Markram, De Bruyn fail to impress against Board President XI

South Africa may still have to rely heavily on their veterans after youngsters Aiden Markram and Theunis de Bruyn failed to impress in their warm up game against the Sri Lankan Board President’s XI.

Both Markram and De Bruyn are expected to shoulder more responsibility this year following the retirement of AB de Villiers, but the duo found the going tough, with the former, impressive at home against Australia and India, getting a first ball duck and the latter making only 11.

With Quinton de Kock’s poor form also continuing, it appears that the Proteas will once again have to rely heavily on the veteran duo of Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla. Skipper Du Plessis was the top scorer for the visitors, scoring 79 off just 85 balls. Amla, the captain on South Africa’s last tour to Sri Lanka, wasn’t too far behind either, making 78 before he retired.

Faf Du Plessis

The other notable contributions came from opener Dean Elgar (43) and middle order batsman Temba Bavuma (58). However the Proteas collapsing from 223/3 to 338 all out on a fairly placid track would not have impressed coach Otis Gibson.

South Africa’s first test against Sri Lanka begins on Thursday at Galle.

Chadd Sayers First Test Wicket AB De Villiers 2018

Australia’s Chadd Sayers took his first Test wicket by removing South Africa’s star batsman AB de Villiers on the first day of the fourth test in Johannesburg on Friday.

Sayers, a replacement for the injured Mitchell Starc, joined the likes of John Hastings, Mohammad Irfan and Jasprit Bumrah as bowlers who got their maiden test scalp in the form of Proteas great De Villiers.

The South Australian paceman was the highest wicket taker in the Sheffield Shield in the 2016/17 season, picking up 62 scalps at an average of 19.

Sayers was criticised by Shane Warne on commentary, with the legendary spinner clearly unimpressed by the 30 year old’s speeds (consistently around the 120-130 kmph mark).

Chadd Sayers

He was however given the second new ball ahead of Pat Cummins by skipper Tim Paine and justified his selection by picking up both De Villiers and night watchman Kagiso Rabada in the same over. De Villiers edged a Sayers delivery to Paine and reviewed unsuccessfully after being given out while Rabada, too early into his shot, handed an easy catch to Matt Renshaw.

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