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Jan 3, 2015

South Africa look for run feast to set up win

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa are hoping to amass a significant first-innings lead and only bat once as they look to wrap up the series against the West Indies, batsman Faf du Plessis said on Saturday.

South Africa are 102 runs behind in their first innings in the third and final test but will have two of the world’s top three batsmen, captain Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, at the crease when they resume on 227 for three after rain brought a premature halt to the second day’s play.

Jan 3, 2015

Cricket-South Africa look for run feast to set up win

CAPE TOWN, Jan 3 (Reuters) – South Africa are hoping to amass a significant first-innings lead and only bat once as they look to wrap up the series against the West Indies, batsman Faf du Plessis said on Saturday.

South Africa are 102 runs behind in their first innings in the third and final test but will have two of the world’s top three batsmen, captain Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, at the crease when they resume on 227 for three after rain brought a premature halt to the second day’s play.

Jan 3, 2015

Trott bids to revive test career on South Africa tour

CAPE TOWN, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Former England batsman Jonathan Trott will continue to try to revive his test career on his first overseas tour since leaving the Ashes in Australia with stress issues just over a year ago.

The 33-year-old is captain of a 15-man England Lions squad, which begins a month-long tour of South Africa on Monday.

Jan 3, 2015

Cricket-Trott bids to revive test career on South Africa tour

CAPE TOWN, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Former England batsman Jonathan Trott will continue to try to revive his test career on his first overseas tour since leaving the Ashes in Australia with stress issues just over a year ago.

The 33-year-old is captain of a 15-man England Lions squad, which begins a month-long tour of South Africa on Monday.

Jan 3, 2015

Steyn among wickets again as West Indies dismissed for 329

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa lost opener Dean Elgar at the stroke of lunch to reach 48 for one at the break on the second day of the third and final test in reply to West Indies’ first innings total of 329.

Alviro Petersen scored a brisk unbeaten 26 before the visitors broke through with paceman Jason Holder trapping Elgar leg before wicket for eight runs.

Jan 3, 2015

Cricket-Steyn among wickets again as West Indies dismissed for 329

CAPE TOWN, Jan 3 (Reuters) – South Africa lost opener Dean Elgar at the stroke of lunch to reach 48 for one at the break on the second day of the third and final test in reply to West Indies’ first innings total of 329.

Alviro Petersen scored a brisk unbeaten 26 before the visitors broke through with paceman Jason Holder trapping Elgar leg before wicket for eight runs.

Jan 2, 2015

Windies batsmen dig in for ‘best day’ of series

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – The West Indies enjoyed their “best day” of the series against South Africa on Friday as they scored 276 for six on the opening day of the final test, according to top scorer Leon Johnson.

“We showed the kind of fight that we have been talking about for some time now and are very happy with our position,” the 27-year-old told reporters after making 54.

Jan 2, 2015

Cricket-Windies batsmen dig in for ‘best day’ of series

CAPE TOWN, Jan 2 (Reuters) – The West Indies enjoyed their “best day” of the series against South Africa on Friday as they scored 276 for six on the opening day of the final test, according to top scorer Leon Johnson.

“We showed the kind of fight that we have been talking about for some time now and are very happy with our position,” the 27-year-old told reporters after making 54.

Jan 2, 2015

Cricket-Steyn sets new mark after West Indian defiance

CAPE TOWN, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Dale Steyn became South Africa’s second highest wicket taker as West Indies reached 276 for six on the first day of the third test on Friday.

Steyn caught and bowled captain Denesh Ramdin for 53 five overs from the close to claw back some of the advantage produced by a spirited West Indian batting performance in near perfect conditions at the iconic Newlands ground.

Jan 2, 2015

Samuels falls as South Africa snatch breakthrough before tea

CAPE TOWN, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Marlon Samuels fell to part-time bowler Stiaan van Zyl to give South Africa a breakthrough just before tea as the West Indies moved to 172 for four wickets on the opening day of the third and final test at Newlands on Friday.

Van Zyl had Samuels caught in the covers by Faf du Plessis with his first delivery of the game as he was brought on to offer some relief to the much-vaunted South African pace attack, which was held largely at bay by the West Indian top order.