Durban - Dale Steyn
took two wickets up front with the new ball and a third with his final spell of
the day to keep the Proteas on terms with England on day one
of the opening Test at Kingsmead on
Day 1 - As it happened: Proteas v England
figures of 15.1-3-29-3 represented a good return for the
world’s No 1 fast bowler having his first bowl in the middle in some six
weeks. He needs one more wicket to reach 50 Test dismissals against England.
England to 12/2 after Hashim Amla had won the toss and the Proteas looked well
on top when they later had their visitors on 49/3 with both the big guns,
Alastair Cook and Joe Root, back in the pavilion.
then fought back extremely well thanks to a fourth wicket stand of 125 between
James Taylor (70 off 137 balls, 9 fours and a six) and Nicholas Compton (63 not
out, 179 balls, 4 fours) to finish the day on 179/4.
sides now face a crucial first hour on Sunday morning with the second new ball
just under 15 overs away.
behaviour of the conditions today showed just how important it is to take
wickets when the ball is new and hard. The first day’s play revealed little
evidence of either seam or swing and there was minimal pace and bounce in the
fact, nicked one delivery from Steyn that failed to carry to Stiaan van Zyl at
What may be
significant is that both Dane Piedt and Dean Elgar got the odd delivery to turn
and it remains to be seen whether this was a result of the moisture in the
surface or whether spin is going to be a big factor as the match unfolds.
dampness both in the surface and in the outfield as a result of a rain-delayed
start and two rain breaks during the play meant that reverse swing is not going
to be a factor at this stage.
certainly have plenty of batting to come and, with better weather forecast for
the next few days, the next session of play could be one of the most important
of the match.