Australia A v South Africa A, 2nd day, Townsville August 8, 2014

Rossouw and Bavuma crush Australia A spirits

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South Africa A 4 for 342 (Rossouw 162*, Bavuma 125*) lead Australia A 239 by 103 runs

Unbeaten centuries from Rilee Rossouw and Temba Bavuma put South Africa A in a powerful position after two days of their four-day match against Australia A in Townsville. The pair combined for a partnership that had reached 283 at stumps, all the more remarkable given they had come together with things looking shaky on 4 for 59.

Rossouw finished the day on 162 from 228 deliveries and Bavuma was on 125 from 231 balls, the pair frustrating the Australia A bowlers after their encouraging start. For Rossouw, it was the continuation of a strong tour after his last four innings in the quadrangular one-day series in Darwin provided scores of 137, 38, 74 and 69, and helped him earn an ODI call-up for the tour of Zimbabwe.

It was his 18th first-class century and his second in three matches against Australia A, after he posted an unbeaten 115 against them in Rustenburg last year. Bavuma's hundred was his eighth in first-class cricket and he and Rossouw ensured South Africa A were able to progress to 4 for 342 at the close of play.

The day had started less well for the visitors, who began at 1 for 26 and soon lost Hardus Viljoen (5) and Reeza Hendricks (18) to the bowling of Gurinder Sandhu. The Australia A captain Moises Henriques had his opposite number Justin Ontong caught behind for 6 and the hosts appeared to be on top, but Rossouw and Bavuma had other ideas.

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  • kieran on August 9, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    That's a cracking innings by Rossouw, I wish I'd seen it. Also some excellent figures for Sandhu, this kid keeps impressing at every turn! Young, strong, not super fast but can move the ball either way, very promising. Aus A will have a tough time salvaging a draw here.

  • greig on August 8, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    @highveld Im talking about for ODIs - Faffs average in ODIs is below par.

  • Blessing on August 8, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    Good work by the two possible future Proteas. Keep up the good work lads!

  • Venkata on August 8, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Rilee Rossouw!!! A player for the future!!! Haven't seen Bavuma bat but well played!

  • Pierre on August 8, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Sa should play Faf, Rossouw, and Miller for this odi series against Zim. We pretty much have to choose 2 of the 3, so the wc team looks like this: Amla, QdK, Rossouw/Faf, Ab, Duminy, Faf/Miller, McLaren, Philander, Steyn, Morkel, Tahir. Really glad Rossouw and Bavuma scored runs today. They are definitely important players in the Protea's future. @mahjut. Rossouw usually opens in limited overs games, but almost always bats at 3 or 4 in FC cricket.

  • Cliffontong on August 8, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    @ TommytuckerSaffa - do you even watch cricket? Faf has been superb in tests. He's scored tough hundreds when its counted. He averages over 50 and is a brilliant fielder.

  • Dummy4 on August 8, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    Van Zyl, Rossouw and Bavuma are all fantastic prospects. We also mustn't forget about White and Ontong. Even though they failed in this match, they had fantastic domestic seasons. Ontong's career was derailed by playing him too early in Test cricket for political reasons. But he's always had talent.

    The problem is, the only real vacancy in our batting order is the place currently occupied by Alviro Petersen, an opener. The only specialist opener I've mentioned above is White. I'm not a fan of makeshift openers in Test cricket. So I'm really hoping White does well in his next 3 innings, so we can hopefully see him replacing Alviro at home against WI (he can hardly do worse than Alviro, anyway).

    Van Zyl, Ontong, Rossouw and Bavuma are all gonna have to wait their turn, I'm afraid. With a middle order of Faf, Amla (who is captain), AB, Quinny (who is keeper) and JP (who also adds value with his bowling), it's tough to see who they're gonna displace, barring injury/severe loss of form.

  • greig on August 8, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    @Gareth Bain, SA are in a fortunate situation of have two of worlds best middle order batsmen in AB and Amla. So where can we fit 2 batsmen? TEST Cricket: I would be tempted to Open with Van Zyl in place of Alviro. ODI cricket: Definitely start with Rillee in place of Miller or Faff.

  • Gareth on August 8, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    It'd be perfectly understandable for any of van Zyl, Rossouw or Bavuma to play in the test team given 3-4 years of solid franchise performance, but in whose place? Petersen and Elgar are under pressure for sure, but they're both playing as openers. Sure de Kock can move to opener, but I'd really be much happier seeing him down the order in tests! I'd be reluctant to give up on Duminy, although his performances haven't quite matched his enormous potential...

  • mahjut on August 8, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    To be fair xtrafalgarx I think it's more likely Russow had finally found SA ... It's not like they weren't watching him for ages and he was a real force a few years ago. I'm glad he's back. Can he open?

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