Though South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada has been on the scene for a while, his maiden Test five-fer set the Twittering tongues wagging.
He baggd five against England at the Wanderers on Saturday, his previous best being three wickets for a lot of runs, and social media reacted accordingly.
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) January 16, 2016
@KagisoRabada25 is only 20? Scary talent on display
— Robin John Peterson (@robbie13flair) January 16, 2016
Rabada is a gem… Pleasure to see a young bowler making a art look incredibly easy…..#SAvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 16, 2016
— Vincent Barnes (@VincentBarnes50) January 16, 2016
"Oh-bla-di, Rabada" from the SA fans. Banter ante upped #
— mark butcher (@markbutcher72) January 16, 2016
— Iain O'Brien (@iainobrien) January 16, 2016
Kagiso Rabada. Only 20 years old. Again the pick of #Proteas bowlers: 5 for 76. The birth of a superstar?
— Max du Preez (@MaxduPreez) January 16, 2016
Both sides also wore the Black Lives Matter logo on their collars.
Persistent rain meant only 17 overs were completed before an early tea break.
Both teams took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before play got under way.
Two minutes’ silence were also observed.
England and West Indies players took the knee ahead of the First Test in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
England displayed names of key workers, including nurse practitioner Tom Field, on their training shirts to honour their work in the Covid-19 crisis.
Test cricket is back, baby! Follow the first Test between England West Indies live here.
The toss for the first Test has been pushed back.
The Red Rose could be without a home venue as Emirates Old Trafford is being used by England as a ‘bio-secure venue’ this summer.
Persistent drizzle in Southampton has put back the return of international cricket.