Lungi Ngidi dukes it with the Dukes ball as South Africa declare higher hand
Quick bowler hopes for extra alternatives with seamer-friendly ball after five-wicket haul
Lungi Ngidi hopes to have extra alternative to bowl with the Dukes ball after it helped him earn his second Check five-for in St Lucia. Ngidi, who took 6 for 39 in opposition to India on debut in January 2018, rated the Dukes ball as extra seamer-friendly than the Kookaburra, utilized in South Africa, or India’s SG, due to the way in which it behaves.
“I prefer the Dukes ball. It stays harder and moves around a lot more,” Ngidi mentioned after the primary day’s play. “The Kookaburra ball tends to get a bit soft and once it gets soft, it doesn’t really swing and you try to look for reverse swing. The SG gets scuffed up really quick and it’s a really hard ball to maintain. But the Dukes ball is really a test of skill. Once you can get the wrist position right and hone in on your area, you can be very successful with this ball. Having bowled with it now, I hope I bowl with it for many, many years.”
Ngidi had by no means used the Dukes ball in a Check match earlier than, having not performed any Exams in England or within the Caribbean earlier than this tour. He did have entry to it when practising in South Africa and mentioned the coaching group was “trying everything to control that ball,” and confirmed off the outcomes of their persistence inside two classes on the primary day.
South Africa dismissed West Indies for 97, for his or her second sub-100 whole since 2004, by way of a mixture of aggression and self-discipline that Ngidi defined could possibly be tough to get proper in beneficial circumstances. “You can get carried away, especially when it’s nipping around and swinging like that,” he mentioned.
Within the morning session, South Africa have been something however over-excited by circumstances. Whereas Kagiso Rabada and Ngidi stored the brakes on West Indies, Anrich Nortje tore by way of the highest order. “My role definition has been very clear – it’s been to make sure I keep one end quiet. We do have some really quick bowlers and a lot of batsmen were struggling with them so for me to give them nothing was part of the plan,” Ngidi mentioned.
His morning’s work was seven overs for 10 runs and he returned after lunch to take 5 wickets for 9 runs, having modified ends in between whiles. “I felt more comfortable from the other end and my rhythm clicked,” he mentioned. “It’s been a work in progress. I had to work very hard in the gym, on fitness, and the most important thing was the skill side of things and being able to swing the ball away from batters.”
Ngidi celebrated his second five-for with an emotional gesture to the heavens after which settled in to observe West Indies’ get pleasure from some, albeit not the identical, success. Teenage debutant Jayden Seales, taking part in in simply his second first-class match, took 3 for 34 and Ngidi was notably impressed together with his efficiency. “I was keeping a close eye on him. His seam presentation is what I tried to do when we were bowling,” Ngidi mentioned. “He has got a great wrist behind the ball, a very clean action and it seems like he can run in all day, so he is a danger. It’s a very exciting future for the West Indies with him in the line-up.”
South Africa will hope it isn’t too thrilling, simply but. Their lead of 31 continues to be a way behind what Ngidi thinks could possibly be match-winning, particularly on a floor that may proceed to swimsuit the quicks. “On this wicket you are never really in. Maybe a lead of 150-200, we’ll take that,” he mentioned. “But it’s still moving around a bit so any lead we can get, we will take as bowlers.”
Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent