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Graeme Smith wrote himself another place in the history books with a century in his 100th Test and Hashim Amla joined him on three figures as the pair added 259 for the second wicket to put South Africa in a commanding position at The Oval. Tim Bresnan eventually broke through late in the second session, but it was a day of toil for the England bowlers.
Smith became the seventh batsman to have raised three figures in appearances and with the bat on the same occasion, joining a list that read Cowdrey, Miandad, Greenidge, Stewart, Inzamam and Ponting. Smith reached his landmark when he struck consecutive boundaries off Bresnan in the last over before lunch to reach his 25th hundred and his seventh against England.
England went into a holding pattern as they waited for the second new ball; Swann was left as there only real wicket-taking threat as the seamers generally bowled wide. In a sign of desperation they used up a review against Smith when Bresnan had an lbw appeal that always appeared to have pitched outside leg, but which Hot Spot showed had taken a thin edge to boot.
Having placed all their eggs in the new-ball basket it became the crunch moment for England but bowling against two batsmen with hundreds under their belts is a very different proposition to two on nought. Anderson has not found his usual hooping swing – although he has not bowled badly – and Broad’s difficult innings continued when he was taken for three consecutive boundaries by Smith; two to third man and one to fine leg.
Eventually, though, in the eighth over of the new ball and Bresnan’s first of a new spell he managed to squeeze one through Smith’s defensive shot and the ball rolled back between his legs to dislodge the bail. However, walking in at No. 4 was a man with an average of nearly 57 and Jacques Kallis had a fantastic foundation to build on alongside the cruising Amla.
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