- Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis believes that March's Test series against
Australia will be decided by the fast bowlers.
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The focus is still very much on
India and winning the ongoing series 3-0, but it is hard not to look ahead to
four Tests against the Aussies.
Australia were far too good for
England in the Ashes, while South Africa have secured a series win against the
No 1 ranked side in the world.
It all points towards a
blockbuster series between the Aussies and the Proteas.
Du Plessis, speaking at the
Wanderers on Tuesday, believes that the series against Australia will be
decided by the quicks.
The Proteas boast the likes of
Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel and Lungi Ngidi while Pat Cummins,
Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood lead the Australian attack.
When one factors in the nature of
South Africa's wickets, then it is easy to see where Du Plessis is coming from.
"That’s going to be what
that Test series is all about," he said.
"You’re going to have two
fantastic bowling attacks smashing it out and batters just trying to survive, I
"Australia’s bowling is
definitely their strength.
"Obviously they’ve got a few
world class batsmen but there are a few gaps in their batting line-up where you
can get stuck into them … not too dissimilar to the Indian team right
Du Plessis added that victory in
the third Test against India would give his side the perfect platform heading
into the Australian challenge.
“When playing against India you
don’t get the opportunity often where you can beat them 3-0,": he said.
"Consistency is something
that you want to have as much as possible and heading into that Australian
series we want to have that momentum that we have gathered over the last few
"Australia has been playing
some really good cricket so by no means are we thinking that this (the third
Test) is an opportunity to take our foot off the gas."
The Australia Test series starts
in Durban on March 1 before heading to Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and