Skipper Faf du Plessis. Photo: RYAN WILKISKY/BACKPAGEPIX

After the Proteas wrapped up the Newlands Test inside four days, all the talk has been about the speed of the game.

Even though the match was over after three days and nine overs of the fourth day, the Proteas were punished by match referee David Boon for a slow over-rate in Cape Town.

It means South Africa captain Faf du Plessis is suspended for the third and final Test at the Wanderers, which starts on Friday.

But while Faf has accepted his punishment after his second demerit in 18 months, the Newlands man of the match says that Tests are getting faster.

Asked by reporters after Sunday’s win if he believes the all-action T20 format has had an effect on the longest format of the game, he says:

“A lot. There are not a lot of Test matches that go to five days around the world and that’s definitely the batsmen and the speed of play that has gone up tremendously.

“Batsmen leave a couple of balls and then you feel like they want to come at you. Yesterday [Saturday] was a great example.

"Pakistan had an opportunity to bat and they went at four and a half an over.” Test cricket has evolved and it’s great for the fans to come in and watch. They are getting fours, sixes and lots of wickets.

“I love the way Test cricket is at the moment. I think the change was necessary and it’s been the most exciting format in the last year of all. You always feel like every session is so important because if you are off the boil, the Test match is gone as it moves so quickly.

"T20 has been a big change in Test cricket.”

With Newlands centurion, Faf set to miss the match in Joburg and top-order batsmen Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram injury doubts, the Proteas will need to strengthen their batting line-up.

Uncapped Capetonian Zubayr Hamza is a shoo-in to make his debut as the only other specialist batsman in the current squad.

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