Alviro Petersen vs Australia

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Adelaide, Nov 20, 2012

South African opener Alviro Petersen has welcomed Australia s tactics of sledging the South Africa s batsmen, saying it was a compliment to receive some verbals from the opposition as it spurs them on to perform better.

This came after Australian bolwer Peter Siddle told Channel Nine news on Monday that the sledging done by him and his team-mate James Pattinson during the first test in Brisbane had “distracted” some of the South African batsmen. He continued saying that the visitors should expect more of the verbal barrage in the second test that begins in Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

“Cricket remains a game played on the pitch, fortunately. If that s their strategy then you have to back it up on the field. Sometimes it s nice to get some verbals from the opposition, it can turn you on,” said Petersen before training on Tuesday, as reported by Super Sport.

The Intensity is expected to go a notch higher when the two sides meet in the Adelaide test where both will desperately seek a win to draw first blood in the three-match test series.