England toil without Swann

August 3, 2012
Swann

by PaddyBriggs

Second Test, Headingley
Day 1: South Africa 262-5 v England

South Africa reached 262-5 on day 1 against England at Headingley after the home side had decided to leave Graeme Swann out of their team.

England won the toss and had no hesitation in bowling first after playing four seam bowlers that included Middlesex’s Steven Finn.

However, England found life difficult straight away when Alviro Petersen and Graeme Smith put on 120 for the first wicket. Smith fell for 52 when he was caught by Ian Bell off the bowling of Tim Bresnan.

Hashim Amla (9) and Jacques Kallis (19) followed in quick succession as England fought their way back into the game with the score 157-3. Petersen was then joined by Ab de Villiers, and the pair put on 103 for the fourth wicket. England would have been grateful for two late wickets when De Villiers was dismissed by Broad for 47, and Steven Finn removed night-watchman Dale Steyn for just 1.

South Africa closed the day only 5 wickets down with Alviro Petersen 124 not out holding the innings together. Having won the toss and elected to field, England would have been disappointed with claiming just 5 wickets on day 1, with one of those being a night-watchman.

The decision to leave Graeme Swann out of the team came as a big surprise to many and forced England to bowl first on what appears a decent batting surface. England also missed Swann in the field when Alastair Cook dropped Petersen early in the day at second slip, a position that Swann has made his own.

England will be hoping for early wickets on day 2 in order to stay in the must win Test match.

The Scoop 03/08/12

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