South Africa exhibiting promise in begin of Australian tour

South Africans 9 for 0 (Elgar 6*, Erwee 2*) and 335 for 7 (Elgar 109, Verreynne 76*, Kuhnemann 4-78) lead Cricket Australia XI 226 all out (Kellaway 105, Ngidi 3-26, Coetzee 3-36) by 130 runs

Two of the brightest younger stars on both aspect had productive days with South Africa fast Gerald Coetzee claiming a hat-trick and Cricket Australia XI batter Campbell Kellaway scoring a century within the four-day conflict at Allan Border Area.

The 22-year-old Coetzee has real velocity and had Jordan Buckingham caught within the gully after which dismissed Chris Tremain and Liam Hatcher for geese.

In shattering Hatcher’s stumps he additionally ensured CA XI had been bowled out for 226 in reply to South Africa’s first innings of 347.

Unbeaten on 105 for the CA XI was former Australian Beneath-19s consultant Kellaway. The fashionable 20-year-old left-hander made his first-class debut for Victoria final month and got here to the crease at 4 for twenty-four with the CA XI underneath assault from Lungi Ngidi.

Jake Doran (78) and Kellaway added 143 for the fifth wicket and went after Coetzee initially in an outstanding counter-attacking partnership. Kellaway was sturdy throughout the bottom and showcased energy, contact and focus in his innings.

Ngidi took his early wickets in 5 fiery and quick overs. He dismissed three of the highest 4 Sheffield Protect run-scorers this season, with Tim Ward caught down the leg aspect by wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne with the primary ball of his opening spell earlier than he accounted for Sam Whiteman and captain Peter Handscomb.

South Africa earlier resumed at 335 for 7 however quickly misplaced Kagiso Rabada and Verreynne. Quick bowler Marco Jansen was then dismissed for a duck.

Center-order batter Temba Bauman didn’t function within the first innings as he’s nursing an elbow damage. Captain Dean Elgar, who top-scored with 109 on day one, mentioned after the shut of play on Friday he hoped Bavuma would get well and get some invaluable time within the center earlier than the primary Check towards Australia which begins on December 17 on the Gabba.

Rahul Diyashi
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