Proteas preparing for `unknown` Centurion pitch: Du Plessis

Proteas preparing for `unknown` Centurion pitch: Du Plessis

With only de Villiers offering a fightback, South Africa's lower order did not trouble India.

Bryan Bloy is looking at his first Test pitch.

Du Plessis said he expected pace and bounce but admitted he was not sure how the pitch would play. Speaking exclusively to CricketNext, chief curator Bryan Bloy has promised a wicket that will have pace, bounce and a bit of sideways movement. It was very hot.

"In the past, we have seen Indian pacers come here and get carried away with bounce and carry".

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With the 2nd Test Match starting today, India has to get their act together if they really have to make an impact. Though the less flamboyant ones, Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara also failed, they are trusted to in these conditions, especially the dogged Saurashtra right-hander.

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Keeping the pitch and team combination talk aside, the visitors find themselves in a tricky position. "Yes, they fought hard in this Test but lost chasing a small total, and this should be extremely disappointing for them", said Klusener.

"It is a test of character". We might do something different also but there is definitely no need to panic. The pleasing thing for me is that Vern wants the ball all the time.

But in the last three years Steyn has shown he has the ability to rise again after being down, so it should come as no surprise if he's back on the cricketing field again. "We are not a team that gives opposition easy victories", Kohli said on Friday. Riding the crest of an unprecedented win-spree, notwithstanding, Team India has several chinks in its "famed" armour. The most lethal weapon of South Africa's pace weaponry has been ruled out from the test series as he is to be rested for about 6 weeks. At home, South Africa have won 9 and lost 2 against India in 18 matches. With South Africa nearly certain to pick four at Centurion, that should not be a problem, with Morris's pace and "X-factor" seen as an attribute. The special feature of this practice session was that it did not include the players who played in the first Test.

India however won't be taking any solace from its record at this ground, having played only one Test match and losing it by an innings and 25 runs. "I met Faf yesterday when they arrived for training. They are an incredibly strong side and if you sit back and rely on a 1-0 lead against India and relax, they will pounce".

On the battle between Virat Kohli and de Villiers for batting honours in the series, du Plessis said, "Anyone who gets judged as being the best in the world, whether it is a bowler, batsman or team, I feel should get judged from his performances all around the world".

"He bowls a heavy ball", suggested du Plessis. The hosts believe, if they present a wicket with pace and bounce and on the flatter side, then it would hand over the advantage to India. We want to plug all those game. That's our strength at SuperSport Park and we try to play to our strength. "Generally Centurion doesn't spin that much, but there is a thick layer of brown grass on it, which is not something we're used to seeing", du Plessis said.

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