Smith aims for 50th Test win

2013-02-22 09:08

The Pakistan Test series has been an emotional time for Proteas captain Graeme Smith.

Smith is now the longest serving Test captain in history with 102 tests and a win against Pakistan in the third Test, which starts at SuperSport Park today, will be his 50th.

“Fifty is a milestone which is not only great for me but but also with the guys that I’ve played with. Hopefully I’m looking forward to that number growing,” Smith said.

“I’ve played with some quality cricketers who are part of that record but my mind is pretty set on achieving the 50 and hopefully growing it as much as possible.”

The Proteas have lost only one Test at SuperSport Park, which is the infamous Hansie Cronje innings-forfeit match at the turn of the century.

Their last five wins have all been by an innings and Smith said they enjoyed playing at grounds where they are highly appreciated.

“It’s a ground that suits our style of play and there is swing for our bowlers. There is always something on offer for them,” Smith said.

“When that is the case, we seem to play very well. Our bowlers know how to handle those conditions extremely well. Even with the Stormers versus Bulls we hope people will turn up and watch.”

His Pakistan counterpart, Misbah-ul-Haq, said his team needed to search for consistency above all else and the ability to bat out a day without losing too many wickets.

“The major goal is to win this Test. We need to improve our performances in batting and we need some consistency because in Test matches, its not all about one innings,” Misbah said.

“You have to get a team out twice. You can’t rely on getting a team out once and let things slip out of your hands. In the last game we were close but when it mattered, when we needed to get them out and needed to put more runs, we missed that.”

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