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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 December 2005, 10:08 GMT
Australia hit back in Perth Test
First Test, Perth, day two (close): Australia 258 & 38-1 v South Africa 296

Brett Lee
Lee profited on a typically bouncy and quick Waca wicket
Brett Lee took 5-93 as Australia bowled out South Africa for 296 on day two of the second Test but lost Matthew Hayden as they wiped out their 38-run deficit.

The Proteas were 127-1 thanks to AB de Villiers (68) but Shane Warne (3-92) set a record for victims in a calendar year of 87 as they slumped to 187-6.

Mark Boucher (62) and Shaun Pollock (34) then rode their luck to add 77.

Lee polished the innings off before Hayden was caught by Boucher off Charl Langeveldt with the scores tied.

With a lively and bouncy Waca pitch living up to its reputation as the quickest in the world, a positive result is a distinct possibility for both sides.

South Africa, replying to the Aussies' 258, were controlling affairs after Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers added 45 to their overnight 38-0 on the second morning.

But it started to go wrong for them when Smith, who had played cautiously, was brilliantly caught by a diving Ricky Ponting at second slip off a Nathan Bracken inswinger.

Herschelle Gibbs took 23 minutes to get off the mark and scratched around for 21 off 43 balls before dragging a wide Lee delivery on to his stumps.

Mark Boucher
Boucher played aggressively to boost the Proteas' total

It still looked healthy for the Proteas when they went for lunch on 128-2 but Warne triggered a collapse when he equalled Dennis Lillee's 1981 record by beating De Villiers to bowl him through bat and pad in the second over after the resumption.

Jacques Rudolph, brought into the side to cover for the injured Jacques Kallis, failed to reproduce the form he had shown in the warm-up matches when he edged Lee and Langer held a low chance at third slip two overs later.

Big-hitting all-rounder Justin Kemp did not last long, driving Glenn McGrath straight to mid-off and when Warne somewhat bizarrely had Ashwell Prince lbw - with the ball lodging between both legs - he was celebrating yet another record.

Boucher, who hit seven boundaries, and Pollock's 35-ball 34, helped bring the tourists back into the game.

But Pollock edged Lee on to his stumps and when Hayden took a stunning catch at slip to help Warne remove Boucher, the door was once again opened for Australia.

Charl Langeveldt went leg before first ball to Lee and and Makhaya Ntini's entertaining cameo of 12 off 10 balls ended when he skied an attempted pull off the paceman and Brad Hodge held on coming round from mid-on.

Langer was fortunate to see two edges fly past the slips off Pollock as the Aussies aggressively set about wiping out their 38-run deficit.

Hayden was not so lucky when he miscued a pull off Langeveldt and Boucher held on at short backward square-leg to provide a final twist to a tense day.



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