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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, December 27, 2014
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa--
Three missed chances in the
post-lunch session proved crit-
ical as West Indies were put to
the sword by South Africa on the
opening day of the Boxing Day
second Test here yesterday.
Riding their luck, the hosts
reached the close on 270 for two,
thanks mainly to a third Test cen-
tury from opener Dean Elgar and
an unbeaten 99 from Faf du
The pair s second wicket stand
worth 179 formed the catalyst of
the Proteas innings after they were
put in to bat by the tourists at St
George s Park.
Elgar, a 27-year-old left-hander
in only his 14th Test, survived a
chance on 48 to stroke 121, an
innings that consumed 239 balls,
5-1/2 hours and contained 18
Du Plessis, meanwhile, on the
verge of his fourth three figure
score in Tests on 99, has so far
faced 228 balls and struck 12 fours
and two sixes.
He was partnered by captain
Hashim Amla, unbeaten on 17,
the pair having already posted 44
in an unbroken third wicket stand.
West Indies handed a Test
debut to left-arm seamer Kenroy
Peters, called up as a late replace-
ment for fast bowler Kemar Roach
who was ruled out of the series
after picking up an ankle injury
on the first day of the opening
Test at Centurion last week.
The 32-year-old Peters finished
with one for 44 after claiming
Elgar in the final session.
Shannon Gabriel, who along
with fellow speedster Jason Holder
were three changes made to the
Windies squad, took the other
wicket to fall on a tough day for
the visitors in the coastal city of
Elgar and Alviro Petersen (17)
capitalised on some pretty ordi-
nary stuff from the Windies seam-
ers in the morning session, to add
47 for the first wicket.
Petersen stroked Peters to the
cover boundary off the last ball
of the fourth over when the debu-
tant over pitched and Elgar fol-
lowed up next over, whipping a
full toss from the ineffective
Jerome Taylor to the ropes at mid-
They were scoring at nearly
four runs an over when Gabriel
struck with his fifth delivery on
the stroke of the first hour, claim-
ing Petersen to a catch at cover
by Leon Johnson off a rank long
Du Plessis was far from con-
vincing early on, and both he and
Elgar were forced to survive a
testing spell from Holder espe-
cially, whose first spell yielded a
mere seven runs from six overs.
Restricted to just 21 runs in the
second hour, South Africa crawled
to lunch on 68 for one, with Elgar
on 35 and du Plessis, six.
However, as is now their wont,
West Indies then squandered any
momentum they had built up,
with shabby fielding after the
Du Plessis suffered a let-off in
the fourth over after lunch, put
down on eight by Marlon
Samuels, after slicing Taylor low
He celebrated his good luck by
clearing the straight ropes with
left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn
before pulling Taylor to the square
Du Plessis continued to ride
his good fortune, however, getting
a leading edge through point on
22 off Taylor before surviving
another chance when he edged
to slip on 26 only for Devon Smith
to muff the chance.
Of the very next ball, Benn
could have accounted for Elgar
when the batsman charged out
of the crease and was deceived
in flight. Captain Denesh Ramdin
failed to gather the low take and
On 48 at the time, Elgar struck
the last ball of the over back over-
head for four, to reach his half-
century off 127 deliveries.
Both batsmen then got stuck
in. du Plessis slapped a wide Benn
delivery through cover for four
and drove to the mid-on bound-
ary when Gabriel over-pitched,
to be unbeaten on 42 at tea,
accompanied by Elgar on 85, with
South Africa on 157 for one.
After tea, Elgar inched closer
to his landmark, driving Gabriel
square for four to move into the
90s while du Plessis gathered his
half-century off 137 balls, with
a leg-side boundary off Benn.
Elgar survived an anxious
moment on 95 when an lbw
appeal went against Benn and
the subsequent review showed
the delivery brushing leg stump.
He eventually reached his hun-
dred with a boundary wide of
gully off Taylor and then accel-
erated, reverse-sweeping Benn
for four and cutting to the point
boundary, in the lanky spinner s
Elgar got two more boundaries
off an over from Peters before
finally perishing, nicking one
from the same bowler which
shaped away slightly.
Amla then joined du Plessis to
ensure South Africa ended the
day on top.
Minister of National Security in T&T,
Gary Griffith says that the decline in West
Indies cricket has little to do with talent
but more to do with poor administration.
The former hockey player who was on
the Technical Staff of the West Indies
World T20 team in England a few years
ago made his feelings known concerning
the dumping of T&T s Dwayne Bravo as
He said: "The gradual decline of West
Indies cricket has little to do with lack of
talent, but rather poor administration and
management, and this latest fiasco empha-
sizes the point.
"The West Indies Cricket Board has the
audacity to attempt to undermine the intel-
ligence of the millions of fans of West
Indies cricket by trying to pick a scab team
for the upcoming 2015 World Cup and
drop several starting eleven players, not
because of form or talent, but because
they stood up against blatant incompetence
and disrespect to the team.
"They then try to add insult to injury
by again disrespecting our intelligence by
saying that they did not pick the squad,
but this was done by the selection panel,
who by the way were selected by the WICB.
"This blatant bias, victimisation and
vindictiveness by those with little knowl-
edge or success in the sport who hold
administrative positions is what is killing
West Indies cricket and the present WICB
has continued on this path of self destruc-
tion of our prime regional sport.
"This is not the first time that admin-
istrators and pen pushers with their per-
sonal agenda have caused us to be defeated
before the first ball is bowled, as we simply
need to recall the highly questionable and
ill timed exit from cricket by the then cap-
tain Brian Lara, which was not because he
was past his prime, but because, yet again,
as a result of issues pertaining to the WICB,
causing the loss of the greatest player in
the sport at the time.
"Why must we continue to have a
mediocre team represent our region, time
and time again, and our top players are
given a raw deal over and over, whereby
when they attempt to represent and right-
fully stand up for the rights of the rest of
the team, they are victimised by vindictive
administrators, some of whom, probably
never even played in a windball cricket
match on a beach, but believe that they
can control West Indies cricket based on
their dictatorial actions.
"I wish to fully endorse the statements
made by prime minister Ralph Gonsales.
It is indeed nothing more than village
vengeance, with the kangaroo court being
the West Indies selectors who were singing
for their supper, and selecting a team not
based on talent but to ensure that a scab
team would be selected to adhere to the
wishes and orders of the WICB."
decline has little
to do with talent
"This blatant bias, victimisation and
vindictiveness by those with little
knowledge or success in the sport
who hold administrative positions is
what is killing West Indies cricket
and the present WICB has continued
on this path of self destruction of
our prime regional sport.
Missed chances hurt Windies
The pull was a productive
shot for Dean Elgar.
South Africa vs West Indies
SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings
To bat: +AB de Villiers, S van Zyl, T Bavuma, V Philander, d
Steyn, M Morkel, Imran Tahir.
Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-226.
Bowling: Taylor 19-4-64-0 (w1, nb2), Peters 15-6-44-1, Holder
13-5-25-0 (nb1), Gabriel 15-0-52-1 (nb3), Benn 25-3-81-0 (nb1),
WEST INDIES -- +D Ramdin, K Brathwaite, D Smith, L Johnson,
M Samuels, S Chanderpaul, D Ramdin, J Holder, J Taylor, S Benn,
S Gabriel, K Peters.
To s s : West Indies.
Umpires: B Bowden, P Reiffel; TV -- Aleem Dar. (CMC)
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