Cricket: Schultz quick to justify his Test recall

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Australia 227 v South Africa

Sixteen months after his last Test, Brett Schultz took four wickets to put South Africa on top after the first day of the Third and final Test at Centurion Park yesterday.

The fast bowler's 4 for 52, South Africa's best of the series, helped his side bowl out Australia for 227 after they put them in to bat. Allan Donald weighed in with 3 for 60 and, when he had Ian Healy brilliantly caught down the legside by Dave Richardson, he became only the second South African after Hugh Tayfield to claim 150 Test wickets.

Schultz, recalled because of Shaun Pollock's injury, bowled Matthew Hayden in his fourth over of the morning and then took a difficult running catch on the fine leg boundary to dismiss Matthew Elliott.

Mark Waugh was bowled by Donald three overs after lunch and the Australian captain, Mark Taylor, was caught behind aiming a loose drive at Lance Klusener. Taylor's 38 took 197 minutes and means he has not reached 50 in a Test in 19 innings spanning 15 months.

An 80-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Steve Waugh and Greg Blewett, who put on 385 in the first Test, revived Australia but Blewett was caught behind as he attempted to cut the off-spinner Pat Symcox. Schultz then took three wickets in as many overs. Steve Waugh (67) was caught down the leg side by Richardson - although replays suggested the ball had flicked his pad - and Michael Bevan and Shane Warne were adjudged lbw in the space of four balls.

Donald's landmark came in the penultimate over, and the day ended with Klusener bowling Glenn McGrath.

First day; South Africa won toss

AUSTRALIA - First Innings

*M A Taylor c Richardson b Klusener 38

M L Hayden b Schultz 10

M T G Elliott c Schultz b Donald 18

M E Waugh b Donald 5

S R Waugh c Richardson b Schultz 67

G S Blewett c Richardson b Symcox 37

M G Bevan lbw b Schultz 6

I A Healy c Richardson b Donald 19

S K Warne lbw b Schultz 0

J N Gillespie not out 6

G D McGrath b Klusener 0

Extras (b1 lb4 nb9 w7) 21

Total (89.5 overs, 385 min) 227

Fall: 1-23 2-60 3-72 4-110 5-190 6-197 7-212 8-212 9-226.

Bowling: Donald 20-5-60-3 (nb3, w3); Schultz 20-4-52-4 (nb6 w3); Cronje 5-3-5-0; Klusener 14.5-4-23-2 (w1); Symcox 23-4-62-1; Kallis 7-2-20-0.

SOUTH AFRICA: A M Bacher, G Kirsten, B M McMillan, D J Cullinan, *W J Cronje, J H Kallis, D J Richardson, L Klusener, P L Symcox, B Schultz, A A Donald.