Morkel looks ahead to first Test

The Proteas bowler says India will not miss Sachin Tendulkar too much.

Proteas bowling coach Allan Donald with bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. Picture: Facebook

JOHANNESBURG - Proteas fast bowler Morne Morkel says although India are now without the 'little master' in Test cricket, they are still a good side.

On Wednesday, South Africa take on India in the first of two Test matches at the Wanderers in what will be India's first Test since Sachin Tendulkar retired.

Morkel says although Tendulkar's absence leaves a hole in India's batting line up, they still have quality batsmen.

"Sachin was a guy that could bat for a long time and could put you under pressure through his time at the crease. Virat Kohli is going to slot into that role, and he's got some big boots to fill."

The Proteas convincingly won the ODI Series and were especially lethal with the ball, but Morkel says the Indian bowlers can also be dangerous once they get used to the pitches in SA.

"It does take time to get used to the conditions, but they've got Zaheer Khan, who's very experienced. I'm sure he'll lead the attack very well because he's done well here in the past against us."

Morkel says the Wanderers should give the fast bowlers some assistance on Wednesday.

"The nature of the Wanderers has always been bouncy and quick. It can be a high scoring game, because the margins for error are smaller due to the fast outfield and the ball coming on to the bat."