History post: Makhaya Ntini becomes the first black SA test cricketer

History post: Makhaya Ntini becomes the first black SA test cricketer

On this day in 1998, Makhaya Ntini made history as he became the first black South African to represent the Proteas in a test match.

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Today marks a very special day in the history of South African cricket.

Proteas fast bowler, Makhaya Ntini, made his test debut on this day in 1998, and in the process became the first black cricketer to play a test match for South Africa.

The historic moment took place at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town as South Africa took on Sri Lanka.

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Ntini must have experienced butterflies in the stomach but settled his nerves as he picked up two wickets during the match.

It set the tone for a long and illustrious career in international cricket.

Born in the small rural village of Mdingi in the Eastern Cape, Ntini made his mark on the global stage as he rose to second place in the ICC test match bowler rankings.

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Other incredible achievements include him being the first South African to take 10 wickets at the prestigious Lords cricket ground in England.

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He also became the third South African bowler to claim 300 test wickets, behind Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock.

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