As the anticipation continues to build ahead of the test series between Australia and South Africa, the Proteas have kicked off the tour in style with a comprehensive performance with both bat & ball against the Cricket Australia XI.
Scoring 415 runs in the first innings, some of South Africa’s elite stroke-makers cashed in on the Adelaide wicket and shown promising signs ahead of the big dance. The ever-reliable Hashim Amla scored a solid 51 before retiring out, finishing his innings with six boundaries along with a healthy strike rate. Dean Elgar pleaded his case for an opening spot in the upcoming test series with a free-flowing 43 off just 53 deliveries. All-Rounder JP Duminy manged to stay out in the middle for an extended period of time which saw him fall short of his century by just three runs, scoring a well-constructed 97 which included 10 boundaries before edging one through to the keeper. Batting at No. 8, South Africa’s most promising young gun & wicketkeeper-batsmen Quinton de Kock may have just cemented his spot in the side with a superb knock as he stole the show. Scoring 122 runs from just 103 balls, de Kock managed to find the rope 16 times in his innings including 3 that sailed over the fence for six, he didn’t skip a beat in that innings as he eventually retired out.
With the batting line-up looking solid, South Africa’s bowing attack were just as impressive as they bowled out the CAXI for 103 runs. It took just 30 overs to knock the practice team over as the Proteas quicks were on song from ball one. Dale Steyn (2/9), Vernon Philander (2/13), Kagiso Rabada (2/28), Kyle Abbott (2/16) and Morne Morkel (2/27) all looked lively as they picked up two wickets each, meanwhile Tabraiz Shamsi was economical for his three overs.
The South Africans finished of the match with a promising knock from Rilee Rossouw, who missed out in the first innings but managed to capitalize on his mistakes with an unbeaten 77 striking at 91.66. Rossouw’s innings consisted of 9 fours and 3 sixes, capping off a very successful practice match in preparation for the upcoming series against Australia.