• Proteas on the verge of victory

    Quinton de Kock’s sixth Test century was the big story of day two and ensured South Africa’s complete dominance of the first Test against the West Indies in St Lucia.

    At stumps, the West Indies were 82-4, trailing the Proteas by 143 runs but it was De Kock’s innings that set up the visitors’ strong position.

    De Kock (141*) smashed 12 boundaries and seven sixes, helping the Proteas to 322 all out. While wickets fell opposite him, De Kock was steadfast in his approach switching between circumspect and aggressive at will in what was a good reminder of how destructive he can be.

    He shared a valuable 53-run partnership with Wiaan Mulder (25) and a ninth-wicket partnership with Anrich Nortje, a 79-run stand off 75 balls with De Kock scoring 68 of those.

    The Windies began their second innings in the final session of the day and the South African fast-bowling unit made inroads almost immediately.

    Kagiso Rabada picked up both openers and then Nortje got two of his own to leave the Windies reeling again at 51-4. They managed to survive the rest of the day without losing another wicket.

    They’ll start day three on 82, trailing by 143 runs.

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    Craig Lewis