by one or two outstanding achievements and the last one was no different. Faf has been singing the praises of the attack and so he should be after a great display as a unit. The line and length was generally superb from all of the bowlers. MOM Quinnie took 8 catches in total and scored 95 runs in the first innings. But what about Faf's own wonderful contribution? He needed to bowl 10 overs before the new ball and he opted to go with Maharaj. A risky proposition with a feisty Stokes and Root at the crease. In Maharaj's first over Stokes belted him adding a further 12 runs in that over, the captain showed his disappointment but instead of replacing Maharaj he stuck with him, a game-changing decision in that in his second over Maharaj took Stokes's wick et. Faf had held his nerve and backed his bowler. The fall of that valuable wicket in that moment of the game was a defining moment as to the outcome of the game. And then again soon after, what about Faf backing young Nortje with the new ball as opposed to his star and seasoned bowler, Vernon Philander? Another masterstroke as Norje removed Root. Surely, Faf should have been the MOM?
But wait on, shouldn't Nortje have been MOM perhaps? Useless as a batman he came on as the nightwatchman, faced a barrage of short pitched ugly stuff from Archer, stretched out his stay to the next day, formed an invaluable 91 run partnership with Van Der Dussen and making 40 runs of his own. Remember we're talking tailender here playing in only his 4th Test. And with that Nortje exemplified what is needed in the Protea camp......guts and determination. No folks, they've got it wrong, even without counting his scalps as a bowler he is my MOM.