South Africa bowlers struggle against second-string side

South Australia XI 8 for 435 (Ludeman 167, Raphael 91, Winter 63, Maharaj 3-59) drew with South Africa 489

Tim Ludeman and Jake Winter were among the batsmen who troubled South Africa © Getty Images

South Africa’s bowlers struggled for impact against what was effectively a South Australia second XI at Glenelg on Friday, with a century from Tim Ludeman steering the locals to 8 for 435. It was the last day of match practice for the South Africans ahead of the first Test, starting on Thursday, and while they rested spearheads Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada, the lack of penetration from the rest might have been a concern.

Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj finished with the best figures, 3 for 59, and Morne Morkel picked up 2 for 67 from 14 overs. But Vernon Philander went wicketless in 14 costly overs and Kyle Abbott also leaked more than five per over, claiming 1 for 64 from his 12. When play was called off for the day, the South Australians had moved along to 8 for 435 in reply to South Africa’s 489.

The first wicket, that of opener Johnathon Dalton, came via a run-out with the total on 57, and Maharaj then trapped Brad Davis lbw for 22. But then came a 105-run partnership between the two most experienced members of the South Australia outfit, the captain Sam Raphael, and the wicketkeeper Ludeman, who together pushed the total on to 200.

Raphael fell short of a century, caught off the spin of JP Duminy for 91, but Ludeman found another capable ally in the 19-year-old Jake Winter, and together they added a further 159 for the fourth wicket. Ludeman finally departed for 167 and Winter made 63.

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