Quinton de Kock, bowlers hand South Africa a win by an innings & 63 runs vs West Indies

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St Lucia: South Africa won by an innings and 63 runs against West Indies in first Test at St Lucia.

de Kock | Player of the Match: Haven’t given it much thought yet. Obviously, a proud moment got the team into a good position. Glad we got over the line. It’s just a group of friends of ours back home, the rhino conversation I do, one of the friends got deployed in Afghanistan (what was the three-finger celebration about?) and got one of his fingers shot off. I said I’ll acknowledge him when I get an accolade when I’m batting. We had a good laugh about it last night. Our friend’s group went crazy last night when I got to the phone. I asked Dean how do you think we should go about it. He said hog the strike with the last two wickets and in doing that try to look for boundaries. That’s what I tried to do and it came off. It’s quite an awesome place to keep. But in saying that the ball wobbles quite a bit and doesn’t make it easy.

Dean Elgar | South Africa captain: Very much impressed. A collective effort from the side. Massive effort from the guys asked them to score hundreds and take fifers and we’ve already had three accolades. Tough question to answer (asked if he would have batted first). A firm believer in runs on the board first, but we knew the wicket is going to help the seamers in the first session. Great to see our batting unit pass 300. Quinny, Aiden, Rassie.. they played well. The basics of bowling are what the bowlers did well here. We knew the wicket is going to assist the bowlers. We were pleased to be bowling on this wicket. Because of Covid, we have a larger squad where you can tick a lot of boxes. We’ve done the right thing by selecting the spinners on our side. Lungi was brilliant, he executed the basics of bowling to the T. Quinny showed what a world-class cricketer and batter that he is. KG is one of those guys who put in hard work. Anrich is a massive trump card for our bowling attack. Helps to have a 140+ bowler. Great to have a player like him in our team.

Brathwaite | West Indies captain: I think so (right decision at the toss?). Saw today there was a variable bounce. Pitch was dry. Didn’t bat well in the first innings. We didn’t get a big enough total and were always on the back foot. Even batting second, I still thought we didn’t bat as well as we could. As a bowling group, we bowled well. Jayden Seales was magnificent in his first game. Batting wise today Roston Chase showed fight. We can take that as batsmen going forward into the second Test. Seales is a special talent, he has a natural length. His future will be bright for sure. During the series, there’s not much to work on. Obviously a little break. The guys to come back and hit their straps. Test cricket is more mental than technical.


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