SPORTS DAY: SA could have done with a bit of Steyn magic

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SPORTS DAY: SA could have done with a bit of Steyn magic

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Sunday Times sports editor

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SA stuck in the box in Vizag

“Gotta think outside the box here‚” Dale Steyn posted on social media as bad light followed by rain closed in on Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. By then India had sidled to 202 without loss on the first day of their Test series against SA. Easy for Steyn to say. He didn’t have to bowl any of the 59.1 overs SA’s attack sent down on a pitch that looked like the craggier parts of outer Afghanistan. The champion fast bowler‚ now retired from Test cricket‚ was comfortably far away. How his team could have used his insight to find the sides of that box on their way out of it. Instead they are stuck in the middle without him. You could see inside SA’s heads in their decision to deploy all three of the specialist spinners in their squad. Keshav Maharaj‚ Dane Piedt and debutant Senuran Muthusamy bowled 35 of the day’s overs – a mite less than 60% – but had as little success as Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada‚ the only seamers SA picked...

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