South Africa solid at 126-0 in 2nd Test against Bangladesh

Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar said they preffered five-day Tests

Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar said they preffered five-day Tests

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan also returned to the ODI side after taking a break from the Test series. "I think on day one it will be a bit slow but then there'll be some bounce and it will quicken up towards day three and four", the fast bowler said. "It is a major setback to not have your two best players. Yes, on their day they can be unsafe but we need to keep pressure on them and restrict opportunities in the game where they can get on top of us", Du Plessis added. "Injuries are not in our control", he added. "It was a good team effort - the whole bowling unit bowled well".

The hosts would be pleased with the start, which mirrored the wicketless first session in Potchefstroom.

12 - Number of Test matches Keshav Maharaj needed to complete 50 Test wickets which is the 3rd fewest for a South African to reach 50 Test wickets since their readmission to cricket in 1992. It was more like our type of wicket in the previous game but we couldn't execute well. "With big players missing‚ especially against teams like Bangladesh‚ it's important to see what your resources are", Du Plessis said. We made a lot of silly mistakes.

In absence of Tamim, Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar would be the most likely pair to open the innings and talking about them, the captain said, "Starting every innings is tough but we expect them to give us a good start".

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"He made a joke after this Test match that he is going to retire with a 100% strike rate".

As they face the prospect of a green pitch, the pressure will certainly be increased on Bangladesh, particularly after experienced batsman Tamim Iqbal was ruled out of the match following a recurrence of a thigh injury. But Test cricket is about how long you can go for and how long your skill sets can last. When the ball reverses or you get the second new ball, you can go back to the attacking options.

When Elgar reached 16, he became the first bowler to score 1000 Test runs for the year, but he was only getting started.

Olivier has played all of his professional cricket for the Knights, and last season took 52 wickets to bowl them to the Sunfoil Series title.

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