Viljoen delighted with instant impact


Hardus Viljoen was able to reflect on "a dream start" to his international career after dismissing England captain Alastair Cook with his maiden delivery in Tests on Friday.

Having been brought on for the 11th over of the tourists' first innings at the Wanderers, Viljoen had Cook (18) caught down the leg side first up to spark jubilant celebrations.

The paceman was unfortunate not to strike again before lunch, but proved expensive thereafter and had figures of 1-57 from 11 overs when England - aided by a superb, unbeaten hundred from Joe Root - reached stumps on 238-5 in reply to their hosts' total of 313.

Nevertheless, the immediate removal of Cook gave Viljoen much to be pleased about.

"Wow, it's still unreal," he said. "I had a bit of a claw the first ball [a reference to gripping the ball too tightly] and the nerves were pumping.

"It was a dream start. I would have liked to nick him [Cook] off on the off side but every one counts."

Viljoen was honest enough to acknowledge he had not planned to have Cook strangled down the leg side.

"There was definitely no plan there," he added. "I was just glad he got some bat on it."

Earlier in the day, Viljoen had also made a fine start as a Test batsman, striking the first ball he faced - a James Anderson full toss - down the ground for four en route to 20 not out from 16 deliveries.

What a surprise," he said. "When you are facing a quality attack like Jimmy and Stuart [Broad], to get a full toss up front is a gift."