New Delhi: The pitch for the second Test between India and South Africa is expected to be a pacer friendly one with pace and bounce expected. Indian batsmen struggled in the first Test against South African pacers and looks like they will have no respite from it as the two teams square off in the second Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion.
“Well you will get pace and bounce. That is the true nature of the wicket here at SuperSport Park. You can also expect a bit of sideways movement, but primarily pace and bounce,” chief curator Bryan Bloy was quoted as saying by CricketNext.
“Going into the later stages of the game, you might also start seeing some invariable bounce as it is very dry here and that would or could make the pitch crack up. But that would not really be for assistance to the spinners. Wickets at SuperSport Park over the years have turned, not that it has not, but that would be more from the rough created by the bowlers,” he added.
The curator believes pace and bounce happen to be the true nature of the wicket in Centurion and that is something he cannot change. He didn’t shy away from saying that it will help the home side more.
“See, pace and bounce comes naturally here and that is what we have tried to keep. No point trying to change the nature of the wicket. Yes, it does end up helping the home team, but that is how it is world over. You cannot expect to change the true nature of the wicket,” he said.