Sport 24 – Pretoria – The big news of Saturday, before Aiden Markram’s classy 94 and South Africa’s woeful running between the wickets stole headlines, was 21-year-old Lungi Ngidi being handed a Test debut.

Summary

  • Pretoria – The big news of Saturday, before Aiden Markram’s classy 94 and South Africa’s woeful running between the wickets stole headlines, was 21-year-old Lungi Ngidi being handed a Test debut.
  • It had been a toss-up between Ngidi, Duanne Olivier and Chris Morris for the fourth seamer spot at Centurion given Dale Steyn’s injury-enforced absence, but in the end the Proteas went for the young-gun and Ngidi becomes the 99th South African Test player since re-admission.
  • With the Proteas batting throughout the opening day of the second Test, Ngidi has not had a chance to feature yet.
  • Injuries are never welcomed, but they are particularly concerning when they affect players as young as Ngidi.
  • Ngidi’s first duty on the Test stage is likely to be with bat in hand.


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