DURBAN: Australian opening batsman Cameron Bancroft said on Saturday that South Africa’s batsmen will face a major challenge in the fourth innings of the first Test at Kingsmead.
Although South Africa fought back to reduce Australia to 213 for nine in their second innings at the end of the third day, the Australians hold an overall lead of 402.
Bancroft, who top-scored with 53, said conditions would be difficult for the South Africans when they eventually start to bat.
“The ball is starting to reverse-swing a lot more,” said Bancroft.
“For new batters starting their innings that’s very, very difficult. The wicket has just slowly deteriorated. There are a lot more bare patches and the ball’s reverse-swinging earlier and earlier because of that abrasiveness.”
Adding to what is already shaping as a massive task for the hosts, opening batsman Dean Elgar suffered a dislocated right little finger when he held a catch at cover off a ferocious drive by Mitchell Starc off Morne Morkel late in the day.
Elgar left the field and a team spokesperson said the finger had been put back in place and Elgar would be able to bat. – AFP