SA bowlers trashed by sec­ond stringers

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

ADE­LAIDE: A sec­ond-string South Aus­tralian XI, led by Tim Lude­man, gave South Africa’s bowlers a solid work­out in their pre-Test warm-up game in Ade­laide yes­ter­day. Lude­man ham­mered 167 off 134 balls as the local se­lec­tion amassed 435 for eight in re­ply to the tourists’ 489 on the fi­nal day of their two­day game ahead of next week’s open­ing Test against Aus­tralia in Perth.

Recog­nis­ing that the placid pitch on which they had tot­ted up al­most 500 in 90 overs a day ear­lier was only go­ing to de­liver hard work for their bowlers, the Proteas opted to keep their prized strike pair of Dale Steyn and Kag­iso Rabada safely un­der wraps ahead of the se­ries opener. South Aus­tralia’s sec­ond XI made a fist of their no­tional pur­suit of the tourists’ 489, rat­tling along at 5.41 runs an over be­fore the match was called a draw late in the day.

Morne Morkel put in 14 overs for one for 67 while Ver­non Phi­lan­der went wick­et­less for 72 off 14 overs Morkel has spent months on the sidelines with a back in­jury that only al­lowed him to re­turn to bowl­ing in re­cent weeks. Morkel was the most threat­en­ing of South Africa’s pace at­tack in the ab­sence of Steyn and Rabada on the most be­nign of sur­faces.

Even though it was the fi­nal ses­sion be­fore he was re­warded with a wicket - rat­tling the stumps of Alex Ross with the sec­ond new ball - Morkel showed he was ca­pa­ble of the sorts of spells that might prove de­ci­sive on a more re­spon­sive WACA sur­face next week. “He bowled some re­ally quick spells through­out the day and you saw that spell with the sec­ond new ball, he looked re­ally, re­ally good,” said left-arm spin­ner Ke­shav Ma­haraj, who fin­ished with three for 59.

“He looked at 100 per­cent from the Morne Morkel we know and hope­fully he can carry that into the matches that fol­low.” Lude­man blazed 20 boundaries and eight sixes for the local side while opener Sam Raphael hit 91 off 120 balls with 17 fours. —

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