Watch| All Eyes on Newlands Pitch Ahead of First Test in Cape Town
When Cricket South Africa flew in SuperSports Park curator Bryan Bloy from Centurion to assist Newlands Stadium curator Evan Flint in preparing the wicket for the opening Test between India and South Africa in Cape Town from January 5, the writing was very much on the wall. Faf du Plessis and the boys mean business here and they wish to break Team India’s batting backbone right up front. India skipper Virat Kohli has often spoken about the opening Test in a three-game series setting the tone for the remainder of the series and how it gets very difficult for teams to get back from the dungeons after losing the opening Test. And going by the looks of it, du Plessis plans to not just send the Indians to the dungeons, but wishes to do that in ruthless style.