Proteas

Faf: Proteas have enough time

2014-12-27 21:30
Faf du Plessis (Gallo Images)

Port Elizabeth - Despite losing almost an entire day's play to rain against the West Indies at St George's Park on Saturday, Proteas batsman Faf du Plessis believes there is enough time left in the game to force a result.

Day two of the second Test in Port Elizabeth saw just six overs were bowled on the day after the start was delayed by 90 minutes.

Du Plessis reaching his fourth Test century off the first ball of the day was the only highlight.

After the close of play, the top-order batsman remained optimistic about his side's chances.

"If we bat until lunch time tomorrow and we're sitting in a position where we want to bring the game to them," Du Plessis said after his side moved to 289 for three at stumps after hours of waiting to see if they would play again.

"In a perfect world we would like to bowl them out for 200-250. Then try to set them another score in the vicinity of 400 and bowl them out."

Du Plessis however, said the rain would work to the advantage of the West Indies.

"It's very frustrating for us as a team. When you've had a really good day one, with solid batting you are in a commanding position and what the rain does is that it just brings the opposition back into the game."

The St George's Park conditions would also suit the West Indies bowling attack better than the Centurion pitch last week where the visitors crashed to an innings and 220 run defeat.

In the slow conditions, advancing the game quickly could prove difficult, according the Proteas number three batsman.

"It takes a little bit longer (on this PE pitch) and it's a slower process.

"We will have to speed it up. There's some rain still around for the next couple of days. In a four day match, if you get 450 or close, you're in a good position."

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