Worcestershire v South Africans, Tour match, New Rd, 2nd day July 28, 2012

Petersen, Duminy miss out as Russell shines

South Africans 237 and 67 for 4 (Rudolph 28*, Russell 3-32) drew with Worcestershire 245 (Kapil 67, Peterson 4-65)

Alviro Petersen and JP Duminy failed to make use of their time in the middle during the South Africans' drawn tour match against Worcestershire, with both dismissed cheaply on the second afternoon. Petersen scored just 10 to take his total to 42 from four innings on tour, while Duminy made 2 batting at No. 3 before becoming the first of three wickets for Chris Russell, who took six in the match.

Although Duminy made a half-century in South Africa's opening fixture at Taunton, he was not required to bat in the first Test at The Oval and made just 5 in the first innings at Worcestershire. He and Petersen were the only South Africans not to gain significant practice at New Road; however, AB de Villiers said: "We achieved what we wanted to in this game."

The rest of the side all enjoyed a good workout. De Villiers and Albie Morkel scored half-centuries in the first innings, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander were among the wickets and Jacques Rudolph got valuable runs in the second innings after a lean patch of his own. Robin Peterson also made a strong case for himself by cleaning up the tail. He took four wickets in seven overs to ensure Worcestershire gained only a slender first-innings lead.

After a morning session in which the bowlers made significant inroads into the Worcestershire batting line-up, Aneesh Kapil scored a belligerent half-century at greater than a run a ball. Cameos from Ben Scott and Richard Jones took the county side past the South African total but they did not last for long enough to deny the visitors' batsmen a second stint at the crease before the second Test at Headingley, starting on Thursday.

A subdued start sparked into life when Philander removed Neil Pinner in the eighth over of the morning. He followed up a series of full deliveries with a short one, which surprised Pinner as he tried to fend it off his nose. He managed only an edge which carried to Thami Tsolekile, who completed a fairly simple first catch of the tour.

Like Peter Trego, James Hildreth and Sam Northeast in previous tour games, Matthew Pardoe kept South Africa's Test attack at bay. Pardoe dug in to score a gritty half-century, having resumed on 40 overnight. He brought up his milestone with a drive through the covers off Albie Morkel's first over.

Pardoe weathered an assault of quick bowling from South Africa's change seamers, with Lonwabo Tsotsobe running in and delivering markedly faster than usual. After being taken aback by an Albie Morkel short ball that kissed the grill of his helmet, Pardoe succumbed. Tsotsobe sent down a fiery length ball and Pardoe edged to give Tsolekile his second catch

Morne Morkel gave away little more than a run an over, until just before lunch, and took the third wicket. Joe Leach played on to a full delivery in his attempt to drive down the ground, leaving two new batsmen at the crease. Kapil ensured the over before the break was an entertaining one as he flayed Morne Morkel for three boundaries to cut the lead to under 100.

Kapil continued to bat aggressively after the break and was able to get the ball through the infield and to the boundary with ease, reaching his fifty from 44 balls. He and Scott put on 81 for the seventh wicket, including 44 in six overs post-lunch but Peterson pulled them back when he bowled Kapil.

Scott continued adding runs in the face of a lethargic South African effort but was also stopped by Peterson when he was trapped lbw, trying to sweep. Peterson bowled David Lucas with the next ball but could not get the hat-trick when Russell, who is yet to play a first-class game, padded away the delivery.

Petersen and Duminy were dismissed cheaply at the start of the second innings and both have not had much opportunity to bat on tour. Albie Morkel was bowled by Russell and Steyn, who was moved up the order to No. 5, also did not have much to show after being caught in the slips for a duck. Rudolph and Morne Morkel looked steady when the sides shook hands on the draw.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Mathew on July 31, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    I will actually forgive our bolwers for a 'listless' performance as they have delivered the goods so often. Our batsman however shoud not have been bowled out twice on that wicket. Although a few unlucky dismissals in the first and the worse of the conditions are excuses they still under-performed IMHO.

  • H on July 31, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Interesting to see RandyOZ and djdrastic both pick on Matty and yet neither could refute his main point, which is that this match proves how reliant South Africa are on Smith, Amla and Kallis. They were the difference between the two sides in the first test, and I'd wager if the South African attack were bowling to those three, it would have been just as tough for them as it was for England.

    I'd actually go further than him. This match also proves quite comprehensively that South Africa did not outbowl England, they outbatted them. South Africa went into this match with largely the same bowling attack, but a different batting lineup, and the contrast between this match and the last Test could not be more drastic. Those three are quality, no doubt about it, over 25,000 Test runs at something like 53, but that much-vaunted bowling attack didn't exactly run through Worcester, did it?

  • Geoffrey on July 30, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    @RandyOz- the English public was entertained(?) by an even more listless performance just a few months ago. It was called the Natwest series, in which Australia only avoided a whitewash by a wash out.

  • Mathew on July 29, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    No doubt we had a terrible match and will hope for more fight come thur, but my reasoning is still sound. I am not judging this entire English team on one game. If you want to put ten pence in yourselves and mention UAE no problems as our bowlers did a decent job there. AB is an ok keeper, and time will tell about his batting, though only a fool will think it will improve his game. Tahir got better figures than Swann but who would you rather have in your team??? And Randy, trust me we have seen far more listless performances than that. 1-0 down 2 to play, its a good job SA dont fold after winning first games of a series....wait a minute.

  • Kendal on July 29, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    @MattyP1979....your statistic about AB's batting average with the gloves is pretty meaningless as he has hardly kept in Tests, only as a fill in. His batting form over the last couple of seasons hardly qualifies him as a 'hole'. As for England having fewer holes in the team well you might want to review that one too....

  • dj on July 29, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Ok Matty I will bite.Here is a hole or two for you:

    Hashim Amla scored more runs in one innings than your entire batting unit did in the 2nd innings.

    Oooh Another Hole

    Imran Tahir took more wickets in the match than your attack could muster the entire game.

    Hope I've shown you at least 2 holes.

  • Randolph on July 29, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    @MattyP1979 - no holes in your team? What about the fact that you only took 2 wickets the entire match? I don't think the English public have ever seen a more listless performance.

  • Mathew on July 29, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    It does go to show how important the 'big 4' are for SA. Eng have less star players in their team than SA/Ind but we have fewer holes in our team. Problem was we didn't expose the likes of JP or even AB who only avg's 22 with the gloves. I hope we put up more of a fight come thur. That and Swann/Broad to pull their finger out they both had shockers.

  • Nicholas on July 28, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    A two-day match... now I've heard it all! It might have been more beneficial to play a 5-day match against a university club! Still, it's nice to prove that England's cupboard is not so bare after all...

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