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Feb 14, 2014

‘Not punching blokes’ is way forward for reformed Warner

PRETORIA (Reuters) – Another century for David Warner was further proof of a growing maturity in both his professional and personal life, the opener said after a quickfire ton on Friday put Australia in a commanding position in the first test against South Africa.

“Probably not going out and punching blokes at a club sums it up,” he told reporters of his transition from the enfant terrible of the team less than a year ago to a key player in Australia’s march to a formidable 479-run lead after the third day at SuperSport Park.

Feb 14, 2014

Cricket-’Not punching blokes’ is way forward for reformed Warner

PRETORIA, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Another century for David Warner was further proof of a growing maturity in both his professional and personal life, the opener said after a quickfire ton on Friday put Australia in a commanding position in the first test against South Africa.

“Probably not going out and punching blokes at a club sums it up,” he told reporters of his transition from the enfant terrible of the team less than a year ago to a key player in Australia’s march to a formidable 479-run lead after the third day at SuperSport Park.

Feb 14, 2014

Cricket-Warner takes over as SA’s chief tormentor

PRETORIA, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Australia’s David Warner took over from Mitchell Johnson as South Africa’s tormentor-in-chief as he blitzed a quickfire 93 not out to extend his team’s significant lead on the third day of the first test on Friday.

Australia were in a commanding position at 147 for one wicket at tea after Warner and debutant Alex Doolan (48 not out) shared a 146-run partnership to extend their lead to 338 runs.

Feb 14, 2014

Johnson in seventh heaven as Australia dominate

PRETORIA (Reuters) – Mitchell Johnson continued to scythe his way through the South African batting order as he took three more wickets on the third day of the first test to end with a figures of 7-68 as Australia bowled out the hosts for 206 in the opening session on Friday.

Only AB de Villiers provided any resistance at SuperSport Park with a defiant 91 that helped South Africa narrowly avoid the follow-on as Australia took a 191-run first innings lead.

Feb 14, 2014

Cricket-Johnson in seventh heaven as Australia dominate

PRETORIA, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Mitchell Johnson continued to scythe his way through the South African batting order as he took three more wickets on the third day of the first test to end with a figures of 7-68 as Australia bowled out the hosts for 206 in the opening session on Friday.

Only AB de Villiers provided any resistance at SuperSport Park with a defiant 91 that helped South Africa narrowly avoid the follow-on as Australia took a 191-run first innings lead.

Feb 13, 2014

I’ve started better than in the Ashes, says Johnson

PRETORIA (Reuters) – Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson sounded a warning over his form on Thursday after giving South Africa the kind of treatment England couldn’t handle in their Ashes whitewash.

Johnson took 4-51, including three for 10 in his four-over opening spell, to reduce South Africa to 140-6 at the end of the second day of the first test at SuperSport Park.

Feb 13, 2014

Cricket-I’ve started better than in the Ashes, says Johnson

PRETORIA, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson sounded a warning over his form on Thursday after giving South Africa the kind of treatment England couldn’t handle in their Ashes whitewash.

Johnson took 4-51, including three for 10 in his four-over opening spell, to reduce South Africa to 140-6 at the end of the second day of the first test at SuperSport Park.

Feb 13, 2014

Cricket-Fiery Johnson rips into South African top order

PRETORIA, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Australia’s Mitchell Johnson showed his fiery bowling has not cooled since the Ashes with a trio of early wickets to leave South Africa reeling at 63 for four at tea on the second day of the first test at SuperSport Park on Thursday.

Johnson took the wicket of captain Graeme Smith with his fourth ball and had the home side’s other opener, Alviro Petersen (2), caught behind in his third over in another devastating spell that followed on from his leading role in Australia’s 5-0 whitewash of England.

Feb 13, 2014

Smith century before South Africa grab quick wickets

PRETORIA (Reuters) – Three quick wickets before lunch halted Australia’s run charge but not before Steve Smith completed his century on the second day of the first test against South Africa on Thursday.

The tourists reached 374 for seven wickets at the interval after the departure of overnight centurion Shaun Marsh for 148 and Smith for 100.

Feb 13, 2014

Cricket-Smith century before South Africa grab quick wickets

PRETORIA, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Three quick wickets before lunch halted Australia’s run charge but not before Steve Smith completed his century on the second day of the first test against South Africa on Thursday.

The tourists reached 374 for seven wickets at the interval after the departure of overnight centurion Shaun Marsh for 148 and Smith for 100.