Cape Town - The Proteas
have the opportunity to achieve something special when they take on Australia
in the second Test match in Hobart on
Saturday, but captain Faf du Plessis insists it will be business as usual for
A win would make the Proteas only the second team after the
legendary West Indies team of the eighties and early nineties to win three
consecutive Test series against Australia in Australia.
The hosts will take some
comfort from their successful record at the ground. They have only lost one out
of 12 matches over the last 27 years, a narrow 7-run defeat to New Zealand in
For the Proteas, it is the first time they have held a 1-0 series lead on
an away tour since Sri Lanka in 2014, and after series losses to India and
England over the last 12 months, recent performances have given an indication
of a squad on the rise and brimming with confidence.
"It’s good to see that there
were a lot of good things said about this team and the direction that we are
taking," Du Plessis said of the reaction from South Africans after the win in
"It speaks a lot for what we are trying to achieve, the goals we have
set for ourselves. It’s good to see that people are talking about it. The way
it looks from the outside to people is positive so it’s good to know.
"We have been preparing for
the game like we would for any other.
"The Australian team play a similar brand of cricket, they will be hurting from the previous match and they
will try to turn that around. Its normal business and making sure we can keep
our things as basic and as normal as we can."
The conditions and inclement
weather in Hobart have been the talking points in the build-up this week, and
have prompted both teams to make a decision on the final XI on Saturday
"The captain didn’t rule out the possibility of going with an all-seam
attack, but says it will be reliant on the conditions above and the state of
"Kyle (Abbott) and Morne
(Morkel) are both in the mix, so we’d like to see the conditions," he
"I haven’t seen the pitch again today. So we want to have a look and
also decide what we want to do with the team – there’s a bit of weather around
- to see which combinations to go with."
The match is scheduled to
start at 01:30 (SA time).