29 Dec 2008

Australia lose grip of MCG test

5:53 am on 29 December 2008

The Australian cricket side will resume at four without loss in its second innings, trailing by 61 runs, on the fourth day of the second test against South Africa in Melbourne.

Yesterday South Africa recovered from 251 for eight to make 459 in reply to the home side's first effort of 394.

JP Duminy top-scored for South Africa with 166, his maiden hundred in his second test, adding 180 for the ninth wicket with paceman Dale Steyn, who made a career-best 76.

It was a ninth-wicket record for Australia-South Africa Tests and the third-highest ninth-wicket partnership in Test history.

Australia's attack was depleted by pace spearhead Brett Lee's absence, forced by injury, and he's in doubt for the third test in Sydney.