Proteas

More runs on offer at Wanderers, says curator

2017-01-10 20:27
The tunnel at Wanderers Stadium (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bethuel Buthelezi is no ordinary professional. Compare him to the elite brand of bowlers who captured a ten wicket match haul on Test debut or batsmen who smashed 150 in their maiden One Day Internationals.

In his first season as head curator at the Wanderers Stadium, he received the ultimate accolade by being the recipient of the Cricket South Africa groundsman of the year award. He served an apprenticeship of more than 30 years under the decorated Chris Scott.

Last season, South Africa saw their dream of a test-win in the Basil D’ Oliviera Series in the thin Highveld air dissipate when Chris Board took 6-17 at the ground.

Buthelezi expects the wicket for the upcoming clash against Sri Lanka starting on Thursday to be different in character. The Proteas have an unassailable lead of 2-0, but both teams boast the presence of attacking batsmen who can produce a run-carnival.

“I will keep grass on the pitch and there will be bounce and carry. But there won’t be as much in the wicket as there was for Broad (although it is the same strip as last season). This will be a wicket that will offer run-scoring opportunities,” Buthelezi said.

The announcement that there will be bounce and pace on offer with be welcomed by Kagiso Rabada, who ended with 10-92 in the second Test at Newlands.

It will be disconcerting to Sri Lanka, who battled to come to terms with the bounce and nip achieve by Rabada and Vernon Philander in Cape Town

The Test statistics for the Wanderers Stadium is a sobering reminder that even the rampant Proteas should keep their proverbial eye on the ball.

They have won 14 Tests of 36 played there and have lost 11 times since the first Test in December 1956.

The highest test total achieved at the ground was Australia’s all-conquering 652 for seven.  South Africa amassed 620 in 1966.

But the hosts have also suffered batting humiliation here. Their 72 in December 1956 and 83 in January 2017 where the second- and third-lowest totals achieved in tests at the ground.

The win by the largest run margin was achieved by South Africa when they thumped New Zealand by 358 runs at the Bullring in November 2007.

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