JOHANNESBURG, Honours were just about even as England reached 192/4 at the close of play on a rain-interrupted day one of the fourth Test against South Africa at the Wanderers on Friday.
The SA rookie pace attack took a session to find their feet, but then turned the game back in their favour in the second period of play.
With Vernon Philander going into his final Test match with 222 wickets to his credit, he was backed up by four bowlers who had taken 18 Test wickets between them which included debutant Beuran Hendricks.
The inexperience of the Proteas attack showed in the first session on a perfect batting deck after England captain Joe Root had won the toss for the fourth time in a row.
Dominic Sibley (44 off 93 balls, seven fours) and Zak Crawley (a career best 66 off 112 balls 11 fours) helped themselves to exactly a century partnership off 30 overs in the opening session which took place between the re-adjusted lunch and tea intervals.
But the second session leading up to the close of play swung right back in South Africa’s favour as they took 4/92 in the remaining 24.2 overs.
Hendricks got the show going with his maiden Test wicket to have Sibley once again caught down the leg-side and the four scalps were shared around between the four frontline seamers.
Dane Paterson was the pick of the bunch with 1/39 in 13 overs.
Source: African News Agency