Home > News >

Allan Border confident of Australia beating South Africa on tour

Allan Border said that though the bowling is good, the batsmen need to pull themselves up © Getty Images
Allan Border said that though the bowling is good, the batsmen need to pull themselves up, especially George Bailey © Getty Images

Jan 7, 2014

Former Australian skipper Allan Border on Tuesday said that he was confident of Australia beating South Africa in their own backyard when the Aussies tour to the rainbow nation in February.

I don’t see any reason why we can’t beat South Africa in February. They’re a very good team but we’ve had some really good series against them in recent times. They’re not going to blow us away and with the guys in the form they are in I can see us doing well over there, I really can. I think the pitches will suit us, I think our spinner is better than their spinner,” Border wrote in his column for Australian Cricket Family letter.

Elaborating his views on the ample reserves in the pace department, Border said it’s good to have them but he would prefer with the same combination which won the Ashes. “I would be playing the same side, too. You’ve got to look at some of the other quicks like James Pattinson, Doug Bollinger and Nathan Coulter-Nile. All those guys will come into the frame, but that’s a good thing that we’ve got these guys waiting in the wings, pushing for opportunities. I don’t think bowling is going to be the issue, we’ve got some really good bowling stocks at the moment,” he said.

Border highlighted that it is the batting department which is of main concern. Goerge Bailey in particular has not fared well in the Ashes but Border feels he needs to get an extended run.

“The batsman most under pressure is George Bailey, but I’m a big fan of not fooling with form. It would be hard for a spare batsman to come in from absolutely no cricket to playing against South Africa in the second or third Test. I get the feeling the selectors will stick with George Bailey for a little bit longer,” Border said. He also added that Phil Hughes deserves a place in the touring side.

The series against South Africa will begin on February 12 with a three-Test series followed by a Twenty20 series.

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

Amla feels Proteas more acclimatised to conditions

Pakistan eye victory as Australia reel at 59/4 at stumps on Day 4

Suresh Raina gifts Aditya Garhwal an autographed bat

Dwayne Bravo says West Indies pull-out had everybody’s consent

Bangladesh gain upper-hand over Zimbabwe at stumps on Day 1 of 1st Test

David Warner and others with records related to hundreds in consecutive Test innings

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Duleep Trophy India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Younis Khan considered skipping Tests

Michael Clarke: Younis Khan is one of the gentlemen of our game

Duleep Trophy 2014: Central Zone to meet South Zone in final

Pakistan eye victory as Australia reel at 59/4 at stumps on Day 4

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: David Warner admits that Australia is not scared of big targets

TE Srinivasan: Graceful at the crease and in death

Duleep Trophy 2014-15: Six things we learnt from the quarter-finals and semi-finals

Fazal Mahmood engineers Pakistan’s first ever Test match victory

Saeed Ajmal or not, Pakistan’s spin attack marches on

Younis Khan — Pakistan’s greatest batsman?

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

अभिनेत्री हुमा कुरैशी ओरिफ्लेम की ब्रांड एंबेसडर

Has Bigg Boss 8 made Karishma Tanna the most hated person?

Pranab Mukherjee returns home after visit to Norway, Finland

Revealed: First look of Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar’s Do!

7 reasons why having sex during pregnancy is great for your health

Videocon Infinium Graphite with gesture control feature launched, priced at Rs 10,499

Rupee up 19 paise against dollar in early trade

Twitter introduces Audio Cards to listen to music directly from your timeline

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here