Home captain Craig Brathwaite and opening partner Shai Hope tested in the first 45 minutes against opening bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi during cloudy skies.

Enrique Nortje picked up three wickets in the West Indies top-order as the home team were reduced to 48 for four by lunch on the opening day of the first Test in St Lucia on Thursday.

Home captain Craig Brathwaite and opening partner Shai Hope tested in the first 45 minutes against opening bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi during cloudy skies.

But Nortje’s start brought an almost immediate prize with Hope back in the team after missing tours from New Zealand and Bangladesh and the home campaign against Sri Lanka, bowled by an impressive, accurate seamer to end the opening partnership of 24 Gone.

Nortje then bowled Brathwaite in his next over, with the cuffed right-hander paying the ultimate price for an error of judgment when he opted for a no-shot off a delivery angle.

Rabada had worked impressively at the other end without success, advancing from the outside edge on at least a dozen occasions, until he received the worthy reward of the wicket of Nkrumah Bonner.

When he was late on the hook shot off Norge’s first ball, hit flush to the helmet, he could do nothing for a perfectly pitched delivery from Rabada, which gave wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock the lead.

De Kock had previously opted not to kneel or raise his right fist, unlike his teammates on the field before the start of the game, as the South African West Indies team in acknowledging his concerns about the global Black Lives Matter movement and racism. was involved with. and other forms of discrimination.

Nortje returned for the second spell just before lunch and sent off an unstable Kyle Meyers without much difficulty.

The first seamer was declared leg-before, he successfully challenged the decision to play a poor shot in only two balls, later proposing a simple skid catch to Russi van der Dussen at cover.

This left Roston Chase, who was playing his first Test since the tour of New Zealand late last year, to survive the hiatus with vice-captain Jermaine Blackwood.

West Indies are making their debut for 19-year-old pacer Jayden Seals, who has played just one first-class match before.

In contrast, two South African debutants, middle-order batsmen Keegan Pietersen and Kyle Verrein, who get a chance due to veteran Temba Bavuma’s hip injury, have both played more than 40 first-class matches.

This is the first meeting in Test cricket between the two teams in the West Indies since 2010 and the first time since their historic one-sided meeting in Barbados in 1992 that the Caribbean side are above the Proteas before a series.

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