Rustenberg (South Africa): Aug 17, 2013
The Indian national team head coach will be present for the first four-day match, which starts in Rustenberg on August 17 while the second match will be played at Pretoria from August 24-27.
Leading the Indian side, Cheteshwar Pujara was upbeat about his team’s chances in the longer format as well.
“Winning the ODI series has given us a confidence boost going into the four-day series. We played really well throughout that series, except for a couple of close games against Australia that we lost,” Pujara was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
South Africa A skipper Justin Ontong, on the other hand, said the change in format would provide his men an opportunity step up their game.
“We are in a very good space as a unit. Our four-day disciplines are where we want them to be. We are encountering new opposition, so it is a new challenge for us, and also a new opportunity for players to put in some noteworthy performances,” Ontong said.