Proteas in England

Proteas pleased with work-out

2012-07-16 09:40
Jacques Rudolph (Gallo)
Cape Town - Proteas batsman, Jacques Rudolph is pleased with the exercise the batsmen and the bowlers received in their drawn warm-up match against Kent in Canterbury.

Rudolph scored a well composed half-century, adding to the half-centuries scored by Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis.

“I think specifically from a batting point of view our whole batting unit got starts and got in,” said Rudolph.

“It was a little difficult for the bowlers, the wicket did not give them any assistance, but in the first innings they were just trying to bowl in their areas.”

The Proteas arrived in London on Sunday, and the squad is eager for the “real” cricket to start after playing two warm-up fixtures.

“We are quite pleased about the work that we have done in the past few days, the boys just want that first Test to start now,” added Rudolph.

JP Duminy fought out over an hour at the crease, and put further emphasis on the important role he will play at the bottom of the order if he is handed the opportunity.

Duminy does not often let an opportunity to feature in the Test line-up go to waste, like he showed in Wellington against New Zealand in March when he scored a century coming in for the injured Kallis.

The bowling unit was taken to task by the young opening pair of Sam Northeast (54*) and Daniel Bell-Drummond (48*) in the second innings, and despite not getting wickets, showed improvements in key departments.

The first innings performance was a particularly impressive one, with Morne Morkel (three for 49 ) and Imran Tahir (four for 31) constructing most of the damage.

“They (bowling unit) bowled good areas and it was pleasing to see Imran Tahir get four wickets. He has been playing for the SA “A” team to get some overs under his belt and it proving to be helping quite a lot.”

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