ENG vs SA: South African speedster Anrich Nortje relishes generating fiery pace in Test win

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ENG vs SA: South African speedster Anrich Nortje relishes generating fiery pace in Test win
ENG vs SA: South African speedster Anrich Nortje relishes generating fiery pace in Test win

ENG vs SA: South African speedster Anrich Nortje relishes generating fiery pace in Test win

ENG vs SA: South African speedster Anrich Nortje who was measured at 148 kph during his team’s crushing innings victory over England in their first Test at Lord’s on Friday, said he enjoyed bowling at speeds rarely seen in English circumstances.

As England stumbled to 149 all out in their second innings and lost the Test in three days, Nortje tore through the heart of the home batting, claiming three wickets in 10 balls at one stage.

According to the analytics website CricViz, Nortje’s average pace during the over in which he dismissed the dangerous Jonny Bairstow was 148 kph, making it the fastest over England has faced at home in the previous ten years of test cricket.

“It’s exciting, something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid,” Nortje told a news conference.

ENG vs SA: South African speedster Anrich Nortje relishes generating fiery pace in Test win
ENG vs SA: South African speedster Anrich Nortje relishes generating fiery pace in Test win

“It’s hard work, you have to get yourself up. Sometimes you think you’ve bowled the right ball and it just goes to the boundary and then you have your captain saying ‘It’s a good ball, keep going, keep going’. That helped me at stages as well. But yeah, it’s a nice feeling.”

The speed gun, which measures the speed of bowlers’ deliveries, is shown on the board, and Nortje, 28, acknowledged that he occasionally peeks at it to check how fast he is moving.

“I do, I do, but it’s not a focus to be trying to go quicker or slow or whatever. But it is nice to see when the rhythm is there.

“Sometimes it feels like it’s a lot slower and the speed gun says something different. And then sometimes it feels fast, then this speed guns says it’s slow. But when I’m on the field, I just try and execute as much as possible.”

One of the talking points of the test victory was Nortje’s speed. But the South African seam attack as a whole has also received high praise.

Due to his seven-wicket haul, Kagiso Rabada named man of the match. Lungi Ngidi also contributed two more wickets toward the conclusion of the game, and 22-year-old Marco Jansen also contributed two.