No surprises in PE pitch

2014-12-24 08:25
Imran Tahir (AFP)
Port Elizabeth - Groundsman Adrian Carter says the pitch for the Boxing Day Test between South African and West Indies will be a typical St George's Park pitch.

In an interview with Netwerk24, Carter said the St George's Park pitch will never be a so-called 'green mamba'.

"The ball won't move around here like at Centurion or the Wanderers. St George's Park has a reputation for being a spinner's pitch and I don't think anything but a typical St George's Park pitch should be expected."

After playing with an all-seam attack in last week's Centurion Test, the Proteas are expected to field a specialist spinner on Friday. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir could get the nod after being rushed into the squad on Tuesday following an injury to Robin Peterson.

Carter though said the fast bowlers should not be despondent as the pitch will be very similar to the one on which South Africa beat Australia in February, when Dale Steyn took five wickets to help the Proteas win by 231 runs.

"The Proteas won that game inside four days, with Dale Steyn delivering a fantastic bowling performance."

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