Proteas hope for better fortunes

CAPE TOWN. — South Africa will hope the new year brings about a change in luck as they seek to put behind them a disappointing 2015 and get back to winning ways against England in the second Test cricket at Newlands starting tomorrow.

One of the iconic venues of world cricket, nestled in the shadow of Table Mountain, is traditionally a happy hunting ground for the home team but they are low in confidence after losing the first test in Durban by a hefty 241 runs.

With just a two-day break between the matches South Africa will be wrestling with the demons of another flop which meant they ended the year on a run of seven games without victory.

They looked mentally fragile and devoid of the fighting spirit that characterised their rise to the top of the test rankings.

England might only be sixth in the standings but they looked more like a team at the top with a clinical and confident all-round display.

Captain Alastair Cook, however, has cautioned against too much euphoria.

“There is also the issue of complacency and we’ve got to be careful with recovery,” Cook told reporters.

England won the match in Durban without leading wicket taker James Anderson, who is likely to return for the second game at the expense of Chris Woakes. — Reuters.

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