[caption id="attachment_672357" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-672357" alt="Graeme Smith Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Smith.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Graeme Smith Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>With the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india" target="_blank">India</a>-Sri Lanka ongoing limited overs turning out to be a quite a snoozefest, all eyes are on India's tour of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/South-Africa " target="_blank">South Africa</a>. The tour will commence from January 5 with both sides locking horns at Cape Town series opener of the three Tests. Former South Africa captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Graeme-Smith" target="_blank">Graeme Smith</a> led Proteas to a 1-0 series victory when both teams squared off in their last Test series in the African nation. Smith believes South Africa's well oiled-side will be strong for India. In addition, he spoke about Cape Town being India's biggest chance in the upcoming Tests. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Why do you back South Africa?</strong> <p></p> <p></p>"I think South Africa will be very strong. With AB de Villiers coming back, their batting looks a lot stronger. The bowling too is really powerful. They have got four really outstanding experienced pacers to choose from and couple of young pacers as well. Eventually, I think they will only go with three seamers and a spinner (in Keshav Maharaj) and six batters with Quinton de Kock at seven. That will be their batting line-up and I think that is a powerful one," said Smith. <p></p> <p></p>Smith, however, feels India needs to start well. Their best chance would be in Cape Town, wherein there won't be much of a movement. Smith added that Pretoria and Johannesburg venue for second and third Test respectively will be a tough venue for visitors. <p></p> <p></p>"I think Cape Town will be India's best chance. In South Africa, it is not so much about the moving ball, it is the extra bounce that creates a challenge. Cape Town has had a good drought. I expect the wicket to not do too much and have slow bounce and take a little bit of spin as the games goes on. Up in Pretoria and Johannesburg, it is going to be the biggest challenge for the Indian team," affirmed Smith. <p></p> <p></p><strong>'I think world cricket needs an exciting Test series and it is shaping up to be one of those'</strong> <p></p> <p></p>"I think the big challenge for India will be scoring runs. If they can post big totals, they have a good batting line-up, then they will be able to put South Africa under pressure. I think it is going to be a cracking series. There are exciting players on both sides. I think world cricket needs an exciting Test series and it is shaping up to be one of those. <p></p> <p></p>(Cheteshwar) Pujara and (Virat) Kohli will be the key batsmen. These are the two players who played well the last time so they will be the key. <p></p> <p></p><em>Do You Remember:</em> Pujara scored 153 and Kohli notched up 119 in the first of the two-Tests in 2013. <p></p> <p></p>If India are going to be successful then their three seamers would need to bowl really well. It is a bit of an unknown though, everyone is talking about the Indian seamers. I think the difference is going to be about spells," told Smith. <p></p> <p></p><strong>What will be the difference for India pacers in South Africa?</strong> <p></p> <p></p>"In India they bowl short spells and try and make an impact but in South Africa they will have to <strong>carry a lot more responsibility under pressure, bowl long spells</strong>. The seamers will have to win the game for India. It is a very different mindset than what you have in the subcontinent and it remains to be seen if they can carry that and handle responsibility," concluded the former South African.