Faf du Plessis Backs Team's Pace Battery to Come Up Good in Sri Lanka

Published - 02 Jul 2018, 02:54 PM

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis says South Africa has the pace battery to trouble Sri Lanka.

South Africa’s skipper, Faf du Plessis has backed its pace battery to come up good in the Sri Lankan conditions. The Proteas captain said the fast bowlers are the team’s biggest strength.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan conditions are well known to assist the spinners. However, South Africa’s pace battery is more potent in the bowling department.

In fact, the return of Dale Steyn will give a shot in the arm to the team. Furthermore, Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander, and Lungi Ngidi form a powerful pace unit. South Africa will face Sri Lanka in the first Test match on 12th July.

South Africa will rely on the shoulders of its Pace battery.

Kagiso Rabad is one of best fast bowlers in the world. Credits: Getty Images.

“No matter what the conditions are, a big strength of our team will always be our fast bowlers, especially the personnel we have: Steyn, Kagiso, and Vernon are all wicket-taking bowlers. Those three have proven they can do it in any conditions,” said du Plessis

Dale Steyn has got a phenomenal record in the sub-continent conditions. Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada is well known to bend his back in any circumstances. Thus, he can get the purchase from any wickets.

“Dale has got a fantastic record in the subcontinent and KG is gold. He will be able to do anything, and we’ve got Keshav. If we want to and there’s an opportunity to, because the conditions are really bad, then we can look at a second spinner.”

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Faf du Plessis. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

The South African skipper added the team learned its hard lessons on the 2016 tour of India.

Faf went on to add he expects the conditions to be dry in Sri Lanka. However, there is no doubt the visitors have got a better side on paper.

“I am expecting tough conditions,” said du Plessis. “I think Sri Lanka will look at it on paper and think ‘we’ve got a better side on paper’, and I think they will try and make it as dry as possible and spin as much as possible.

“It will be a nice opportunity to test ourselves in tough conditions. There were a lot of lessons learned by us [in India]. You have to go through something like that to pick your game apart, start from scratch and look at how you get better.”

Meanwhile, it is well known that Sri Lanka is not in the best of forms. They were able to level the series against the Windies, but South Africa is going to bring tougher challenges. However, the hosts will like to make the most of the home conditions.


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