'Green mamba' awaits Proteas, India at Wanderers

    2018-01-24 08:29

    Cape Town - Having a look at the Wanderers strip prepared for the third and final Test between the Proteas and India, there's little doubting the fact it will favour the speedsters in both line-ups.

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    The second Test wicket at SuperSport Park came in for heavy criticism for appearing to resemble a typical Indian track, with Morne Morkel confirming it was the sort of surface one would expect to encounter on the subcontinent.

    However, the Proteas pacemen will be licking their lips at the sight of the wicket prepared for the Test starting on Wednesday (10:00).

    Little wonder then that the South African selectors are likely to opt for an all-seam attack with spinner Keshav Maharaj likely to sit out.

    Even less of a surprise is that thanks to the vastly superior Proteas attack, leading SA bookmakers have the home side as 13/20 favourites to complete a whitewash over their visitors - this despite the rainy weather predicted over the course of the next five days in Johannesburg.

    India, the world's No 1-ranked side, are on offer at 19/4 to regain some sense of pride, while the draw can be backed at 43/20.

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