CENTURION, South Africa (AP):
Kyle Abbott took seven wickets on debut to lead South Africa towards a series whitewash as Pakistan was made to follow on in the third Test at Centurion yesterday.
Abbott's 7-29 represented the second-best figures by a South African on Test debut, and it helped South Africa bowl Pakistan out for 156 in the evening session on the second day.
That left Pakistan 253 runs short of South Africa's first-innings total, and Proteas skipper Graeme Smith had no hesitation in enforcing the follow-on.
Dale Steyn responded by bowling Mohammad Hafeez with the first delivery of the second innings, and Pakistan closed the day on 14-1 - still 239 runs behind South Africa.
Only Lance Klusener, who took 8-64 against India in Kolkata in 1996, has better figures than Abbott among South African debutants, while nobody has enjoyed a better return from an innings at Centurion.
"It's been a special day and special being around these guys, seeing how the No. 1 team in the world does their thing," Abbott said. "I haven't got any sleep over the last two days, but for the first time my hands aren't sweating and my stomach is not in a knot."
Abbott had spoken earlier in the week about the positive influence that Klusener, who coaches Abbott at South African franchise the Dolphins, has had on the fast bowler - something he reiterated on Saturday night.
"Lance has been unbelievable," Abott said. "He has helped me on the mental side of things, being slightly more aggressive, and has given me the push I needed."