SA 312/1 at Lunch Day 5, minimum of 59 overs left. SA trail by 34 runs with 9 wickets remaining.
After trailing in the first test against England at Lords for three days, on day four the South Africans showed they were made of sterner stuff, lead by captain Graham Smith and phoenix Neil NcKenzie. Both players scored hundreds on day 4 to put the Proteas in a fighting position on day 5.
It says a lot about the Proteas side that they are in this position considering how much they were dominated over the first three days of this opening test.
With a minimum of 90 overs to be played on Day 5 it promises to be an enticing day’s cricket in the sunshine at Lords as the South Africans attempt to bat through the day and salvage the test.
In keeping with their rugby counter-parts, this Proteas team is showing some of the grit and determination that has been lacking from some of the South African sides of the last few years. It seems we might be heading for the days of old where all South African teams had a never-say-die attitude.
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