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Tough conditions beckon Indian batters in pace paradise

Last updated on: December 2, 2010 14:40 IST

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Andrew Hudson, convenor of selectors for the Proteas, said that South Africa would concentrate on its strong points when they announce their Test squad for the upcoming series against India.

"We will most probably choose just one spinner and depend on South Africa's traditional strength -- its pace attack," Hudson told the Afrikaans daily Beeld.

Hence, India can expect a pace attack when they start touring in South Africa from December 16.


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"There was still a view among the South Africans that despite India's strength being their batting, they remained vulnerable to bounce balls," said Beeld cricket writer Altus Momberg.

"This will be tested (against India) this summer," Momberg said, adding that Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel were extremely dangerous under South African conditions.

The South African squad for the Test series against India will be announced at the end of this week.


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Team India arrive in SA on Dec 12

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Momberg speculated that the proposed tactic of the South Africans was probably why Indian coach Gary Kirsten and ten members of his team, including captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar, would arrive in Cape Town next Wednesday itself to get used to the South African conditions ahead of the first game on December 16.

The rest of the team, still playing in a One-Day series against New Zealand, will only arrive in Johannesburg on December 12.


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