Sri Lanka in SA

SA a tough nut at Centurion

2011-12-13 07:51
Proteas (File)
Cape Town - Statistics show that Sri Lanka could face an uphill battle when they take on the Proteas in the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Thursday.

According to the Beeld newspaper, the South Africans have only lost one out of 16 Tests at the ground. That was in 2000 when SA captain Hansie Cronjé declared the home side's second innings on nought, which paved the way for a two-wicket victory for England. It was later believed that the game was rigged to determine a result.

Only three Tests have finished in a draw, with South Africa winning 12.

Sri Lanka have also lost all three their previous Test matches there. The Proteas won by six wickets in 1998, by an innings and seven runs in 2001 and by three wickets in 2002.

South Africa also won their last Test at the ground comfortably when they thrashed the then world No 1 India by an innings and 25 runs. That game will forever be remembered as the Test in which Jacques Kallis scored his maiden double hundred when he racked up 201 not out. It is the only double ton in Tests at SuperSport Park thus far.

And the groundsman, Hilbert Smit, said the key is to prepare a pitch suitable for the home side.

"You just have to try and advance the South African strong points without taking it too far. I believe there should be enough grass on, while the surface should be hard.

"It's also all about timing. You don't want the pitch to be ready two days before the Test but on the morning of the Test itself."

Smit said he always tries to leave something in the pitch for the bowlers on the first morning, but not too much.

He also strives for a pitch that keeps both captains guessing before the toss. "I like it when the captain who wins the toss has doubts about what he should do."

Read more on:    sri lanka in sa


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Most Read


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Betham: Future is out of my hands
Fantastic Foley stakes his claim
As it happened: Tonga 16-45 Argentina
LIVE: Ireland v Italy
05 October 2015
India v South Africa, Cuttack 15:30
08 October 2015
India v South Africa, Kolkata 15:30
11 October 2015
India v South Africa, Kanpur 05:30
Previous Results

Date Match Result

Which of SA's sporting codes is in the worst shape after recent scandals?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Take a photographical trip down memory lane and remind yourself of how the Springboks fared in their five previous Rugby World Cup campaigns. In addition, pick your all-time Springbok Rugby World Cup Dream Team and you could win R3 000!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.