Du Plessis wary of 'unknown' Centurion surface

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

"One less batter makes your responsibility on the top six a little bit more. He took a bottle of kerosene nearby and poured it on his head and set himself ablaze", the police official said.

Virat Kohli confirmed India are considering altering their opening combination for the second Test and Du Plessis is expecting a "huge performance" from them.

Having more diverse pitches would not only give India's fast bowling attack better chances of success but would also help the team prevent the kind of batting debacle seen in the first Test in India's ongoing South Africa tour. "I said that match was one of the best I played in because there were so many ups and downs for both teams‚" he said. "We believe we can get them out twice again", Kohli said. I am sure they will do well in the remaining Tests. "They are an incredibly strong side and if you sit back and rely on a 1-0 lead against India and relax, they will pounce".

Talking about the balance in the team, he said, "Do we want to keep the same balance, of four seamers and a spinner, or do we look at an all-rounder!" "India is the same".

"We are going to look at anything possible to take them out of their comfort zones". In the previous game it was pace and it worked. To have pace anywhere in the world is an advantage.

Old-timers talked about the batsmen's lack of technique, the line and length of the bowlers and some dissected the team selection and some others turned sports psychologists going into the mindset of players when the seaming ball is flying around. "I don't mind that", he said.

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"It's always challenging whenever you come to a new country".

Head-to-head: South Africa have an excellent record at Centurion. Whether the Galle invocation will work is hard to know but the fact remains that South Africa and Sri Lanka can not be taken in the same breath, particularly when it comes to Test cricket. But Virat Kohli defended the decisions saying the "form" took precedence over past performance. "Rohit had scored runs in the last three Test matches that he has played, and he was batting well, even in the series against Sri Lanka". "Everybody is on the same level". In our dressing room, there's none of that.

To make up for the loss of overs on the third day, Monday and Tuesday were to witness 98 overs being bowled, with play to start as per schedule.

"Vernon is now in a place where he's fitter". So I had a lot of things to learn from it.

The Test match got completed within four days, including a day that was entirely washed out. If we can have Vernon like that, it makes our bowling even more unsafe.

AB de Villiers: The expectation from him is the same as anyone in the team. When you don't get a big score, you unknowingly start putting too much pressure on yourself and that's what Rohit needs to avoid. "The batting didn't come out well so I'm not anxious on the bowling front at all". However, the same forecast added that it could get "partly cloudy" later in the day. "They know better on who should play and who should not", he said.

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