South Africa batsman Faf Du Plessis said the senior players in the visiting side need to support their younger team mates and keep them motivated. South Africa has already lost the series 0-2 and would be looking to play for pride in the 4th test match in Delhi starting from December 3.
“I’m a senior player and I’m finding it tough because the conditions dictate the way you play and your performances. It’s important for us to try and keep the younger players positive, and we’ve done that,” du Plessis said.
“These have been the toughest conditions that I have played under, it’s also been a challenge for the young guys coming in,” he said.
“It’s a hard task for them because they get judged by playing Test cricket in these conditions where you have found that even our experienced players have found it tough. We have to keep motivating them and to keep the spirits high,” du Plessis was quoted as saying in ESPNCricinfo.
“The good thing about it is you can learn from this and improve your game. Even I have learnt a lot about my game in the last few matches. I’ve concentrated on my defence against spin in the first 20 balls I face,” he said.
South Africa has faced a lot of problems in facing spin bowling and pitches in this test series has been tough to bat on. In the 2nd innings of the Nagpur test match, Du Plessis and Hashim Amla played some solid cricket to stitch the highest partnership of the match but could not help them to lose the match.
“In South Africa, Australia and New Zealand you can take your time, even if you aren’t getting bad balls but the surface here doesn’t allow that to happen. This is a huge learning curve for us and also something we can take forward.”
South Africa must play good cricket in the last test match and none of the South African batsmen have shown application yet in the three test matches so far.