Cricket: Whatmore hails 'incredible' South Africa

Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore says he knew it would be a difficult day for his team.

Afp February 02, 2013
File photo of Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

JOHANNESBURG: Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore hailed an "incredible" performance by South Africa's pace attack after his team were bundled out for a record low of 49 on the second day of the first Test at the Wanderers.

"I've never seen two hours of relentless, incredible pace bowling such as I have witnessed today," said Whatmore.

Dale Steyn was the main destroyer, taking six for eight in 8.1 overs as Pakistan slipped below their previous lowest total of 53 against Australia in Sharjah in 2002.

South Africa did not enforce the follow on and took command of the match, posting 207 for three in their second innings to take an overall lead of 411 into the third day.

"Most of our batsmen got out to terrific balls," said Whatmore. "I'm very disappointed with the result but you really need to give credit to the opposition. It wasn't an easy wicket by any means but the way they bowled was incredible."

It was another triumph for South Africa's battery of fast bowlers and the third time in less than two seasons that the world's number one Test team had bowled out opponents for fewer than 50.

Whatmore said that although Pakistan had bowled out South Africa relatively cheaply he knew that it would be a difficult day for his team.

"Personally I thought (South Africa's) 253 was not a bad score given the conditions of that pitch and knowing what the South African bowlers can do," he said.

Asked whether he thought the pitch was too difficult for the second day of a Test match, Whatmore responded, "It looked that."


jugno | 10 years ago | Reply

@Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad: Coaches can only give your batting fine touches but can not make you a super batsman if your basic technique is faulty to start with. As the saying goes: Some people are born great, some achieve greatness by their hard work and some thrust greatness on themselves.

Rashid | 10 years ago | Reply

Time to put up a combined team with players from Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

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