Peter Siddle celebrates the wicket of Faf du Plessis the Test series held in 2014    Getty Images
Peter Siddle celebrates the wicket of Faf du Plessis the Test series held in 2014 Getty Images

Australia s bowler Peter Siddle has challenged South Africa s stand-in captain Faf du Plessis saying that South Africa can crumble at W.A.C.A Stadium if their stand-in skipper fails to fire. AB de Villiers has been out of action due to elbow injury since August and it was under du Plessis captaincy that South Africa whitewashed Australia at their home soil. Du Plessis averages 63.37 with the bat against Australia in Tests, including a memorable 110 not out on debut at the Adelaide Oval in 2012. Du Plessis managed to secure a draw on that occasion. This time veteran Siddle has different plans who is all set to crumble the inexperienced South Africa line-up. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test at WACA, Perth

Speaking to cricket.com.au, Siddle said That’s something we can exploit and really get stuck into. If we can apply the pressure to those senior guys, it’s going to put a lot of pressure on their inexperienced ones. There’s going to be a lot of pressure on him (du Plessis), trying to control their team … it’s hard as a young captain and no doubt he’s going to feel that. That’s something we’ve done well over the years … target the captain. Get on top of them and the rest sort of crumble. It will be no different this series.

South Africa s spearhead Dale Steyn had made similar comments on Monday on Australia s batting line-up. Siddle said, The bonus we have is that some of our inexperienced guys in the Test arena, they have played a lot of (first-class) cricket. They’re going to apply a lot of pressure with their bowling. We know they love to talk about it, to talk it up. It’s about us being switched on to counter that. Siddle remains to be the most experienced of the lot and has played 12 Tests against the Proteas. This time Siddle is eager to set new records against the visitors. ALSO READ: Steven Smith’s fitting reply to Dale Steyn’ ‘snake theory’

He further added, The South African series, it’s a very close rival to the Ashes for us. The fact we’ve lost the last two series on our home soil against them is something we want to change. Even though we go over there and beat them, it’s not the same.