South Africa may have to battle rain to get a result in the 2nd Test against Australia © Getty Images
Johannesburg: Feb 23, 2014
South Africa will reportedly need to keep ahead of the weather conditions if they want to win the second Test against Australia at Port Elizabeth to level the series with a strong chance of rain for much of the scheduled fifth day’s play on Monday continuing to characterise weather forecasts.
The elements look like potentially being the main obstacle to the hosts’ quest to keep alive the dream of coming from behind to win a first home series against Australia since 1969/70.
According to Sport24, South Africa is in control of the match with a commanding lead of 369 runs with six wickets remaining after day three and as such, the series is likely to remain alive now when the sides head for the final contest at Newlands.
The report mentioned that of top-order kingpin Hashim Amla regained his lustre at the crease in a big way as he is just seven runs of what will be his 21st century at this level if he gets to three figures on Sunday, and set the visitors a target well in excess of 400.
However, the report further said that the South African task would not be made easier by the fact that Wayne Parnell, who picked up a groin strain in the first session on Saturday, might not be able to contribute with the ball.
Parnell’s injury means that the hosts are back to their old, established front-line seam firm of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel for their key strikes and they will also need some pace-changing overs from JP Duminy and Dean Elgar, the report added.