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#SAvIND: Du Plessis surprised by brown pitch

#SAvIND: Du Plessis surprised by brown pitch”

He said: "I think at times they played very good cricket in that first Test".

"If every Test match finishes inside three days and we're on the right side of the result, then I'm okay with that", Proteas coach Ottis Gibson offered after the Cape Town Test. "We are pretty happy to see the wicket how it behaved in Cape Town that gave us many opportunities to stay in the game and make comebacks whenever we were put under pressure also".

"This pitch will again test us to play our best cricket and that is something we are looking forward to". Du Plessis said in the pre-match conference. "I don't think it was (an) overly aggressive wicket." he said.

"The information from the groundsmen is that the grass on the wicket has been burnt from the heat over the last week". It was very hot. "It's only really when it gets to 150 that it's really quick", said du Plessis.

"For us‚ at the moment it is unknown and we will see how it plays over the next five days. If you do that against a strong team like India they will pounce on you".

However, man-of-the-match Vernon Philander felt that the wicket was flat at times but overall it was a good one. "If the pitch has variable bounce and fuller balls are coming past your head and shorter balls are staying down, then pace becomes more unsafe because you're thinking in the back of your head, 'I'm not sure what the pitch is doing.' Hopefully we can see that on this wicket towards the end of the Test match". India was in the game for 90 per cent of the game, so it was a fantastic contest between two really strong teams.

Speaking on Friday (January 12), at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on the eve of the second Test, du Plessis reiterated that the match in Newlands in Cape Town was one of the best he had been involved in.

The Proteas now face a dilemma of the additional fourth pacer in the team due to Steyn's injury but the skipper seemed rather upbeat about this situation saying, "The team that we selected last week was what we thought was the best team, Dale Steyn is among the world's best bowler and he brings a lot to the table". But Pandya smashed 93 runs in just 95 balls to help the team recover from 92 for 7 and post 209 in the first innings. But the Indian batsmen needed to step up.

"We are going to look at anything possible to take them out of their comfort zones. We just need to apply ourselves better".

Du Plessis also said that the culture in the team meant everyone felt comfortable and were able to perform to optimum levels.

"We have to decide whether we go with the same balance of four seamers and a spinner or whether we go for more of an all-rounder".



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