Sunday August 5, 2012
Petersen scores 182 to put South Africa in command
LEEDS: Alviro Petersen scored 182, his highest in a Test match, as he steered South African to a commanding 419 all out on day two of the second Test at Headingley on Friday.
Petersen’s career highlight was tempered by a hamstring injury late in his innings that prevented him from fielding and led to him having scans in hospital.
The early signs are that he will be out for ten days with a minor hamstring tear, his team said.
England safely reached 48 without loss when bad light and rain ended play with 22 overs still to be bowled.
Alastair Cook was on 20 and Andrew Strauss 19 after surviving some erratic bowling which mixed accurate and moving deliveries that narrowly missed the outside edge with more wayward balls that were suitably dispatched for boundaries.
South Africa are the team in the control and England will need to bat until Sunday if they are to at least pull level with the tourists’ total.
England, 1-0 down in the three-match series, must avoid defeat in the series if they are to prevent South Africa from leapfrogging them to the top of the world Test rankings.
“The game’s pretty even I think,” England’s Stuart Broad told reporters. “It was important that we finished the day no wickets down. We need to be patient with the bat and go big like we did at Edgbaston (in 2011 against India), when we scored over 600.”
South Africa’s assistant coach Russel Domingo was content with his team’s position in the match.
“The stats show that this is a 350-330 wicket, so if we can get a 100 lead we should be in a good position,” Domingo said.
“At the start of play yesterday, if someone had offered us 400 we would have taken it.”
Petersen’s innings, which lasted 530 minutes, surpassed his previous best of 156 against New Zealand as he punished England for dropping him on 29 on the first morning when Cook spilled a straightforward chance at second slip.
Petersen was finally caught behind off Stuart Broad, but only departed after an England review when umpire Rod Tucker initially gave him not out.
It was the third time an original decision was overturned on review, the previous two involving ‘out’ lbw decisions against Petersen when on 119 and 124. — Reuters