Lungi Ngidi leads by example on and off the field for Proteas in first West Indies Test

West Indies 97 all out

South Africa 128/4

JOHANNESBURG – Lungi Ngidi took a knee earlier than play began, and would later sink to each knees in celebration having taken a ‘five-for’ that helped put the Proteas in management of the first Test in opposition to the West Indies in St Lucia on Thursday.

It was the large quick bowler’s name final year that South African cricket have a dialogue about easy methods to assist the Black Lives Matter motion, that stirred up a hornet’s nest about racism in South African cricket.

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The Proteas have struggled with their messaging round the concern, and whereas the West Indies have been clear and united in all taking a knee earlier than the begin of the first Test, Ngidi was one in all simply six of South Africa’s beginning workforce to hitch the residence workforce in taking a knee.

He shared the new ball with Kagiso Rabada, after West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite selected to bat upon successful the toss, a choice made extra primarily based on historical past – the aspect batting first has gained 3 times at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground – than what the circumstances urged or what would have made South Africa uncomfortable.

The pitch provided loads of help for the quick bowlers, with good carry and seam motion on provide. South Africa’s new captain, Dean Elgar was blissful to not be batting, giving his aspect , which included two debutants, extra time to evaluate circumstances.

In the in the meantime the South African bowlers, utilizing a Duke ball manufactured in England that has a extra pronounced seam and stays tougher for longer, made life extraordinarily uncomfortable for the residence workforce.

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Anrich Nortje constructed on the stress created by the new ball pair, to take away each openers, knocking again their off stumps. By lunch the West Indies have been 48/4, Nortje including Kyle Mayers to his haul, whereas Rabada picked up Nkrumah Bonner, with a stunning supply that moved away from the proper hander off the pitch.

That proved to be Bonner’s final motion in the Test, after he was recognized with concussion later, the results of being struck flush on the helmet first ball by Nortje.

The West Indies by no means recovered and have been dismissed in the forty first over for their lowest complete in opposition to South Africa. Ngidi bowled magnificently after lunch, sustaining a relentless line outdoors off stump, that provided 4 catches to the slips cordon, whereas Aiden Markram took one other working from second slip to deep level after a prime edged drive by Rahkeem Cornwall.

It was Ngidi’s second Test ‘five-for’ – his first having come on debut in opposition to India three years in the past. It was a complete efficiency from the three South African quick bowlers, who by no means let up in opposition to a susceptible batting line-up.

Nortje completed with 4/35 and whereas Rabada picked up only one wicket, it was arguably his finest efficiency for South Africa in the final six months.

Markram’s 60, was a continuation of the good type he had final season, even when it lacked his typical fluency, and contained seven fours.

Verreynne made six and flashed at a large supply 5 minutes earlier than the shut of play, giving Seales his third wicket.

Van der Dussen on 34 and Quinton de Kock on 4 will resume on Friday.

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