SA coach promises 'chin music' to Indian batsmen

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Ahmedabad, Apr 1: South African coach Micky Arthur today promised some 'chin music' by their bowlers to the famed Indian batting line-up when the second Test gets underway at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera here from April 3.

Speaking to newspersons after the team's first practice session here Arthur said they had come up with a plan to curb opener Virender Sehwag, who had given a royal canning to the South African bowlers with a triple century in the first Test at Chennai.Elaborating on the plan, he said they were planning to pepper the Indian opener with short balls into his body and thus cramp him for room.''We had a look at Sehwag's fantastic innings. We saw that he played his first pull shot after scoring 312. He cuts the ball very well. We plan to target him with short balls into his body and cramp him for space and see how he takes it,'' Arthur said.

Speaking about the wicket, Arthur said he was happy to see some grass on the wicket, but either way his side was prepared for any type of wicket. ''We have covered all the bases with out team having bowlers who can swing the bowl, reverse swing it, bang it in shot and also a spinner who can tweak the ball a fair bit.'' He, however, added that they were not been carried away after seeing the grass on the wicket, saying the wicket might be a bit slow. The weather is also dry and we are used to similar conditions at home, like in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Arthur also tried to put behind the issue of the SG brand of balls that is being used in the Test series and said since the team has been here for 15 days the players have hopefully become used to it.


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