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South Africa take 426 run first innings lead against Bangladesh

It was the day for the senior Proteas players to make their mark as South Africa continued its domination of the second Sunfoil Test match against Bangladesh at the Mangaung Oval on Saturday.

By the close of day two the Proteas had taken a huge lead of 426 runs on the first innings to put Faf du Plessis in a position to enforce the follow on before the close of play.

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Du Plessis: "We want another dominant performance”

Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis, has called for ‘another dominant performance’  in the second Sunfoil Test match against Bangladesh starting at the Mangaung Oval on Friday. Du Plessis described the 333-run win in the first Test as ‘spotless’, and has urged his players for the same consistency to finish off the series on a high.

“We want another dominant performance,” Du Plessis said at his pre-match press conference in Bloemfontein on Thursday. “ If we are honest with ourselves, in conditions like this it is important that we do that against Bangladesh. Yes, on their day they can be dangerous but we need to keep pressure on them and restrict opportunities in the game where they can get on top of us. 

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James Pattinson suffers setback during rehabilitation

Cricket Australia has today confirmed that fast-bowler James Pattinson will take an indefinite break from bowling as he recovers from a reaggravation of his lower back stress fracture.

Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager Alex Kountouris said: “Soon after returning from the UK, following the Champions Trophy and his county cricket contract, James presented with back pain. 

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Paterson replaces injured Morkel in South African squad

WSB Cape Cobras fast bowler, Dane Paterson, has been added to the Standard Bank Proteas Test squad for the second Sunfoil Test against Bangladesh starting at Manguang Oval in Bloemfontein on Friday. Paterson replaces Morne Morkel, who sustained a Grade two tear to the left abdominal oblique muscle during the 333-run victory at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Monday.

Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee explained the injury: “ Morne complained of a sharp pain to his left side yesterday and immediately aborted his bowling spell. Subsequent scans this morning confirmed a Grade two tear to the left abdominal oblique muscle which rules him out of the remainder of the series. He will need a 4-6 week recovery period and will target a return for the T20 Global League in November.”

The squad will travel to Bloemfontein on Tuesday.

Rabada leads South Africa to emphatic 333-run victory over Bangladesh

Kagiso Rabada took on the responsibility of leading the attack in the absence of Morne Morkel in spectacular style as the Standard Bank Proteas thrashed Bangladesh by 333 runs with time and overs to spare on the final day of the first Test match at Senwes Park on Monday.

Rabada needed just 19 balls to blow away what was left of the Bangladesh top order with three wickets, including that of captain Mushfiqur Rahim to the third ball he send down.

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