The South Africa assistant coach Birell looked relieved and said that the Kotla pitch could last more than 3 days. The previous two test matches ended inside three days which raised critics of the pitch at Nagpur which turned from the first day.
South Africa have already lost the test series 0-2 with first and third test matches ended inside three days and the second one was being washed, the team will play for pride in the fourth test match starting from December 3.
“We have had a look at the pitch. We are playing in India and we expect pitches to turn. This one looks like to go on for more than three days. We are happy with what we saw. Like every other pitch, we are happy to play on what we are provided with. But we have not played good cricket yet, so we are determined to put up a good performance,” Birrell, a former chief coach of the Ireland national team, said.
“Look it is beyond India. Quite a few Test matches are ending in three days. I mean the D/N pink ball Test (between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide) did not go the full distance. There are very few draws with T20 cricket. Runs are coming to a lot quicker. I won’t say whether it is good or bad.
“Every nation wants to win a Test series. India have won a series and they have outplayed us. No complaints. We are looking forward to trying and outplaying them,” said the former leg-spinner.
The South African batsmen have not played Ashwin very well so far in the test series. “He is an outstanding bowler. He has done very well in the three-Test series so far. It is a challenge to try and used to playing him. We have not done well, but we have to keep trying,” said Birrell.
“He (Ashwin) has probably bowled tighter than anybody and hasn’t given us any bad balls. We dished up a few easy runs for India and we had to fight when we batted, as he did not give us any easy runs. Also, he is on top of his game.
South Africa needs to play Ashwin much better in order to avoid a 0-3 scoreline. “We are looking forward to playing another Test match. Every single Test match is important for us. We are looking to play good cricket. We haven’t played good cricket yet. Every single player is determined to put up a good performance in this Test.”