IND vs SA: du Plessis unhappy with Centurion wicket

Leslie Hanson
January 13, 2018

Faf du Plessis, who marshalled a defence of a relatively low 208-run target in the first Test against India to lead South Africa to a 72-run victory, wasn't about to rest on the laurels of victory, stressing that India were a quality team and would grab their chances if South Africa relaxed. "It looks like a really lively pitch". That's why I said it was one of the best Tests I've played in, because there were so many ups and downs for both teams. "Our culture is strong on making sure that when young guys come into the team that we treat them as though they have played 50 or 70 or 100 Tests", he revealed. If you think that you'd need only four bowlers to take 20 wickets, playing an extra bowling option at the cost of a proper Test batsman isn't recommended. "The information from the groundsman is that the grass on the wicket has been burnt from the heat over the last week. We're more risky then", said Du Plessis.

"Generally Centurion doesn't spin that much, but there is a thick layer of ground grass on it, which is not something we're used to seeing".

"For us‚ at the moment it is unknown and we will see how it plays over the next five days". Du Plessis said he expected India to mount a strong challenge.

Centurion - The story of Newlands is now forgotten as attention turns sharply to SuperSport Park for the second Test between the Proteas and India starting on Saturday.

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. They were in the game for 90 per cent of the time.

Du Plessis expects a huge response from their India from the visitors' defeat in Cape Town.

"We're very happy with the way the bowlers went about their business". I know he is very hungry to do well and a hungry AB usually means a big run-scoring AB, so hopefully over the next few months, we will get a lot of runs from him. Kohli said they had gained from their experience in Cape Town - and the mistakes they had made there.

"If there was a bit of grass on it, it's fine then we back ourselves". The South Africans, of course, have to make at least one change given Steyn's injury, and if coach Ottis Gibson is to be believed, it will be another quick bowler as a replacement.

Paul Harris is the most successful spinner there with 13 wickets in four Tests, but it is a venue where the seamers dominate.

Kohli was quizzed on possible changes among the batsmen. He admitted that there would be some discussion about India's opening batting combination, which suggests that Shikhar Dhawan's place could be in doubt after two poor dismissals against short-pitched deliveries last week.

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