14 December 2011 by Roy Barford

South Africa vs Sri Lanka cricket: First Test in Pretoria

The first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka starts at SuperSport Park Centurion in Pretoria on Thursday, December 15, with the weather forecast looking pretty good for the 5 days of the match, although this a chance of morning rain on Thursday.

Tickets range from R20 to R140 and are available at the gate an online through TicketPros. If you are staying in Johannesburg, you can travel to Centurion each day on the Gautrain from Sandton.

Day 2 of the match, Friday, is a public holiday and there should be an excellent turn out at the ground as a result. The South African weather service predicts that from Friday onward, temperatures in Pretoria will be above 25 degrees Centigrade, with no rain for the rest of the match.

The pitch at SuperSport Park Centurion is known to be quick and bouncy, which will be a huge challenge for the Sri Lankan batsmen, who are used to the softer pitches of the subcontinent. This is the home ground of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, 2 of the world’s top pace bowlers at the moment, who will no doubt be looking forward to making life uncomfortable for visiting batsmen. They are likely to get excellent support from new boy Vernon Philander, who took 14 wickets at an average of 13 in his first 2 Tests against Australia.

AB de Villiers, another Pretoira home boy, is probably the batsmen spectators are most looking forward to seeing in action. In the past, de Villiers has punished spinners who battled to find the right length at Centurion and the crowd will be hoping for more of the same.

For more information about the match, phone Cricket South Africa on +27 (0)11 880 2810.

The above photo of cricket fans having fun at SuperSport Park Centurion is courtesy of make_change

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