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‘Not going to harp on about conditions’ – Markram upbeat about India Tests

Aiden Markram says his side are not going to harp on about tough conditions and expects to get the job done in the upcoming India Tests.

South Africa are touring India with an inexperienced group of players following the retirements of veterans AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn.

Markram holds the key in South Africa’s young group of batters. Since his debut in 2017, he has scored the most number of Test runs than any other South African batsman.

He has spent a lot of time in South Africa’s pre-tour spin camp, getting used to the conditions in India and then adjusting his game accordingly.

“From a personal perspective, it was nice to spend time out in the middle. 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,” he said while speaking ahead of the three-day practice match at Vizianagaram.

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

‘Demons of 2015 still weigh in’

Markram was honest in admitting that the demons of India’s comprehensive 3-0 win over South Africa back in 2015 could still weigh in on some of the players’ minds but hoped they won’t bother them a lot.

“I remember watching that series a few years ago and it looked incredibly difficult,” said Markram who made his Test debut in 2017.

“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 Test series kick off from October 2 with the first Test to be played at Visakhapatnam.