New Test, but Proteas to answer same old questions

The Proteas have no other choice but to go all out for a result with only two Tests remaining.

FILE: South Africa captain Hashim Amla Picture: Official Cricket South Africa Facebook Page.

CAPE TOWN - As the Proteas head into the third Test, most of the same questions asked before the second Test still remain.

India lead the four match series 1-0.

The Proteas have no other choice but to go all out for a result with only two Tests remaining, after rain made play impossible for four consecutive days in the second Test which ended in a draw.

Luckily for the Proteas, Nagpur is a ground that holds some fond memories for them.

Heading into the match the injury cloud hanging over Dale Steyn still remains.

Speaking to EWN, Proteas opening batsmen Dean Elgar said Steyn has been bowling in the nets, however, his match fitness will be decided closer to the match.

The presence of Steyn would be a welcome boost for South Africa, not only is he the team's premium bowler but he also managed to get a 10 wicket match haul in his last visit to Nagpur.

The 10 wicket haul also included a first innings scalp of 7-51.

Staying on the good memories theme, Proteas skipper Hashim Amla is currently going through a "rough patch" with the bat, will be desperately looking to post a score of significance as he has struggled in the Test series thus far.

He scored his career best 253 in Nagpur which will boost his quest to get amongst the runs once again.

Before this series, Amla had played six Test matches in India scoring 823 runs at an average of 102, 87.

The biggest question remains, how will the South Africa counter the spin of India? In both Test matches the Proteas have looked uncomfortable against the spin of Ravinchandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

The inability to rotate strike has cost the Proteas dearly this series.

However Elgar believes that The Proteas have the skill level to play the spin.

He went onto say that playing spin their mentality could should have been a bit more positive but that is what they have been working on in preparation for the Test in Nagpur.

The Proteas will hope to win the toss in Nagpur, as batting last will in probability be a tough ask for any team on a turning wicket.

The Proteas have will also be looking to maintain their proud record of not having lost an away series since 2006.

They have all the motivations they need to justify their status as the world's number one Test team.