Panesar leaves Proteas in a spin


Monty Panesar led England’s attack with four wickets as South Africa were made to follow-on at Lord’s on Saturday.

The Proteas, at stumps on the third day of the first Test, were 13 without loss in their second innings.

That left them still 333 runs behind England’s imposing 593 for eight declared which featured Ian Bell’s Test-best 199 and 152 from Kevin Pietersen in his first Test innings against the land of his birth.

South Africa captain Graeme Smith was eight not out, with Neil McKenzie unbeaten on one.

Panesar took four for 74 in 26 overs, with Ashwell Prince’s century in his first Test innings against England, a rare Proteas’ highlight.

But no-one could stay with Prince long enough to prevent the tourists being bowled out for 247 and conceding a first innings lead of 346.

“A bit of rough on the pitch helped me,” Panesar told reporters.

“Ashwell Prince is a good batsman and when there was a bit of rough, which kept me in the game, but he managed to counter-act that very well.”

South Africa vice-captain Prince, 31, whose previous experience of English conditions was limited to an Under-19 tour and a couple of seasons with northern club side Morecambe, said: “It was a very proud moment for me.”

Prince, whose wife Melissa and infant son Joshua were among the crowd, added: “It would have meant a lot more if it was more meaningful for the team. Unfortunately, we didn’t put in a good performance but Monty bowled very well.”

After England captain Michael Vaughan enforced the follow-on in fading light, Panesar unusually took the new ball alongside Pietersen.


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