Cape Town - Wicketkeeper/batsman Dane Vilas is set to make his debut for South Africa in
the second Test against Bangladesh starting in Mirpur on Thursday.
30-year-old becomes the 87th Test cap for South Africa and replaces Quinton de
Kock in the line-up.
Vilas has played one international match for South Africa,
a one-off T20 against India at the Wanderers Stadium in 2012.
be the sixth cap awarded in the last 18 months of Test cricket, as the
selectors continue to mould a new-look squad in transition.
Proteas captain Hashim Amla admitted to the media on Wednesday
afternoon that his team hasn’t played to their full potential and says they
will be looking to finish off the tour with an improved performance.
“We are here to win,” Amla said at the pre-match press conference.
well in the first two sessions of the last Test match and kind of drifted a bit
in two days after that. Everybody is really excited for this match, we managed
to get a few training sessions in although there was rain around; the weather
looks good so hopefully we get a full five days in. We haven’t shown our full
array as yet and it will be great if we can hit our straps from the start.”
Bangladesh have played 13 matches at the Sher-e Bangla National Cricket
Stadium. They have lost 10 and drawn 2, with their only win coming against
Zimbabwe last year. Although the Mirpur pitch is expected to offer a bit more
bounce to the seamers, Amla believes it will still be important to focus on the
“The most important thing is to assess in the first session how the wicket is
playing,” Amla said.
“The gentleman mentioned earlier that the wicket might
have a little bit of bounce but things always change. Whenever we do bowl it
will be important to assess quickly and try to apply it, we will only know when
the game starts.”