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Faf Du Plessis wary of a potential Indian comeback at Centurion

Faf Du Plessis wary of a potential Indian comeback at Centurion”

"For us‚ at the moment, it is unknown and we will see how it plays over the next five days", he told a news conference. "As long as we are winning".

Proteas skipper Du Plessis said he expected pace and bounce but admitted he was not sure how the pitch would play. "Last week was very hot". If it was a low-scoring game, we'd want to get 20 or 30 or 50 more. I expect a good cricket wicket and hopefully, pace and bounce. "We prepare bowling friendly conditions because we want to win Test matches". Virat Kohli-led India trail 0-1 in the three-match rubber.

If the captains' moods on the eve of this second Test were a reflection of the atmosphere in the respective camps, then everything with India appears to be just hunky-dory.

In the first Test where 40 wickets fell in Cape Town‚ the batters initially struggled to find their rhythm as the fast bowlers ran riot and that trend is likely to continue. Sitting here as a batsman, the first priority is to win games but if the ball takes the upper hand, so be it.

But a look at the Centurion wicket yesterday suggests there will be much more in it for the batsmen than initially anticipated.

Hardik Pandya was put off by an onrushing Shami from short third-man though, and spilled the effort onto the latter, who also had a bite at the ball before it dropped to the floor. So, if you pick three seamers, he will consistently have to be on the money.

South Africa (from): Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis (captain), Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Morné Morkel, Lungi Ngidi, Duanne Olivier, Temba Bavuma, Andile Phehlukwayo. "But if we play four seamers, he is someone who gets talked about because he has pace and X factor, and he obviously bats as well".

Both Du Plessis and Kohli had good reviews of the 22-yard strip in Cape Town.

"KG (Rabada) is an incredible athlete - I think that's his strongest attribute".

"There is no rain forecast from Thursday and I am hoping that the pitch will be a good one‚ but it will definitely not be a green top".



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