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January 04, 2010

South Africa vs England cricket at Newlands

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English flags are prominent as England battle with South Africa during day two of the third Test at Newlands. Photo courtesy Louis Rossouw

Cricket fans have been enjoying a well-fought contest between South Africa and England in the third test at Newlands cricket stadium in Cape Town.

With the magnificent view of Table Mountain in the background, Newlands is one of the most scenic cricket grounds in the world, and the favourite ground of many great cricketers.

At the close of day two, it appears to be honours even, with the South African bowlers having fought back well after England picked up four quick wickets in the morning session to bowl the hosts out for 291.

Jacques Kallis, who grew up in Cape Town and is regarded as one of the greatest test cricketers of the modern era, top-scored for South Africa with 108, while James Anderson took 5/63 to put England in a good position going in to bat.

Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn however took three wickets each as England’s batsman had to work hard for their runs.

English batsman Jonathan Trott, who scored 20 in England’s first innings, was in fact born in Cape Town. Three other members of the England team: Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior and captain Andrew Strauss, were also born in South Africa.

At the close of play, England were 241/7, with Prior not out on 52 and Graeme Swann not out on 5. South Africa are 50 runs ahead and there are three days left in the match.

Sport is expected to bring many English visitors to Cape Town this year, as England will play Algeria at Cape Town Stadium during the 2010 FIFA World Cup on June 18.

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