Aussies pin hopes on second new ball: Mickey Arthur

Australia coach Mickey Arthur feels that the second new ball could be crucial in the home side's scheme of things for the first Test.

updated: November 10, 2012 14:44 IST
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Brisbane: The imminent second new ball is the trump card up Australia's sleeve as they attempt to battle their way back into the rain-hit first Test against South Africa, coach Mickey Arthur said on Saturday.

He spoke as the entire second day was washed out with the top-ranked Proteas in the box seat at 255 for two after a strong opening day, with Hashim Amla (90) and Jacques Kallis (84) nearing centuries.

It was the first time in 29 years that a full day's play had been rained off at the Gabba ground since the final day of Australia's second Test with Pakistan on November 29, 1983.

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