SA Vs West Indies, Day Two – Van Zyl Makes a Stellar Test Debut [analysis]

South Africa continued their dominance on day two of the first Test against the West Indies: Hashim Amla scored his first double hundred as captain while Stiaan van Zyl made a ton on debut South Africa declared on 552-5.

It’s one thing making your Test debut, it’s a another thing making it when the batsmen before you are the best in the world and had just put on a record stand. Then there is also making your Test debut after waiting, eight years exactly, to make the squad. Waiting five months to get your cap. Waiting for the toss on the first day. Waiting since 12:14 on day one to first step out into the middle. Waiting for your first run. It takes a lot of patience, but patience is not simply the ability to wait, it’s how we behave while we wait.

Over the last 48-or-so hours, there was a 27-year old and his parents patiently waiting. On Thursday, Stiaan van Zyl became the first South African to score a hundred on debut at home. The wait, clearly, was worth it. He’d spent most of the night before his debut waking up. Up at 1:00, 2:30…

Source : Daily Maverick