West Indies v South Africa Tests - Men's
Teen debutant shines as bowlers dominate in St Lucia
19-year-old Windies debutant Jayden Seales hits back with three wickets after Lungi Ngidi claimed five to rout the West Indies for 97 on day one
11 June 2021, 11:15 AM AEST
Seamer Lungi Ngidi showed all his guile to take 5-19 as South Africa skittled the West Indies for 97 and seized the initiative on the first day of the first Test in Saint Lucia.
The hosts posted their lowest Test total against South Africa, who reached 4-128 at the close on Thursday – a lead of 31 runs on a wicket that is proving difficult to score on.
Rassie van der Dussen (34 not out) and Quinton de Kock (four not out) will resume on the second day, seeking to steady what has been a brittle top six for the touring side in recent times, after losing the toss.
West Indies' firebrand teenage fast bowler Jayden Seales, who has played only one previous first-class match, accounted for fellow debutant Keegan Petersen (19) in South Africa's innings.
The impressive Seales (3-34) also removed opener Aiden Markram (60), and another debutant Kyle Verreynne (6), all caught behind the wicket, validating his selection in place of the injured Shannon Gabriel.
The 19-year-old quick with an action similar to Kagiso Rabada only made his first-class debut for West Indies A in New Zealand last December, and impressed in intra-squad trial games with 4-40 and 3-42.
"I didn't play much first-class cricket but I think being in the set-up and training with the team from New Zealand to now I think I've put in a lot of hard work and my body is ready," Seales said ahead of the Test.
"Honestly, I never really try to adapt from any other bowlers, it just came naturally.
"I've been told I have an action similar to Rabada. In terms of internationals, I look at old West Indian bowlers and now in the set-up I look at Jason (Holder), Roachy (Kemar Roach) and Shannon (Gabriel) closely.
"I try to hear as much from them, learn as much from them and take it under my game."
Windies chief selector Roger Harper said the lack of experience would be no hindrance.
"I saw a young bowler perform in games where Test players and the best of our best of our regional first-class players were playing and he performed exceedingly well," Harper said.
"Better than a number of players who have been playing first-class cricket for a number of years.
"The thing is the match wasn't classified as first-class match but those were played by the best of our first-class players.
"I would like to think that if he can perform well in those games against those players, he has the potential to transfer that onto the Test scene."
South Africa's tight lines and nagging length with the ball starved the West Indies of scoring shots as Ngidi and fellow seamer Anrich Nortje (4-35) claimed nine of the wickets to fall.
Nortje also cracked the helmet of batsman Nkrumah Bonner, who went on to make 10 from 32 balls but was later diagnosed with concussion.
He has been replaced in the game by Kieran Powell, who will bat in West Indies' second innings.