India prepare for pace test against South Africa

Friday, Feb 20, 2015,19:31 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Melbourne | Fresh from a comfortable 76-run victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in Adelaide, Team India are now preparing in earnest for their next challenge in the ongoing 2015 ODI World Cup.
They take on perennial favorites South Africa here on February 22, a clash that could highlight their readiness for the tough knock-out phase after this league stage.    Both teams enjoyed a sunny outing in sub-urban Melbourne, where they practiced today at the Junction Oval in St Kilda.
The Proteas were out in the morning, and everyone was quite keen to see whether tearaway fast bowler Dale Steyn had recovered from flu that had laid him off earlier in the week.
And he had, as he bowled in the nets and looked chirpy enough, ready to take on the Men-in-Blue at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.    As compared to the Adelaide Oval, the pitch at this imposing arena will be quicker and expected to aid the faster bowlers.
As such skipper AB de Villiers might be toying with the idea of unleashing a four-pronged pace attack against the Indian team, whose batsmen have been circumspect against pace, bounce and swing bowling in recent times, particularly the last one year whilst traveling overseas.
Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander could be joined by Kyle Abbott or Wayne Parnell and the quartet unleashed on the opposition, a not-too-keen prospect for the defending champions. And so the Indian team were out practicing at the Junction Oval this afternoon, looking to get their strategy of facing the Proteas’ attack right.

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