Newlands page causes consternation


Shukri Conrad, the Proteas’ test cricket coach, has expressed his displeasure with the Newlands batting line-up.

South Africa lost the second Test against India by seven wickets after the team was bowled out for just 55 runs in its first innings.

The entire match lasted just 642 balls (a test cricket record) after the Indian batsmen also had to cope on the fickle pitch.

After all, the visitors lost six wickets in their first innings without scoring a single run.

According to Conrad, one really only has to look at the scores (55, 153, 176 and 80/3). That sums things up perfectly.

“It’s a sad state of affairs when you need more luck than ingenuity to survive a test match. “All the ethics and values ​​of Test cricket have blown out the stadium window, as it were,” said the national coach.

However, he still believes that India deserves a pat on the back.

“They were fantastic and a team is certainly not going to win many games when it barely has more than 50 runs on the scoreboard. It wasn’t good. And now I’m talking about the cricket and the pitch.”

Nevertheless, Aiden Markram hit a brilliant century (106 runs from 103 balls) in South Africa’s second innings. He found the perfect combination between patience and attacking stroke play to try and tame the pitch.

But even he struggled.

“On a pitch like that you doubt your technique and the way you approach the game. The uneven bounce also makes things difficult. It’s one thing if the ball just stays low – then you can devise plans to neutralize it – but it’s another story if it goes through just a few deliveries later.”

Ashwell Prince also said earlier that the track sheet caught him off guard.

“I have never seen such a Newlands track sheet. As a batsman, you don’t really care when the pitch is nice and fast, as long as the swing is just steady,” said the former Protea batsman.