South Africa declare on 9-474

By Sean Martin, NZ Newswire Updated March 25, 2012, 4:21 pm

New Zealand's batsmen will face a testing session before the close of play after South Africa declared on 9-474 after tea on day three of the third Test in Wellington.

South Africa added 37 runs and lost two wickets after tea before captain Graeme Smith called the innings to a close, leaving the Black Caps at least 26 overs to face before stumps.

Mark Gillespie grabbed both wickets to fall to end with career-best figures of 6-113.

He had Mark Boucher caught in the gully for 46 and Vernon Philander on the mid-wicket boundary for 29 as the Proteas searched for quick runs.

Earlier, the visitors batted New Zealand out of the Test thanks to centuries from Alviro Petersen and JP Duminy after resuming the day on 2-246.

Petersen top-scored with 156 and Duminy made 103 as the pair added 200 runs for the third wicket.

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  1. cherryjeary04:07pm Sunday 25th March 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Mr "arm ball" needs to be dropped as a bowler after 40 overs without a wicket. Martin is a second or third change bowler when NZ had a stronger side, I do not like him leading the attack. Although I would love "washing machine" McCullum to retire NZ is in such bad shape they need him there for now. I could seriously do better than them, I can bowl the chinaman with ease and play with more foot work...the cricket fraternity need change to attract more skilled players.

  2. Hombre12:40pm Sunday 25th March 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    The only 'changes of fortune' I can see is docked pay because he just does not have it anymore. His bowling is so ordinary it has become boring. He also seems to be having a lot to say instead of the captian, whose selection was a mistake. McCullum should be Captain.

  3. Te Kinga08:55am Sunday 25th March 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Gee Dan you really must be bung eyed if you think you can see a change in fortune. All I can see is an IPL contract or two or may be it was that horrid thatch Martin Crowe had perched on his bonce


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