India in South Africa: Proteas coach Otis Gibson hints at pace barrage for upcoming Tests


first_imgSouth Africa coach Otis Gibson hinted at continuing their approach of playing four fast bowlers against India and upcoming Tests in the future.Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada starred in the Proteas’ 72-run victory at Newlands as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series. Speaking about their plans ahead, Gibson said that his idea is to play with four pacers but it will depend on finding the right balance as well.”I’m a very fast-bowling minded coach and I guess we will always have to find a balance to see if we can get four fast bowlers in the team, first of all,” Gibson was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.”We’ll look at things like are the conditions suited to four fast bowlers. If not we try and shape the team in other ways.WATCH”Ultimately, especially in this series and for the rest of the summer, we will be looking to see how best we can fit four fast bowlers into whatever formula we come up with,” he added.The hosts went into the first Test with their strongest quartet of seamers — Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada — and on a pitch with good pace, bounce and carry bowled India out for scores of 209 and 135 despite losing Steyn to injury midway through the match.The surfaces at Centurion and Johannesburg are going to be faster and will have more bounce if not lateral movement and in all likelihood again…the visitors will be up against four seamers. Steyn however, has been ruled out of the series but they have more fire power to replace him in the upcoming Tests. The home side on Tuesday added pacers Duanne Olivier and Lungi Ngidi to their attack to replace the veteran.advertisementAll-rounders Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo are already in the side and are most likely to be included to strengthen the batting for the second and third Tests.”When you are playing at home, you must play to your strengths,” Gibson said.”If you want to beat the best team in the world, which India are, then maybe we have to do something slightly different to what we’ve done in the past.”We have to get stuck in and be tough with the bat and the ball; get in their faces a bit and use our physicality in terms of our pace.”We had, in this game, three guys bowling over 140 (kph) so we need to use that and have a presence that says we are trying to get to where you are as a team,” he added.The second Test starts at Cape Town on Saturday.(With inputs from IANS)ALSO WATCH:last_img

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