Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Patient Kallis Shows Tourists Way Forward

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Patient Kallis Shows Tourists Way Forward

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Byline: Tom Collomosse Sports Correspondent

ENGLAND were made to graft in the field as they sought to restrict South Africa to a manageable first-innings total at Centurion -- and Andrew Strauss's men must show similar application with the bat if they are to avoid going 1-0 down in the series.

On a pitch where rapid run-scoring appears very difficult, Strauss's side will face a severe test of their discipline and concentration, qualities not always apparent during the team's victorious Ashes campaign last summer.

Only two players -- Strauss and Jonathan Trott -- managed centuries against the Australians, as England's batsmen did little to suggest they had the patience to bat for several hours.

Trott's elevation to No3 for this series seems a smart move, as the Cape Townborn batsman has looked self-assured from the moment he made his debut in the final Test at The Brit Oval.

Should England require a lesson on how to score runs on this pitch, they need only watch a re-run of Jacques Kallis's knock. The middle-order colossus was caught at second slip for 120 off the bowling of Jimmy Anderson in the morning session, after spending just over five hours at the crease.

Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, and even Kevin Pietersen should take note. There is simply no need to play risky, expansive shots on this wicket.

A slight concern for Strauss, though, is that his side will have to bat last on a wicket which is beginning to offer more and more assistance to spin bowling, with Graeme Swann looking England's most dangerous bowler.

The Nottinghamshire man sent back JP Duminy, who made 56, with an identical delivery to the one which accounted for Ashwell Prince yester-day, Collingwood again showing a safe pair of hands at slip. And had it not been for the Umpire Decision Review System, Swann could have been celebrating another success. …

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