20.1.2021 05:25 pm
South Africa’s highest-ranked Test bowler has not played a Test in almost exactly a year.
Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada knows it is not going to be easy in their two-Test series in Pakistan, but that’s why he loves Test cricket.
“We have selected a squad after analysing the performance in New Zealand and areas of improvement are identified,” said chief selector Mohammad Wasim.
Pace bowlers are also likely to play a much bigger role than elsewhere on the subcontinent and Boucher says he is pleased to have a bowling coach like Charl Langeveldt who has such a sound knowledge of reverse-swing.
“I know he would love to work with South African cricket again, but we must make sure we don’t mess him around.”
Dupavillon made a surprise ODI debut against Australia in March, being a late call-up, and now he is included in the Test squad for the first time.
Experienced spinners Tabraiz Shamsi and George Linde have also been included in the squad for the two-Test series.
Will Pucovski was on 14 not out and Marnus Labuschagne on two after only 35 minutes of play were possible.
South Africa are now ranked fifth in all three formats.
While beating an injury-depleted Sri Lankan side 2-0 on the Highveld is not going to provide the best measure of the Proteas’ progress as a Test side, South Africa nevertheless ticked some boxes in their recent series.
The South African players will have a week at home before leaving for Pakistan.
The stand-in Proteas captain also said life inside a bio-safe bubble was trying following the 2-0 series win against Sri Lanka.
“To see the bowlers’ growth makes me happy, if you compare them from that first innings at Centurion to how well they bowled here.”
Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram knocked off the required runs after strong bowling performances by Lungi Ngidi and Lutho Sipamla.
The home team picked up the remaining six wickets without giving away too many runs on the third morning of the second Test to edge closer to a series sweep.
“It was a well-under-par total especially after the big partnership, but this is not an easy place to bat, especially for the new batsman coming in.”