- Proteas coach Ottis Gibson is not prepared to make any excuses should South
Africa lose the third Test against India at the Wanderers.
There was drama plenty on day
three Friday when, with 20 minutes left to play in the day, umpires Aleem Dar
and Ian Gould ordered the players off the field after Dean Elgar had taken a
bouncer to the grille from Jasprit Bumrah.
Elgar had already been hit
numerous times in his brief knock of 11*, but before that the Indian batsmen
had endured their fair share of body blows too.
In near-impossible batting
conditions, India performed with immense courage to set South Africa a target
of 241 for victory.
Throughout their innings it was
tough going, with numerous batsmen needing the assistance of the physiotherapist
after taking hits to various parts of their body.
India were understandably upset
when play was suspended just 8.3 overs into South Africa's innings.
But, after discussions between
the captains and match referee Andy Pycroft, it was decided that play would
continue on Saturday morning.
With the Proteas 17/1, a home win
seems extremely unlikely at this stage and Gibson said after the day's play
that there would be no excuses from a South African point of view.
"India over the course of
the three days have utilised the conditions better than we did," the coach
"They’ve made us play a lot
more. We bowled wider than we should have on this pitch. They’ve had the upper
hand from the first day and they deserve to be in the position that they
Gibson added that nobody in the
South African dressing room had anticipated that things would deteriorate this
"I don't think we expected
it to behave in the way it did. It started tough on the first day and has
gradually got a little bit worse," Gibson said.
"Throughout the whole game
on both sides we saw batsmen wearing a few on the body, and we are not
"I hope you are not sitting here
thinking we are complaining.
"But obviously Dean got hit
in the face when he wasn’t able to take evasive action and there was one before
that that he went forward to that he was going to leave that bounced up and hit
him on the hand, but again he wasn’t able to take evasive action."
The West Indian added that this
type of strip was not what the Proteas had wanted.
"Everybody is making a big
issue of grass but we’ve never asked for grass, we asked for pace and
bounce," he said.