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India win toss, pick bat in first test against South Africa

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India win toss, pick bat in first test against South Africa

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Indian captain Virat Kohli won the draw and opted to strike on an overcast day in the first test against South Africa at Centurion Park on Sunday.

Kohli believes the pitch will pick up speed as the game progresses and scoring a big score in the first set will be key for the tourists.

“Running on the plank and outside the house has been our strength. The wicket has grass on it and the pitch tends to get faster as the game progresses, ”Kohli said.

“It’s a very difficult place to play cricket. We will have to be at our best.

India selected Ajinkya Rahane in middle order, after the number five position was the subject of debate and an indirect attack from Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur.

South Africa came as a surprise with their roster, including the big, fast pitcher Marco Jansen making his debut ahead of the return of Duanne Olivier, who was due in his first test since 2019.

“Jansen had a lot of success against the Indian ‘A’ team and he has a reputation that is circulating now after hitting quite a few Indian hitters,” said captain Dean Elgar.

India hope to secure a first round of testing in South Africa with matches to follow in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Teams:

South Africa – Dean Elgar (capt), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Wiaan Mulder, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi

India – KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

India win toss, pick bat in first test against South Africa

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