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CHRISTCHURCH---Joe Burns and
Steve Smith made centuries in a
record 289-run third-wicket partner-
ship on the second day of the second
test against New Zealand yesterday,
making Australia s accession to the
top ranking in test cricket almost a
Burns posted his third century in 10
tests and was out for 170 shortly before
stumps, surpassing his previous highest
test score of 129 and lifting Australia
to 363-4 in reply to New Zealand's
first innings of 370.
Smith shrugged off a dazing blow
to the head in the over before tea to
post his 14th test century, making 138
before also falling in the few minutes
After looking invulnerable for most
of the second day at Hagley Oval and
forming a partnership which occupied
almost six hours and 80 overs, Smith
and Burns fell to identical dismissals
within two overs near the close of play.
Both were caught by Martin Guptill
at backward square leg off Neil Wagner
as the policy of short-pitched bowling
New Zealand had pursued for most of
the day---and which resulted in Smith
being dazed by a Wagner bouncer---
finally bore fruit.
The back-to-back dismissals slightly
shortened the odds of Australia avoid-
ing defeat here and taking from India
the status of the world's top-ranked
Australia leads the series 1-0 after
it won the first test by an innings and
Australia lost only three wickets
Sunday. Usman Khawaja was out for
24 in the fourth over of the morning
when Australia was 67-2 and New
Zealand still harbored ambitions of
achieving a first innings lead.
But from then on the day was one
of unremitting toil for the New Zealand
bowlers as a steady stream of runs
flowed from the bats of Burns and
Smith and barely a chance was offered
to excite the fielding side.
Burns was finally out near stumps
when Australia was 356-3 and after
batting for almost 7-1/2 hours, facing
321 balls and hitting 20 fours. He pulled
a a short ball from Wagner to Martin
Guptill at backward square leg and
Smith played almost the same shot to
be out two overs later at 357-4.
Still, with Adam Voges at the crease
at stumps at 2 not out and nightwatch-
man Nathan Lyon 4 not out, Australia
remained in command of the match.
Voges scored 239 in the first test at
Wellington and has the chance to bat
New Zealand out of the match on a
docile pitch on the third day.
Australian batsmen have had rich
pickings against New Zealand bowlers
this summer, compiling innings of 556-
4, 559-9 and 562 during the three-
test series in Australia before Christmas
and the return series in New Zealand.
Smith had a scare just before tea
when he tried to duck under a bouncer
from Wagner, turned his head and was
hit on the back of the helmet.
He sunk to his knees then flopped
prostrate on the pitch, apparently
dazed, before being helped to his feet
South Africa's batsman AB de Villiers, left, is congratulated by teammate Hashim Amla on scoring the fastest
half century as he leaves the field after being dismissed by England's bowler Adil Rashid, for 71, during the
second T20 match at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Burns, Smith put
Australia on top
Australia's Steve Smith, left, and Joe Burns discuss tactics between overs
against New Zealand on the second day of the second International Cricket Test
match at Hagley Park Oval, in Christchurch, New Zealand, yesterday.
AP PHOTO ZEALAND OUT
JOHANNESBURG---AB de Vil-
liers smashed 71 off 29 balls to
power South Africa to a nine-
wicket win over England at the
Wanderers in the second Twen-
ty20 yesterday and a 2-0 series
De Villiers struck the fastest
half-century by a South African
in T20s---with his 50 coming off
21 deliveries---to see the Proteas
to their fifth straight win over
England in a limited-overs
After coming back from 2-0
down to win the one-day series
3-2, South Africa won both
T20s for an important morale
boost ahead of the World Twen-
ty20 in India next month.
These two teams will face off
again in the group stage in that
In Johannesburg, South Africa
cruised to 172-1 in 14.4 overs,
with Hashim Amla 69 not out
to see it home, easily overhaul-
ing England's 171 all out.
England's batting fell away
badly in its last game of the
two-month tour of South Africa
when it lost seven wickets for
14 at the end after making a
good start to be 157-3. Jos But-
tler top-scored with 54 from 28
balls, hitting four big sixes, but
his dismissal began the collapse.
Joe Root made 34 and captain
Eoin Morgan 38 and England
appeared to be on course for a
strong total of around 200
before the sudden slump.
Buttler fell to a low catch by
South Africa skipper Faf du
Plessis in the covers for one of
Kyle Abbott's three wickets.
Morgan went next ball, Ben
Stokes fell the next over, and
England lost those last seven
wickets in just three overs.
Pushed up the order to open,
De Villiers began with a four
first ball of the South African
innings and didn't look back.
He took 22 runs off Chris Jordan
in the third over, with two fours
and two sixes, and South Africa
raced toward its target.
De Villiers finally fell when
he failed to middle another
attempted big shot and Root
took a simple catch running
around from long-off.
But Amla kept up the blitz,
hitting sixes off spinners Adil
Rashid and Moeen Ali in suc-
cessive overs as he finished 69
not out from just 38 balls.
Captain Du Plessis caressed
a cover drive for four to confirm
victory, ending the tour on a
low note for England after the
high last month of its first test
series win over South Africa in
more than a decade.
De Villiers, Amla blast Proteas past England
Sarah Taylor s third succes-
sive Twenty20 half-century
eased England s women to a
victory over South Africa at
The Wanderers yesterday.
Taylor (60) and Heather
Knight shared a third-wicket
stand of 62 as the tourists
chased 131 for four with 27 balls
to spare for a 2-1 success.
South Africa did well to push
England that far, after recovering
from six for three---with Anya
Shrubsole on a hat-trick -
thanks to a fourth-wicket part-
nership of 89 between Lizelle
Lee (69no) and Mignon du
Taylor reached her 15th Twen-
ty20 half-century from 33 balls,
having hit nine fours---and then
for good measure passed 2,000
runs in this format, after Knight
was caught-behind from a mis-
sweep at Sune Luus. Dane van
Niekerk finally pulled off a fine
caught-and-bowled to dismiss
Taylor but by then England
needed only 16 in almost seven
overs---and despite a late wobble
to the returning Shabnim Ismail
(three for 27), Tammy Beaumont
finished the job.
The tourists' loss of three late
wickets in eight balls was a mere
blip, compared with South
Africa's early troubles after they
were put in.
Tash Farrant, and Shrubsole
with her two wickets in two
balls, consigned the hosts to a
miserable start---before Lee took
over with her career-best bat-
ting, in a stand which saw cap-
tain Du Preez pass 1,000 Twen-
Farrant, and England, were
indebted to a very good stump-
ing by Taylor off a leg-side
wide to see off Trisha Chetty
for a duck to the third ball of
Van Niekerk then could not
deal with Shrubsole's inswing,
and neither could Marizanne
Kapp---both bowled in successive
South Africa's openers, who
had hit 169 runs between them
in the first two matches, were
gone for an aggregate five this
But Lee and Du Preez did the
business instead for South
Lee had an escape on 30,
dropped at long-off by Knight
in Jenny Gunn's first over---
which cost 15.
Knight made minor amends
when she responded to a fumble
in the deep with a direct-hit flat
throw to run out De Preez.
Chloe Tryone then joined Lee,
and both hit well---but it was a
target which did not seriously
Taylor guides Englishwomen to series success
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