South Africa have an enviable record at home as only two teams have beaten them in Test cricket. The hard and bouncy surfaces found here have proved to be the undoing of many champion teams. Only Australia and England have won Test series in South Africa and Sri Lankans could be making history here as they need only a draw to become the third team in the history to conquer South Africa in their own soil although they have been playing Test cricket since 1888.
Had the Sri Lankans been given a choice asking where they wanted to play the second Test, they would have had little hesitation in asking for St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth. That’s where the second Test starting on Thursday will take place.
Port Elizabeth is the most spin friendly wicket in South Africa and the tourists have been presented with an ideal opportunity to prove themselves. In the past, when teams from sub-continent toured South Africa, Port Elizabeth would be their first port of call to play a warm-up game. Having warmed-up in the spin friendly St. George’s Park, the teams would be then forced to play in places like Newlands in Cape Town or The Wanderers in Johannesburg where extreme pace would prove to be their undoing.