India in SA

Proteas to make new ball talk

2013-12-18 22:47
Dale Steyn (AFP)
Johannesburg - The Proteas will be looking to strike early on day two of the first Test against India at the Wanderers on Thursday.

Bowling coach, Allan Donald, says the team has been in similar positions before, and must make the second new-ball work to gain the advantage in the match.
"Today was like the sort of day that we had at The Oval," he said referring to when England were 267/3 at stumps last year.

"We asked the right questions to start with but at the same time we were slightly wide and too short.
"It was a mixture of asking the right questions by having India in trouble early on and bowling in patches during the day," he said.

"We know that we have to come out tomorrow and make a big play."
The Proteas, led by Dale Steyn, went on to take the last seven England wickets for 118 runs, and ultimately laid the platform for a convincing victory.

Donald says the conditions at the Wanderers will quicken up as the match progresses, which makes it vital for the bowlers to draw from their past experiences to wrap up India's innings.
"We locked in so well on that morning," he said.

"We were so disciplined, we never gave England anything.

"That is what we have to see here tomorrow (Thursday).

"This pitch is going to get quicker and uneven, there is no question about that.

"There is a lot riding on tomorrow's first session and on how Dale (Steyn) and Vernon (Philander) set the tone."  
Donald's praised the Indian batsmen's discipline and the way centurion, Virat Kohli, constructed his maiden test century in South Africa.
"He showed great discipline and responsibility," he said.

"He left the ball really well, if you were slightly off line you got punished.

"He paced his innings well but for me he was responsible, he put his hand up and showed real fight."


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