SuperSport curator feels the heat ahead of Test debut

SuperSport curator feels the heat ahead of Test debut

South Africa, with Jacques Kallis scoring his first double century, won by an innings, despite a heroic rearguard attempt from Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni. India went ahead with Rohit Sharma who flopped in both outings.

Proteas coach Ottis Gibson has given strong indications that the team will look to field four seamers in the second Test against India at Supersport Park.

It seems that Centurion curator Bryan Bloy will be under a little more pressure, with the captain of the two sides had already given good reviews of the 22-yard strip in Cape Town.

"It's amusing how things change in a matter of weeks, or just about five days". Before the first Test no-one thought that he should be in the eleven and now suddenly people are looking at the other option.

"We're very happy with the way the bowlers went about their business. We're playing global cricket, representing the country at the highest level and everyone should be responsible enough to understand that they need to prepare in a way that they go along with the team's momentum", Kohli said explaining the individual responsibilities.

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

Kohli repeated that Rohit played in the tour opener due to his current form. "He's a quality player, he's done well in South Africa, all conditions actually away from home".

Calls for the inclusion of Ajinkya Rahane, known for his quiet approach, instead of fellow Mumbaikar Rohit Sharma have grown over the few days.

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The ball doesn't take much time getting to the ropes here, unlike the Newlands in Cape Town, one of the biggest cricket grounds in the world. On a positive side, the Indian team has always shown that extra aggression under Virat Kohli's captaincy and if that aggression is displayed again here, I must say India can send jitter waves to the South African dressing room.

"As far as the opening combination goes, we will decide today at the end of practice what is it that we are going to go within this game".

The curator believes pace and bounce happen to be the true nature of the wicket in Centurion and that is something he can not change.

A sensational spell by South Africa medium-pacer Vernon Philander, picking career-best six for 42 in the second innings, and an entire star-studded Indian batting line-up was on the mat for just 135.

The skipper feels that despite the mistakes committed, his batting unit is in much better shape for this game. But not even legends such as those have brought them the type of unadulterated delight that Philander serves up at his home ground. Just past year, he equaled the world record of seven Test 50s in consecutive innings. "We prepare bowling friendly conditions because we want to win Test matches".

As thrilling as the first Test was in Cape Town, it came with an injury to veteran fast bowler Dale Steyn. I was sure that a wicket which was under cover for more than 24 hours will have a lot of sweating and if India managed to pick up a couple of early wickets, we could have a go at the South African batting. What's happened in the previous year does not matter.

"See, pace and bounce comes naturally here and that is what we have tried to keep".

Editorial team of CricketCountry.

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