Day of joy for new WI seamer
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (CMC):
Left-arm seamer Kenroy Peters yesterday described his Test debut as one of "joy and butterflies", and had dedicated his first Test wicket to seven-week-old son Ethan.
The 32-year-old, who arrived here earlier this week as a late replacement for the injured Kemar Roach, shared the new ball with Jerome Taylor on the opening morning of the Boxing Day second Test at St George's Park.
Peters said he found out he had been included the final XI on Christmas Day but noted this did little to assuage the nerves.
"The nerves start from the time you hear you are in the first XI. It was a mixture of emotions, joy and butterflies" said Peters.
Second spell easier
"I always tell myself once I bowl my first spell and I can be within the areas I want to bowl, the second spell is going to be easier because I would have already assessed the conditions and that's basically what my first spell was all about.
"I was trying to assess the conditions, looking at the strengths of the batsmen and working towards the team plan. The more I bowled during the day I became more confident."
He finished with one for 44 from 15 overs, claiming century-maker Dean Elgar for 121, caught at the wicket off one that seamed away gently in the final session.
Peters said his main focus from the start of the day had been getting among the wickets.
"I remember when I played my first first-class game, it was against South Africa A. I was just finished playing Under-19 when I got the call," Peters reminisced.
"Now 10 to 12 years later, I am making my [Test] debut against South Africa. So when I was bowling [today] my only ambition was to get a wicket ... because I wanted to do it for my son. I have a seven-week-old son and I'm dedicating this to my son."