Australia collapse gives SA the edge ..Dale Steyn ruled out of the series

first_img(REUTERS)-South Africa’s bowlers rallied magnificently after the loss of pace spearhead Dale Steyn before their batsmen pushed to an 102-run lead at the close on day two of the first Test against Australia yesterday.Steyn left the field with a shoulder injury before lunch and was later ruled out of the series with a stress fracture in a hammer blow for the touring side.But the remaining Proteas bowlers ripped out the hosts for 244 before tea before Dean Elgar (46 not out) and JP Duminy (36 not out) combined for an unbroken 59-run stand to steady the innings after two early wickets in the final session.South Africa were 104 for two at stumps having fought back strongly after Australia had dominated the first day.Vernon Philander took 4-56, teaming up brilliantly with debutant left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj (3-56) as Australia lost 10 wickets for 84 runs after resuming in the morning at 105 without loss.“A few of us probably have to look at ourselves in the mirror and say why did we play those shots?,” opening batsman David Warner said of a collapse that included four ducks.Rising pace talent Kagiso Rabada took three wickets, with Steyn grabbing the first of the day to deny Warner a century.The Australian vice -captain and opener Shaun Marsh pushed Australia to 158 before Steyn had Warner caught in the slips for 97.Steyn exited in his following over but it did little to break the Proteas’ focus, with Rabada bowling Usman Khawaja for four and Maharaj grabbing a memorable first wicket, trapping Steven Smith lbw for a duck as the captain skipped down the wicket.Marsh was given out lbw in the final over before lunch and the rot continued after the break.Bowling a tight line and length, Philander and Maharaj ratcheted up the pressure with three straight maidens before Mitchell Marsh succumbed for an eight-ball duck.Adam Voges showed some resistance but Rabada caught a leading edge off his own bowling to dismiss him for 27.Mitchell Starc lasted only six balls before holing out for a duck off Maharaj, driving to South Africa captain Faf du Plessis at midwicket.Wicketkeeper Peter Nevill managed 23 before Josh Hazlewood (4) and Nathan Lyon, the fourth duck of the innings, fell quickly to wrap up the Australian innings.Shaun Marsh took a sharp catch at midwicket to dismiss Stephen Cook for 12 off paceman Peter Siddle and Josh Hazlewood bowled Hashim Amla for one, having dismissed him for a duck in the first innings.But Elgar and Duminy stood firm in the last hour to complete a fine day for South Africa and give the tourists hope of setting a big target on day three.DSOUTH AFRICA 1st innings 242 (Q. de Kock 84, T. Bavuma 51; M. Starc 4-71)Australia 1st innings (Overnight: 105-0)D. Warner c Amla b Steyn 97S. Marsh lbw b Philander 63U. Khawaja b Rabada 4S. Smith lbw b Maharaj 0A. Voges c&b Rabada 27M. Marsh lbw b Philander 0P. Nevill c Amla b Maharaj 23M. Starc c du Plessis b Maharaj 0P. Siddle not out 18J. Hazlewood c Duminy b Philander 4N. Lyon c Elgar b Philander 0Extras (lb-3 nb-5) 8Total (all out, 70.2 overs) 244Fall of wickets: 1-158 D. Warner,2-167 U. Khawaja,3-168 S. Smith,4-181 S. Marsh,5-181 M. Marsh,6-202 A. Voges,7-203 M. Starc,8-232 P. Nevill,9-243 J. Hazlewood,10-244 N. LyonBowling: D. Steyn 12.4 – 3 – 51 – 1, V. Philander 19.2 – 2 – 56 – 4(nb-3),K. Rabada 20 – 1 – 78 – 2(nb-2,K. Maharaj 18.2 – 5 – 56 – 3.SOUTH AFRICA 2nd inningsS. Cook c S. Marsh b Siddle 12D. Elgar not out 46H. Amla b Hazlewood 1J. Duminy not out 34Extras (lb-5 nb-1 w-5) 11Total (for 2 wickets, 40 overs) 104Fall of wickets: 1-35 S. Cook,2-45 H. AmlaTo bat: F. du Plessis, T. Bavuma, Q. de Kock, V. Philander, D. Steyn, K. Rabada, K. MaharajBowling: M. Starc 9 – 4 – 18 – 0, J. Hazlewood 10 – 2 – 31 – 1(nb-1),P. Siddle 8 – 4 – 12 – 1, M. Marsh 4 – 1 – 11 – 0(w-1),N. Lyon 9 – 2 – 27 – 0.last_img read more

Wisconsin set for matchup with instate rival Marquette

first_imgFredrik Ask leads the Badgers singles play with a 2-0 record at the No. 1 singles spot and holds an overall 2-1 record. Ask pairs up with Billy Bertha (not pictured) in doubles play where the duo is currently undefeated with a 3-0 record.[/media-credit]The Badgers will try to snatch their first win since January as they face the Marquette Golden Eagles Feb. 22 at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Badgers got their season off to a fast 2-0 start but have been winless in their last three matches. Although all three of their recent opponents have been ranked in the top 30, Wisconsin sits at 2-3 heading into its meeting with Marquette.Head coach Greg Van Emburgh is confident that Wisconsin will stay positive heading into the match. His team has narrowed the gap in each of its losses since they were shut out against a talented Notre Dame squad Feb. 10.“It seems like we’ve improved; I know we’ve improved a great deal from playing Notre Dame to now playing our last match against Georgia Tech,” Van Emburgh said. “I think we’re right on track, and I think we’re starting to play better and starting to realize that we have the potential, and we’re gaining the confidence for the match against Marquette.”A consistent bright spot for the Badgers this season has been the play of the doubles teams. Wisconsin has secured the doubles point in four of five matches this season and is looking to translate that success into the singles matches as well. Junior captain Billy Bertha and sophomore Fredrik Ask have been the backbone of the doubles teams, winning all five of their matches this season. The duo most recently defeated Georgia Tech’s Kevin King and Juan Spir, the No. 2 doubles team in the nation.Ask arrived in Madison just last January from Oslo, Norway, but that has not stopped him and Bertha from accumulating victories. When questioned about the team’s success, Bertha attributed it to chemistry.“I think we mesh well together,” Bertha said. “He’s a lefty, I’m a righty. We’re friends off the court. I think both of our games complement each other well.”“I think we have a good chemistry on the court,” Ask added. “We have different strengths. We’ll see how far we can go.”Although the Badgers are excelling in doubles, the opposite can be said about their singles play, as the team has recorded just two singles victories during their current three-match losing streak.Wisconsin should be especially alert for its matchup against Marquette freshman Cameron Tehrani. The Arizona native has posted seven straight victories in singles play and currently owns a 10-4 overall record through the early part of the season.Van Emburgh expects Wisconsin to make the most of its singles opportunities against Marquette.“I’m really hoping that everybody comes out with a strong desire to win some singles matches tomorrow,” said Van Emburgh. “That’s the one thing we’ve been stressing a lot in our team meetings and in practices – to start finishing those singles matches when we’re in a position to win.” Home court advantage means a lot to both teams. Both Marquette and Wisconsin are undefeated at home, but have yet to earn a win outside their respective stadiums.Van Emburgh said playing at home should allow the Badgers to regroup after a tough weekend on the road.“I think it’s always great to play here on your home court,” Van Emburgh said. “Obviously we were away playing a couple of away matches, so we’re glad to be back.”Marquette should not pose as looming a threat as the previous opponents. While the Golden Eagles are 5-3 on the season, none of those wins are against ranked teams.Playing an in-state rival may provide additional incentive for Wisconsin, especially given the team’s previous successes against Marquette. The Badgers have yet to fall to the Golden Eagles since the 2001-2002 campaign, as UW has recorded four shutouts over MU in that span of time.Ask was not hesitant to verbalize his thoughts on his next opponent.“We should probably try to beat them as much as possible,” Ask said. “We don’t like them too much.”last_img read more