WOUNDED PROTEAS FIGHT BACK
By: Nasiphi Mvunyiswa
The Proteas were all bowled out by Australia and ended their first innings with a strong total of 423 at St Georges Park in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
JP Duminy portrayed some brilliant batting on day 2 of the match. The left-handed batsman managed to get a century, finishing off with the score of 123.
AB de Villiers also greatly contributed after leaving the crease with a score of 116. Both batsmen were taken out by the Aussies bowler Nathan Lyon, who has managed to get 5 wickets in the first innings.
De Villiers has now passed 7 000 runs in test cricket and made history after becoming the first player to score consecutive half-centuries in 12 tests.
South African bowlers also played their part; the Aussies lost 4 wickets before the end of the day.
Vernon Philander started things off when he took out Chris Rogers. When Wayne Parnell started bowling in the 10th over, it proved to be more damage to the Australians. Parnell took out Alex Doolan and he didn’t give Shaun Marsh a chance to score when he took him out for a duck. Philander later took out the captain, Michael Clarke.
Duminy said in a press statement that he is aware of a daunting task, saying it will be a tough day for the team.
“We know that tomorrow morning there will be a bit of carry for the first 10 overs but after that we are going to have to box smartly,” said Duminy.
“I knew that today was going to be a big day for the team and for me personally. It was just about staying focused and taking it one ball at a time. For me it worked out well, the most important thing about today was that AB and I built a big partnership,” Duminy added.
He also said he’s looking forward to making a contribution with the ball in the absence of frontline spinner, Robin Peterson.
“I guess I’m going to have to play a part with the ball at some stage tomorrow or the next day,” he said. “That is going to be key, to make sure I’m playing my role which will be to hold up an end and to possibly get the odd wicket.”
The Australians ended the day with the score 112/4 with David Warner and Nathan Lyon on the crease. The match will resume tomorrow with the Aussies trailing by 311 runs.