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Rabada rues lack of reverse swing from South African quicks
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Rabada rues lack of reverse swing from South African quicks

Kagiso Rabada rued lack of reverse swing from South African quicks as his side slumped to an innings defeat in the second Test at Pune.

India’s batsmen have put on big scores in both Tests – 502/7 and 601/5 – which has then transferred a lot of pressure back on South Africa’s relatively inexperienced batting line-up.

On the other hand, India’s pace battery appeared to get more out of the surfaces in both games, leaving question marks on South African quicks.

"They [India] got the ball to reverse and they bowled well as a collective," Rabada said as quoted by the ICC.

While the duo of Ashwin and Jadeja have exploited quite a lot from slow tracks, Maharaj and co. haven’t managed to squeeze the flow of runs and put pressure on their opponents to do something different.

"Their whole attack put pressure on us in every single aspect.

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“Their spinners bowled well, and when the ball was reversing, their seamers could exploit that. We didn't really get the ball to reverse, and that's a major weapon of ours.”

Much has been talked about South Africa’s side going through a transition phase, with calls from skipper Faf du Plessis and CSA chief executive to be patient with the Test side.

South Africa have undergone through retirements of Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn, AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel which has left a massive gap in their side.

But Rabada has reminded ‘young’ South African side to stick with their strengths and overcome their deficiencies.

"It's never nice to lose, especially in the manner we're losing right now, but we're going through a transition period.

"Our team is fresh and young, so the best thing we can do is look at where we can improve, and remember our strengths and build on them."