Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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"So, hopefully over the next few months, we will get a lot of runs from him", said du Plessis. "I'm really pleased with the way he stepped up".

Whichever way South Africa decide to go in their set-up, their fast bowlers will remain their major asset as they look to wrap up the series.

"Right now I look at Morry as a fourth seamer replacement". Du Plessis added that more than pace it was variable bounce that gives batsmen grief: "If the pitch has variable bounce and fuller balls are coming past your head and shorter balls are staying down, then pace becomes more unsafe".

"Consistency-wise, he has got a bit of work to do to be a third seamer". "Our culture is strong on making sure that when young guys come into the team that we treat them as though they have played 50 or 70 or 100 Tests", he revealed.

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"Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada are a step above in that regard".

Given that South Africa are highly likely to play four seamers in Centurion, Morris is a strong candidate to be included in the starting XI on his home ground.

Ngidi provided a glimpse of an exciting future after taking six wickets in just two T20s against Sri Lanka last season before a succession of injuries hampered his progress. He recovered from a back injury in July to find form across formats.

For Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya, it was a disappointing end to a tremendous innings in the first Test in Cape Town against South Africa.

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And while he knew that things would be different this time around with groundsman Bryan Bloy asked to look after the fast bowlers, Markram still expects the Centurion wicket to be "less crazy" than what the batters were given at Newlands.

Despite the selection challenge, du Plessis says that their approach for this Test match won't change from the customary aggressive way in which they want to play their cricket.

The captain and coach kept a close eye on Ngidi during practice, increasing speculation that he may be handed a debut, but du Plessis' conservative pre-match comments suggest that Ngidi may have to wait a little longer for his turn in Tests. "I believe there is a lot of talent there. He bowls a heavy ball and he likes involving himself".

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