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Proteas prepare to move in Second Test
Steve Larkin
19:51 AEST Fri Nov 23 2012

Far from packing it in, South Africa are preparing for moving day in the second Test against Australia.

Inspired by an unbeaten century from captain Graeme Smith, the Proteas fought their way back into the Adelaide Test on Friday.

Replying to Australia's imposing 550, the tourists will resume on Saturday's defining third day at 2-217 with Smith not out 111.

"We also know that day three is moving day and an important day for us as a unit, so come here tomorrow and there is going to be 11 very hungry South Africans taking the field," paceman Morne Morkel told reporters.

While Smith fired the shots, Morkel earlier triggered the visitors' comeback.

The beanpole quick finished with five wickets as Australia, from a position of rare power after scoring 482 on day one, lost 5-68 on Friday.

Morkel said after their opening day horrors, nothing needed to be said.

"The coaching staff and Graeme didn't say much to us," he said.

"We are a team, we realise and know what is needed to be done.

"The time for talking, in a way, was over and we needed to react and step up.

"It wasn't our best performance yesterday but it was also a performance we needed to put to bed and come back and be strong this morning.

"If we ran through the motions this morning we were staring at 700 and in deep, deep, deep trouble.

"This team always finds a way to fight back and you can never count us out. And we will fight on in the next few days."

Champion Jacques Kallis will bat at No.7 after limping off with a hamstring strain on day one.

"For us it was important to be strong today to give him that bit of extra rest," Morkel said of their star allrounder.

"Jacques is an unbelievable leader for us as well and when the team need it, he will step up.

"He loves playing against Australia and loves playing here.

"Obviously if he is 50 per cent, 40 per cent fit, he's the type who is a really tough guy. I think he will bite the bullet and he will do it for us."


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