- Proteas captain Faf
du Plessis acknowledged after the third Test against India
that the problems with the wickets in this series may have come as a result of
the pressure he had put on the groundsman.
Du Plessis has not hidden the
fact that, when playing at home, he will request strips that aid his fast
bowlers as he looks to make life as difficult as possible for visiting
The 2015 tour of India, where
South Africa were made to play on wickets that were near-impossible to bat on
as India's spinners thrived, is often mentioned by the Proteas skipper.
The wicket at Centurion for the
second Test was slow, and not at all what Du Plessis had asked for, but it was
the pitch at the Wanderers that has been the subject of much controversy.
The match flirted with being
abandoned late on day three when the umpires decided that the wicket was too
dangerous to continue, but eventually it was decided that things would continue
and India went on to secure a historic 63-run victory.
Du Plessis acknowledges that he
has taken a tough stance on wicket preparation, and based on his comments after
the match, it doesn't look like that will be changing.
"I’m just under the opinion
that – whether it’s one percent or five percent or ten percent – you must try
and get an advantage against opposition that is quality," the captain
"When we go to India, we
certainly don’t play on flat, green tracks. And I assume that there would be a
similar conversation happening there.
"For me it’s just making
sure that there’s a conversation happening with the management of our team and
also the groundsman about the conditions that would be ideal for a Test series.
"This Test series we didn’t
get that, and I can’t give you the reason for that."
The four-Test series against
Australia gets underway in Durban on March 1.