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Prince's ton puts Proteas in control

ASHWELL Prince scored his 11th test century yesterday to take South Africa to 256 for two wickets at tea on the second day of the third test for a lead of 47 runs over Australia.

Prince smashed 15 boundaries and a six for 119 at the break in an unbroken 94-run stand with Jacques Kallis, who was on 39.

Australia, which leads 2-0 in the three-match series, was bowled out for 209 in its first innings at Newlands in Cape Town on Thursday.

Prince has had an up-and-down summer. He fractured his right thumb just before the Perth test in December and missed the entire series in Australia as replacement J.P. Duminy excelled in a 2-1 win. Prince was then left out for the first two home tests.

The dropping of Neil McKenzie and injury to captain Graeme Smith meant there were two places in the top six, but Prince could only be accommodated as an opener. Prince was watchful in the first hour, adding just eight runs to his overnight score of 37, but later in the day's first session he picked up a few boundaries.

Between lunch and tea, Prince added 49 to his score as he and Kallis took a liking to the leg spin of Bryce McGain. The test debutante conceded 51 runs in his spell of five overs before tea.

The only wickets to fall yesterday were debutante opener Imraan Khan in the first session and Hashim Amla just after lunch.

Khan went to a one-handed return catch to Peter Siddle for 20 off 71 minutes. He added 65 with Prince, while Amla hit eight fours in scoring 46 to put on 97 with Prince for the second wicket.


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