Tabraiz Shamsi, the standout bowler in the 50-over warm-up match at Melbourne, is playing down his chances of making his debut in the Test in Adelaide.
‘If I make it, I will be happy, but if I don’t, then it means the team is doing well, so it’s a win-win situation for me. On a personal note, it’s been a crazy seven months for me, from playing B team to standing here at the MGC.’
The Hobart match is to be played as a day-night Test, partly under lights, and the theory goes that under those conditions, batsmen struggle to pick up the seam of the pink ball when delivered by leg-spinners.
‘Well, yes, that the theory, but it has really been proven. It’s just like any other ball: you just try to put the ball in the right area. It also seems to wear a bit more than the red ball, but it’s not a train-smash.
‘I have not had much time out in the middle, so I was just pleased to get out there and get some overs in.’
Shamsi took four for 72 in 12 overs, bowling more than any of the seven bowlers given a run-out.
The Proteas lost by 53 runs to the Victoria XI, but the result is of little consequence. ‘We feel good about it. Everyone got a go and the mood in the camp is good,’ he said. ‘We may not have much experience of the pink ball, but we have had enough practice with it.
‘We came here to win the series. We’ve done that. Our mission is not over yet. We are going to try and win the series 3-0.’