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Seems Kotla track will last more than 3 days: Proteas coach

Its confidence in tatters after being entangled in a spin web on a rank turned in Jamtha, the South African team seemed a bit relieved on Tuesday following a look of the Kotla strip, with assistant coach Adrian Birrell saying that it could “last more than three days”.

Having already lost the four-Test series 0-2 with first and third matches getting over within three days, and second game being washed out, South Africa will play for pride here in the fourth and last Test, commencing on Thursday.

“We have had a look at the pitch. We are playing in India and we expect pitches to turn. This one looks like to go on for more than three days. We are happy with what we saw. Like every other pitch, we are happy to play on what we are provided with. But we have not played good cricket yet, so we are determined to put up a good performance,” Birrell, a former chief coach of the Ireland national team, said.

“Look it is beyond India. Quite a few Test matches are ending in three days. I mean the D/N pink ball Test did not go full distance. There are very few draws with T20 cricket. Runs are coming a lot quicker. I won’t say whether it is good or bad.”
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