Steven Smith © Getty Images
Steven Smith © Getty Images

The ones who closely followed the recently concluded India-South Africa Test series would know the significance of a pace-heavy attack when a team tours the African nation. The three-match series did not see a single score in excess of 350. South Africa’s next visitors, after the limited-overs leg versus India, are the mighty Australians. Both sides will play a four-Test series, which again promises to favour pacers. Australia  skipper Steven Smith believes it will test the quality of his batters and expects his side to show resilience against a fiery bowling lineup.

Smith said, “I’ve seen little bits and pieces (of the series against India)I think it’s going to be a really exciting series. Two good pace attacks going at it. Batting is going to be hard work. They’ve got some good bowlers and we’re going to have to show some good fight and good resilience out in the middle against their quicks, and (Keshav) Maharaj as well, who’s come a long way as a spinner.”

Meanwhile, Smith also showed confidence in his pacers. The likes of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins were in top gear throughout Ashes 2017-18. The similar conditions would also balance out the equation between both sides. “For us, it’s just about adapting to whatever they throw at us. I guess the thing with Australia and South Africa is the conditions are probably the two most similar around the world. The wickets are generally pretty similar and the pace and bounce. From that aspect it’s easier to adjust,” concluded Smith.