ODI: Durban pitch suits Aussies, says Klusener

2011-10-27 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Former Proteas all-rounder Lance Klusener believes the conditions at Kingsmead could suit Australia ahead of their series-deciding ODI clash against South Africa.

Klusener added that the Kingsmead pitch — his home ground during his playing days — has more bounce, which is similar to conditions in Australia.

Klusener said, “Their batsmen like it, their performance here [in Durban] is therefore no surprise to me.”

The Australians boast an impressive record at the ground, winning four of their six matches with the Proteas there.

Their 271/2 in the 2001/2002 season is still the highest score successfully chased down in an international one-day game at Kingsmead.

The KwaZulu-Natalian said batting conditions will differ markedly from those experienced at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Sunday when the Proteas posted a winning total of 303-6.

Klusener said more runs square of the wicket could be expected due to the extra bounce in the pitch.

This will enable more pull, hook and cut shots.

His advice to the Protea bowlers is, “Bowl fuller, because there’s more bounce.”

Klusener does, however, believe that the momentum is on South Africa’s side after their clinical 80-run win in Port Elizabeth.

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