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We knew Indian tour would be tough - JP Duminy

We knew Indian tour will be tough - JP Duminy
In the five Test matches JP Duminy has played against India, he has an average of 9.28 with a highest score of 28.
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South African all-rounder Jean-Paul Duminy believes the ongoing Test series against India has tested the mettle of the Proteas team.

After successfully claiming the One-Day International and Twenty20 International series against India, South Africa succumbed to spin friendly conditions in the first Test in Mohali, losing the game by 108 runs.

Even in relatively good batting conditions in the second Test in Bangalore, South Africa were restricted to just 214 in the first innings, as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja shared eight wickets between them.

Admitting that the South African team had been severely challenged in the ongoing tour, Duminy expressed confidence in the team's ability to bounce back.

"We always knew it (India tour) was going to be tough. This is right up there," he confirmed.

“We would be proud of the way we played up until now.

“We always knew that time would come when we would be challenged.

“How you come back from the challenge determines how good you are as a team and I am sure we will progress well.”

In the Test matches played in India since 2000, South Africa have the best win/loss ratio compared to other visiting teams, having won and lost four apiece in the 11 games.

Fielding an inexperienced side this time around, South Africa's weakness against spin has been exploited by India so far in the series.

Duminy opined that the Proteas are anticipating another pitch assisting spin in the third Test in Nagpur.

"I haven't seen the pitch. But we are aware it will obviously turn," he said.

Injuries to key players haven't helped the South African cause as Vernon Philander was ruled out of the series before the second Test while Dale Steyn remains doubtful for the third game.

Spinners Imran Tahir and Simon Harmer took part in an intense net session on Sunday, giving an impression that South Africa might opt for a two-spin attack again.

Even though winning the series from here is an uphill task, Duminy is confident of South Africa achieving it, provided they learn from their mistakes.

"Guys have admitted that we have made a few errors, especially in the opening Test," he revealed.

“We would like to rectify it moving forward. There is no point trying to be naive.

“It's about facing the problem and having a game plan against it.

"We are proud that we never buckled down despite the challenging conditions.

“Winning a series will be a tough task from here but we are sure we can do it," Duminy concluded.

The last time India and South Africa met in Nagpur was in 2010, when Graeme Smith's men, courtesy of a 10-wicket haul from Steyn won by an innings.

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