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Video evidence should be used to
punish footballers who dive, fake injuries
or waste time, FIFA President Sepp Blatter
Seeking to eradicate cheating from the
game, Blatter questioned why disciplinary
bodies are not using existing rules to take
"Video evidence can contribute greatly
to fair play, provided the sport's
disciplinary bodies are prepared to use it---
and they should," Blatter wrote in his
column in FIFA's weekly magazine.
Article 96 of FIFA's disciplinary code
states that audio or video recordings are
permissible to mount disciplinary cases.
"Video evidence can be used for serious
breaches of the principle of fair play such
as brawling, spitting at opponents, verbal
insults and racist slurs, or for incorrectly
awarded red or yellow cards," Blatter said.
"In cases such as these we must make use
of the avenues already open to us and
intervene after the event if necessary.
"In this context, we should include the
faking of injury, intentional diving or time
wasting in our considerations."
After two days in the first Test,
South Africa were all but out of the
contest. After two days at St George s
Park, they have turned the tables to
leave Australia under considerable
pressure. Hundreds from AB de Vil-
liers and JP Duminy lifted them to
a strong total, but the most signif-
icant advances South Africa made
came in the final session when they
claimed four wickets including two
in Wayne Parnell s first over in Test
cricket for four years.
Australia s dominance of their
recent Tests has been almost absolute
and worthy of much admiration, but
this was a situation they had not been
in for some time: replying to a healthy
first-innings by the opposition.
Australia had not conceded 400 in
an innings since the Mohali Test last
March---or spent as long in the field
as the 150.4 overs here since Hyder-
abad, on the same tour---and through-
out their run of six consecutive, hefty
victories their top order has remained
Once again they stumbled. Chris
Rogers survived a review for lbw in
Dale Steyn s first over, but could not
save himself with the DRS when Ver-
non Philander straightened one into
his pads. However, it was Parnell s
introduction in the tenth over that
really stung Australia.
His first ball angled across Alex
Doolan and took a thin edge to de
Villiers; on a slow pitch, the first nick
off a seamer to have carried behind
the wicket in the match. Then, like
London buses, there was another two
balls later when Shaun Marsh lunged
away from his body at a delivery shap-
ing away from the left hander.
Australia were 41 for 3, but David
Warner, who had already leapt out of
the blocks, and Michael Clarke
responded with a flurry of boundaries.
Clarke, though, was cut off for 19
when he drove early at Philander and
gave a catch to short cover and, again,
Australia were four down for under
a hundred. They have regularly fought
back from such positions, but the dif-
ference this time is that the opposition
have runs on the board.
And it could have been ever better
for South Africa. Morne Morkel
bowled a hostile spell, extracting more
bounce from the pitch than any other
quick, and produced a delivery which
climbed at Warner when he had 43.
It took the shoulder of the bat, flying
through to de Villiers, but the keeper
was stood closer to compensate for
the low bounce and the ball burst
through the gloves above his head.
As so often, it was edge-of-the-
seat batting from Warner as he moved
to a 55-ball half-century. Then to cap
a dramatic session, Nathan Lyon sur-
vived an edge down the leg side when
Graeme Smith was not convinced to
review before being dropped by
Duminy in the gully in the final over
of the day.
When South Africa resumed on
214 for 5, the match was still in Aus-
tralia s favour after a series of poor
shots from the middle order on day
one. The hosts desperately needed
their last pair of specialist batsmen
to form a substantial stand. That is
exactly what they delivered as de Vil-
liers and Duminy added 149 for the
De Villiers already had a world
record to his name when he resumed
on 51 having made it 12 consecutive
Tests with at least a half-century and
he converted that into his 19th Test
hundred from 202 deliveries as he
countered a slow pitch with elegant
and, at times, powerful strokeplay.
While de Villiers stood out, his class
and brilliance is in no doubt. But he
needed some support, which was hor-
ribly lacking at Centurion Park.
Duminy s innings was equally impor-
tant from both a personal and team
perspective. He is battling to cement
a permanent spot in the side and
came in for significant criticism for
his first-innings shot at Centurion
when he lofted Lyon to mid-off.
He dominated the strike in the early
overs the day, when play began 20
minutes early due the bad light yes-
terday, and gave South Africa a punchy
start with four boundaries in the first
Three of those came in one Mitchell
Johnson over when he clipped two
deliveries off his pads then pulled a
third through midwicket. By Aus-
tralia s recent high standards, their
use of the new ball, which they took
when play began, was disappointing.
It was the confidence boost Duminy
and South Africa needed.
For the first time in seven innings
Duminy passed fifty and in the knowl-
edge that the ball would not be rearing
at his throat' even from Johnson, had
a far more confident presence at the
He employed the sweep regularly
against Lyon (as did de Villiers) and
was quick onto any error in length as
fatigue started to play a part, causing
Lyon to offer up the occasional short
delivery. It was a sweep, in front of
square, that raised his hundred, which
Duminy greeted with understated but
The contest between de Villiers and
Lyon had been fascinating. Back-to-
back boundaries, the first a sweep
and the second a back-foot drive,
SA takes charge
with twin hundreds
Blatter: Use video to punish divers, injury fakers
AB de Villiers'
hundred helped put
South Africa in a
strong position at
the end of the
showed what makes him a great batsman
with impeccable judgment of length and
crisp footwork and brought up three
figures with another crisp sweep shot.
Clarke had taken innovation to a new
level in his attempt to conjure a break-
through. At one stage he had four catch-
ers in the midwicket area, but de Villiers
responded in the most brilliant and
audacious fashion when he flicked Siddle
over the leg side for six.
South Africa may have had designs
of accelerating when de Villiers pushed
a return catch back to Lyon, who took
it well diving to his right. During the
morning session, largely due to de Vil-
liers, runs came at more than three an
over which was significantly above what
had been achieved before.
However, his departure seven overs
into the afternoon slowed South Africa s
progress with Duminy working hard to
for his own three-figure score and
Clarke, while never abandoning his
search for wickets, setting fields to dry
Philander pottered around for 37 deliv-
eries over six runs before driving a low
return catch to Clarke who put his back
through a rare bowl among a host of
afternoon bowling changes and the final
four wickets fell for 45 either side of tea.
SOUTH AFRICA vs AUSTRALIA
South Africa 1st Innings
Graeme Smith lbw b Harris
Dean Elgar c Harris b Lyon
Hashim Amla lbw b Johnson
Faf du Plessis c Smith b Lyon
AB de Villiers c and b Lyon
Quinton de Kock c sub (Henriques) b Smith 7
JP Duminy lbw b Lyon
Vernon Philander c and b Clarke
Wayne Parnell c Haddin b Lyon
Dale Steyn not out
Morne Morkel run out (Smith/Haddin) 1
Extras: (4b, 4lb, 1w)
TOTAL: (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-11, 3-123, 4-181, 5-200,
6-349, 7-378, 8-413, 9-420.
Bowling: Ryan Harris 27-6-63-1, Mitchell
Johnson 25-5-70-1 (1w), Peter Siddle 34-9-96-
0, Nathan Lyon 46-7-130-5, David Warner 3-0-
10-0, Steve Smith 8-0-30-1, Michael Clarke 7.5-
Australia 1st Innings
Chris Rogers lbw b Philander
David Warner not out
Alex Doolan c De Villiers b Parnell
Shaun Marsh c De Villiers b Parnell
Michael Clarke c Elgar b Philander
Nathan Lyon not out
TOTAL: (for 4 wickets)
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-41, 3-41, 4-81.
Still to bat: Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Mitchell
Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle.
Bowling: Dale Steyn 6-1-33-0, Vernon Philander
6-0-26-2, Morne Morkel 7-0-31-0, Wayne
Toss: South Africa.
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Sri Lanka, and
Richard Illingworth, England.
TV umpire: Aleem Dar, Pakistan.
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama, Sri Lanka.
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