* Smith strikes 25th century in his 100th test
* Amla 183 not out after notching 15th test ton
* Kallis, unbeaten on 82, also eyes century
By Richard Sydenham
LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) – Graeme Smith scored a century in
his 100th test and Hashim Amla was 183 not out as South Africa
took control of the first test against England at stumps on the
third day on Saturday.
South Africa closed on 403 for two for a first innings lead
of 18 runs at The Oval.
Smith stroked 131 before he played on, via his pad, to Tim
Bresnan after lunch but Amla continued the tourists’ dominance
supported by Jacques Kallis, who was 82 not out at the close.
It was Smith’s 25th test century and he became the seventh
player to achieve the feat of scoring a hundred in his hundredth
test after Colin Cowdrey, Gordon Greenidge, Javed Miandad, Alec
Stewart, Inzamam-ul Haq and Ricky Ponting.