• Morkel hints at new tactics

    South Africa’s bowling attack are prepared to go to the extreme to take the necessary 20 wickets they need to beat Bangladesh in the second and final Test.

    The game starts on Thursday in Mirpur and according to Morne Morkel they are willing to go to all lengths to get the wickets they need.

    Morkel says the bowling attack learned some lessons from the 117 overs they bowled in the first Test, which ended in a draw after rain washed out the final two days.

    He hinted at the possibility of implementing fresh tactics after an assessment of their performance last week, and will be playing around with ‘different angles’ as a means to keep the batsmen guessing.

    ‘It’s one thing that we have discussed in our debrief, especially with the heat and humidity, we can’t afford to waste any deliveries,’ Morkel said on Tuesday.

    ‘We need to be clearer and on the money with our plans to certain batsmen; make them play more, go for three dismissals instead of one. I enjoy bowling on the sub-continent because I don’t get as much bounce as I do in South Africa so it brings me into play. It’s time for us to step it up and show why we are the number one team in the world.

    ‘We got some overs under our belt,’ Morkel said of the first Test’s performance. ‘We haven’t played as a Test unit for a while and we didn’t really bowl overs before the first Test as a bowling unit, it was nice to get that in Chittagong. We are quite excited, hopefully the weather will be good and the conditions will be fair.’

    The squad trained in bright sunshine on Tuesday morning in what was their first full open net and fielding session in four days. The Sher-e Bangla National Cricket Stadium pitch also received its first dose of the dry conditions, and still remains a mystery after being undercover for the last few days.

    ‘That is one thing that we can’t control, the pitch and the way they prepare it,’ Morkel said. ‘For us it’s important to be mentally strong for whatever conditions we are faced with. We are ready for that; we won’t be making any excuses, one of the values of the team is that we stick together at all times.

    ‘The pitch is a small factor for us and we will briefly discuss it, but for us it’s most important to control what we can control and to do that well.’

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