Elgar, Amla make solid progress on slow morning

South Africa

South Africa 110 for 2 (Elgar 38*, Amla 31*) trail Australia 243 by 133 runs

Off the field, it was a rough morning for South Africa, with the news that Kagiso Rabada could miss the remainder of the series to suspension. But on the field, South Africa only strengthened their already good position in the second Test in Port Elizabeth, adding 71 runs for the loss of just a single wicket – that of Rabada, the nightwatchman.

Dean Elgar had started the morning on 11 and went to lunch on 38 from 108 deliveries, in no hurry to rush the score along but happy to occupy time. Hashim Amla got his first start of the series and by lunch had 31 from 71 balls, and their 43-run partnership had moved the total along to 110 for 2 in reply to Australia’s 243.

Steven Smith tried all of his four main strike bowlers but the only breakthrough came in Pat Cummins’ first over, when he had Rabada bowled, chopping on to leave the total at 67 for 2. Rabada had frustrated Australia with six boundaries in a 40-ball cameo that brought 29 runs, a bonus really for South Africa given that he also did his job of preventing further wickets late on day one.

However, Rabada may well need to make whatever impact he can quickly, given the possibility of him being suspended for the third and fourth Tests of the series. His shoulder bump to Steven Smith after dismissing the Australia captain on day one resulted in a level two code of conduct charge and he will only play in the remaining Tests if he can beat a hearing after play on day two or three.

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