Prince and Boucher pull it back for SA

Ashwell Prince and Mark Boucher turned round a difficult situation as South Africa closed on a first innings lead over West Indies in the second Test in Cape Town yesterday.

After their last two wickets had fallen in three overs, leaving them with a total of 243, the onus was on the West Indies bowlers to produce the goods.

Dwayne Bravo took 3/46 in a marathon single spell of 24 overs, forcing a collapse from 120/2 to 131/5.

But Prince and Boucher added 87 as South Africa reached 218/5 at stumps.

Meanwhile, India's VVS Laxman hit his third century in Sydney Tests, and his fifth against Australia, but the hosts hit back with two late wickets on day two in Sydney yesterday.

The tourists reached stumps on 216/3 in reply to Australia's 463 with Laxman (109) and Rahul Dravid (53) adding 175.

After Wasim Jaffer had been bowled by a 91mph Brett Lee yorker, Laxman and Dravid kept the Aussies at bay.

l The government intends to hold talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board about whether to stop Zimbabwe from touring in 2009 due to that countries policies. - Sapa and BBC