Pat Cummins gets Australians in front against South Africa A
Benoni: Pat Cummins led a spirited lower-order batting efficiency to earn the touring Australians a 109-run first-innings lead on the second day of a three-day match towards South Africa A at Willowmoore Park on Friday.
Cummins, batting at quantity eight, made an unbeaten 59 to hold the Australians to a complete of 329 in reply to South Africa A’s 220.
The hosts had been 55 for no wicket of their second innings when unhealthy gentle ended play early.
Head coach Darren Lehmann, who joined the tour on Thursday afternoon after overseeing Australia’s Twenty20 crew in a triangular sequence in New Zealand, watched a patchy batting efficiency in the one warm-up match earlier than the primary Check beginning in Durban on Thursday.
Opener Cameron Bancroft, who laboured for greater than three hours to attain 45, was the one one of many first seven batsmen to succeed in 30. 5 top-order batsmen had been dismissed within the twenties.
Cummins, who took 4 for 32 in South Africa’s first innings on Thursday, hit 11 fours in a 95-ball innings.
The vacationers misplaced their eighth wicket on 225, solely 5 runs forward, earlier than Cummins shared a speedy ninth-wicket stand of 64 with Nathan Lyon (38) and a tenth wicket partnership of 40 with Josh Hazlewood (26).
Cummins and Lyon attacked the house crew’s spin bowlers within the ten overs earlier than the second new ball was taken.
Left-arm opening bowler Beuran Hendricks took 5 for 83 for South Africa A.
South Africa A: 220 and 55-Zero
Australians: 329 (C Bancroft 45, P Cummins 59 not out, N Lyon 38; D Olivier 2/37, B Hendricks 5/83, M Siboto 2/56)