History books give Proteas zero chance

2018-03-05 07:47
Quinton de Kock (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Proteas would need to make history in order to win the first Test against Australia at Kingsmead in Durban on Monday.

Scorecard: Proteas v Australia, 1st Test

Having a look at the current state of affairs at stumps on Day 4, the wise money (perhaps all the money) would be on the visiting Australians picking up the 10th and final Proteas wicket to go 1-0 up in their four-Test series.

The Proteas need a near-impossible 124 runs with Quinton de Kock (81*) and Morne Morkel (0*) the last pair at the crease.

Renowned cricket statistician Andrew Samson pointed out on Twitter that in the previous 2 294 Tests ever played, on only NINE previous occasions has a team finished a day 9 wickets down in the fourth innings.

And yes, you guessed it, on every occasion that team has gone on to lose the match.

Bad weather appears to be the Proteas' only hope, but a look at the forecast for Monday at the scheduled 10:00 start shows a predicted temperature of 27 degrees Celsius.

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