Proteas play was cricket at its best

2022/01/25 07:00:00

Proteas play was cricket at its best

Proteas play was cricket at its best

Few people would have put money on the Proteas when the Test series got off to the worst possible start – a 133-run thrashing by the Indians.

Proteas captain Temba Bavuma was spoton when summing up the national cricket team’s stunning 3-0 whitewash of India in the ODI series, following the 2-1 triumph in the Test series. Nobody, said Bavuma, gave us a chance. Well, perhaps not nobody … but there were few people who would have put money on Bavuma and his team. When the Test series got off to the worst possible start – a 133-run thrashing by the Indians – the prophets of doom – of whom there are many in the ranks of South African sports fans – were crowing that they were...

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Van der Dussen hits 133 as Proteas beat England on Stokes’ ODI farewellRassie van der Dussen scored a classy century as SA secured a 62-run victory in sweltering heat in the first ODI to spoil England all-rounder Ben Stokes’ farewell party at Chester-le-Street on Tuesday.

Van der Dussen hits 133 as Proteas beat England on Stokes’ ODI farewellRassie van der Dussen scored a classy century as SA secured a 62-run victory in sweltering heat in the first ODI to spoil England all-rounder Ben Stokes’ farewell party at Chester-le-Street on Tuesday.

Van der Dussen hits 133 as Proteas beat England on Stokes’ ODI farewellRassie van der Dussen scored a classy century as SA secured a 62-run victory in sweltering heat in the first ODI to spoil England all-rounder Ben Stokes’ farewell party at Chester-le-Street on Tuesday. Well done boys!

Proteas' Erwee and Mulder out of Test after testing positive for Covid-19Opener Sarel Erwee and all-rounder Wiaan Mulder have been ruled out of the second and final Test against Bangladesh at St George’s Park in Gqeberha after they tested positive for Covid-19. By the that contact tracing nonsense was abandoned, so other players won't be affected.

Proteas' Erwee and Mulder out of Test after testing positive for Covid-19Opener Sarel Erwee and all-rounder Wiaan Mulder have been ruled out of the ongoing second and final Test against Bangladesh at St George’s Park in Gqeberha after they tested positive for Covid-19.

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Virat Kohli in action for India, as Proteas wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock looks on, during the first ODI in Paarl.After electing to bat, the tourists amassed 333 for five in their 50 overs, boosted by a career-best 134 from Van der Dussen as he put on 151 with Aiden Markram (77).After electing to bat, the tourists amassed 333 for five in their 50 overs, boosted by a career-best 134 from Van der Dussen as he put on 151 with Aiden Markram (77).After electing to bat, the tourists amassed 333 for five in their 50 overs, boosted by a career-best 134 from Van der Dussen as he put on 151 with Aiden Markram (77).

Picture: Gallo Images Proteas captain Temba Bavuma was spoton when summing up the national cricket team’s stunning 3-0 whitewash of India in the ODI series, following the 2-1 triumph in the Test series. Nobody, said Bavuma, gave us a chance. Despite an eye-catching 86 from 77 balls from Joe Root, England fell well short of their target as they were bowled out for 271. Well, perhaps not nobody … but there were few people who would have put money on Bavuma and his team. It was not the send-off Stokes would have wanted on his retirement from ODIs, returning bowling figures of 0-44 in five overs and scoring just five with the bat at what is his home county venue. When the Test series got off to the worst possible start – a 133-run thrashing by the Indians – the prophets of doom – of whom there are many in the ranks of South African sports fans – were crowing that they were. Van der Dussen was the anchor for SA’s innings as he read the conditions perfectly on a wicket that became harder to bat on as sun baked it...

. Opener Janneman Malan also scored a neat 57 for the tourists. Opener Janneman Malan also scored a neat 57 for the tourists. Proteas captain Temba Bavuma was spoton when summing up the national cricket team’s stunning 3-0 whitewash of India in the ODI series, following the 2-1 triumph in the Test series. Nobody, said Bavuma, gave us a chance. Fast bowler Anrich Nortjé (4-53) returned late in the innings to remove Root in the 45th over, signalling the game was up. Well, perhaps not nobody … but there were few people who would have put money on Bavuma and his team. Stokes could not perform the heroics that have been his trademark through a glittering career as he was trapped leg before wicket by part-time spinner Markram (2-25). When the Test series got off to the worst possible start – a 133-run thrashing by the Indians – the prophets of doom – of whom there are many in the ranks of South African sports fans – were crowing that they were right. The second of three matches in the series will be played at Old Trafford on Friday.

ALSO READ: Victorious Proteas have ‘turned the corner’, says Boucher Turning that situation around was a magnificent achievement and spoke as much to the team’s mental fortitude as it did to its physical talent. In both formats, there were stars, surprises and disappointments as the advantage see-sawed between both teams multiple times... Though the Proteas took both formats, this was close, hard-fought cricket at its best. Even more noteworthy is that the triumph took place against the destabilising background of Cricket South Africa playing its own, “photo-opportunity” publicity game, with its ill-timed announcements about disciplinary hearings in the future for events well in the past. Bavuma and the boys proved they are better than the politics – of all kinds.

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