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Johannesburg: Jan 9, 2014
South Africa started slowly in their last two series, losing the first Test against Pakistan in the UAE and it was only a remarkable fourth-innings fightback that saved the first Test against India at the Wanderers.
According to Sport24, the top Test team in the world will tackle Australia, which is fresh off a 5-0 series whitewash against England, in three Tests starting at Centurion on February 12, and Smith said that this time they would be better prepared, as a team instead of individual preparations.
Smith further said that the players would get together a minimum of ten days before the tour starts, adding that the players are already playing a lot of cricket in the local Twenty20 series to get ready for the series against Australia.
Smith blamed their slow starts in recent series on a lack of regular Test cricket, adding that it is always tough to get together three days before a Test and then to immediately hit the ground running. South Africa is currently the No 1-ranked team on the ICC rankings, but last beat Australia in a home Test series in the 1969/70 season, the report added.
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