Johannesburg, Nov 18: After a humiliating loss against South Africa at Cape Town earlier this week, Australia have raced to 169/0 at lunch as the openers give a great start on Day two of the second test against Proteas in Johannesburg on Friday. With 10 wickets in hand, they trail by 97 runs.
Aussies put up a great fight as they restricted the hosts for 266 in their first innings and also proved the critics wrong by coming back strongly in the second test after the humiliating eight wicket loss at Newslands, Cape Town where Australia recorded their fourth lowest total in Test cricket.
A great comeback, a much needed one to boost the morale of the team, started off very well as they have raced to 169/0 at lunch on Day 2 with Shane Watson and Phil Hughes both scoring a half centuries.
With both the openers set and no signs of any mistake, a revenge is on cards, as both Watson and Hughes are aiming for a century. Shane Watson, unbeaten on 76, has scored 12 boundaries and 2 sixes while his mate Hughes has been outstanding. He has raced to 85 runs off just 101 deliveries with 14 boundaries to his credit.
South African bowlers are finding it difficult to tame the Aussies, as they are on a high, frustrating the bowlers as they have gone wicket-less on Day 2.
Earlier, after winning the toss, South Africa chose to bat. Aussies restricted the Proteas to 266, as Peter Siddle picked up 3 wickets while Lyon and skipper Clarke grabbed two each to dismiss the hosts on Day one.
South Africa managed to reach the 250 mark as Kallis, Prince and AB deVilliers scored their half centuries. Having lost two wickets in succession, Proteas managed to reach 241 for the loss of five wickets but lost the remaining wickets for just 25 runs.
Having won the first test at Newslands, Cape Town, the hosts played hastily as they lost 5 wickets for 25 runs. On the other hand, Aussies got a wake up call in the last test match as they have learnt from their mistakes, helping them to put up a good show at Johannesburg.It remains to be seen how this match shapes up as South Africa are eyeing for a series win while Aussies need to play well and prove the critics wrong.