South Africa not going harp on about conditions in India: Aiden Markram
Aiden Markram will be key to South Africa's chances in the upcoming 3-Test series in India (Reuters Photo)
- South Africa begin the 3-Test series in Visakhapatnam from October 2
- Aiden Markram said SA are aware of the upcoming challenge
- Markram hit 161 for SA A in 2nd unofficial Test vs India A
Aiden Markram has conceded South Africa are in for a stern test in the upcoming 3-match Test series in India but the visiting team opener said the team is positive and upbeat in the lead-up to the challenge.
Aiden Markram recalled the 3-0 defeat that South Africa suffered in 2015, which was also their first overseas series loss since 2006. The visiting South African team struggled on rank turners as they managed to make a 200-plus total only once in 8 innings. Their struggles against spin was exposed when they were bundled out for 79 on a rank-turner in Nagpur in the 2nd Test.
"I remember watching that series a few years ago and it looked incredibly difficult. And I'm sure there's a bit of baggage that certain players that were on that tour might still be carrying but that's completely fine," Aiden Markram said.
"I think it's never an easy tour coming to anywhere in the subcontinent, let alone India. It's full of challenges, but if we can conquer those challenges it will be really rewarding."
After managing to level the T20I series, South Africa warm-up to the 3-match Test series with a 3-day practice match against Board President's XI in Vizianagaram from September 26. Markram and a few others, including Vernon Philander, were part of the South Africa A side that played 2 unofficial Tests against India A.
Not going to harp on about conditions: Markram
Having spent time in the sub-continent in the lead-up to the Test series, South Africa have a fair idea of what to expect from pitches during the Tests, feels Aiden Markram.
"The guys are positive and upbeat and we're maintaining a really good language in the changeroom, a really strong language. At the end of the day, we're not going to harp on about conditions, we pretty much know what to expect and we just need to get the job done," Aiden Makram said.
Markram shone for South Africa A against India A in Mysore last week as the opening batsman hit 161 in the drawn unofficial Test in Mysore. However, Markram said he expects the conditions in the Test series to be vastly different from what they were during the A series.
"From a personal perspective, it was nice to spend time out in the middle. I think the wickets we get will be a lot different to the wickets we got in the A series," Markram said.
India and South Africa meet in the first Test in Visakhapatnam on October 2. The 2nd Test will be played from October 10 in Pune while the 3rd and final Test will be held from October 19 in Ranchi.