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First Test ends in draw at Gabba

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

BRISBANE - Time ran out for Australia to pull off a shock final day first Test win over South Africa at the Gabba yesterday despite unlikely hero Nathan Lyon ensuring some anxious moments.

Off-spinner Lyon (2-41) conceded 26 runs from his first two overs but loomed as Australia's saviour when he removed dangerman Jacques Kallis (49) and Jacques Rudolph (11), exposing the Proteas' tail.

When Lyon trapped Rudolph in front, South Africa were 5-165 in their second innings, just 50 runs ahead with 15 overs left.

But AB de Villiers (29 not out) kept his cool to guide the Proteas to 5-166 when play was called off with 11 overs left.

James Pattinson (2-58) initially looked like the man most likely to spark Australia's biggest surprise Test win since shocking England in Adelaide six years ago with a fiery display.

He had South Africa reeling at 2-55 in their second innings — still trailing by 60 — by removing opener Alviro Petersen (five) and winning an absorbing duel with Proteas captain Graeme Smith (23).

Australia must win the three-Test series to claim the world No.1 Test ranking from South Africa.


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