AUS vs SA: “Is That A Good Advertisement For Test Format?”

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There was a great exhibition of fast bowling in the 1st Test Match between Australia & South Africa. Australia won the Test Match by 6 wickets as they were set a target of 34 runs. Skipper Dean Elgar would be quite happy with the bowler’s performance and would be thinking that another 70-100 runs would have changed the result of the match.

There was steep bounce where scoring runs was not easy by any means. A total of 30 wickets were taken by the speedsters as the bowlers thrived on a green wicket. Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowlers where he took a 5-wicket haul in the 2nd innings and 2 wickets in the 1st innings.

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Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins. Pic Credits: Twitter.

Dean Elgar On Pitch

Dean Elgar was seen interacting with the media and was asked about the match.

“I did ask the umpires when KG [Rabada] got [Travis] Head out down leg, I said ‘how long does it go on for until it potentially is unsafe?’ And then [Anrich] Nortje was bowling those short ones that were flying over our heads.

“I know the game is dead and buried, it was never to try and change or put a halt to the game. That’s where the umpire’s discretion comes into play, not us as players. I am definitely not going to say it was safe or unsafe,” said Dean Elgar.

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Dean Elgar
Dean Elgar. (Image: Twitter)

“You’ve got to ask yourself the question – is that a good advertisement for our format? Thirty four wickets in two days – a pretty one-sided affair, I would say. The nature of it, how it started to play with some seriously steep bounce with the old ball, you are kind of on a hiding to none as a batting unit. I don’t think it was a very good Test wicket, no,” he added.

Conundrum for Australia

Australia won’t be that much happy with their performance as top-order batters failed to make a mark. We should not forget that Travis Head single-handedly took the score to 218 runs in the 1st innings where he scored 92 runs in 96 balls.

Travis Head
Travis Head. Pic Credits: Twitter.

Head Coach Andrew McDonald would be aware of the fact that South Africa would come out all guns blazing in the 2nd Test Match. The Proteas need to find a middle-order batter apart from Temba Bavuma who could stick to the crease and play long and effective innings.

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