Robin Peterson is satisfied to play second fiddle to the Proteas’ unrelenting pace attack during the current Sunfoil Test series against Pakistan. Peterson, who only bowled 10 overs in the first Test at Bidvest Wanderers is aware that conditions in South Africa seldom assist the spinners, but is prepared to adapt according to what the team needs.
“In South Africa you have to realise that sometimes there is a role that you need to perform,” Peterson said ahead of the Proteas’ first practice in Cape Town on Monday. “Sometimes that is what is on offer; whether to keep it tight and give the seamers a bit of a break if there is no spin, or if there is a bit on offer to try to come in and make a breakthrough if the seamers can’t.”
There is uncertainty over what to expect at Sahara Park Newlands this weekend and recent scores of 47 all out and 45 all out by Australia and New Zealand respectively suggest that the public could be treated to another pace pounding. Peterson, however, feels there could be some turn on offer depending on the weather conditions.
“We have played on various surfaces at Newlands over the last couple of years and it seems like the seamers do a lot of damage, but in saying that it’s probably the only surface that we are going to play against Pakistan where a spinner could come into his own,” he said.
“I would love to play on turning wickets every weekend but that is not the case in South Africa; you have to adapt,” he added.
The success of the Proteas’ pace attack may have temporarily overshadowed the impact of the spinning role in the team, but for Peterson it’s his part in the collective effort of a winning team that counts the most.
“It can be frustrating sometimes,” he admitted. “But you have to realise that you are part of a team, it’s more important for the team to do the business. The team comes first, it’s magnificent to have front row seats to watch Dale (Steyn), Vern (Philander), Morne (Morkel) and even Jacques (Kallis) at the moment, especially to perform the way they are with the ball.
“As long as we are winning I don’t mind, I know that my time will come, I just need to hang in there, keep patient and continue working hard.”