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    South Africa will embrace the concept of day/night Tests should the opportunity arise in the future.

    Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat told Sport24.co.za he was in favour of the idea after seeing Australia beat New Zealand in the first ever day/night Test over the weekend in Adelaide.

    ‘I don’t see a reason not to embrace it,’ Lorgat told Sport24. ‘In fact, I believe we should embrace it.

    ‘I did manage to watch a bit of the [Adelaide] Test … remember that I was a proponent while still based at the International Cricket Council; James Sutherland [Cricket Australia CEO] and I were drivers of the concept.

    ‘In South Africa we have had discussions along such lines ourselves; the Proteas’ team leadership have been in on them too – the feedback has certainly been positive and open-minded.’


    Former South African spinner Pat Symcox has blamed the Proteas batsmen for their 124-run loss in the third Test against India in Nagpur.

    Symcox, writing on his personal blog www.symmoblog.com, said he would ‘never ever will I begrudge a spinner the opportunity to play on a pitch that spins right from ball one’.

    ‘If we are brutally honest, our batsmen failed dismally because they played spin worse than their opponents. Period. Their mind-set was totally wrong. Too many shots were played too early and the old adage of time at the crease makes it easier was forgotten. Perhaps it’s too much one-day and T20 cricket. Perhaps it is a culture that the team have right now about dominating an attack.

    ‘My belief is that AB de Villiers is a cut above everyone right now and how he plays his game cannot be taken up by others. It may even have rubbed off on those less experienced. Even he will admit that perhaps he didn’t give himself enough time at the crease.’

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