I like Ntini more and more. He is still quite a one dimensional bowler, but he’s certainly improving year on year – and is easily the fittest cricketer in international cricket. His 13 wickets earned South Africa a 1-0 series lead, with 2 to play. I felt West Indies just started to look less than ordinary and their good performance in the first Test might be becoming a bit of a distant memory.
However. Now that South Africa are 1-0, I wonder what their tactics will be – they are, after all, a “draw first, win second” type of team (something that infuriated me when England played them). The outstanding innings from Sarwan, and Lara’s form, are both plus points – but the bowling does look thin. Hopefully they’ll be able to level the series by playing some attractive, enterprising cricket – something that South Africa tend not to respond too well in…bear that in mind, Mr Chanderpaul.