Du Plessis: Rabada will only get better

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"One less batter makes your responsibility on the top six a little bit more. But if we play four seamers he is someone who gets talked about because he has pace and x-factor, and obviously he bats as well", said Du Plessis.

However, SuperSport Park hasn't been a minefield for batsmen; Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla have scored double hundreds there - Herschelle Gibbs came within eight runs of 200 there too - while AB de Villiers set the record for the fastest Test century by a South African, taking just 75 balls against India in 2010. "If you pick four seamers, he can be in them", said du Plessis. Add to that the invariable bounce that might come in later in the Test match.

He said: "I think at times they played very good cricket in that first Test".

"India were in the game for 90 per cent of the match". They will have taken a lot of positives from that match, and they will feel they weren't far off. "We've asked for pace and bounce, so hopefully we will get that", he said. I expect another huge performance from them.

The Proteas now lead the series 1-0 after winning in Newlands on Monday.

Du Plesiss also stressed that his team would look to continue to be aggressive. "India is the same".

"See, pace and bounce comes naturally here and that is what we have tried to keep".

"Well you will get pace and bounce".

The wicket left South African captain Faf du Plessis jumping up in joy and he went ahead to plant a kiss on Rabada's forehead for getting the much-needed breakthrough. I don't mind that.

Du Plessis also said that the culture in the team meant everyone felt comfortable and were able to perform to optimum levels. "With the experience we had in the first game, we are much better prepared to counter (South Africa) in this Test". In our dressing room, there's none of that.

"For us, at the moment, it's unknown".

Vernon Philander: The conversation was, 'Well done, the stuff you have been doing over the off-season is paying off. Vernon is in a good place where he is fitter. The pleasing thing for me is that Vern wants the ball all the time. He wasn't exhausted after four overs, he was ready to go. If we can have Vernon like that, it makes our bowling even more risky. "I was very impressed with his bowling, he bowls a heavy ball, and there's a bright future for him".

AB De Villiers' has been a curious case, giving it up when he had everything, only to miss the action after a year's sabbatical and pledging himself to all formats of cricket.

"Like any other batsman in the team, AB's job is to score runs".

"The team that we selected last week was what we thought was the best team, Dale Steyn is among the world's best bowler and he brings a lot to the table".

"KG (Rabada) is an incredible athlete - I think that's his strongest attribute". Du Plessis rated him amongst the world's best bowlers and explained his versatility in the team. He can bowl the whole day and he doesn't get exhausted. He can bowl the whole day, he doesn't get exhausted.

"I still believe his best is still to come". He is learning a lot as a bowler.

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