SA bat as Steyn pulls out

2009-12-16 10:24

Centurion - England won the toss and sent South Africa in to bat first in the first Castle Lager Test match on a hot sunny day at Supersport Park on Wednesday.

South Africa suffered a major blow with the announcement that their premier strike bowler, Dale Steyn, had not recovered from a hamstring injury sustained during the one-day international series. He has been replaced by Highveld Lions strike bowler Friedel de Wet, who is making his Test debut.

On the other end of the scale, veteran Makhaya Ntini, received his 100th Test cap, becoming only the fifth South African to achieve this distinction.

He is also the only fast bowler to reach the milestone.

England's injured bowlers were all declared fit to play.

South Africa have a good Test record at Supersport Park, having won 11 of the 14 Tests they have played there. However, their record against England in Centurion is not quite as good - England have won one and drawn two of the three Tests they have played there.


South Africa - Graeme Smith (capt), Ashwell Prince, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Mark Boucher, Morne Morkel, Paul Harris, Friedel de Wet, Makhaya Ntini

England - Alistair Cook, Andrew Strauss (capt), Jonathan Trott, K Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell, Matthew Prior, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Graham Onions


  • Rod - 2009-12-16 10:46

    Hope JK will contribute in some sort. It will be a blow if he don't.Out of match practice and not 100% was always going to be a risk.

  • just asking - 2009-12-16 12:16

    Who is going to bowl England out twice? Ntini cannot do it all?

  • Andre - 2009-12-16 13:54

    Well done Makhaya, you deserve it. I am glad this article mentions "fifth South African" and "first fast bowler" - not the "first black player". I heard this statement on radio and thought it to be inconcequencial and tasteless. Makhaya is walking proof of the success of choosing sport teams on merit. I must say this is one area where the cricket team has outdone the other codes, producing a unified team supported in general by the public. It is a pleasure to watch the game for the sake of just enjoying the cricket and supporting the country.

  • rob - 2009-12-16 15:04

    why are sa playing in black armbands?

  • jacqi - 2009-12-16 16:30

    Missed beginning of cricket. Who are the SA cricketers wearing the black bands for?

  • Moira - 2009-12-17 18:23

    Still no answer w.r.t. the black armbands SA are wearing - Why?

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