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Du Plessis seeks Sri Lankan 'breaking point'

AFP  |  Durban 

South African du will be seeking to find Sri Lanka's "breaking point" as early as possible when the first of two Tests starts at Kingsmead on Wednesday.

With Sri Lankan admitting that recent upheavals in Sri Lankan had affected the players, Du vowed to apply pressure on the tourists.

"They have had a tough time in and there have been a lot of things happening away from their team," Du said on Tuesday.

"It's not ideal for them but I will always respect the opposition we play against. Our preparation doesn't change."

Referring to a losing series in last year, said: "They beat us 2-0 in their own conditions which hurt us quite a bit.

"It's important for us to keep them under pressure to make sure they don't start the series well. If we can do that, possibly their breaking point will be a little bit sooner than it would (normally) be because of all the stuff that's happening away from the game."


Hathurusingha told the website that a losing streak, going back to last October and culminating in two heavy Test defeats in Australia, 2has put a lot of strain on everyone".

The said he was shocked at the axeing of as captain, which happened without him being consulted, and disappointed at a lack of communication from the board before he was stripped of his own role as a tour selector.

He added that match-fixing allegations and changes in selectors and coaching staff had all had an impact.

"When the selectors changed, the leadership changed," he told the website.

"There was a change of coaching staff as well. And that created uncertainty.

"Everything happened in public. There's enough pressure on the players in the middle for them to concentrate on. Suddenly the players have nowhere to turn. They don't know whom to trust or whose instructions to take."

Hathurusingha said the players were doing their best.

"They are trying. But in any high-performance environment, successful teams have direction, strong leadership and continuity."

Dimuth Karunaratne, named as stand-in for the tour, acknowledged: "It's not easy when you play and there is other stuff coming from the outside. The changes and everything are up to the selectors. As a team we are trying to focus on the game."

Karunaratne said he would concentrate on trying to produce good performances in his role as an opening batsman. Several of his players had experience of South African conditions and his message to the team was: "We must try and compete in every session."

With having an inexperienced line-up, hinted that might go into the match with six batsmen, including wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, and five bowlers.

said left-arm spinner was likely to play on a ground where spin has been a factor - but he liked the option of continuing with a battery of four fast bowlers following a successful recent series against Pakistan, even though he did not expect the pitch to offer much help to pace bowlers.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 19:20 IST
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