CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) on Thursday commended the fighting spirit shown by the Coca-Cola South Africa under-19 team in coming back from a parlous situation to share their Test series against England.
“There are very few instances in the history of the game of a team coming back from being 8/4 or something similar in the first half-hour of an international match to complete a convincing victory,” commented CSA Acting CEO Jacques Faul.
“This is the same spirit that saw the Proteas triumph both in England and Australia and reminds one of the fighting draw we managed to secure at Adelaide. It is good to know that this same fighting spirit is very much in evidence in our next generation of cricketers.
“From a technical point of view it was good to see our youngsters setting up victory first with some positive batting coming out of adversity and then with a balanced attack in which pace and spin played equal part. It was exciting that two leg-spinners played an important part and this is the first time in more than 100 years that two bowlers of this type have played a significant role in a South African victory in an official international match.
“I send heartiest congratulations to captain Diego Rosier and all his players, team management and not least of all the people who work behind the scenes so selflessly to make sure we have such healthy youth structures. We all now look forward to the five-match ODI series which starts at Boland Park next Wednesday.”