Elgar wants SA to continue playing four quicks

Elgar wants SA to continue playing four quicks

Provided he plays all four matches, Morkel will finish with 87 Tests and will add to his current tally of 294 Test wickets - fifth overall for South Africa.

"It was nice to take the handbrake off for a few overs and show him what he might be facing if he gets a crack through the series". By the time South Africa were readmitted to the worldwide fold in 1992, after more than two decades of apartheid-era isolation, the Frank Worrell Trophy - contested between Australia and West Indies - had become the sport's premier prize, its de facto world championship. In T20 internationals - which he last played in Lahore for the World XI side - he collected 47 wickets from 44 matches at an economy rate of 7.50.

Kirsten, who coached South Africa from 2011-2013 and is now in charge of the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League, insists the Aussies must play smart cricket and adapt to the conditions, otherwise they will have their work cut out.

"There's no doubt it's a tough tour. Everyone is excited about this series, it's going to be a cracker", sounded a positive Smith. "You don't need too much motivation when you're playing for your country", said Smith.

Captain Steve Smith is the No 1 batsman in test cricket after a stupendous series against England, the Marsh brothers form a mean middle order to follow the likes of Smith and opener David Warner, and off-spinner Lyon provides an additional bowling threat on pitches more suited to spin, like the first three venues for this series. Whatever advantage South Africa tried to get over India with faster wickets won't apply in this case.

"That's a bit of a litmus test right now, they're a really good side, home conditions, a great bowling attack". De Kock's highest score in eight innings across all formats against India was 43 and he was dismissed in single figures four times in six Test innings.

South Africa, under new coach Ottis Gibson, are expected to employ four pace bowlers as well as spinner Keshav Maharaj in a change to the team's balance.

Going into his 84th Test, the 33-year-old needs six victims to join Shaun Pollock (421), Dale Steyne (419), Makhaya Ntini (390) and Allan Donald (330) in the exclusive 300-club for the Proteas. But he's a world-class player as I said before and I always want to challenge myself against the best batsmen in the World and AB de Villiers is one of the best of the world. South Africa may be sinking like a stone down the rankings at the moment, but over the years, their clashes have been the rugby equivalent of cricket's Ashes. The two teams do, however, seem to bring out the best in each other.

Wickets at the next two test venues - Port Elizabeth and Cape Town - could also prove slow.

It's a shame that, while there are likely to be mini-battles on and off the field, the Tests probably won't enjoy the same kind of fanfare as The Ashes. If he does sign, he will become the latest in a line of South African players to give up global cricket in favour of lucrative long-term Kolpak deals.



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