[caption id="attachment_896702" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-896702" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Faf-du-Plessis-AFP.jpg" alt="India vs South Africa 2019, India vs South Africa, India, South Africa, Faf du Plessis, Keshav Maharaj" width="628" height="353" /> Time is limited but du Plessis said getting local help can only benefit the team. AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/south-africa/news/">South Africa</a> captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/faf-du-plessis/news/">Faf du Plessis</a> has "learnt" his lessons from the disastrous tour of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/news/">India</a> four years ago and hopes the team's young members will emerge as improved cricketers after the current Test series, beginning on Wednesday. <p></p> <p></p>South Africa had no answer to the spin duo of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ravichandran-ashwin/news/">Ravichandran Ashwin</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ravindra-jadeja/news/">Ravindra Jadeja</a>, losing the four-match series 0-3. Du Plessis himself had a tough time, scoring just 60 runs in seven innings. <p></p> <p></p>"What Test cricket in general does to you is if there is a flaw in your game, it exposes it. Obviously last time we came here as a batting unit and personally myself found it difficult in tough conditions. The fact is that I needed to get better from a defensive and technical point of view to adapt to play in tough conditions," Du Plessis said on the eve of the first Test. <p></p> <p></p><strong>READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-south-africa-2019-1st-test-eyes-on-rohit-sharma-as-india-south-africa-renew-test-rivalry-896683">Eyes on Rohit as India, South Africa renew Test rivalry</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>He is among the five squad members who had toured in 2015. The other four are <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kagiso-rabada/news/">Kagiso Rabada</a>, Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma and Vernon Philander who played just one Test before getting injured. <p></p> <p></p>"It was tough for everyone, but it was huge value for me. After that I started playing spin better. So I think all players have to go through tough times to make them better and understand where their potential weaknesses are. And then either you can disappear or come back stronger." <p></p> <p></p>It is a fresh bunch of players helped by an Indian in <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/amol-muzumdar">Amol Muzumdar</a>, who is South Africa's batting coach for the Test series. <p></p> <p></p>Time is limited but du Plessis said getting local help can only benefit the team. <p></p> <p></p>"It is a different language, different mindset and it is really refreshing to have someone with local knowledge. He has been with us for a short time and we already have had some good conversations. <p></p> <p></p>"The wickets spun more last time, this time it is not expected to turn as much. It was really dry back then and we struggled despite having an experienced line-up and now we have a young looking line up, so there is no baggage. These youngsters are motivated to do well in international cricket and this tour will be no different for them," he said. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/south-africas-interim-batting-coach-amol-muzumdar-expecting-tough-india-challenge-889615">South Africa's interim batting coach Amol Muzumdar expecting tough India challenge</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>The series against India will be South Africa's first in the World Test Championship. Following a disappointing World Cup campaign, the team is back on the road and also play England and Australia in the next six months. Du Plessis is looking forward to the challenge. <p></p> <p></p>"It is a good time to be involved with a young team. A lot of senior players are out and leadership group has changed completely. Time to grow new leaders, the next set of pacers, the next Hashim Amla. I am excited about that." <p></p> <p></p>With Philander amongst the runs in the warm-up game, South Africa are looking at playing five bowlers for the first Test. <p></p> <p></p>"That is definitely one of the options. India has always been a place where you can score in the first innings but in the second innings, it can get challenging and you need ample bowling resources for the first innings. <p></p> <p></p>"You need more than three or four bowlers. Generally taking 20 wickets wins you Test matches." <p></p> <p></p>While South Africa struggled against the spinners last time around and are expected to have a tough time again, du Plessis feels their number one spinner Keshav Maharaj can trouble the high-profile Indian batting. <p></p> <p></p>"In the past teams visiting India used reverse swing and extra pace to their advantage. Last time here we felt the ball spun quite a bit and the spinner we have in Maharaj is as good as anyone in the world. He would just be much as a challenge for Indian batters. <p></p> <p></p>"Yes, we do have some pace but is about having accurate pace. In subcontinent just pace itself doesn't count for much. You need to be accurate for a long time and make sure that ball does something through the air."