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Prince leads South African fightback

The batsman defied Australia's bowlers as the hosts battled to 238 for six on the first day of the third Test at the Wanderers.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 10:45 IST

Ashwell Prince defied Australia's bowlers as South Africa battled to 238 for six on the first day of the third and final Test against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday.

Prince was unbeaten on 79 when bad light ended play 11 overs early. Six other batsmen reached double figures but the next highest score was 37 by new South African captain Jacques Kallis.

Pressing for a clean sweep after clinching the series in the second Test in Durban, Australia had South Africa were in trouble at 106 for four when Kallis was bowled by a superb delivery from Brett Lee but Prince shared half-century stands with Jacques Rudolph (25) and Mark Boucher (24) as the home side made a partial recovery.

Prince made a century in the third Test against Australia in Sydney in January but has struggled in the home series against the world champions.

He made a slow start Friday before playing some polished strokes. His 79 was made off 128 balls with ten fours.

Stuart Clark was the most successful bowler in a disciplined seam attack, taking two for 61.

Australia named an unchanged team for the third successive match but South Africa were without regular captain Graeme Smith, who suffered an injured left ring finger during fielding practice on Thursday. Kallis became South Africa's 31st Test captain.

Smith was diagnosed with a severe soft tissue injury and will wear a splint for 10 to 12 days.

Scoreboard:

South Africa 1st innings: A De Villiers c Martyn b Clark 12, H Gibbs b Kasprowicz 16, H Dippenaar c Gilchrist b Clark 32, J Kallis b Lee 37, A Prince not out 79, J Rudolph c Hayden b Warne 25, M Boucher lbw Symonds 24, S Pollock not out 4, Extras: (nb-9) 9, Total: (for 6 wkts, 79 overs) 238.

Fall of wkts: 1-26, 2-38, 3-97, 4-106, 5-161, 6-233.

Bowling: Lee 15-6-28-1, Clark 20-8-61-2, Kasprowicz 23-4-74-1, Warne 13-2-49-1, Symonds 8-2-26-1.