proteas pay for lapse

IF SOUTH Africa had any thoughts of hanging on for a draw on the final day of the second Test at Kingsmead yesterday, they disappeared quicker than a Christmas Day turkey.

IF SOUTH Africa had any thoughts of hanging on for a draw on the final day of the second Test at Kingsmead yesterday, they disappeared quicker than a Christmas Day turkey.

In only the second over of the morning it was that man Graeme Swann who once again had the South African batsmen in all sorts of trouble.

Bowling his first over of the, morning, Swann had overnight batsman Morne Morkel dropped off only his fifth ball at first slip by Andrew Strauss with a delivery that got a strong outside edge.

The mistake didn't turn out to be too costly as the very next ball took Morkel out lbw for 15.

Bowling a slider - a ball that stays low and flat - Swann trapped his man plumb in front.

Resuming on the overnight score of 76 runs for the loss of 6 wickets, the odds of the remaining Proteas batsmen hanging around for 90-odd overs of the day and scraping a draw looked unlikely from the outset.

Tuesday's hero, Stuart Broad, was next to get in on the action when a loose delivery was chased after by Mark Boucher and wicketkeeper Matt Prior took a simple catch after the ball had brushed the batsman's gloves.

The writing was on the wall for the Proteas with the score at 108 for eight wickets.

The remaining batsmen Paul Harris (36) and Dale Steyn (3) didn't trouble the scorers too much and England managed to wrap it up an hour before lunch and win by an innings and 98 runs.

So where did it go wrong for the Proteas?

Well, their capitulation at around tea-time on Tuesday reflected the mood of a team that was already playing for a draw and had one foot on the plane to Cape Town for the next Test that starts on Sunday.

The local side were also definitely outwitted by England.

The visiting captain is a case in point. He may have been born in South Africa but Andrew Strauss plays the game with the ruthlessness of an Australian.

The Newlands Test gets under way at 10am on Sunday.

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