Both the India A and the South Africa A captains have reportedly expressed their desire to achieve glory in the first unofficial four-day Test between the two sides, which is taking place at Olympia Park on Saturday.
According to Sport24, South Africa A's hopes are boosted by their 1-0 series victory over Australia A at the same venue, while India A come in with the momentum from their triumph in the one-day international (ODI) tri-series this week.
Confident that his squad will be able to continue with their winning form, India A captain Cheteshwar Pujara said that his side has been given a confidence boost by winning the ODI series, adding that they had played well throughout the series excluding a couple of games against Australia that they lost.
Not to be left behind, South Africa A captain Justin Ontong said that his team has moved on from the disappointing ODI campaign and is satisfied with their preparation going into the first match, adding that they are in a good place as a unit, with good four-day disciplines.
Ontong further said that the upcoming Tests are a new challenge for them as they give opportunities for players to put in some noteworthy performances, adding that the squad, especially the bowlers, gained a lot of valuable experience from the ODI series.
According to the report, both the skippers are expecting dry and bowler-friendly conditions, especially for spinners, although Pujara said that his team is prepared for any type of wicket, adding that they will have a better idea of the conditions for the playing XI once they trained there.
However, Pujara admitted that it would be helpful for his side if the wicket turns as they are used to playing in turning conditions, although he added that conditions in South Africa normally suit the fast bowlers.
But Ontong said that the conditions are going to be a huge challenge for the batsmen to construct their innings and put on big scores, adding that they have to patient and stick to their processes in order to outplay the opposition in that department.
India head coach Duncan Fletcher will be touring with India A for both matches of the series, the report added.