Proteas preparing for `unknown` Centurion pitch: Du Plessis

Sergio Conner
January 14, 2018

Ishant Sharma also bowled. But by leaving out an in-form bowler in Bhuvneshwar, the visitors already conceded round one to the hosts, who got off to a good start staying unharmed in the first session at Centurion on Saturday. The intent-storm has now taken Ajinkya Rahane in its wake. The young debutant Jasprit Bumrah's selection over the more experienced and Umesh Yadav wasn't spared either, except that the bowler with the unorthodox action, mere 24 years of age, put an end to this one debate after bowling the spell of the Test match. But India may still find a great opportunity to level things here in the next five days.

Captain Faf du Plessis said he was excited to play the second test after an evenly contested first test match. "But it is important we stay positive and confident as a team. looking forward to the next game". "We certainly don't go on opinions that are created outside, and "talk of the town", and all those sort of things".

One, India are playing South Africa, who are one of the best players of short bowling.

"There is no need to panic as a batting unit, we have played well for a long time - and we have played well away from home as well". While the conditions obviously are hard to tackle, they need to show some positive intent to take on the rival attack which will be preying on their perceived weakness against bounce.

"For us, at the moment, it's unknown". Very often in the past one has been writing match reports that has focused on one courageous Indian performer, who has risen above the mediocre performance of his team, though not been able to alter the result of the match. The skipper went on: "For us as a team, it's all about finding the right balance".

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"I still believe that KG's best is still to come. For us to get the conditions we would like, the ball must spin as little as possible.The wicket looks a bit browner than I thought it would be", du Plessis told the reporters.

Just imagine being named vice-captain and then being dropped for the first two Tests of the series.

On Monday, Klusener was travelling to Harare to join the Zimbabwe boys (He is a batting coach of the Zimbabwe national team) and missed out on watching the fascinating day's play at Newlands, where 18 wickets fell.

However, SuperSport Park hasn't been a minefield for batsmen; Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla have scored double hundreds there - Herschelle Gibbs came within eight runs of 200 there too - while AB de Villiers set the record for the fastest Test century by a South African, taking just 75 balls against India in 2010.

"When you look at the type of score that you have to defend, 208, someone has to make the play". It doesn't mean that if you are playing six batters, you can afford to go out and play loose shots.

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