Rudolph:Don’t bank on juicy pitch

2012-11-05 00:00

SYDNEY — South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn sounded an ominous warning before the Test series with Australia with a fiery spell of bowling in the drawn tour match with Australia “A” here yesterday.

Test cricket’s number one-ranked bowler produced a hostile spell described by team-mate Jacques Rudolph as Steyn’s fastest in seven years.

Rudolph said Steyn’s spell was one of the fastest he had seen.

But he cautioned that the South African pace attack, which also includes Vernon Philander and Morné Morkel, should not get too excited at the prospect of a juicy pitch for the first Brisbane Test this week.

“What I’ve heard is that it seams a little bit. It sort of suits us in South Africa — it’s the kind of wicket we play on,” he said.

“[But] I think for our bowlers it will be important not to get carried away with the bounce.

“I think the length on those kind of wickets is quite important. We’ve got to try and settle into that as quickly as possible.”

The first Test at the Gabba gets under way on Friday.

Meanwhile, Australia captain Michael Clarke made 28 in the second innings for his New South Wales state side, which was beaten by six wickets by Queensland in a domestic Sheffield Shield match yesterday.

Test opener David Warner made 39 in his second innings for New South Wales while fast bowler Mitchell Starc made 25 and took 1-36 from six overs.

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