The Proteas will take some encouragement from their brief outing in the drawn opening Test match against New Zealand at Kingsmead yesterday.
Only one full day of cricket was played in Durban – on Day One – with rain damaging the field thereby leading to days three, four and five being abandoned without a ball bowled.
South Africa scored 263 all out in their innings, while New Zealand were on 15/2 when rain started to interrupt the match on Day Two.
Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis, though, says there are some positives to be taken from the first two days and they will look to cash in on those in the final Test at Centurion Park, which starts on Saturday.
Du Plessis explains: “Personally, for me, there were a few positives that came from it.
“After winning the toss on a greenish wicket, our opening pair had a solid partnership up front against a high-quality seam attack.
“That was great to see, they were patient and played with real authority.
“Looking back to what we got, it was a good score after we saw how Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander bowled.”