The pace and bounce South Africa wanted but didn't get in Potchefstroom is likely to be around in Bloemfontein for the second Test against Bangladesh, if visual evidence is anything to go by. "That's what is so special about Test cricket", Sport24 quoted du Plessis as saying after Proteas defeat Bangladesh in the first Test in Potchefstroom in a match that went to the fifth day. Armed with four changes to their line-up from the first Test - only one of them injury-forced - Bangladesh's hopes of taking control early on faded away rather briskly as the South African opening pair piled on runs easily, thoroughly dominating the new ball. "I saw a few pictures".
"I don't think you should tinker with something that's not broken".
Morkel left the field after bowling 5.2 overs on Sunday's fourth day of play, during which he took the first two of three Bangladesh wickets which fell before the close.
"As Faf said, this is more of a South African wicket".
Cobras' coach Ashwell Prince said the track was so flat both teams felt they could "bat for another week", and that was not a good thing. "I am sure we can make a comeback". The teamSouth Africa wants to show dominance, in the series is also about finding the second wave of bowlers which can replace the previous bowlers and cricketers'.
Rabada, 22, will probably open with Duanne Olivier and Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo or uncapped Dane Paterson, called up as Morkel's replacement, will compete for the other two seamer slots.
"Morne is a massive loss. I also learn a lot from the senior players so I really don't feel there's added pressure on me or the rest of the guys".
As they face the prospect of a green pitch, the pressure will certainly be increased on Bangladesh, particularly after experienced batsman Tamim Iqbal was ruled out of the match following a recurrence of a thigh injury.
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