the second Test at St George's Park on Sunday. Dale Steyn responded to the critics by delivering a wonderful bowling session that yielded 4 wickets off 55 runs.

Graeme Smith declared early on the third day of the test setting Australia a target of 438 to win. His declaration was informed by the weatherman as day 5 promised to be washed out. Smith went for the win and it seemed like a bad idea at first. Australia knocked comfortably to reach 126 with no loss of wickets, a worrying sight for South African fans.

However the Proteas continued to work hard and David Warner was the first batsman to go, as JP Duminy trapped him leg before wicket. Australia resisted for another 26 runs before Doolan was caught by Smith off Morkel’s bowling. The Aussies lost their momentum and lost a further 4 wickets for just 14 runs.

The Proteas cleaned up the tail and bowled Australia out for 216 and won the second test by 231 runs. The victory sees both teams tied at 1 – 1 going into the third and final test at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday. 

By Zukisani Ndingaye

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