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Proteas keen to bounce back in de Villiers' 100th Test

AB de Villiers will be the seventh South African to reach the 100 Test mark.

FILE: AB de Villiers. Picture: Marc Lewis/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - After a tough first Test in Mohali, the Proteas are looking to start a fresh in Bangalore when the second Test begins on Saturday morning.

In what was always going to be a tough wicket to bat on last, the Proteas rarely looked comfortable on a wicket that produced prodigious turn in the first test.

The venue for the second test in Bangalore has been struck by incessant rain over the past week which in theory should aide the Proteas' seamers.

However, with the injury to all-rounder Vernon Philander and an injury cloud hanging over Dale Steyn, the remaining quicks Morne Morkel (fit again), Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott are more inclined to "hit the deck hard" than look for seam movement or swing.

A case could be made for Abbott's ability to move the ball but he has only just joined the touring party after Philander was ruled off for the rest of the tour.

It is thought the Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch will be friendlier to both South African batsmen and bowlers than the one in Mohali, especially considering the rain that has hit the area of late.

In another sub plot, AB de Villiers will make his 100th Test appearance for the Proteas. The mercurial batsman has scored 7,685 runs at an average of 51.92.

De Villiers will be the seventh South African to reach 100 test matches mark.

"I do like to stay in the moment and think about what is important today, and that is focusing on this test match," he said.

He was the one South African batsman who looked comfortable on the turning Mohali wicket. Therefore one could easily say that if the Proteas were to have any success in the batting department you can expect de Villiers to have a hand in it.

The Proteas have had some time to lick their wounds and work on their shortcomings in the build up to the second test. South Africa have a proud record of having not lost a test series away since 2006, a key factor in maintaining that proud record will largely depend on ability of the top order to post a large first innings total.

The top order struggled to rotate strike in Mohali, often getting bogged down and allowing the dangerous spinners Ravichandaran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to bowl at them for extended periods.

The Proteas would have no doubt have worked on plans to counter the dangerous Indian spin partnership, it is probable that you will see a more positive approach from the Proteas when dealing with the spin of Ashwin and Jadeja.

This battle will be a key factor in the outcome of the match.

It is important for the Proteas to pick themselves up and fight in this match as it is most likely the most favourable pitch conditions they will encounter in the four match Test series.

No doubt the toss will play a part in the result but Proteas will have to show all their qualities that made them the number one Test side in the world in order to bounce back in this series.

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