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graeme_smith_testGraeme Smith's 26th Test century capped a day of remarkable comeback cricket on the second day of the second Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Friday with the tourists finishing on 217-2 and the Proteas captain unbeaten on 111. Despite winning the day comprehensively, South Africa still trail Australia by 333 runs in the first innings, and aren't quite out of the woods just yet. The good news for them though is the Adelaide track remains terrific for batting, and they are likely to get the best conditions possible on day 3.

The home side resumed on the record-breaking first day score of 482-5 with captain Michael Clarke unbeaten on 224 and most pundits expecting a cruise to a total in excess of 600 and a declaration sometime after lunch. But Morne Morkel had other ideas and claimed three wickets in rapid time to hasten the demise to 504-9 and finish with figures of 5-146 in 30, feet-blistering overs. It was his sixth five-wicket haul and one of his best given the quality of the opposition and the paucity of assistance offered by the pitch.

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Vernon Philander and Jacques Kallis both went for MRI scans after picking up injuries on day one of the second Test against Australia in Adelaide. Philander was withdrawn from the playing XI after waking up with a stiff lower back, and Kallis left the field in the 17th over with a hamstring injury.

Proteas Team Manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee commented on the results: “ Vernon's scan reveals nothing more than a lower lumbar muscle strain as initially suspected. He will receive treatment and undergo rehabilitation during the course of the current Test match and we are hopeful he will be fit for the final Test in Perth.

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A memorable return to Tests for Fidel Edwards was spoiled, when newcomer Abul Hasan overshadowed him with a stunning hundred on debut to lead a rearguard action for Bangladesh against West Indies in the second Test on Wednesday in Khulna.

Edwards, playing in place of injured, fellow fast bowler Ravi Rampaul, was the pick of the Windies bowlers, scalping 5-81 from 16 overs, but Hasan brilliantly counter-attacked with a feisty, even, undefeated 100 to propel the Bangladeshis to 365 for eight in their first innings at the close on the opening day. Hasan became only the fourth batsman at no.10 to score a hundred and the third Bangladeshi debutant to do so.

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Darren Sammy said West Indies need to win the final Test in their series of two against Bangladesh to extend their winning record and boost the confidence in the team. The second Test between the two sides begins on Wednesday at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in this south-western city.

Speaking ahead of the match, the Windies captain said his side had arrived with a clear mission of winning all the matches on the tour and having won the first Test by 77 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka, this objective had not changed.

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Experienced wing JP Pietersen has a mild groin strain and will be medically managed this week as the Springboks prepare for Saturday's Test against England at Twickenham.

Pietersen picked up the injury in last weekend's 21-10 win over Scotland at Murrayfield and is the only major injury concern this week. A final decision on his fitness will only be made later in the week.

"JP has a mild groin strain and will not train on Monday, but we will see how he progresses this week before we make a final call on his availability to face England later in the week," said Springbok team doctor, Craig Roberts.

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tino_bestAn incredible burst of raw pace from 31-year old fast bowler Tino Best helped the West Indies claim an incredible 77-run victory over Bangladesh in the first Test in Mirpur today. A strong weekend crowd of more than 15,000 was left rather despondent as the lion-hearted West Indies fast bowler captured a career-best 5-24 from 12.3 overs, shattering Bangladesh's dreams of a rare Test victory, as they were bowled out for 167 on the final day.

Resuming from their overnight score of 244-6, West Indies' innings folded for just 273, with the visitors losing their last 9 wickets for just 64 runs in an incredible 2 hour window between close of play on day 4 and early this morning. The injured Shivnarine Chanderpaul did come out bat as the last man, but failed to follow-up on his first innings double century, making just 1 before becoming debutant Sohag Gazi's 6th victim of the innings.

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Kieran Powell wrote his name in the record books with his second hundred of the test match, but he was one of a cluster of late wickets that rocked West Indies in the first Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur today. The left-handed opener stroked a typically languid 110, as the Windies reached 244 for six in their second innings – a lead of just 215 – at the close on the fourth day at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

Earlier in the day, Bangladesh were bowled out for 556 in their first innings with the overnight pair Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah both bringing up their respective half-centuries. The latter was especially unfortunate to miss out on a hundred, having made his way to 96 before being caught at slip off Tino Best. By then, Mahmudullah had already fallen for 62 to Sunil Narine, who cleaned up the tail to finish with 3 wickets.

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