Faf du Plessis © Getty Images
Faf du Plessis © Getty Images

On the eve of the first Test between Australia and South Africa at Durban, Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis revealed that he has learnt his lesson by asking for seaming tracks during the India series and the team management has not requested for seaming tracks for the current series.

“I learnt my lesson. Obviously, when you’re playing against a sub-continent team (Asian), you try to get an advantage somehow but Australia and South Africa are two similar teams. We play in the same conditions. There’s nothing different that we are expecting. We both will play on what we get. We’ve not asked for anything specific,” Du Plessis told the media.

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Durban wicket

“The Durban wicket over the last few years has definitely slowed down a bit. That’s the nature of the square. I expect it to be quite slow. It might take a bit of turn. If anything a little tennis-ball bounce.”

Both, Australia and South Africa will hope that better surface is dished out for the Test series. The Wanderers track where India and South Africa played the last Test was criticised and rated ‘poor’ by ICC and a three-merit points sanction was imposed.