Proteas bowler, Vernon Philander, insists that the match is not a ‘dead-rubber’, but rather an opportunity to strengthen their dominance over the visitors with one eye on the ICC Test rankings. The third Sunfoil Test will began Wednesday at Bidvest Wanderers stadium.
The Standard Bank Proteas have won their last two series’s trailing India by 2-0, winning all three series’s for South African will mean they will be in the top level of the ICC Test rankings. India will retain their first spot by a decimal point.
Philander says they want to win every game they play.
‘’We want to win each and every Test match that we play,” Philander said in Johannesburg on Monday. “There is no dead-rubber game for us, we will prepare as well as we can over the next two days to make sure we are ready come Wednesday. There are no dead-rubbers when we play any team in the world.
“ It is always hard work when you play back-to-back Test matches,” he said of the break. “ A four-day break suits everyone well, to go back and refresh and to get yourself up and going for the last match. All the players took some time away from the game, spent some time with the families to make sure we are ready for this one.”
Wednesday, 24 January – Sunday, 28 January
3rd Sunfoil Test match
South Africa v India, Bidvest Wanderers, 10h00