Phehlukwayo or De Bruyn for Wanderers Test?


"It is definitely something we are speaking about in our selection".

For Faf du Plessis, this series has been one of redemption. Having trained in the afternoon on Monday, the Proteas were the first to train at the Wanderers on Tuesday and it started with the team coming together at the wicket and having a look at the pitch. We would definitely look at that (all-pace attack) option.

"If we do think of leaving him out‚ we will have to be 100% sure of that decision". The Indian coach had said India would have done well with 10 more days of training in South Africa. An unassailable 2-0 lead in the series may have shut his critics for the time being, but there is still a point to prove at the Wanderers. In his last 12 innings, de Kock has not gone past 50, only once for lack of opportunity, when he scored an unbeaten 28 against Bangladesh in October when South Africa declared at 573 for 4. "It was a very memorable Test match for me personally and for us as a team because we gave South Africa a total and forced them to play their best cricket to go for it", he said. Australia have been playing some really good cricket so by no means is anyone in the team thinking this is an opportunity to take our foot off the gas. "We all know he's an outstanding player, his intensity really benefits his own personal game, he loves that confrontation", said Smith.

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But there are some cautionary tales South Africa need to bear in mind before going all guns blazing in the series finale. In India, you don't need to because you know what the conditions are.

"I don't see how we will ever be able to do that". I nearly want to tell them, please ask the question and save everyone the trouble.

Ajinkya Rahane, who did not play in the first two Tests, had a lengthy net at the weekend and could be recalled on the strength of a strong record in overseas Tests. We heard Ravi saying to Kohli, "You did a very good job last time".

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However, an injury to Temba Bavuma may force a rethink, although Theunis de Bruyn and all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo are options if the hosts do opt to go without a spinner in Johannesburg.

But Aiden Markram, who injured his thigh in the second Test, is still a doubt.

"The difference between India and us is that there are more batsmen contributing to partnerships", Du Plessis said on the eve of the third and final Test.

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In the seven wickets loss to England two years ago‚ SA went with Morne Morkel‚ Hardus Viljoen‚ Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris with Stiaan van Zyl and Dean Elgar assisting them with the slower ball. "We have got a fantastic seam attack as well so it will be the battle between those two", he said. The pressure is in making sure we keep their batsmen under pressure. He remarked that in foreign conditions, the team had to be more flexible with combinations, and that form played a role when it came to dropping a player.In a departure from the team's stand, he also said that reaching South Africa earlier would have been better.