South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said the Proteas bowlers want to put Bangladesh batsmen under pressure with pace, although they have a relatively inexperienced pace attack as their first-choice trio are missing due to injury.
South African pace-bowling trio Dale Steyn, Chris Morris and Vernon Philander have been ruled out from the Bangladesh Test series while their most experienced pacer Morne Morkel has also been ruled out of the second and final Test match due to injury.
Now the pace-bowling attack will be led by right-arm paceman Kagiso Rabada, who has played 21 Tests so far.
“The big thing is the loss of Morkel. You want to make sure that the venom in your attack is still the same. With Morne, Rabada, Philander and Steyn, there’s an expectancy of what you’re going to get. If you don’t have those guys there you’re not sure. It’s important for us to look at how we can best balance the side but still have a strong attack,” Du Plessis told the media during the pre-Test press conference at Mangaung Oval Thursday.
“The challenge is, when Morne’s out, do we still play three front-line seamers and an all-rounder or do we look at four seamers and two all-rounders? There are lots to consider. But it’s important to have a really strong attack because you want to put Bangladesh under pressure with pace,” he said.
South Africa were dominant in the first Test at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom but skipper Du Plessis believes the team have to start well again in order to get the better of Bangladesh in the Bloemfontein Test.
“In conditions like this, it’s very important that we do that against Bangladesh. Yes, on their day they can be dangerous. But we have to keep pressure on them and not give them opportunities in the game where they can get on top of us. This game is really important for me that we show that consistency,” the right-handed batsman said.
“Over five days in Potch we were brilliant. There wasn’t half a session that belonged to Bangladesh. It was pretty much the perfect game. But it’s important that we back it up here. That consistency is the excellence we’re striving for in this team,” he explained.
South Africa will play an inexperienced pace-bowling attack and the captain believes it’s a chance for the younger pacers to prove their worth in Test cricket.
“It’s a nice responsibility, especially for Duanne Olivier. He probably prefers to have the new ball in his hand, he’s back in home condition. I faced him [Thursday]; he bowled really well. Every bowler is a confidence bowler. We’re very unlucky in that we have four bowlers injured at the same time. We were never faced with a scenario like this. But for the first time I’m getting to see someone like Dane Paterson with a red-ball. That’s good, to see who else is out there, the 33-year old concluded.