New version of the Proteas has to pitch up at the Wanderers
SA need to force the pace like they did in the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion
In the course of three Tests and four weeks, it is amazing how the pendulum has swung decisively England’s way. SA now have to move it back in their direction or risk losing a second consecutive home Test series.
The Proteas had only one good day in Port Elizabeth and that was the first, when they were able to pin England down. But as England showed in Cape Town, a slow day with minimal wickets lost doesn’t translate into a lost day as they piled on the runs and took the game away on day two.
If there’s something SA showed in the two defeats; it’s the ability to bat long. There’s something missing, though, and it’s runs. In Cape Town they batted for 89 and 137.4 overs respectively, and produced 223 and 248 runs. In Port Elizabeth, the two knocks spanned 86.4 overs (209 all out) and 88.5 overs (237 all out)...