Cricket: Slater's day of reckoning

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Australia 269 and 89-2; South Africa 422

MICHAEL SLATER, Australia's young opener, carries his country's hopes into the final day of the third Test against South Africa in Durban. The visitors, still 64 runs behind with eight second-innings wickets remaining, will have to bat all day to prevent defeat and a 2-1 loss in the series.

Slater, having seen Mark Taylor and David Boon dismissed yesterday, is unbeaten on 56 with Shane Warne, the nightwatchman, on four.

Australia began their second innings shortly after lunch, 153 runs in arrears. But runs came at a funereal pace and Australia lost both Taylor and Boon for 12 each as they crawled to 89 for 2 by the close.

South Africa owed their impressive lead largely to Brian McMillan and the wicketkeeper, David Richardson. Their last four wickets tumbled for five runs and South Africa were dismissed for 422.

It was a bad day for Australia, especially so as it began with news that Craig McDermott would return home after the Test for surgery on his left knee. Damien Fleming will replace him for the one-day series.

(Fourth day: South Africa won toss)

AUSTRALIA - First Innings 269 (S R Waugh 64).

SOUTH AFRICA - First Innings

(Overnight: 322 for 6)

B M McMillan c Slater b S Waugh. . . . . . . . . 84 D J Richardson c Reiffel b Warne. . . . . . . . .59 C R Matthews lbw b Warne. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 P S de Villiers lbw b S Waugh. . . . . . . . . . .0 A A Donald not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 Extras (b3 lb10 nb5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .422

Fall (cont): 1-100 2-117 3-118 4-155 5-256 6-274 7-417 8-422 9-422.

Bowling: McDermott 38-11-76-1 (4nb); Reiffel 30-7-77-2; McGrath 41-11-78-0; Warne 55-20-92-4 (1nb); S Waugh 27.2-12-40-3; M Waugh 11-3-38-0; Border 3-0-8-0.

AUSTRALIA - Second Innings

M J Slater not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 M A Taylor lbw b De Villiers. . . . . . . . . . .12 D C Boon c P Kirsten b Donald. . . . . . . . . . 12 S K Warne not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Extras (lb3 nb2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Total (for 2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Fall: 1-55 2-81.

To bat: M E Waugh, *A R Border, S R Waugh, I A Healy, P R Reiffel, C J McDermott, G D McGrath.

Bowling (to date): Donald 10-3-23-1; De Villiers 15-5- 30-1 (2nb); McMillan 8-4-14-0; Matthews 8-4-6-0; Cronje 5-2-13-0.

Umpires: C Mitchley (SA) and Mehboob Shah (Pak).

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