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Windies debutant Seales impresses against Proteas: 'I was keeping a close eye on him'

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It was a day to forget for the West Indies on Thursday as they were bowled all out for 97 on day one of the first Test against the Proteas in St Lucia. 

But there was one shining light for the hosts. 

It came in the form of 19-year-old debutant fast bowler Jayden Seales. 

The Proteas ended the day on 128/4 and with a lead of 31, but if the Windies are still in this contest then that is almost all down to Seales, who finished with figures of 3/34. 

Aiden Markram (60), Keegan Petersen (19) and Kyle Verreynne (6) all fell victim to the youngster from Trinidad, and speaking after the day's play, Proteas fast bowler Lungi Ngidi (5/19) said he had been impressed by Seales. 

"I was actually keeping a really close eye on him," said Ngidi.

"His seam presentation is pretty much what I tried to do when we were bowling and I think he's got a great wrist behind the ball and a clean action.

"It seems like he can run in all day, so he is a danger.

"It looks to be a very exciting future for the West Indies with him in the line-up. His skill level is up there, so that's promising for the West Indies bowling line-up."

Play on Friday gets underway at 16:00.

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