South Africa’s Test wins being inspired by their youngsters

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    South Africa’s win in Wellington against New Zealand was perhaps their most defining Test victory since their mighty win over Australia in Perth last November.

    I use the word ‘defining’ so as to emphasise the circumstances under which this victory was obtained and the people who inspired it.

    At lunch on Day 2, South Africa were in jeopardy at 6-104, with Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Cock charged with rescuing the Proteas. But budding athletes dream of facing such challenging situations and coming out of it victorious, and De Cock and Bavuma certainly rose to the occasion.

    Their styles were distinct but both were equally effective, with Bavuma scoring a patient 89, while De Cock was the aggressor, finishing with 91.

    With the kind of knocks that Bavuma and De Cock are playing of late, has South Africa’s batting baton been passed on? It may be too early to call, but De Cock certainly has the potential to fill Mark Boucher’s shoes and in fact better him down the line.

    In the bowling department, Dale Steyn has been out for a while, but you would hardly realise it, with the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj providing safe hands for the future.

    The Proteas are led by Faf du Plesseis, who is not only new to his captaincy role but also relatively new to Test cricket. But he is influential not only with the bat but also as a skipper and the team is excelling under his leadership.

    The fact that many of the recent South African Test victories have been inspired by the performances of youngsters brings fresh air into the Proteas camp and augurs well for the future.

    This team will be tested and its depth sternly scrutinised, especially on the subcontinent, but as of now, they are playing exceptionally well.

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    • Roar Pro

      March 20th 2017 @ 5:12pm
      Andrew Young said | March 20th 2017 @ 5:12pm | ! Report

      As with every great side, the turn over is always an exciting and challenging phase. Love the competition and fight that their young batting line up displays!

    • March 20th 2017 @ 6:46pm
      davSA said | March 20th 2017 @ 6:46pm | ! Report

      The emergence of great new talent in SA cricket is no fluke . Since the early 1990,s Dr Ali Bacher , bless him , set up terrific structures both administratively and developmentally , laying the foundations for talent to thrive. This continues today . Crickets structures expands right into the rural areas. Junior cricket ably supported for many years now by KFC and Bakers Mini cricket has brought the game to tens of thousands of youngsters not previously exposed to it. Even the emergence of a new generation of SA spinners is as a direct result of cricket identifying this historical weakness and putting huge effort producing spinners and tapping into the historical love for spin bowling that our large Indian community has. . Even Shane Warne has participated in projects.Cricket is the fastest growing sport in SA today.

      The emergence of a Rabada and Bavuma is seriously the tip of an iceberg . Physically , black South Africans are genetically hugely advantaged for quick bowling. Its very encouraging to see and I just wish other sports could have done the same .

      • Roar Pro

        March 21st 2017 @ 1:32pm
        Andrew Young said | March 21st 2017 @ 1:32pm | ! Report

        It’s great to see such substantial, meaningful and caring efforts pay off in the long run.

    • March 20th 2017 @ 9:01pm
      Jacko said | March 20th 2017 @ 9:01pm | ! Report

      NZ have been shown up to be at a level below SA. They obviously miss the settled presence of Bmac and they lack experience. I still enjoyed the fight they had in them, and spent a number of hrs watching, but in the end class shone thru…No disgrace their as they beat Aus in Aus recently as well so must be a good side.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 10:29pm
        davSA said | March 20th 2017 @ 10:29pm | ! Report

        NZ are a good side Jacko and the series is not done yet . Its been our most difficult series for a while yet ( Including the one dayers).

        • March 22nd 2017 @ 5:34pm
          Jacko said | March 22nd 2017 @ 5:34pm | ! Report

          Happy to see the fight in the boys SADave but I think the class is just a bit beyond the Black caps. I am enjoying the series tho.

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