Philander, Morkel lead as SA draw warm-up

2014-02-07 00:00

THE South African Composite XI limped to 66 for seven at tea yesterday after South African fast bowlers Vernon Philander and Morné Morkel had them in tatters with devastating opening spells at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. The match officially ended in a draw.

“We agreed this morning that we would call it a day at tea time. It is a friendly match and the idea was to give the South African new-ball bowlers four or five overs each,” said Vincent Barnes, coach of the South African Composite XI.

South Africa decided to declare their second innings closed on 243 for seven at lunch yesterday, an overall lead of 408 runs.

Philander, with 3-8 in five overs, and Morkel, with 3-6 in four overs, had the Composite XI in complete disarray on 33 for seven in their second innings after lunch.

Wayne Parnell (20*) and Stiaan van Zyl (21*) lifted the gloom in the Composite XI dressing room with a valuable 33-run partnership for the eighth wicket.

“The new ball was seaming all over the place,” said Barnes. “You could not lay bat on ball. You would play at one, hit one in the middle and nick the next delivery. It was easier when the ball got a bit older,” he added.

When the force is with Philander, he is virtually unplayable, and he was just that after lunch yesterday.

He started the rot.

Quinton de Kock was the first to go when he had a go outside the off-stump, and was caught at fourth slip by Faf du Plessis for two.

Reeza Hendricks was bowled when a delivery by Philander nipped back and hit the middle-stump. He did not open his account.

Dean Elgar was undone by a delivery that bounced a bit and caught the edge and he was caught behind for four. Morkel then accounted for Temba Bavuma when a fuller delivery that swung late, and was edged to the wicketkeeper. Bavuma made a single.

Rilee Rossouw perished in similar fashion. He made a duck.

Dominic Hendricks could not handle a sharp rising delivery from Morkel and popped it up to AB de Villiers behind the stumps. He made five.

Rory Kleinveldt joined the party when he bowled Ryan McLaren for seven with a delivery that nipped back and hit the middle-stump.

Earlier, South Africa declared their second innings closed at lunch on 243 for seven. Du Plessis scored an impressive century and was rock solid during a probing early spell by Beuran Hendricks and Hardus Viljoen yesterday. He retired after completing his century off 178 balls.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.