Smith: We’re ready for England

2012-03-29 09:03

Proteas’ captain Graeme Smith said his team was ready for the England tour in July, adding that they would be able to cross the hurdle because they had done so before.

“They did not have a great tour of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. They also did not play as well as they would have liked, but they had come out of a very long winter, so there could be a difference in them by the time we get there.

“They would have had a lot of competitive cricket by the time we get there,” he said.

“Having been to England twice, I know it is a tough place to go and win. It will be a very big tour. It is going to be a very big challenge, but also it will be an exciting one for us. It is a challenge that we have overcome before.”

The South African cricket team had a successful tour of New Zealand, winning the T20, ODI and test series.

Proteas’ coach Gary Kirsten was quick to point out that England at home was going to be a very tough proposition, but the New Zealand tour had taught them a lot.

“We do have some time off, but we are going to spend a fair amount of time preparing, planning and strategising around this England tour. England in England is tough opposition, but we know what we want to achieve,” he said.

Smith, who was on the wrong side of the ball-tracking system that is part of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the New Zealand series, said he still had faith in the system and said he could not imagine playing cricket without it, even though there were a few issues to iron out.

“DRS was designed to take away the shocking decisions and I think it is doing that.

“It has a few challenges and there are some things that will go against you but I still see it playing a prominent role in world cricket. I would not like to go back to the way things were before,” Smith added.

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