Debutant West Indies fast bowler Jayden Seales insists looking to maintain consistency was critical to his success, on a day when his hat-trick spell provided a rare bright spot on a tough start against South Africa.
The 19-year-old Seales ended with figures of 34 for three. His fiery response proved critical in ensuring the tourist ended the day with some doubts in mind at 128 for 4, some 38 runs ahead, and in command of the Test match early, but things could have been much worse.
Earlier on, Lungi Ngidi claimed a jaw-dropping five for 19 and Anrich Nortje four for 35 as the two combined to bowl out the spell-struck West Indies for 97 in the first innings. Following the dismissal of South Africa opener and captain Dean Elgar, by Kemar Roach, Seales fired back, his deliveries removing Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, and Kyle Verreynne.
“I just tried to remain as consistent as possible. To try and create pressure and don’t try anything too different. I do that and I get wickets,” Seales said following the day’s play.
Despite a difficult start for the West Indies, however, the young bowler believes the team remains in the game.
“I don’t think we are out of the game. Today is just the first day, we didn’t bat as well as we wanted to but I think we pulled it back with the way that we bowled today.” (www.sportsmax.tv)