Friday, 8 January 2016

Cape Town test

The second test match from Cape Town will go down in history and will be remembered for as long as cricket is talked about.  England won the toss and amassed 629-6 with Bairstow making his first test century and Ben Stokes smashing 258 from only 198 balls.  In reply South Africa made 627-7 with Bavuma making the first test century by a black African and Amla making a match saving 201 from 477 balls.

It's fair to say that bat dominated ball in this match with some great innings played but Stokes assault on the Saffer bowling was without doubt the highlight.  With a strike rate of 1.303, if Stokes had faced as many balls as Amla he would have scored over 620.

Just when the game looked as if it was heading towards a dull conclusion England kept things entertaining by losing wickets at intervals that were too regular for us fans to be comfortable. By the time bad light stopped play we had reached a position of safety.

Despite the last day England are in good shape with everyone contributing to the team in some way, Cook is due a score.  Barring injury we are sure to name an unchanged side in the third test.

South Africa might argue they are in better shape.  They batted much better in this match and a second string attack had England a little worried at times on the first and last days.  Having been put under pressure and having responded in style, they may come out of the match the more positive of the two sides.  They also should have Steyn back for the next match.

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