No.3

Courtesy: Fox Sports -
"With Herschelle (Gibbs) out, we will probably look to bat the likes of Albie Morkel, Robin Peterson, Shaun Pollock and Andrew Hall at number three. They are all capable of doing a similar job and it is very much easier to score runs quickly on the sub-continent up front than it is at the end of the innings when the ball gets softer and the bounce gets lower." Mickey Arthur, South African Coach.


The Indians have experimented with Pathan, JP Yadav, Dhoni, Yuvi, Dhoni (again) and Sehwag at the No.3 slot in the last 6 games with a fair amount of success. Given the amount of homework that the South Africans do, it comes as no surprise that Mickey and Graeme would be toying with the pinch-hitter idea. One other player that Mickey hasn't mentioned here, but might seriously consider trying in that slot is Justin Kemp. South Africa used Kallis and Gibbs at No.3 in the home series against the Kiwis, but on the docile sub-continent pitches Kallis might have to drop down the order (or he might open - AB de villiers doesn't seem to be in the best of form) and make way for someone who can consistently clear the in-field.

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