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Solid Elgar, aggressive Verreynne set the tone for South Africa

South Africans 335 for 7 (Elgar 109, Verreynne 76*, Kuhnemann 4-78) vs Cricket Australia XI

South Africa’s Captain Dean Elgar had a memorable century, but it is Kyle Verreynne as wicketkeeper that will please the tourists the most on day one of the four day clash with a Cricket Australia XI.

Left-hander Elgar in South Africa is South Africa’s best and most skilled batter. He reinforced those credentials at Allan Border Field.

Verreynne batted at No. 6 made an unbeaten counterattack, scoring 76 runs off 86 balls. His vicious pulls and cut shots were a highlight.

South Africa’s batting was a bit fragile during the recent Test tour to England. Their pace attack is top-notch, but it will be scoring runs for bowlers to defend against Australia in the three Test series that begins at the Gabba on December 17.

Although Sarel Ewee (25), Rassie Van der Dussen (27), and Khaya Zanda (18) all made starts, Verreyne showed the aggression that is vital to Australia’s pace attack.

He He made his maiden test century against New Zealand in Christchurch this year and is a player of distinction.

Matthew Kuhnemann, left-arm orthodox spinner, was the pick of all the bowlers. He didn’t get discouraged when the batters chased him. He This year, he made his ODI debut for Australia and enjoyed playing on his home track.

Elgar was strong on his leg side and pulled off a spectacular swivel pull shot for four from Jordan Buckingham to prove his class. His driving on his off side was also top-notch.

He He went to tea on 99 unbeaten and raised his century with the first ball of the break, before Chris Tremain bowled him.

Verreynne (34), and Keshav Mahraj (34) then added 89 to make it better than a run for the sixth wicket.

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