Our team is confident, says Van Zyl

Coach Corrie van Zyl, however, didn’t seem too concerned at the lack of numbers on the eve of the second Test. “We’ve had two really good sessions on Thursday and Friday.

Today is an optional session for those guys who want to make sure that they are hundred percent ready for tomorrow,” he told newsmen. “There is a good spirit in the camp, even though it’s Christmas. The team is full of self-confidence. We have prepared well.”

Van Zyl said the momentum gained from the innings win in the first Test will last only till play is called on Sunday. “There’s a lot of talk about momentum and it’s important but it’s just there until the next game,” he remarked.

“There’s confidence, obviously. Momentum is something that you have to earn. We are approaching this game as starting fresh again, having the confidence of the previous win. Momentum is important but not that important. It’s not going to make us win the Test match, we have to work hard.”

Van Zyl will step down as coach after the World Cup and there has been unsubstantiated talk that India coach Gary Kirsten might replace him. “I don’t give that ( who the new coach will be) too much thought,” he emphasised.

“I’m in the job till after the World Cup, I am looking forward to it and I am enjoying the challenge. I’ve made a decision in my career for specific reasons. That doesn’t really occupy my mind at the moment. I’m occupied with this series and the World Cup. I don’t have somebody in mind but I’m sure the net will be wide open and the right guy will come.”

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