England vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 4 Highlights 2012. England vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 4 Cricket Highlights 5th August 2012. Watch Eng vs SA Highlights 2nd Test Day 4 2012. South Africa v England Highlights 2nd Test played at Headingley on 5 Aug 2012. South Africa Tour of England 2012. Sponsored Links
England took a lead of six as their first innings ended 25 minutes before lunch on the fourth morning of the second Test at Headingley. Kevin Pietersen failed to add to his scintillating 149 when he fell lbw to the second ball of the morning but Matt Prior gave England impetus with a vigorous 68 to leave the match intriguingly balanced.
In their anxiety to make good use of a tiny bowling window before lunch, England conceded an umpiring review when Rod Tucker’s refusal of an optimistic James Anderson lbw appeal against Graeme Smith was upheld.
Before the over could be completed, a flash of lightning sent the players scurrying for the pavilion. Rain began to fall seconds later, forcing lunch to be taken a few minutes early and restricting South Africa’s time at the crease to 2.3 overs. The new ball was swinging and South Africa were grateful to reach lunch unscathed in the hope of more settled weather ahead.
South Africa were under physical strain. Smith, the South Africa captain, did take the field with a knee heavily strapped after injuring himself on Saturday evening when he slid to prevent a boundary. But that was only one of South Africa’s problems. Jacques Kallis had developed lower back spasms overnight that ruled him out of bowling or fielding for the rest of England’s innings.
Add the grade one hamstring strain suffered by Alviro Petersen during his mammoth century in South Africa’s first innings and they were in disarray, a situation exacerbated by the ICC’s controversial change in playing regulations last year that will prevent any of the three injured players batting with a runner. Rudolph fulfilled the role of opener in Petersen’s absence, leaving him and Kallis scheduled to bat as low as No. 7 or No. 8, or once the amount of time they have been absent has passed.
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