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Will be an exciting Test, feels Aiden

Will be an exciting Test, feels Aiden”

India's arrival in South Africa for a three-Test series has posed the opener some sterner challenges, but it's something the 23-year-old welcomed.

About dismissing the big fish, AB de Villiers, for his first Test wicket, Bumrah said, "As a bowler you look to get your first wicket as early as possible and I got AB". But there have been a lot of high scores here.

"Generally it's a good batting wicket here", said Markram, who captains the local franchise, Titans. "It's incredibly exciting, SuperSport Park is a place that I have grown up watching and playing cricket and it has been an exciting week and I'm really looking forward to it".

"It's always challenging whenever you come to a new country, the wickets are different, the weather is different".

The number one test side in the world, India, are smarting after losing the first test by 72 runs, after looking like favourites to win the match, when they bowled out the South Africans for 286 in the first innings and 130 in the second, to set themselves an attainable 209 run target for victory.

"It's been a bit of a rollercoaster the last couple of years but an enjoyable one". I learned a lot about myself and my game, which is important.

"We do not have many days to prepare for the second match but I still don't think there is a lot to change going into Saturday‚" Markram said. "Most importantly I have kept learning, which is great", he said.

For Markram, having Dean Elgar as his opening partner was the flawless set up. "Playing against India is a massive step up (as compared to Bangladesh and Zimbabwe)".

"It was a massive step up". "There's a reason why they are the No. 1 team in the world - they have quality players in all departments". They tick all the boxes and they have come here to compete, which is great.

"The great thing about him is that he has the ideal mindset for a young guy at this level".

"You learn your biggest lessons at this level. I haven't seen it yet, but I think they've prepared something similar to last week in Cape Town but not as extreme". Run scoring was not easy for the batsmen, not even of the home team who are familiar with the conditions.

"We as batsmen are aware that we'll need to sacrifice our averages on the pitches in this series because it plays to our bowlers" strengths.

"You have a game plan according to wickets".

"We've had a couple of days off now to think about that". By no means are we going to accept the fact that batsmen can't score runs.

With Dale Steyn injured, all eyes will be on whether young Kagiso Rabada spearheads the South Africa bowling. He did look like the more assertive Markram we have been used to over the past six months of seeing him in worldwide cricket in the second innings, where he scored a breezy 34. He's put his hand up for the side and he nearly sees his role as a senior one even though he is so young. He has adopted a great mindset.

"He's obviously a very competitive guy". He's got a lot of X-factor about him. It's a great trait for him to have.

Talking about Lungi Ngidi, he said,"I am incredibly happy for Lungi. There are quite a few unfamiliarities for me so it's nice to have Dean at the other end to calm it all down and make it feel more comfortable".



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