South African Aggression Comes to a Head | South Africa vs. Bangladesh | 2nd Test - Days 1-3 | October 9-11 - 2017
By Stuart Garlick
*DAY THREE COMING SHORTLY*
2nd Test: South Africa vs. Bangladesh, Days 1-3 | October 9-11 - 2017, Cricket highlights
Kagisho Rabada will take the plaudits after a third day that saw South Africa stride to a massive victory over Bangladesh - in a match where the result was never in doubt - but in a sporting climate where head injuries are taken far more seriously, the Proteas' use of bouncers will come under scrutiny. Three times Bangladesh's players were hit on the helmet by short-pitched deliveries, and visiting captain Mushfiqur Raqim even needed medical attention after a particularly hard blow. It was a shame, as South Africa were in control anyway, and didn't need to resort to Bodyline tactics in order to get a win by a country mile.
With the home side missing a whole host of experienced campaigners they have come to get used to calling upon, the heavy lifting fell on the shoulders of Rabada, who responded by breaking 100 test wickets and take ten wickets in the match, showing he can lead a bowling attack up there with most in the world. He was backed-up by a supporting cast that were able to find their way in gently, with Wayne Parnell coming back into the side and proving particularly effective, even if there will be sterner opponents ahead in the future.
Wicketkeeper Liton Das impressed fleetingly for Bangladesh, but the main story was how Mushfiqur got back up and insisted on continuing to play and captain his side, even while presumably concussed - a sign that cricket has a long way to go in understanding head trauma issues. 23 year-old Aiden Markram's 143 in South Africa's innings was one of four separate centuries by home batsmen, in what was a crushingly dominant win.