First though Hendricks had to watch the first century opening partnership in a Test for more than a decade at this ground.
A quickening pitch and some sage words at tea helped drag South Africa back into the contest on the first day of the fourth Test against England at the Wanderers on Friday.
“We were telling ourselves that we were better than what we bowled in the first session. Everybody has different plans and we shouldn’t have played the batter,” said Hendricks at stumps.“We were a little too full upfront with the new ball and leading into tea. Once we came out again there was a bit more aggression. That helped us pick up four wickets,” said Hendricks about the attack’s preferred length before the break.
They started digging it in and it was Hendricks bowling around the wicket from the Golf Course End that initiated the break when he removed Sibley.The obdurate opener gloved one down the leg side to hand Hendricks his maiden Test wicket.Taking the new ball on debut with Vernon Philander who is playing his last Test, contributed to the thrill Hendricks felt on the opening day.
“I started my career with Patto (Dane Paterson) and Vern, it was special for me to share the new ball with Vern and I’m happy with that,” beamed Hendricks.He admitted feeling butterflies on the morning of his debut. Read more: Sowetan LIVE »
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