Pretorius called up to replace injured Steyn in firing Proteas side

BY MARC JACOBSON - NOVEMBER 9, 2016

Uncapped Test all-rounder, Dwaine Pretorius, has been called up into the Proteas squad as cover for the injured Dale Steyn, who broke his shoulder in the first Test against Australia in Perth.

South Africa is set to play the second test against Australia on Saturday, 12th November, in Hobart and Pretorius will be relishing this opportunity to perform in a firing Proteas side.

The Proteas achieved a 360 degree turn-around in the first Test, after being well outplayed on day one when they were dismissed for 242 all out, with the Australian openers, David Warner and Shaun Marsh making it to 158/0. All looked promising for Australia at this stage, before they lost all 10 wickets for the disposal of just 86 runs on day two – scoring a total of 244 runs, with a lead of just two.

As the match was on even grounds after the first innings, South Africa then scored a monster total of 540/8 declared, with Australia only making it to 361 all out thereafter. The Proteas won the first Test by 177 runs, taking a 1-0 series lead and captain, Faf du Plessis, describes the match as one of the best in his career.

“To turn it around after day one when we were under the pump and under a lot of pressure, and in the position that we were in; to turn it around on day two, was one of the best days of cricket that I have been involved in,” du Plessis said in a media briefing after the game.

Du plessis also showed tremendous respect and admiration for star pacer of the game, Kagiso Rabada, who took five wickets for just 92 runs in 31 overs in the second innings.

“KG [Rabada] just wanted the ball, every time I asked him if he was tired or done he said ‘no, you’re not taking the ball out of my hand’. That is a sign of a champion bowler for me,” du Plessis added.

This performance illuminated the Proteas’ bowling prospects after being under pressure with a seamer down when Steyn went off injured and du Plessis described this kind of outcome to be nearly impossible in a three-seamer attack.

The highest contributors with the bat in the first Test, with figures representing their combined totals over the two innings’, were: JP Duminy (152), Quinton de Kock (148) and Dean Elgar (139).

Over the two innings, Kagiso Rabada showed the best bowling figures of 7/170, followed by Vernon Philander (5/111) and Keshav Maharaj (4/150).

Image: Captain Faf du Plessis, kissing Kagiso Rabada after taking his fifth wicket in the second innings.