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CAPE TOWN, South Africa---Chief
selector Clive Lloyd has praised
Kraigg Brathwaite s maturity in the
wake of the opener s third Test cen-
tury and says coupled with the
presence of the experienced Marlon
Samuels, West Indies were now
only two middle order batsmen
short of being a quality Test side.
Lloyd, the legendary former cap-
tain credited with moulding West
Indies into a world class side of the
1970s and 80s, said the 22-year-old
had shown he possessed the mettle
for Test cricket.
"I think people will realise now
that we do have young players who
want to do well in Test cricket and
not only thinking of T20," Lloyd
"He (Brathwaite) is very mature
for his age and the innings I have
seen him play against Bangladesh
and now here shows that he s getting
better with every game.
"He s a good thinker and you can
tell from interviews, his answers are
very intelligent so if we can continue
with players of that nature that our
team is not too far away from being
a very good one."
Samuels, Lloyd said, had also
come into his own and the key was
now to find two quality young play-
ers to complement the batting.
"He has shown maturity. He s
batted well in one-dayers, he s batted
well in Test matches so I think we re
just trying to form that middle
[order]," Lloyd explained.
"I think we need another two
batsmen in the middle there who
can sort of fight through situations
and give us a total for our bowlers
to bowl to, and we ll keep searching
with the youngsters that we have
and hope that they can come
Both Brathwaite and Samuels
proved their quality in the second
Test at Port Elizabeth, stroking high
class centuries in a record 176-run,
third wicket stand to repel South
Their effort kept West Indies in
the contest on the fourth day of the
rain-affected encounter, before bad
weather returned to force the aban-
donment of the final day.
"They both did very well. They
were very mature," Lloyd assessed.
"We had some very tight times
when the bowlers were on top but
they fought through it and it shows
we have those skills and if we can
continue in that vein, we can t be
too far away from building a proper
team and a team that can compete
with all nations."
West Indies are down 1-0 in the
three-Test series, following a heavy
innings and 220-run defeat in the
opening Test in Centurion. The result
extended the Caribbean side s dismal
record on South African soil where
they have never won a Test series
and lost ten of 12 matches.
Despite the poor results, Lloyd
remained upbeat about the Windies
talent pool, and the side s ability to
find good players.
"You had (Kenroy) Peters who was
home a week ago and he didn t think
he would be playing in a Test match
but he s here, done extremely well
so we re standing in good stead at
the moment," Lloyd said. (CMC)
CAPE TOWN, South Africa---Leon
Johnson and Marlon Samuels
mounted an admirable fightback
as West Indies overcame the loss
of both openers to steady them-
selves, and set up an intriguing
penultimate day of the third Test
At the close on Sunday, the
Caribbean side were 88 for two in
their second innings, thanks to an
unbroken 61-run, third wicket stand
between Johnson and Samuels.
The left-handed Johnson was
unbeaten on 37 while Samuels was
not out on 26, in a partnership that
was necessary after both Devon
Smith (7) and Kraigg Brathwaite (16)
fell in the space of 18 deliveries, to
leave West Indies tottering on 27 for
two an hour into the final session.
Smith survived 36 balls in 50 min-
utes at the crease before gloving a
leg-side catch behind off seamer
Morne Morkel, at 23 for one.
With four runs added, Brathwaite
missed a back foot defensive prod
at one from off-spinner Colin
Harmer that turned, and hit off-
He batted just over an hour and
faced 55 balls.
If the Proteas were expecting the
now customary Windies implosion,
it did not materialise as Johnson and
Samuels buckled down to produce
mature knocks. Johnson has faced
66 balls and struck five fours while
Samuels has consumed 57 deliveries
and counted four fours.
Emerging from a cautious start
which saw him spend 28 balls over
his first nine runs, Johnson finally
showed some aggression when he
lifted Harmer over the in-field to
the ropes at long on, in the bowler s
He followed up by slashing fast
bowler Dale Steyn square for four
before punching Morkel to the mid-
off boundary in the penultimate over
of the day.
Seeming oblivious to the looming
close, Johnson took a couple of
boundaries off the day s final over
from Steyn -- the first a streaky shot
through gully and the second a con-
vincing pull off the last ball.
Samuels, meanwhile, was more
sedate than usual especially against
Harmer but still found time for two
pulled boundaries off the bowler
early in his innings and a lovely back-
foot drive through cover.
His innings was not without event,
however, as he survived a review on
eight off an lbw decision to seamer
Vernon Philander and then gained
a reprieve on 13 when Morkel at mid-
on grassed a difficult low chance off
Earlier, AB de Villiers completed
his 21st Test hundred and second of
the series as South Africa were
bowled out for 421 in their first
innings on the stroke of tea, after
losing their last seven wickets for
194 runs to gain a first innings lead
Overall, the right-hander faced
194 balls, in five hours and 23 min-
utes at the crease, and counted five
fours and a six. He was eventually
last out, taken in the deep off
Samuels as he tried to accelerate the
Off-spinner Samuels finished with
two for 68 and fast bowler Jason
Holder, two for 87. Significantly, two
wickets fell via the run route route
as the visitors ground fielding
Resuming the day on 227 for three,
South Africa lost captain Hashim
Amla after he had added just eight
to his overnight 55, taken at the
wicket off Holder in the seventh over
of the morning.
He hit seven fours off 150 balls in
de Villiers then took control of
the innings, posting 96 for the sixth
wicket with Stiaan van Zyl who
chipped in with 33.
Starting the day on 32, de Villiers
moved quickly into the 40s with
boundaries in the first two overs of
the morning from Samuels and
Holder, before reaching his half-cen-
tury with a couple square on the
off-side off Holder, in the fifth over
of the morning.
He lost Amla but put on 34 for
the fifth wicket with Temba Bavuma
who scored 15 before dragging on to
fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, as he
tried to pull out of the stroke.
At lunch, de Villiers was unbeaten
on 84 with South Africa on 313 for
five and he reached three figures in
the fourth over after the break, by
smashing three fours off Samuels
ninth over which cost 16 runs.
Van Zyl had batted an hour-and-
a-half and faced 63 balls when he
was lbw to Samuels at 384 for six
and his dismissal saw the Windies
quickly wrap up the innings as the
last five wickets fell for 37 runs.
Johnson, Samuels lead fightback
...after de Villiers stars with hundred
Lloyd gives Brathwaite, Samuels full marks
South Africa vs West Indies
3rd day, 3rd Test
WEST INDIES 1st innings 329
SOUTH AFRICA 1st Innings
(overnight 227 for three)
A Petersen run out
D Elgar lbw b Holder
F du Plessis c wkp Ramdin
H Amla c wkp Ramdin
AB de Villiers not out 32
T Bavuma b Gabriel
S van Zyl lbw b Samuels 33
V Philander run out
S Harmer lbw b Taylor 10
D Steyn run out
M Morkel not out
Extras (lb7, w13, nb10) 30
TOTAL (all out, 122.4 overs) 421
Fall of wickets: 1-48, 2-104, 3-
157, 4-254, 5-288, 6-384, 7-385, 8-
404, 9-408, 10-421.
Bowling: Taylor 20-2-80-0,
Gabriel 17-2-64-0, Holder 24-4-
87-2, Samuels 16.4-0-68-2, Benn
WEST INDIES 2nd innings
D Smith c wkp de Villiers
K Brathwaite b Harmer 16
L Johnson not out
M Samuels not out
TOTAL (2 wickets, 34 overs) 88
Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-27.
Bowling: Steyn 10-2-31-0,
Philander 9-3-17-0, Morkel 6-3-10-
1, Harmer 9-4-28-1.
Position: West Indies trail by four
runs with eight wickets intact.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, P Reiffel; TV
-- B Bowden.
West Indies pacer Jason Holder had Hashim Amla of South Africa caught
behind on the third day of the 3rd Test, in Cape Town, yesterday. PHOTO: AFP
Chief selector Clive Lloyd...believes West Indies are two middle order
batsmen short of being a good Test side.
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