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Ponting century bolsters Australia

Written by: Staff

DURBAN, South Africa, Mar 24 (Reuters) Captain Ricky Ponting survived two chances to score a century for Australia on the first day of the second test against South Africa today.

Australia, who won the toss and chose to bat, were 228 for five when bad light ended play two overs early.

South Africa fought back to take three wickets in the final session.

Ponting survived chances on five and 36 before reaching his 29th test century. His 103 included 11 fours.

He shared stands of 97 with Justin Langer for the second wicket, and 101 with Damien Martyn, who scored 57, for the third wicket.

Australia lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first test by seven wickets.

Reuters PDS DB2112

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