• Crucial six months ahead

    South Africa’s tour to India is the start of a new era and the most critical time period the Proteas have had for years.

    A formidable test awaits South Africa when they face off against India during a tour that will last 72 days. India are always a tough opponent in their own conditions and the Proteas will need total team performances if they want to triumph.

    South Africa’s spinners will be a major factor, especially during the Test series because they won’t always be able to just rely on the seamers to do a job.

    The Indian batsmen have always played spin well so our spinners may be a possible weakness if it doesn’t work out. I am also a little concerned about the batting.

    South Africa’s batsmen haven’t played well consistently for a period of time now, but they will need to rectify that because consistency in performance will be crucial in beating India in their backyard.

    I don’t believe enough batsmen are getting enough big scores in Tests. They need to minimise the risk taking and concentrate on spending time in the middle.

    I’ve read that this will be coach Russell Domingo’s first time going to India, but that doesn’t really concern me. The players have the experience, especially in those conditions after years playing in the IPL. Once you’re in the middle you’re on your own anyway so the players know they will have to produce the goods.

    The senior players, like always, will have a key role to play, but the team management will have to be careful how they manage the players with regards to rest etc.

    When a player is in form they have to keep on playing. Key players who get on a roll and spend time in the middle must have the desire to play every game.

    It won’t be easy playing against India without the likes of Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis, and it will be up to guys like Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and David Miller to fill the boots of players who served their country for the best part of 15 years.

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    Graeme Pollock