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NAGPUR---South Africa is looking
to offer greater resistance to spin in
the third test in Nagpur starting
today with AB de Villers the only
Proteas batsman to have made a half-
century in the first two matches.
India is leading the four-test series
1-0 with the top-ranked tourists
struggling to acclimatise to the pitches
which offer help to spinners.
A 108-run loss at Mohali in under
three days in the first test was followed
by a draw at Bangalore in which only
the opening day's play was possible
because of rain.
South Africa was bowled out for
214 in that game, its highest score in
three innings so far and the only time
it crossed 200.
India was comfortably placed at
80-0 in reply before rain washed out
the remaining days.
The Proteas has not lost an away
series in nine years but it faces another
turning pitch in Nagpur.
"We haven't played our best test
cricket," South Africa captain Hashim
Amla said yesterday.
"We were in the match for the first
three innings of the Mohali test but
then we failed in the last innings and
did not bat well again in the last test.
So, it hasn't been the full-flowing test
cricket that we're normally used to."
Amla has scored only 50 runs in
three test innings but hit an unbeaten
253 in Nagpur the last time South
Africa played there in 2010.
"I definitely would've liked to have
got more runs. Hopefully, the runs
are still to come. We've got two big
test matches to deal with," Amla said.
Pace bowler Dale Steyn took ten
wickets at the same venue five years
ago with reverse swing on a good bat-
ting pitch as South Africa won by an
innings and six runs.
But Steyn missed the Bangalore test
with a groin strain and Marchant de
Lange has been flown in as a back-
"Dale probably won't play in this
test match. I don't think his injury
has recovered fully," Amla said.
The pitch at Nagpur is much drier
this time and if recent domestic
matches are any indication, another
short match is in the offing.
"I don't know why there is hue and
cry about the wickets in India," India
captain Virat Kohl said on Tuesday.
"If both teams don't agree on play-
ing on a particular wicket, then it is
a wicket that is not suited for a game
of cricket. But we are absolutely ready,
all 11 of us. No problems!"
India have hit back on tracks tai-
lor-made for spinners after losing a
preceding five-game one-day series
3-2 and a three-game Twenty20 inter-
national series 2-0.
Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin
and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja
have taken 24 of the 30 wickets with
South Africa struggling as much with
the turning ball as the inability to
judge spin and straight deliveries.
"I'm delighted Ashwin is in our
team along with (legspinner) Amit
Mishra, who brings a lot of variation
for us and Jadeja, who is very, very
"If I was playing against them I
would find it really difficult to score.
I'm sure it's not pleasant facing all
three together," Kohli said.
The final test of the series will be
played in New
NAGPUR---The first day-night test
between Australia and New Zealand to be
played at the Adelaide Oval from Friday
will be remembered for years to come,
India test captain Virat Kohli said yester-
"It's a landmark test and a big step toward
changing something in test cricket," Kohli
said ahead of the third test against South
Africa. "I hope it can be another option
and I'm glad that the two teams have agreed
to play an official test like that, as an exper-
Kohli said that cricketers should be willing
to accept changes to increase attendances
in test cricket although limited overs games
are popular under lights.
"It might be a step that we'll all remember
a few years down the line, let's hope so.
"As cricketers, we all should be willing
and accepting of the need to step forward
and contribute to the game however pos-
"If this is a step toward improving the
excitement and popularity of test cricket
then I think every team should be in for it.
Hopefully it will be better for the game,"
The opening test of the four-match series
at Mohali saw only a few thousand spec-
tators and crowds are not expected to be
high for the Nagpur test.
A pink ball will be used for the historic
game. Kohli, whose team leads South Africa
1-0 in the four-test series, said he had heard
seeing the ball could be a problem at twi-
"I've heard a few players giving feedback
on playing with the pink ball. The only
thing they were concerned about was that
during twilight it was very hard to pick the
ball. During the day it was fine, during the
night it was all right as well. But when the
floodlights are not on and when the sun is
going down, is when they found it difficult,"
Zealand fast bowler
Trent Boult is in
doubt for the day-
night third test
starting at the Ade-
laide Oval on Friday,
because of a back
was unable to bowl
in New Zealand's
match against West
Australia because of
an irritated disc; the
same injury suffered
by his new ball part-
ner Tim Southee
during the first test
at Brisbane. Southee
quickly recovered to
bowl in the second
test at Perth but head
coach Mike Hesson
said Boult will have
to demonstrate full
fitness by today to be
considered for selec-
Hesson said Boult
is "going to have to
bowl flat out, two
days out from the
test. If he's able to get
through that then
he'll be considered for
tralian cricket team
Sydney Sixers have
signed Hong Kong-
born leg-spinner Li
Kai Ming to a rookie
contract in this sea-
son s Big Bash
The 24-year-old Li,
who has played offi-
cial Twenty20 inter-
nationals for Hong
Afghanistan and the
United States, says he
became a leg spinner
YouTube videos of
former Australia great
Li may not play a
game in the Big Bash
league but hopes to
make the best of his
opportunity. In a
statement Monday he
said he "looks forward
to the challenges this
experience will pro-
vide which I know
will go a long way in
helping me achieve
my cricketing goals."
South Africa's AB de Villiers warms up during a practice session on the eve of their third test cricket match against India at
Nagpur, India, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Kohli praises day-night
India's captain Virat
Kohli plays with a
soccer ball before the
play for the fourth day
of second cricket test
match against South
Africa was called off
due to rains in
Bangalore, India, last
Tuesday. AP PHOTOS
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