Gentler Conditions May Help West Indies Rally

December 25, 2014

After an innings and 220-run victory in Centurion, few will argue with Hashim Amla's assessment that it is "difficult to fault anything in the last performance." There may be individuals in the South African XI, such as the top three batsman and the recalled Imran Tahir, who will want to make statements which speak to their own ability, but as a collective unit, South Africa will only want more of the same to close out the series against West Indies before they get to 2015. 

Denesh Ramdin's pleas for a better all-round showing from his team reveals exactly the opposite. He asked for "consistency" in all departments, which means the bowlers need to be tighter and batsman show better temperament. 

There is no better place to ask them to do that than Port Elizabeth. Not only is it the scene of West Indies' only Test win in South Africa, but is a gentler surface which could go some way to evening out the contest. After being dominated from the second hour at SuperSport Park, if West Indies can "give the Proteas" a fight in Ramdin's words, they will be on the right track. 

With the teams seemingly running their own race, interest in the series has been low but St George's Park still hopes to deliver a sizeable crowd and a vibrant atmosphere to add to South Africa's holiday spirit.


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