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Robin Peterson ready to face Australia ahead of first Test in Centurion

Robin Peterson may not be included in the squad provided South Africa opt for an all-pace attack © Getty Images
Robin Peterson may not be included in the squad provided South Africa opt for an all-pace attack © Getty Images

Feb 9, 2014

South Africa’s spin bowler Robin Peterson believes that he is ready to face both the best and the worst when his side take on Australia in the first Test at Centurion on February 12.

Though there is the possibility of Peterson not being included in the squad thanks to South Africa opting for an all-pace attack, still the spinner feels that he has done his homework prior to playing in the series, reported SuperSport.

“When you play in South Africa you get accustomed to the wicket not turning; it’s nothing new. You have to set clever fields and try to create pressure with your field placings,” said Peterson after South Africa’s training session at Centurion.

“By doing that, the batters can become frustrated, whether or not the wicket is turning, so you have a chance, that is what I have learnt from playing in South Africa and playing on wickets that aren’t too spin friendly,” added Peterson.

Peterson has been praised by his coach Russell Domingo as one of the toughest cricketers to have played for South Africa which only highlights his value in the current Proteas squad.

“I try hard in every game of cricket that I play. Whether that is seen as me being mentally tough or rubs the opposition up the wrong way, I like to try my best and challenge myself. I just try to enjoy my cricket and to play it hard. That’s the way we grew up playing our cricket,” said Peterson.

Peterson also admitted the fact that he could be targeted by the Australians in the upcoming series thanks to South Africa not being a spin-friendly nation and also accepted the fact that he could be overshadowed by his country’s pacers.

“When you bowl behind the No 1 and No 2 bowlers in the world … I don’t think eyes will light up when Morne Morkel comes on to bowl, it’s probably when the poor spinner comes on,” said Peterson.

“It’s nothing new when playing for South Africa for the opposition to target me. I have had reasonable success when people have tried to target me. I have to be smart about the way I go about my things, I can’t control what the opposition want to do; it’s entirely up to them,” concluded Peterson.

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