South Africa promise India a pace barrage

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Durban:South African coach Mickey Arthur has promised India's batsmen a pace barrage in the second one-day international in Durban today.

''We're looking for pace and bounce, and it looks like that's the type of pitch we will get,'' Arthur told a news conference.

''When we play in India we know we need to be on top of our game against spin. When India play here they know they need to be on top of their game against pace, and we will attack them with pace.'' The first match of the series in Johannesburg on Sunday was abandoned without a ball bowled because of rain, and Arthur said his team was eager to take on the Indians.

''There's a lot of pent-up energy in the camp,'' Arthur said.

''You don't want to be going from net practice to net practice, which is what has been happening. We need to start playing cricket now.'' Arthur said the South Africans felt they held important advantages over the visitors.

''India have a lot of dangerous players, but we are a difficult team to beat at home and we are number two in the world,'' Arthur said.

He did not put much store in the fact that a Rest of South Africa XI beat India by 37 runs in a tour match in Benoni on Thursday.

''Ajit Agarkar makes a major difference to their attack, Harbhajan Singh is a top class spinner, and Virender Sehwag controls the top of the order,'' Arthur said. ''They didn't play in the tour match.''


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