Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Proteas preparing for `unknown` Centurion pitch: Du Plessis

Proteas preparing for `unknown` Centurion pitch: Du Plessis

Talking about the South African pitches, Kohli emphasised that team needs to have intent because the kind of bowling attack South Africa has, especially on these pitches they get extra bounce and they get extra pace off the wicket.

When Virat Kohli was asked about the possible changes in India's playing XI, he said there is going to be some detailed discussion about the opening combination of the visitors which suggest that Shikhar Dhawan's position is in the doubt ahead of the match after his two poor departures against short-pitched deliveries in opening Test.

"I think at times they played very good cricket in that first test".

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"The wicket looks a bit browner than I thought".

"We prepare bowler-friendly conditions because we want to win Test matches. Bhuvneshwar had performed well in Cape Town and excluding him like this isn't justified", he added. It was very hot.

Although Centurion is Du Plessis' home ground, he said the pitch looked unusual. We'll see how it plays over the next five days. "We believe we can get them out twice again", Kohli further stated.

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"Generally, Centurion does not spin that much but there is a thick layer of brown grass on it and it is not something that we are used to here". In the end, it was the batting of Indian all-rounders Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvnesh Kumar who helped India gain the upper hand in a couple of sessions during the game.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli yesterday said that the players need to put in more efforts as the team can not afford to play loose shots. "I expect they will take a lot of positives from the game and I expect another huge performance from them".

South Africa already lead the three-test series against top-ranked India 1-0 after winning in Cape Town last week.

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Though Du Plessis is expecting the batsmen to be more comfortable on this wicket, he is completely in the dark when it comes to the possibility of spin. Replacing Ashwin with a specialist batsman like KL Rahul would also provide more solidity to the batting order.

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