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Arthur Demands More from Proteas - SA vs WI
Alvin Reeves
SOUTH African coach Mickey Arthur is demanding an improved performance today as SA look to fight their way back into the opening Castle cricket Test against the West Indies when the second day’s play gets under way at Sahara Oval St George’s today.

SOUTH African coach Mickey Arthur is demanding an improved performance today as SA look to fight their way back into the opening Castle cricket Test against the West Indies when the second day’s play gets under way at Sahara Oval St George’s today.

After winning the toss and asking the West Indians to bat, the SA bowlers failed to hit their straps resulting in tourists grabbing the early advantage.

Frontline seamers Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini looked out-of-sorts as they failed to adjust their length on a pitch that had initially looked as if it would provide assistance after being covered for the better part of three days ahead of the Test. "It looks like a very good wicket and the West Indies batted well on it," said Arthur. "But to be fair, that wasn’t our best effort for quite some time now. But we’ll go home tonight and analyse it and come back stronger tomorrow."

Arthur said he had expected more assistance from the pitch in the first session but, after reviewing the situation, thought 350-370 was a fair total.

The Windies, who had been largely written off before this Test series, fought like tigers yesterday and their performance will provide food for thought for many of their doubters.

"We certainly know that we’re in for a Test now," said Arthur. "If we don’t lift our game they have the ability to walk through the door."

The Herald
December 27, 2007.

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