Faf du Plessis says he is concerned with CSA’s processes regarding the preparation of home pitches.
The pitch at SuperSport Park was far from the standard that Du Plessis expected as it was dry, low and slow.
Ottis Gibson and Du Plessis still managed to come up with a game plan to beat India comprehensively by 135 runs in Centurion.
Despite the result, the Proteas skipper expressed his disappointment with the preparation of the wicket.
‘I was concerned when I got here because it wasn’t the Centurion wicket that I know,’ Du Plessis said on Wednesday.
‘That is a concern. I’m very honest about when we get things right, and where we can be better. This was an opportunity that we missed. You could blame the groundsman, but I feel we should blame ourselves as well.
‘We made a process where we made sure that Cricket South Africa has someone that can look after the groundsmen to get the right pitches when we play against teams [at home].’
Du Plessis wanted a typical South African pitch conducive to pace bowling, but instead, they received a sub-continental pitch which favoured India.
‘We don’t want to make it ridiculous, we just wanted a pitch with pace and bounce,’ he added. ‘There is a concern that we are not getting it right and this is not the first time.
‘I can think of three or four occasions over the past 12 months [where they got it wrong], so we need to be better as a collective. That’s something I will make sure we can improve on.’
Virat Kohli said the pitch conditions were similar to those in India.
‘They were something that we are used to dealing with and we should have certainly done better than what did.’
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