Nortje and Rabada are expected to provide a challenge to the Indian batting line-up on an Optus Stadium pitch that offers steep bounce and good carry.
“Yes, we back ourselves. We see ourselves as one of the best pace attacks out there. I think we’re definitely going to back ourselves,” Nortje said on the eve of the game.
Nortje did not forget to mention that as an attack they tick all the boxes. Nortje is all about raw pace, Rabada can swing and seam deliveries upwards of 145 while Marco Jansen generates steep bounce with its 6 foot 8 inch frame. Wayne Parnell has variations of cutter and Lungi Ngidi can hit the deck hard if needed.
“We have a lot of variety. We cover a lot of aspects. We cover a lot of bases with our offense. We back ourselves against any team to go out and do what we have to do on the day to try to get over the line. .
“Then we also have two spinners. So we definitely back ourselves in that department, and I’m sure the boys are looking forward to tomorrow.”
Although Nortje doesn’t mind having two bouncers per over, he is still ready to use one offered judiciously.
“Yes, with T20 cricket we can hopefully have two bounces in an over sometime in the future. It will be amazing.
“But on wickets like this you’ve obviously got one bouncer per over, so you’ve got to try to just execute it properly and, as you say, not get carried away. Sometimes it can look good, but it’s not effective. .
“So try to be as effective as possible, try to keep the emotions intact,” he added.
For a fast bowler, it is important to calm the nerves, he said.
“Yeah, just try to be calm in situations where I think the adrenaline is flowing. Generally we’re just going to look to try to keep it in our areas and try to identify what’s a good length and a good line. the day.”