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Broad bowls Eng to brink of victory
Stuart Broad put his 2007 Kingsmead nightmare behind him to help bowl England to the brink of victory against South Africa.
England were hailing a perfect day, after Stuart Broad put his country to the brink of victory in the second Test.
Broad's three wickets for one run from 15 balls followed an Ian Bell century which opposition fast bowler Dale Steyn described as "career-saving", and combined with three scalps too for Graeme Swann (three for 22) to leave South Africa 76 for six at stumps on day four.
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Still 156 behind, the hosts have slim chances of keeping the series at 0-0 with two to play.
As for Broad (three for 18), who was hit for six sixes in one over by Yuvraj Singh in the World Twenty20 at this venue two years ago, Bell confirmed it is entirely in character for him to respond so well.
"I remember sitting with him before the game started, joking about those (sixes)," said England's latest centurion.
"I don't think it really fazes him. He just seems to shrug it off and get on with the next day - that's his character. He'll keep running in for England all day, and tonight was a great example of how he is maturing.
"It was another very good display from a young bowler who is improving all the time."
Swann played his part too, snaring the top three in the South Africa order as England began their attempt to bowl their hosts out inside four-and-a-half sessions after Bell's ninth Test hundred had helped them pile up 575 for nine declared.
"Swanny's been fantastic, making things happen straightaway," said Bell.
"Then against world-class players, Broady seems to ask questions all the time. If you put pressure on top of that, it's an absolutely perfect bowling display."
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Bell conceded, meanwhile, that his 141 - his first hundred since making 199 against South Africa at Lord's 17 months ago - was a hugely significant personal performance.
Asked whether Steyn may be right about the innings saving his career at the highest level, he said: "Definitely. I knew I was under the pump a little bit.
"I knew I needed an innings to save my place. There was no doubt about that. I hadn't scored a hundred this year. It was nice to give us enough scoreboard pressure for our bowlers to go out and get six wickets."
Bell's hundred was hard won and notably celebrated - hands aloft and with a tug of his England crest - and his former Warwickshire team-mate Paul Harris made him sweat till the end, reminding him of his near miss when he fell caught-and-bowled to him one run short of that 2008 200.
"I had a bit of a chirp from 'Harry', in terms of reminding me of the 199 at Lord's," he said.
"It's been a while; it's been a hard 12 months for me, in and out of the side. But being involved in a team that's got six wickets for 50 runs, the whole day has been just what we wanted. I don't think we'll get a much better day in Test cricket."
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