CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) on Tuesday congratulated the South Africa A side on their fine 121-run victory over India A at the Tuks Oval to square the unofficial four-day Test series at 1-1. This result represented a fine fightback after India had won the first match by an innings.
“The winter international programme which included two four-day Test series and a triangular ODI series has been a huge success,” commented CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat, “and all three participating countries – Australia A completed the line-up – are to be congratulated on the quality of their cricket and the manner in which all the games were played.
“Both India and Australia came here with a large number of players with international experience and it was an excellent test for our rank of potential future Protea players.
“South Africa, Australia and India all have plenty lot of depth to their cricket and I am hopeful that this initiative is something that can be built on going forward.
“This last match represented the best traditions of the first-class game with the one side first gaining the ascendancy and then the other fighting back to dominate.
“I would also like to thank our affiliates for the work they put in to provide excellent playing facilities at both Pretoria and Rustenburg. It has been a very worthwhile exercise which will benefit cricket in all three countries.”
South Africa A coach Vinnie Barnes commented: “Several of our players have taken the opportunity to impress. Beuran Hendricks first 10-wicket haul in the match that finished today (11/63) was obviously a stand-out performance but it was by no means the only one and the likes of Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Thami Tsolekile and Simon Harmer – to name a few – have also done extremely well.”