Tourists' batting warm-up is washed out

Kent 210 South Africa 108-2 (SA trail by 102 runs)

Stephen Brenkley
Saturday 14 July 2012 21:50

South Africa were deprived of batting practice yesterday before the Test series against England. Play on the second day of their only first-class fixture ahead of the First Test at The Oval on Thursday was abandoned after only 22 overs. It was hardly time for middle-order stalwarts, Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla, to find any form on English pitches, and both looked alternatively rusty and assured. Amla was unbeaten on a stoic 35 from 69 balls, Kallis was unusually expansive in his 23 against a largely unthreatening but adequate Kent attack.

The only wicket was that of Alviro Petersen lbw, much to his surprise, to the veteran seamer Simon Cook.

The tourists' assistant coach, Russell Domingo, claimed to be unconcerned by the lack of preparation. He said: "I can't remember the last time we had 12 days to prepare for Test matches as a national side," he said. "Whether we've gone to New Zealand or even at home in South Africa it's two or three days. This is as much preparation as we've ever had leading into a Test series.

"I'm not worried. We had such a good week of preparation in Switzerland the guys were almost saying, 'We're mentally ready to play already'. Whether we practised with 10 games or two games I don't think it would make too much difference, because the guys are mentally ready." In Switzerland, of course, they do not play cricket.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in