Proteas weaker without Jacques Kallis – Brad Haddin

2014-02-10 13:33

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Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin believes it will be easier for them to play a South African team that is without the legendary Jacques Kallis.

However, he said Graeme Smith’s team would be a far different proposition to the English, whom the Australians thrashed 5-0 in the Ashes.

“They are Number One in the world for a reason, Haddin said.

“They have played consistent cricket and they have won at home and away. They deserve the favourites tag and it will be a great challenge for us. These are the moments you live for in test cricket, to face great challenges away from home,” he said.

Haddin is aware of how good the Proteas are, even though they do not have the best of records against Australia at home. The Aussies are the only test side South Africa have not beaten at home since readmission.

“South Africa has a high-class batting line-up and they are obviously weakened by Jacques Kallis’ absence. I don’t think you can replace a player like that – he was one of the best players who has ever played cricket. He will be a big loss but they have class players in their top six.”

The weather, which has been fickle by Highveld standards, has not been very kind to Australia’s preparations. They had a middle net at the Wanderers to replace their cancelled warm-up game against a composite South African team in Potchefstroom.

Haddin said it was not very comfortable facing their own bowlers, but it was necessary, especially with the fact that Australia’s batting functioned sporadically during the Ashes.

They were heavily reliant on Haddin’s and Michael Clarke’s contributions, with the former saving Australia in every first innings during the series.

“I would like to see 10 more hundreds than the ones we scored against England. It’s going to be a challenge against these guys and the first-innings runs will be important, like in any other test match. It will be a big thing for us to get those first innings runs and get them big and quick,” Haddin said.

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