South Africa hammered England by an innings and 12 runs in the first Test of the three-match series at Lord’s on Friday, August 19. In a Test match that ended in three days, the Proteas were completely dominant over the Englishmen, bowling them out for 165 and 149.
South Africa Test captain Dean Elgar has praised Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin, terming him one of the best off-spinners India has ever produced. At the same time, he pointed out that the class bowler has not tasted much success in South Africa, which is why they are not going to focus specifically on him in the build up to the three-match Test series.
After the first two days of the Durban Test, there was no clear winner as both South Africa and England fought tooth and nail to grab the advantage. It was on day three that the visitors finally pulled ahead with a solid all-round show.
New Zealand are in an embarrassing position for the second time in their Test Series against the formidable World No.1 South Africa. Chasing the Proteas’ first innings total of 525 for 8 declared, the Kiwis slipped to a disastrous 47 for 6 in just 24 overs.