‘Drop in’ pitch for Proteas’ day-night Test

2016-10-19 14:01

Cape Town - Groundsmen at the Adelaide Oval are hard at work preparing for the day-night Test between Australia and South Africa there next month.

The Proteas are currently in Australia preparing for a three-Test series against the hosts starting in Perth on November 3.

The second Test is scheduled for Hobart on November 12-16, while the third Test - a day-night affair being played with a pink ball - will start in Adelaide on November 24.

The Proteas have already had a look at conditions in Adelaide where they will play their first ever day-night Test.

Proteas spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, who is in line for a Test debut, tweeted a picture of the pitch being prepared, noting that it will be relaid, calling it a ‘drop in’ pitch:

The South Africans seem nervous about playing their first-ever night Test, with stand-in skipper Faf du Plessis telling ESPNcricinfo: "I haven't faced or thrown the pink ball around so it's all pretty new to me. It will be nice to see how it plays.

“I know some of the guys have pink balls in their kit, especially the bowlers. We've asked around a little bit and read the stuff other teams have been saying about the pink ball. I've got no expectations of it. I'm going in without any experience of it at all."

South Africa will play two two-day warm-up matches ahead of the first Test in Perth with the first of those beginning on October 22 in Adelaide.

They will have another practice game between the second and third Tests, under lights, in Melbourne.

Proteas Test squad for Australian tour:

Faf du Plessis (Titans, captain), Kyle Abbott (Warriors), Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras), Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions), Stephen Cook (Highveld Lions), Quinton de Kock (Titans), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Dean Elgar (Titans), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Morné Morkel (Titans), Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), Tabraiz Shamsi  (Titans), Dale Steyn (Cape Cobras), Dane Vilas (Cape Cobras)


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