The Proteas preparations for the WACA began in an ideal fashion, as they overcame the CAXI under lights in Adelaide to kick-start their tour of Australia. Boasting an impressive line-up, the South African bowlers made light work of the young and inexperienced CA batting order – with the likes of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott all picking up two wickets.
Earlier, it was a typically aggressive Quinton de Kock hundred (122 off 103) which led the way for the Proteas – with many of their batsmen gaining crucial experience under lights in preparation for the day-night test in Adelaide (November 24-28). JP Duminy (97) and Hashim Amla (51 retired) were also notable performers, as South Africa scored at an impressive 4.5 runs per over on their way to a total of 415.
While the South Australian XI will be without several key members due to Sheffield Shield commitments, the side still possesses a strong balance of experience and young talent – many of whom recently impressed in the 2016 Matador Cup. Of note, Michael Cormack, Wes Agar and Cameron Valente all debuted throughout the tournament and performed well – with the latter emerging as leading wicket taker (15), while also scoring his maiden domestic one-day hundred.
Emerging Redbacks squad member Jake Winter has been rewarded with selection following standout local performances. Formerly an under 19 Australian representative, Winter has impressed in this year’s Redbacks League and West End Premier Cricket competition – scoring two centuries and an 88 across his seven innings. Winter made his debut in the Toyota Futures League last week, scoring an impressive 144.
Harry Nielsen has also been selected to face the Proteas, just days after being plucked from Premier cricket to keep wicket for the touring side against the CAXI. Nielsen not only emerged from the match with four catches, but also gained some valuable experience after sharing the slips cordon with Hashim Amla and skipper Faf du Plessis; as well as participating in a post-game training session. As a memento, Nielson received a signed match ball from the four bowlers he took catches off.
South Africa Squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Stephen Cook, Quinton de Kock, Jean-Paul Duminy, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Dane Vilas.
South Australian XI Squad: Sam Raphael (c), Wes Agar, Tom Andrews, Nick Benton, Michael Cormack, John Dalton, Brad Davis, David Grant, Alex Gregory, Tim Ludeman (wk), Harry Nielsen, Patrick Page, Alex Ross, Cameron Valente, Jake Winter. Coach: Rob Cassell.
When: Thursday 27th and Friday 28th October, 10:0am local time
Where: Gliderol Stadium, Glenelg
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