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CENTURION, South Africa---Embattled West Indies
were staring at yet another defeat inside five days,
after their chronically weak batting imploded again
yesterday, to leave South Africa in complete com-
mand of the first Test.
Replying to the hosts imposing 552 for five declared,
West Indies collapsed for 201 all out in their first
innings on the third day of the contest at SuperSport
Park, and were forced to follow on 351 runs behind.
At the close, they were fighting on 76 for two, still
requiring a further 275 to avoid an innings defeat.
There was perhaps no sign of what would unfold
with West Indies cruising at 72 without loss and then
162 for three, 45 minutes before tea.
However, seamer Vernon Philander sliced through
the innings to finish with four for 29 and fellow fast
bowler Morne Morkel claimed three for 55, as the
Caribbean side lost their last seven wickets for 39
Injured fast bowler Kemar Roach was unable to
West Indies batsmen were guilty of getting starts
but then failing to carry on. Opener Devon Smith, a
late replacement for the injured talisman Chris Gayle,
top-scored with 35, his partner Kraigg Brathwaite
scored 34, while Marlon Samuels chipped in with 33
and Leon Johnson, 31.
Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul managed
Smith and Brathwaite gave West Indies a positive
start to the day, playing confidently against South
Africa s new ball attack.
The left-handed Smith was tentative early on but
grew in confidence, welcoming the introduction of
rookie quick Kyle Abbott with two successive fours
on either side of the wicket, in the 11th over of the
Brathwaite, meanwhile, capitalised on his oppor-
tunities. He gathered the first boundary of the morning
when he punched fast bowler Dale Steyn through
cover off the back foot and followed up with a whip
to the square boundary off Philander five overs later.
With West Indies becoming entrenched, Philander
struck twice in successive overs to remove both open-
ers. In the fourth over after the first drinks break,
Smith was given out caught behind on review, after
the decision initially went in his favour.
He appeared to miss a pull at Philander and though
replays were inconclusive, the decision was surprising
overturned. He faced 74 balls and struck six fours in
98 minutes at the crease.
In Philander s next over with one run added, Brath-
waite followed Smith, caught at first slip by Hashim
Amla, after hitting five fours off 61 balls, leaving the
Windies to rebuild.
Samuels then underpinned two solid partnerships
as West Indies fought back. He added 44 for the third
wicket with Johnson, helping to take West Indies to
lunch at 110 for two, before putting on a further 45
for the fourth wicket with Chanderpaul.
The left-handed Johnson had batted an hour, faced
42 balls and struck four fours when he drove Abbott
airily to cover in the third over after lunch, for substitute
Robin Petersen to pouch the gift.
Samuels, who faced 66 deliveries in two hours at
the crease and counted five fours, then combined
with Chanderpaul to push the Windies up to 149
without further loss, at the first drinks break of the
Concentration seemed to wane again on resumption
and West Indies lost Samuels, cramped for room on
the back foot and playing onto Morkel at 169 for four.
Chanderpaul was gone 22 balls later with only seven
runs added, squirting Philander to Alviro Petersen at
second slip and Jermaine Blackwood hung around
three-quarters of an hour over 12 before Petersen
snared his second in the same position off the fired-
Captain Denesh Ramdin failed to lead by example,
producing a loose drive and tapping a tame catch to
cover off left-arm spinner Dean Elgar to fall for 14,
as West Indies slumped badly.
Asked to follow on, West Indies were in trouble
early when Smith was caught in the cordon off five
off Philander, with just eight runs on the board in
the fourth over of the innings.
Johnson, unbeaten on the close on 33, then put on
44 with Brathwaite (20) to hold up South Africa s
quest for further breakthroughs.
And the pair seemed set to take the Windies to the
close without further loss when Brathwaite pushed
firmly at a full length delivery from Morkel and edged
to second slip where Petersen held a brilliant catch
on the second attempt. (CMC)
Alastair Cook has been
removed as England s one-day
captain, according to widespread
but as yet unconfirmed reports,
with Eoin Morgan appointed to
lead England at the World Cup
that starts in February.
England s World Cup captain-
cy was thrashed out during
hours of deliberations at Trent
Bridge on Friday as the selec-
tors wrestled with a decision
they had done everything to
avoid. The ECB is expected
to confirm Morgan as the
new captain on Saturday
less than two months before
the start of the tournament
although the man himself
is currently in Australia
preparing for his Big Bash
Cook, 29, has struggled
for a long time in one-
day cricket, scoring only
one half-century in his last 22 innings
in ODIs. England have also lost five
of their last six multi-match series
and the 5-2 series defeat has seen
the selectors take action.
Pressure has been building for
much of the past year for England s
selectors to jettison Cook, as he
became a symbol for England s con-
servative approach to one-day cricket
both as a batsman and captain, but
they repeatedly tried to bolster his
position in the forlorn hope that he
would rediscover his form.
That desire was based not only
on the wish for continuity, but upon
an underlying sense of loyalty to
Cook after he had unprotestingly
accepted the decision to call time
on Kevin Pietersen s England career
after an Ashes whitewash nearly a
Now England s selectors have
affirmed their right to choose in the
face of strong expressions of loyalty
towards Cook by the managing
director of England cricket, Paul
Downton. Tuesday, Downton reaf-
firmed his belief that Cook was Eng-
land s "natural leader" and said he
would be very surprised if he was
not captain at the World Cup.
Downton s view that the selectors
would take "more risks" if they
replaced Cook might well have been
accepted by those official charged
with making the decision, even as
they opted for change, but they have
concluded that the risk is worth tak-
ing and preferable to the sense of
inertia that has settled over the Eng-
land one-day side.
With England involved in a non-
stop schedule of international cricket
for the next year or more, Cook now
has a chance to restore his energy,
regain certainty in his game, and
lead England in Test series against
New Zealand and Australia next
Cook sacked as England one-day captain
SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
K Brathwaite c Amla b Philander
D Smith c de Villiers b Philander
L Johnson c sub (R Peterson) b Abbott 31
M Samuels b Morkel
S Chanderpaul c Petersen b Philander 21
J Blackwood c Petersen b Philander 12
D Ramdin c van Zyl b Elgar
J Taylor c & b Morkel
S Benn not out
S Cottrell b Morkel
K Roach absent hurt
Extras (lb6, w3) 9
TOTAL (all out; 60.2 overs) 201
Fall of wickets: 1-72, 2-73, 3-117, 4-162, 5-
169, 6-184, 7-193, 8-193, 9-201.
Bowling: Steyn 14-3-53-0, Philander 15-6-
29-4, Abbott 14-3-50-0, Morkel 15.2-4-55-3,
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (following on)
K Brathwaite c Petersen b Morkel 20
D Smith c sub (T Bavuma) b Philander 5
L Johnson not out
M Samuels not out
Extras (lb2, w3)
TOTAL (2 wkts, 27 overs)
To bat: S Chanderpaul, J Blackwood, +D
Ramdin, J Taylor, K Roach, S Cottrell, S
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-52.
Bowling: Steyn 0.5-0-3-0, Morkel 7.1-1-26-
1, Philander 3-3-0-1, Abbott 3-0-11-0, van
Zyl 10-2-11-0, Elgar 3-0-12-0.
Position: West Indies trail by 275 runs with
eight wickets standing.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Billy Bowden
South Africa vs West Indies -- 3rd day, 1st Test
Marlon Samuels was
bowled off an inside
edge, South Africa v
West Indies, 1st Test,
Centurion, 3rd day,
Alastair Cook has
struggled in one-day
cricket for some time.
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