The Hush Post: The problem of plenty team India had against Sri Lanka may be a thing of the past, however, South Africa have a selection challenge as they play India in the first Test match on Friday with Dale Steyn not really sure of a place in the SA side.
India sure has at hand, a challenge of beating SA and remaining at the top of Test ranking before they head towards Asutralia.
Meanwhile, AB de Villiers has returned after two-year hibernation from the Tests while Steyn is available after a year-long rest and major shoulder surgery for the three match series against the top-ranked test team. But Steyn, will only play if South Africa decide to go with an extra bowler on a green, seamer-friendly wicket at Newlands.
“We don’t know just yet whether we will play him in the first test but, depending on the selection, he might well play,” Ottis Gibson the SA coach said. Steyn has not really tested himself ever since he returned to action in November.
“I don’t think that if we were to pick a three-man seam attack plus a spinner we would want to put him in, in case something happens and he leaves the team vulnerable if he can’t finish the game,” Gibson added.
After serving as England bowling coach, Gibson was recently appointed South Africa coach. Sources say, the hosts have asked for a seam wicket to be prepared and that looks likely to be the case after the coin goes up on Friday.
South Africa have a far better record against India while playing on their home turf and India, despite their number one ranking will have a lot on their plate against the proteas.