Faf du Plessis: We'll take aggressive approach in second Test

Alicia Farmer
January 13, 2018

"Pandya's performance has given India this sweet headache, for leaving him out would invite wrath of the supporters and experts - he was the highest scorer of the game from both sides - but playing him might mean compromising with the team combination that you might think is ideal for the pitch in Centurion, and what's best suited for the team after the twin batting failure", Chopra wrote in his column for First Cricket.

He has good reason to be in a jovial mood, with his side taking a 1-0 lead into the match after completing a thrilling 72-run victory against the sub-continent opponents at Newlands in Cape Town, inside four days.

"We were pretty happy with the wicket and the way it played in Cape Town, it gave us many opportunities to stay in the game", said Kohli.

Sharing his thoughts, du Plessis said, "It looks a bit browner than I thought it would be". "The information from the groundsman is that the grass on the wicket has been burnt from the heat over the last week". It was very hot.

Although Centurion is Du Plessis' home ground, he said the pitch looked unusual.

When the hessian was lifted off the pitch at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday, a day before the second Test match, the grass was brown, nearly straw coloured.

"For us‚ at the moment it is unknown and we will see how it plays over the next five days".

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"For most of these guys, Titans is their domestic team and they play here at SuperSport Park, so they do know about the style of play on this one".

The magical symbolism of Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi bowling together for the Proteas might not yet been seen in the second Test against India, starting on Saturday in Centurion.

In his second season in charge at the venue, Bloy says that more than favouring the home team, it is about preparing a wicket that shall play true to its nature. India were in the game for 90 percent of the time. "I expect they will take a lot of positives from the game and I expect another huge performance from them".

Notably, India benched vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane for the first Test and picked Rohit Sharma in the XI, which also had three specialist seamers, off-spinner R Ashwin and fast-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya. "We believe we can get them out twice again". But the Indian batsmen needed to step up. "I expect a good cricket wicket". "We just need to apply ourselves better".

"One less batter makes your responsibility on the top six a little bit more".

"The team we selected last week was the right team and it worked pretty well", said Du Plessis. If you pick three seamers, he will consistently have to be on the money.

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