Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

'Unusual layer of brown grass' worries Proteas' captain Faf du Plessis

'Unusual layer of brown grass' worries Proteas' captain Faf du Plessis

He had scalped six wickets and it was his opening spell on day 1 of the match that had South Africa reeling on 12/3.

Former swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag today stated that Virat Kohli "should drop himself" if he fails in the second Test against South Africa, launching a scathing attack on the India skipper for his team selection. For a follower of the Indian cricket team, there is one emotion that has shadowed him from time immemorial, the terrible feeling of an imminent defeat, whenever playing in a foreign land and on a wicket layered with grass.

Du Plessis said he expected pace and bounce but admitted he was not sure how the pitch would play."It looks browner than I thought it would be", he said. "Bhuvneshwar performed well in Cape Town and excluding him like this isn't justified", Sehwag said. "This pitch will again test us to play our best cricket and that is something we are looking forward to".

"The team we selected last week was the right team and it worked pretty well", said Faf Du Plessis. We'll see how it plays over the next five days.

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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‚" he said. 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. "They will have taken a lot of positives from that match, and they will feel they weren't far off".

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. It is worth noting that Bhuvi was the pick of the Indian bowlers in the first Test at Cape Town.

Talking about the balance in the team, he said, "Do we want to keep the same balance, of four seamers and a spinner, or do we look at an allrounder".

Kohli was quizzed on possible changes among the batsmen. Shikhar Dhawan was failed to score runs in the match was also dropped and replaced by KL Rahul.

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