SA Has Small Margin For Error – Rabada

South Africa will have to stick to tighter lines in conditions that have small margins for error when the players take to the field on day two of the second Test match against England at Newlands.  England took the momentum in the last half hour of the day and the attack will need to learn from their shortcomings as they look to take the last remaining five wickets.  After taking 3/74 on the opening day, Kagiso Rabada says:  ‘We always knew that we needed to pick up wickets quickly with the second new ball, we saw that as our chance to pick up wickets.  I don’t know why Morne (Morkel) didn’t use the new ball, I don’t know what Hashim’s thoughts were at that time.  I thought Stokes was playing well at that time and (Jonny) Bairstow was a bit calmer.  Stokes was in, he took his chance, he drove one off Morris and it would have landed straight to gully.  He did get a bit lucky but they played shots and executed.  Tomorrow we will have to be tight and knock them over quickly.’

Morkel is injury free and will look to lead the attack on day two after a good overnight rest following a lengthy contribution on the opening day.  The 20-year-old Rabada took a liking to the bouncier more conducive conditions at Newlands following his Test debut in Indian conditions, and admitted it took him some time to find his rhythm after a month without competitive cricket.  He says:  ‘This was a good cricketing wicket.  It was very tough,  I didn’t feel great rhythm and the margin for error is small on this wicket when you are bowling to good players.  I haven’t been match bowling fit so it was a bit of a fight, but it went okay.  There was something in it.  It was tough running in from the Kelvin Grove end because of the wind but the other side from the top end (Wynberg End) coming in there was a bit more bounce.  There are a few things to work on but we have assessed what we need to do and tomorrow we will try to implement that.’

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