Smith predicts fireworks in South Africa

The onus will be on Duminy to turn things around as he leads the South African side in the three-match T20I series

South Africa are now locked in the limited-overs leg of the tour against India where they have been disappointing.

The four-test series will start from March 1. The three Australian pacers were instrumental in the thumping 4-0 win over England in the Ashes, where they took 66 wickets between them. South Africa have not been at their best, although the Indians have been playing really well.

Australian skipper Steven Smith is looking forward to the "fiery series" next month, what he sees will be a contest between two quality pace attacks. (Vernon) Philander's done what he's done, where he challenges your defence for long periods of time.

Australia have never lost a Test series in South Africa and looked fired up to defend that record. "I think it's going to be a fantastic series for the viewers to watch", predicts Smith.

Furthermore, Smith is taking comfort in the fact that Australia haven't lost a Test series in South Africa since the Proteas' readmission to Test cricket in 1991. Australia has been playing T20s and Tests nearly simultaneously.

"I think they'll go down a similar path", the Australian captain told reporters.

Sources said the Indian team management and CoA chairman Vinod Rai recently discussed the outcome of the Test series and it was mutually agreed that more Indians cricketers should be encouraged to spend time in the County Championship or play India A matches before the series begins. But we made good strides there.

He also believes that the series will involve a battle between fast bowlers and short-pitched stuff, not only for the tail-enders but also for top-order batsmen.

"We've played some really good cricket and hopefully we can keep that up here in South Africa".

"It looked quite hard for the batters in the Indian series, but for us it's just about playing what's in front of you, whether it's a flat wicket, a green wicket that's doing something or a wicket that's up and down, you've got to adapt to what's in front of you and do the job", said Smith. "You need to keep backing it up day-in, day-out in different conditions".

South Africa dished out a spicy wicket at Newlands and ICC rated the Wanderers pitch as "poor", and there came a point that the Test was on verge of being called off.

Editorial team of CricketCountry.



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