Proteas🇿🇦 'Enforcer' Biding His Time at Kingsmead

  |   Sanews

The Kingsmead wicket for the first Test between the Proteas and Sri Lanka has been an interesting one.

While the Proteas fast bowlers under the leadership of coach Ottis Gibson have made hay on spicy, unpredictable home strips over the last 18 months, the slow nature of this Durban wicket has left the likes of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier having to do a little more to earn their scalps.

There have still been 33 wickets in just three days and South Africa are well on course to get the job done on Saturday, but the difference has been noticeable and was highlighted by Sri Lanka's strong lower order resistance in their first innings.

The change has been particularly noticeable when it comes to Olivier.

After taking 24 wickets in a man of the series performance in three Tests against Pakistan over December and January, Olivier has picked up two wickets (1/36 and 1/3) in Durban so far.

Despite the slow wicket, the 26-year-old has not changed his approach and is still favouring the short-pitched bombardment against the Lankans.

Make no mistake, the batsmen have been far from comfortable against him, but it is clear that Olivier is not getting the assistance he had throughout the Pakistan contest.

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