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North's ton on debut

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Australia batsman Marcus North guides one down to third-man during his debut century on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Friday.Photo: AFP

South Africa eventually removed a stubborn Australian tail to dismiss the tourists for 466 runs on the second day of the first Test at the Wanderers Stadium here Friday.
Debutant Marcus North compiled a century and tail-ender Mitchell Johnson fell narrowly short of his maiden ton as the Australians were bowled out to bring an early tea interval.
North, at the crease for almost four hours overnight, made 117 off 233 balls and Johnson hit 96 from 131 deliveries in a stubborn 117-run stand that frustrated the South African attack.
Paul Harris got the breakthrough when North attempted to pick up the pace after reaching his hundred, double-stepping the spinner and giving Mark Boucher an easy stumping.
Johnson then dominated a 53-run stand for the ninth wicket with Peter Siddle, smashing Harris for 26 runs, including three sixes, in a single over shortly before the break.
But Morne Morkel wrapped things up in a hurry after overstepping a delivery that would have had Siddle caught by Jacques Kallis at second slip.
Off the very next ball, Siddle repeated the mistake, but Morkel didn't and Kallis held an easy catch to remove the tail-ender for nine runs.
Ben Hilfenhaus was removed from the first ball he faced.
The Australians had resumed their first innings at 254 for five overnight with North and Brad Haddin at the crease.
But South African speedsters Makhaya Ntini and Dale Steyn struck almost immediately after skipper Graeme Smith handed them the second new ball before the drinks break in the first session.
Haddin was removed for 63 and five balls later all-rounder Andrew McDonald was dismissed for nought to leave the Australians on 351 for seven at lunch.

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