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STUTTGART---Stuttgart is sticking
with its coach for one more game at
least despite a dismal run that has seen
the side plunge toward Bundesliga rel-
Stuttgart president Bernd Wahler
says the club s board of management
decided yesterday that Thomas
Schneider will remain in charge for
Saturday s clash with bottom side Ein-
Wahler says "the advisory committee
is 100 per cent behind this decision.
We took the necessary time after the
emotional (2-1 loss at Eintracht Frank-
furt on Sunday) to calmly analyse the
situation and discuss the issues."
Stuttgart has lost eight games in a
row under the 41-year-old Schneider,
and only goal difference separates the
club from Hamburger SV and Freiburg
in the relegation zone.
After Braunschweig, Stuttgart faces
more relegation six-pointers against
fellow candidates Werder Bremen,
Hamburg and Nuremberg.
Adelaide, November 25, 2012---Set a record
chase, South Africa go to stumps at 77 for 4
with AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis at the
crease. Through the unwavering concentra-
tion of du Plessis, they salvage a miraculous
Fast forward to today. Set a record chase,
South Africa go to stumps at 71 for 4 with AB
de Villiers and nightwatchman Kyle Abbott at
the crease. Faf du Plessis is next in. Surely they
couldn t do it again? Could they?
Michael Clarke must have thought back to
that Adelaide Test as he made his declaration
calculations on the fourth day at Newlands.
That match was an opportunity missed, and
now his men had the chance to redeem them-
selves and secure an away series win over
South Africa. They had dominated the match
so far, in no small part thanks to David Warner s
twin centuries, but the job still needed finishing.
A draw from this position might just feel like
a win to the retiring Graeme Smith.
At 15 for 3 after Mitchell Johnson and Ryan
Harris skittled Smith, Alviro Petersen and Dean
Elgar, the result seemed a formality. Clarke s
declaration 40 minutes before tea gave South
Africa a nominal target of 511 runs, but their
only realistic goal was batting out four and a
half sessions to settle for a 1-1 series. A post-
tea stonewalling effort from de Villiers and
Hashim Amla gave them hope of achieving
In Australia s favour, the fifth day was due
to start half an hour early to make up for the
loss of play due to rain on day two. And unlike
the Adelaide Test, where James Pattinson broke
down and left Clarke a bowler short, here he
had the complete artillery still at his disposal,
including the allrounder Shane Watson, who
did not play in that Adelaide Test.
Pattinson performed an important function
as the sun set behind Table Mountain, trapping
Amla lbw for 41 with a ball that jagged in
sharply and rapped him right in front. A hopeful
review did not save Amla, who had spent 148
minutes at the crease and faced 109 deliveries.
His 53-run stand with de Villiers occupied
30.4 overs. The runs were irrelevant, the time
they ate up was not.
South Africa s scorecard had more dots than
an Ishihara test; de Villiers alone had negotiated
89 of them by stumps, of the 100 deliveries
he had faced. At the close of play, de Villiers
was on 16 and Abbott had 1. South Africa had
added only 56 runs in the final session, but
for the loss of only one wicket. That was impor-
tant after the mini-collapse that occurred
Johnson ended Smith s Test batting career
on a low note. Applauded through a guard of
honour by the Australians on his way to the
crease, Smith managed only three before he
tickled a quick Johnson delivery on to his body
and the catch lobbed up to Alex Doolan at
short leg. He walked off to a standing ovation
and turned around to raise his bat to all sections
of the crowd, but knew he had missed the
chance for one last captain s innings.
Johnson soon rattled the stumps of Dean
Elgar, who missed a quick delivery that seamed
away just a fraction, and it left South Africa
on 15 for three after Ryan Harris had earlier
trapped Alviro Petersen right in front. It com-
pleted a demoralising couple of sessions for
South Africa, after Clarke delayed his decla-
ration in order to completely bat South Africa
out of the contest.
The runs came quickly in the second session
as Warner, Watson and Steven Smith enjoyed
the freedom to go for their shots and Graeme
Smith, in his last acts as South Africa s captain
in the field, had little choice but to send his
men back to the boundary to save as many
runs as possible. Clarke called an end to pro-
ceedings with the total on 303 for five, with
Smith unbeaten on 36 from 20 deliveries and
Brad Haddin on three.
Warner was the key man throughout Aus-
tralia s innings and finished with 145 from 156
balls when he edged behind off Abbott, who
ended up with three wickets. Not since Phillip
Hughes in Durban in 2009 had an Australian
scored two centuries in a Test. Warner had
started the day briskly and moved to his half-
century from 41 deliveries, although by lunch
he had fallen below the run-a-ball rate.
The only man to fall in the first session was
Chris Rogers, who on 39 virtually gave his
wicket away with a slack piece of running
between the wickets when he jogged back for
a second having swivelled the ball to fine leg.
The direct hit from the deep caught Rogers
short as he failed to ground his bat properly,
and it led to a decline in the scoring rate as
Doolan came in and looked to get himself set.
Doolan played some nice shots on his way
to 37, including a classy on-drive for four, but
he used up 87 balls to get there and was out
shortly after lunch when he was caught top-
edging a hook. Watson struck a quick 25 from
17 balls and helped plunder 22 off one JP
Duminy over before he was caught at point
off the bowling of Abbott, and Clarke fell for
a duck trying for quick runs.
In the field, South Africa were on a hiding
to nothing but failed to show the intensity that
might have been expected of them after Smith
announced his retirement overnight. Dale Steyn
bowled three overs with his hamstring injury
but had no real impact. None of it really mat-
tered. It was in the batting department that
South Africa would need to show real fight if
they were to save this match. (ESPNcricinfo)
Stuttgart backs coach despite 8-game losing run
Just a matter of time
South Africa vs Australia
Australia 1st Inns: 494-7 dec.
South Africa 1st Inns: 287
AUSTRALIA 2nd Inns (o/n: 27-0)
DavidWarnercdeVilliersbAbbott . . . . . . .145
AlexDoolancAbbottbMorkel. . . . . . . . . . . . .37
ShaneWatsoncDuminybAbbott . . . . . . . . .25
Michael Clarke c sub (de Kock) b Abbott . . . .0
TOTAL:(for5wicketsdeclared) . . . . . . . . . . .303
Fall of wickets: 1-123, 2-188, 3-245, 4-257, 5-
Did not bat: Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris,
James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon.
Bowling: Morkel 13-1-67-1, Abbott 14-2-61-3,
Philander 6-0-42-0, Duminy 19-3-76-0, Steyn
3-1-24-0, Elgar 3-0-18-0.
SOUTH AFRICA 2nd inns
GraemeSmithcDoolanbJohnson . . . . . . . . . .3
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-12, 3-15, 4-68.
Still to bat: Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Vernon
Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.
Bowling: Ryan Harris 8-5-10-1, Mitchell
Johnson 13-3-31-2, James Pattinson 9-6-13-1,
Nathan Lyon 5-3-3-0, Shane Watson 3-2-1-0,
Steve Smith 3-0-13-0.
To ss : Australia.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and Kumar
Dharmasena, Sri Lanka.
TV umpire: Ray Illingworth, England.
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama.
David Warner drives
through the off side
during his century
on the fourth day of
the deciding Test
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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