Morkel: We expected no favours


South Africa's fast bowler Morne Morkel said he and his team expected the conditions in India to be spin friendly in the current four-match Test series.

The Proteas lost the first Test in Mohali by 108 runs on a surface that favoured the spinners from the first session on the first day, while the visitors were also bowled out on the first day of the washed out second Test in Bangalore.

Those poor results mean India are firm favourites with Paddy Power to win the third Test, although South Africa are a dangerous side to discount.

Ahead of the third Test in Nagpur, starting on Wednesday, Morkel has urged his teammates to embrace the different conditions that they will be facing.

The lanky paceman said: "We expected no favours. We knew the wickets were going to turn. We need to do well with the reverse-swinging ball.

"If I can keep the pressure on the batters while the spinners are toiling away and then hope to get one or two myself, that will be ideal.

"With the game plans we are trying to execute it will be important not to bowl wasted deliveries and to make the batsmen play. The margins are quite small in these conditions.

"But we also need to enjoy ourselves. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to play in these conditions."

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