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Hussey to the rescue after Ntini's assault

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JOHANNESBURG, Apr 1 (Reuters) - Michael Hussey, with 73, came to Australia's rescue after South African paceman Makhaya Ntini ripped through the top order on the second day of the third and final test today.

Australia were 246 for seven in reply to South Africa's first innings of 303 when bad light ended play 14.4 overs early.

Ntini reduced Australia to 89 for four on his way to a haul of five for 80. Brett Lee was 42 not out at the close with Michael Kasprowicz who had yet to score.

Ntini hit Justin Langer, playing in his 100th test, on the helmet with the first ball of the Australian innings and the left-hander retired hurt.

Langer was diagnosed with concussion, received two stitches to the back of his head, and was taken to hospital for precautionary scans.

Australia won the first two tests.

REUTERS PDS RAI2123

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