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India aim to salvage repute against South Africa in Jo'burg

India aim to salvage repute against South Africa in Jo'burg

He said batting coach Sanjay Bangar had worked with all the batsmen with a view to salvaging something from a series in which India are facing the possibility of a 3-0 defeat. "We have an incredible opportunity as a team to win 3-0, and that makes us even more hungry to go where no team has gone before".

"I don't think we'll make changes for the third Test just for the sake of giving opportunities". Obviously it's disappointing when you don't win games.

"I think that India will come back with a point to prove‚" he said.

Kohli, despite making a valiant 153 in Centurion, is facing flak for a couple of controversial selection calls, which saw Ajinkya Rahane, who averages more than 50, dropped for both the Tests while Bhuvneshwar Kumar missed out on the Centurion Test despite picking six wickets in Cape Town. Leading into the Australia series we want to go into it with that momentum we have been gathering over the last two games.

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Despite South Africa's convincing victory in the second Test, not many were happy with the pitch at Centurion. "I would like to see Shikhar Dhawan back in the side, opening with Murali, with KL Rahul or Rohit Sharma at No. 3, and Pujara or Rahane at Nos. 5/6". Kohli needs to replicate some of that batting form, and also to select properly and motivate his side out of this mire. We try to have a bit of consistency and string together a team. Not going with the general notion of wrong team selection, Smith directly pointed out that Virat is not a genuine captainship material and that he doesn't see a future leader in him. "So when you have choices, the team management has discussed what is the best option and they stick by it". "I don't think there are any questions within the team as they looked pleased after the boys took a look at the wicket this morning", Buthelezi told CricketNext.

That of course doesn't necessarily mean the Test will be washed out‚ but it could potentially help India avert a whitewash. Wanderers is a venue where they have not lost a Test and the piece of stat has stunned even Faf du Plessis. The last Test match we played against India here was a fantastic Test match. Without grabbing their chances, India will struggle to take anything from the series. It has been a quiet series for a lot of them, and if we can keep doing that we will be able to change that record.

With two Tests being played on what would ordinarily be seamer friendly surfaces‚ Ashwin's role was always going to be confined to one where he makes sporadic impact.