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South Africa call up Marchant de Lange

South Africa call up Marchant de Lange
In the two Test matches he has featured in, Marchant de Lange has picked up nine wickets at an average of 30.77.
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South Africa have called up fast bowler Marchant de Lange as a cover for Dale Steyn in their depleted pace attack in the ongoing Test series against India.

Struggling with injury concerns, South Africa have already lost Vernon Philander with an ankle injury while Steyn is still doubtful for the third Test with a groin injury.

South Africa’s coach, Russell Domingo revealed that the move was to provide cover for the bowlers in case another one of the seamers suffers an injury.

“At the moment we only have three fit seamers in Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott, so with Dale still struggling with a groin injury we decided to bring Marchant in as cover so we are prepared in case one of the three breaks down.”

De Lange played two Test matches for South Africa, between 2011 and 2012 and is known to be a bowler who can achieve speeds up to 150 kmph.

In the two Test matches he has featured in, de Lange has picked up nine wickets at an average of 30.77, including a five wicket haul.

Domingo is confident that if the ball begins to reverse swing, de Lange’s pace will be an excellent added advantage for the South Africans.

“Marchant’s biggest strength is pace, if the ball does start to reverse-swing his pace through the air brings him into the contest.

“Even though his performances back home have been a bit inconsistent, we do know that as an impact player he is a guy that can turn the game with a good spell.

“Guys that can bowl at 150 km per hour will always be good value.”

The series is currently positioned at 1-0 in favour of India and South Africa will have to win the remaining two games if they are to win the series.

The last time South Africa won a Test series in India was in the year 2000 and in the three contests after that, the Proteas have drawn two and lost one.

Despite having a number of players who have limited experience of playing in Indian conditions, Domingo is hopeful of a turnaround in the third Test in Nagpur.

“We’ve done it before.

“We know that we are still in the contest with two matches to play, the wickets are definitely going to produce results.

“We are 1-0 down so we have every chance of turning it around in Nagpur.

“We are aware that we have to play better cricket with bat and with ball, but we are hopeful that we can rectify that.

“We have a lot of inexperienced players who haven’t played in India before so hopefully they will have learnt a lot of lessons from these first two matches.” 

In 2010, South Africa played India in a Test match in Nagpur, wherein a 340-run stand between Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis rescued South Africa from a position of six runs for two wickets.

From there, South Africa posted 558 runs in the first session and bowled out India twice to secure an innings victory.

Drawing inspiration from that game, Domingo is aware that South Africa will have to be at their best against India to square the series.

“I wasn’t there on that tour but I remember South Africa being 6/2 and Kallis getting 160 and Amla getting 250 to give the team a comfortable win in the backend.

“The side in general has good memories from the particular venue.

“We are going to have to play well, India are playing good cricket at the moment.”

The third Test match of the ongoing Freedom Trophy between India and South Africa will be played between 25th and 29th November in Nagpur. 

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