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Old 31st December 2015, 01:11   #801
Midnight
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Originally Posted by square leg umpire View Post
Everybody seemed to favour fielding first at the start. They say that in Durban you should look up instead of down and there was cloud cover. SA had England 3 down for not many but then it went away from them.

Although when SA batted a second time, it clouded over and became difficult late on day four. In Durban conditions can change quickly and there is always a chance of assistance overhead. One thing though is that it generally favours spin later on so there needs to be a pretty convincing case to give up the advantage of batting first. Given that England's openers are a tad vulnerable, the early loss of wickets may not have been just due to the conditions.
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