India don't have batsmen who can build an innings, says Morne Morkel
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Morne Morkel knows a thing or two about delivering against India on the first day of a Test series in South Africa. Three years ago, his 5/20 had India reeling at 136/9 on the first day in Centurion. Speaking to the media before Day One at Johannesburg, Morkel fired a few in, even without a ball in hand.
On beginning well
We were a bit slow against Pakistan and that cost us a bit. For India, a lot has changed. They have no Rahul Dravid, no Tendulkar, no batsmen who can really build an innings. So it's a completely different ball game.
On India minus Tendulkar
Sachin was a batsman who could bat for a long time. And he put the bowlers and the opposition under pressure by doing that. These young Indian batsmen are quality players, but we can clearly see from the ODI series that they are attacking batsmen. It will be interesting to see how they go about this.
On India's inexperience
Rohit Sharma has been scoring runs off late and Cheteshwar Pujara can bat for time at number three. So we need to make use of the early morning conditions with the new ball. We need to be on the money from Wednesday itself.
On virat kohli at no.4
He is obviously going to slot into Sachin's role and he has got some big boots to fill. He can do it very well, don't take me wrong, but it is going to be a testing time for him at number four.
On the Benoni washout
When I heard the news that they did not have even a ball at Benoni, I felt it will definitely be something in our favour. Because the pitch at Benoni could have been good practice for them. So it is definitely some sort of bonus for us that they were stuck to indoor nets or open net-practice.