South Africa captain Smith says Australia better prepared for Tests

Graeme Smith he side needed some more practice for the Test series Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Cape Town: Nov 8, 2011

South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith on Tuesday said opponents Australia are better prepared for the upcoming two-match Test series starting November 9.

“We’d love to have played more cricket, to have had time in our legs. But the reality is that, to be fair, Australia are better prepared than us and we have to find a way to be able to compete with them from day one.

Australia won the three match Test series in Sri Lanka 1-0 and have already won the ODI series on the South Africa tour 2-1. On the other hand, many key South Africa players haven t played any Test since January 2011.

“We’ve done as much as possible, but it’s no use talking about our lack of preparation. Australia have had the benefit of playing before, both in Sri Lanka and the four-day (warm-up) game in Potchefstroom, and there’s no hiding away from the fact that they are better prepared than us.”

Australia captain Michael Clarke in his reply said despite lack of match practice, it will be tough for them to beat South Africa.

“That’s great to hear. I’m just focused on my team though and I can give you my word that we are 100 percent ready. But that might be South Africa’s only concern really – that they haven’t played a lot of test cricket recently. They still have a lot of experience and they know their games and they know the conditions well,” Clarke said.

Talking about Australia s bowling attack, Smith said, “They have a good seam attack, but spin is always their question mark and I guess it still is.”

Meanwhile, Clarke hinted that Pat Cummins could make his Test debut. “Realistically there is just one decision to make and that’s who the third fast bowler is. Pat Cummins will certainly be considered, he’s bowled as well as he can in the nets and took his chance in the limited-overs games, bowling with pace and swinging the ball away,” he said.

“But Trent Copeland did really well in Sri Lanka, he has great control and played a huge part in Ryan Harris’s wickets. And Peter Siddle’s record speaks for itself and in his last test, he took four for 91,” he added.