Faf confirms ‘enforcer’ Olivier will play at Newlands

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Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has confirmed that fast bowler Duanne Olivier will definitely play in the second Test against Pakistan at Newlands from Thursday.

Olivier took 11 wickets in the victory in the first Test of the three-match series in Centurion but there was some doubt if he would hold onto his position as Vernon Philander returns from injury.

Du Plessis explained that the hosts want to use Olivier as an “enforcer” as his pace and bounce had great success in Centurion.

The Proteas skipper said on Wednesday: “We’ve got a lot of skill in our bowling attack and Duane is more an enforcer and a guy that puts you on the back foot.

“Just that enforcer role that I think is important and he brings a variety to our attack.

“It can sometimes be a bit challenging for batters especially when they come from the subcontinent where the ball doesn’t bounce as high.

“He is a fit guy that can bowl long spells and I like to have that in the armoury. He runs at you and is around your head most of the time. It’s not comfortable for anyone.”

The rest of the composition of the Proteas bowling attack is still to be debated though with Du Plessis saying a decision on the final XI will be made before the toss on Thursday.

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