Cape Town - Proteas bowler Dale Steyn says the fourth
One-Day International (ODI) against India in Chennai on Thursday is not only an
opportunity to seal the series, but also a platform for the ODI squad to build
their credentials as good travellers.
The Test side have been unbeaten away from home for nearly
10 years and an ODI series win against India, one of the most successful teams
at home, will be a good starting point.
“There are no guarantees in cricket,” Steyn said at the
pre-match press conference on Wednesday.
“We could come out tomorrow and India can play extremely
well, and we could go to Mumbai at 2-2. The only thing that we can control is
to commit 100 percent to what we do with the bat, ball and in the field.
“It would be nice to go to Mumbai with the series and to
make it 4-1, we have spoken long and hard about going overseas and dominating
the opposition quite often in team chats and I think we stand a big chance of
being able to do that.”
The South Africans have only played one ODI match at the MA
Chidambaram Stadium, a six-run loss to England in a Cricket World Cup group
match in 2011.
A look at the pitch on Wednesday afternoon suggests it will
be another slow and turning deck, conditions which the Proteas’ pace attack has
dealt with effectively throughout the series.
Steyn believes the key to having success on the subcontinent
as a seam bowler has been the pace factor, which the trio of Steyn, Morne
Morkel and Kagiso Rabada have in abundance.
“The major thing about our quick bowlers is that everyone bowls
over 140km/h,” he said of their advantage.
“When the guys are steaming in and bowling really quickly
it’s difficult to play. Pace on the ball makes it really tough, especially in
these conditions when it gets to the 25th or 30th over where the ball gets
really soft and the wicket starts to crumble. It becomes difficult to get the
quicker bowlers away, guys that bowl under 140 are slightly easier to face.
Pace is the main weapon, even if the wickets are slow.”
Morkel remains doubtful after complaining of a tight quad
during the third ODI on Sunday. He will be monitored overnight before a
decision on his availability is made on Thursday.
Dean Elgar, meanwhile, arrived on Wednesday morning and
practised with the squad in Chennai.