South Africa knows how to beat Australia at their own backyard, says Gary Kirsten

PTI, Nov, 01 2016

Mumbai: Former opener Gary Kirsten says South Africa knows how to beat Australia in their own backyard in the upcoming three-match Test series Down Under.

The first Test will be played at Perth beginning on Thursday, while the remaining two will be hosted by Hobart and Adelaide respectively.

File photo of South African cricket team.

File photo of South African cricket team.

Kirsten, who represented the African side in 101 Tests, said, "My opinion is that it is going to be a fantastic Test series. South Africa have got a real chance of winning the third Test series in Australia. They have won the last two -2008 and 2012. I was fortunate to be part of 2012 team as a coach. They (South Africa) know how to win in Australia."

He was speaking to mediapersons after overseeing a cricket camp organised by Saldhana International Academy at the Mumbai Police Gymkhana at Mumbai.

"Probably, South Africa is one of the few teams who know how to win there. We are going to have two great bowling attacks going against each other and it is really going to come down to which team bats better.

"South Africa have got some confidence in their batting. They both have young batting line-ups and so its going to end up in an interesting series," the former opening batsman added.

The former World Cup winning India coach is keen to see how the Australians respond as they "do not have momentum on their side and lost a few games off late".

South Africa had thrashed the Aussies 5-0 in the recently concluded bilateral ODI series.

The Proteas had clinched the three Test series 2-1 in 2008-09 Down Under, while they had won 1-0 in 2012 when they toured Australia.

Published Date: Nov 01, 2016 | Updated Date: Nov 01, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115