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'We’re not going to harp on about conditions' – Markram

South Africa will play a three-day warm-up match against an Invitational XI starting on Thursday in Vijayanagaram.

FILE: South African batsman Aiden Markram. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Proteas batsman Aiden Markram said the team was mentally ready to face the challenges that come with touring in India as they continue their preparation for their three-match Test series starting on 2 October 2019 in Visakhapatnam.

South Africa will play a three-day warm-up match against an Invitational XI starting on Thursday in Vijayanagaram.

Speaking after the team’s rained out practice on Wednesday, the 24-year-old opening batsman admitted that while there may be some players who carry scars from their previous tour to the subcontinent nation, the language and mindset in the changeroom was about playing positively, “finding a way” to overcome their situations and not to dwell on the difficulty of the conditions.

“I remember watching that series a few years ago and it looked incredibly difficult,” he said. “And I’m sure there’s a bit of baggage that certain players that were on that tour might still be carrying but that’s completely fine. I think it’s never an easy tour coming to anywhere in the subcontinent, let alone India. It’s full of challenges, but if we can conquer those challenges, it will be really rewarding.

"The guys are positive and upbeat and we’re maintaining a really good language in the changeroom, a really strong language. At the end of the day, we’re not going to harp on about conditions, we pretty much know what to expect and we just need to get the job done.”

Markram joined the Test squad after scoring a fine 161 in the second of two four-day matches for the South Africa “A” team against their Indian counterparts in Mysore. The match ended in a draw, but the series was won 1-0 by India “A” after winning their first encounter by seven wickets.

Markram admitted that while it was nice to get some runs under his belt, he was fully aware that they would not be likely to receive wickets close to those they played on during the “A” tour.

“From a personal perspective, it was nice to spend time out in the middle. I think the wickets we get (in the Proteas tour of India) will be a lot different to the wickets we got in the “A” series”.

“But as I said, it’s nice to spend time out there, and in the field as well, it was nice for us as fielders to be on our feet for long periods of time and for our bowlers to bowl plenty of spells in these hot conditions. I took a lot from the “A” side games and I’m ready to go in the Test matches. It’s always nice to be back in the Proteas environment. We had a good few weeks with the A-side and played some good cricket here and there, but like I said, it’s good to be back in the environment and looking forward to the Test series”.