England v South Africa, 2nd Test, Leeds, 1st day
South Africa on Top as Petersen Hits Ton03-Aug-2012 02:42:00 GMT
Leeds: Alviro Petersen struck an unbeaten 124 as South Africa closed day one of the second Test on 262-5 at Headingley on Thursday.
After taking only two wickets in their innings defeat in the first Test, England dropped Petersen on 29 and had Graeme Smith caught off what was deemed a dead ball in a dispiriting, wicketless morning.
Smith fell for 52 to end an opening stand of 120, while Hashim Amla (9) and Jacques Kallis (19) for once fell cheaply.
After a rain delay, Petersen completed his fourth Test hundred, adding 97 with AB de Villiers (47), but two late wickets with the new ball gave England hope.
The three afternoon wickets and two in the evening represented something of a recovery by England, who had endured a wretched first session, having opted to field on a bright day in Leeds.
A morning of surprises began when Graeme Swann was left out for the first time in a Test since the tour of the West Indies in spring 2009, while it was also the first time since 2003 that England had not selected a front-line spinner in a Test match.
Petersen, who was out for a duck in South Africa's run feast in their innings win in the first Test at the Oval, played an innings of contrasting halves.
He reached 50 off just 78 balls with seven fours, dominating the strike while captain Graeme Smith made only 10, but went on the defensive as South Africa lost three wickets after lunch. It took him another 137 balls to notch his fourth Test century.
The second new ball brought two quick wickets for England, however, as De Villiers was bowled by Stuart Broad and Finn finally had success when he bowled nightwatchman Dale Steyn.
South Africa 262 for 5 (Petersen 124*, Smith 52)