Shastri urges team to embrace South African challenge

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Mumbai:  India chief coach Ravi Shastri on Wednesday urged the squad to embrace the challenges awaiting them in the tour to South Africa, as he insisted that they have prepared well.

India will play South Africa in three Tests, five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). The first Test begins on January 2.

Test matches in South Africa have always been tough for India who have never won a Test series there.

“We know how tough this tour of South Africa is. That’s the beauty about their profession — wanting challenges and embracing it and that’s what we are looking for,” Shastri said at the pre-departure media conference.

“We toured Australia in 2014 and we did a pretty good job. We have done well in England. In 2015, we toured Sri Lanka and it had great tracks on which the ball seamed and swung. So preparation has been good.”

Shastri said that the players are playing together for the last few years and that will help them flourish in South Africa.

“These boys have been on on the road together for the last 4-5 years — the same team. The nucleus has been the same so that should help a long way,” the former all-rounder added.

Source: WeeklyVoice