Potchefstroom (South Africa): Opening bowler Glenn McGrath produced an outstanding performance on Tuesday as the touring Australians completed an impressive warm-up for their Test series against South Africa.
McGrath took five for 17 in 15 immaculate overs as Australia drew its rain-hit three- day match against South Africa 'A' at the North West Stadium. Only left-handed batsman Ashwell Prince, who made 92, shone for the South African second string, which was bowled out for 190 in reply to Australias 366 for eight. Australia declared in the third over of the day after skipper Steve Waugh reached his 67th first-class century. He started the day on 91. The Australian captain was off the field for most of the afternoon with a sore back after waking up feeling stiff on Tuesday morning. His absence was said to be a precaution only. With almost a full day's play lost because of rain and bad light, there was no realistic chance of a result, but the Australians were clearly superior to their opponents, in the only warm-up match before the first Test starts at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Friday. Australia could have forced South Africa A to follow on but with less than two hours of play remaining it opted to bat out time, scoring 95 for three before play was called off. McGrath dismissed the top four 'A' team batsmen - including Graeme Smith, Jacques Rudolph and Daryll Cullinan, regarded as the three men most likely to challenge for Test places. Last man Andre Nel was struck on the helmet by a bouncer from McGrath, seemingly in retaliation for a series of short-pitched deliveries sent down by Nel when the Australians were batting. Nel is on standby for the first Test, with South African captain Shaun Pollock a doubtful starter because of a side strain.
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