South Africa, ahead of their gruelling tour of India, are gearing up to toughen themselves to face a quality opposition in a country that can get ‘hot and loud’. The international leg of the 72-day tour gets underway in Dharamshala on October 2, 2015. The South Africa bowlers participated in a training session “with the aim of increasing their workloads and mapping out expectations” with bowling coach Charles Langeveldt. “Competition is always good. I feel in South Africa we have always been blessed with pace bowlers,” Langeveldt said. “The competition coming through, I’m very impressed with,” he said, adding, “You need to have a bit of both: you need to have pace but you still need line and length to be able to play at the highest level. I think line and length is still key playing international cricket, but aggression and pace I can’t teach them. That’s something that is natural to them. READ: India vs South Africa 2015: Kagiso Rabada looking forward to upcoming tour

Marchant de Lange, the young fast bowler, said, “My goal is to be able to bowl as quick as possible. That’s my job. I just think with my speed, preparing for the tournaments and all that, obviously comes my accuracy and all that. So that is what I have been working on.”

Kagiso Rabada, another fast bowler, spoke about the the need for line and length. “This game is not about pace. Pace definitely helps but if you get the ball in the right area, the pace is going to come to aid beautifully. But if you don’t, you’re going to hit everywhere.” READ: South African all-rounder Chris Morris reveals battling mental troubles ahead of India tour

What are the thoughts about touring India? “India is a very, very tough place to play. It’s really hot and it’s really loud and it’s testing conditions. Condition that we do before the tour is very vital,” Chris Morris said.