Number 4 batting spot no headache for Proteas’ selectors

2014-02-06 09:59

South Africa: 300 and 147/5 (Du Plessis 67*, Smith 27, Viljoen 2/30, Beuran Hendricks 1/7, Parnell 1/21)

South Africa XI 135 (De Kock 50, Van Zyl 24, Dominic Hendricks 23, R Peterson 3/9, Steyn 3/40, Kleinveldt 2/17)

South Africa leads by 312 runs

Faf du Plessis’ measured knock in the warm-up game ahead of the test against Australia will have calmed whatever palpitations the Proteas’ selectors’ had over the number four batting spot.

There will be headaches though when it comes to Alviro Petersen, who struggled to contend with the lively Beuran Hendricks, who had him trapped plumb in front without scoring. Hendricks is not as fast as Mitchell Johnson but the left-arm fast bowler got the ball to move in the air appreciably, troubling Petersen no end.

On the 2012 tour, Petersen struggled against Mitchell Starc, who swung the ball from a similar angle.

Johnson is shorter, with a slingy action, but faster than the two put together.

It is a weakness that will not go unnoticed by the Australian think-tank.

The Australian attack will provide a far sterner test but Du Plessis handled the attack with confidence.

The match also saw the re-introduction of Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who participated in whites for the first time in two years. He trotted through a four-over spell before walking off the field.

Most of the Proteas batsmen were untroubled and found time to play themselves in but they fell in a manner that will be costly come the first test match on Wednesday at SuperSport Park in Centurion.

Graeme Smith swatted a harmless delivery to cover off Wayne Parnell while Hashim Amla wafted a Hardus Viljoen delivery to Quinton de Kock.

There were shades of carelessness that will have to be shrugged off against a highly disciplined and relentless Australian bowling attack.

As they showed against England, they are willing to bowl dry and not give the opposition any runs.

JP Duminy retired hurt with a painful left wrist and received treatment from the medical team.

When the composite team batted, De Kock did his test chances no harm with an excellent 50.

It was brought up of 85 balls with five boundaries, showing the patient side of the young dasher.

Dale Steyn, Rory Kleinveldt and Robin Peterson ensured that no other batsmen would go past 30.

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