South Africa fast bowler Duanne Olivier, who is fresh on the international scene felt, contended after pleasing collective performance with the ball against England, on the first day of fourth and final Test at the Old Trafford in Manchester on August 4 (Friday), as he further urged teammates to tighten the grip.
“I felt like we bowled really well. Getting the wicket, KG [Kagiso Rabada] bowling Stokes, that puts us in a good position. We need four more wickets and it will be important to do the basics like we did today,” Olivier was quoted as saying by South Africa’s Cricket Magazine.
The muscular bowler Olivier has further credited the hosts’ batsman for playing a quality cricket when South African bowlers felt they were on top, as the host’s batsman struggled in between overs.
“The last session with the new ball we had a few play and misses which was unlucky but credit to them, they batted well in that situation. They didn’t run away with the game,” Olivier added.
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The 25-year-old Groblersdal-born right-arm bowler Olivier is hopeful of replicating the performance on the second day of the Test while wrapping up the innings of hosts as soon as possible after Joe Root-led side posted 260 for six at first-day stumps.
“Yes, they batted well in the end, Stokes and Bairstow got a partnership but I feel like it’s even at the end. It swayed our way a bit because we only need to get four more wickets tomorrow,” Olivier remarked.
As gloveman Jonny Bairstow was batting on 33 off 72 deliveries and Toby Roland-Jones is yet to face a delivery.
Out of five bowlers used on the very first day, four bowlers were among wickets including the 27-year-old left-arm orthodox spinner Keshav Maharaj, who bagged the prized scalp of Alastair Cook.
“I settled in the older the ball got and I bowled a lot straighter which made it difficult to score with the right fields,” Olivier asserted.
Olivier further revealed he was ready for the longest format call after making his Test debut against Sri Lanka in January this year while adding he is focusing on his fitness to feature in the set-up in a bid to deliver in team’s favour.
“I’m still fairly new, I had a lot of nerves, and I bowled a bit too wide,” Olivier maintained while playing his third Test of his international career in England.
Olivier has further praised the unconditional support of skipper Faf du Plessis while stating he was told to focus on basics.
Interestingly, following the unavailability of Chris Morris and promising prospect Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel started off the proceedings for visitors, before Kagiso Rabada and Olivier claimed two wickets each which further saw the youngster picking opposition skipper Root on 52 off 101.
So far, Olivier has bagged nine wickets in five innings of his (ongoing) third Test.