South Africa have lost their last nine series away from home. However, a win in the first Test has set them up to end this miserable losing streak. On a spicy pitch, the Proteas bowlers came down all guns blazing and dismantled the West Indies batting, bowling them out for a paltry 97. Quinton de Kock led South Africa’s response with the bat and gave them a handy lead. The West Indians showed little resistance in the second innings and went down in the match by an inning and 63 runs. West Indies batting looks fragile and face a stern challenge against a quality pace attack of South Africa. The Kraigg Brathwaite-led side have recalled Darren Bravo and Shannon Gabriel to bolster their team.
27 of the 30 wickets to fall in the first Test were taken by the pacers thus it’s not going to be easy for the batsmen. However, with Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar, Proteas are more equipped to tackle the challenging conditions. Also with Rabada, Nortje and Ngidi, they have a far more venomous bowling lineup at disposal.
27 of the 30 wickets to fall in the first Test were taken by the pacers. The surface in St Lucia won’t change much and will offer enough help for the bowlers.
West Indies Probable XI
Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Shai Hope, Kyle Mayers/Darren Bravo, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Kieran Powell, Alzarri Joseph/Shannon Gabriel
South Africa probable XI
Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Quinton de Kock (wk), Keshav Maharaj, Wiaan Mulder, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje