Thursday 6 February 2014 

South Africa Happy With Test Warm-Up

Faf du Plessis celebrates a century
Faf du Plessis scored a century before the warm-up game in Johannesburg was drawn
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South Africa completed a draw with a Composite XI in their three-day warm-up game ahead of the first Test against Australia, with a number of key questions answered.

Dale Steyn made a successful return to bowling after his rib injury, AB de Villiers batted for the first time since his hand operation and there was a century for Faf du Plessis on the final day.

After JP Duminy retired hurt yesterday he has been diagnosed with tendonitis in his left wrist but should resume training later in the week.

Coach Russell Domingo said he was pleased with the way the game, held in Johannesburg, had gone for his team.

"We are happy with some of the batting obviously," he said.

"Faf got a 100, the captain batted for an hour and a half and the lower order which is going to be important against Australia all spent some valuable time out in the middle.

"The bowlers bowled quick and decent spells so I'm very happy with what we have achieved over the last few days," he added.

The first Test against Australia begins at Centurion Park on 12th February.

© Cricket World 2014

 
Fixtures & Results

12th-16th February: 1st Test, Centurion
AUS 397 & 290-4d. beat RSA 206 & 200 by 281 runs
20th-24th February: 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth
RSA 423 & 270-5 dec. beat 246 & 216 by 231 runs
1st-5th March: 3rd Test, Cape Town
AUS 494-7d & 303-5d beat RSA 287 & 265 by 245 runs
9th March: 1st T20I, Port Elizabeth
Match abandoned without a ball bowled - rain
12th March: 2nd T20I, Durban
AUS 81-5 beat RSA 80-1 by 5 wickets
14th March: 3rd T20I, Centurion
AUS 129-4 beat RSA 128-7 by 6 wickets