The Castle Lager Proteas will be hoping to finish their summer at home on a good note, in the third Sunfoil Test against Pakistan starting at Super Sport Park in Centurion on Friday. The Proteas have the opportunity to inflict a series whitewash over the visitors, and can earn their 15th consecutive Test victory, which will be a South African record.
Captain, Graeme Smith addressed the media in the last pre-match press conference of the season, where he stressed the importance of achieving victory even though it is a dead-rubber.
“It’s our last Test after what has been a lengthy but successful year,” Smith said. “I don’t see the approach to this match being any different, we have approached it in the same way. It’s a quick turnaround between games so being mentally fresh and sharp in this game is going to be the challenge.
“We have worked hard at being a process driven team, and making sure we attack our challenges the same way each time ” he added. “The energy at training yesterday was good and focused, and we would love to finish our summer of Test cricket in South Africa on a positive note.”
Rory Kleinveldt looks set to make his fourth Test cap for South Africa, with Morne Morkel missing out due to a hamstring strain. Smith says Kleinveldt has progressed positively since making his debut in Brisbane against Australia, and continues to improve with each opportunity that he plays.
“I think Adelaide was a big step for him,” Smith said about Kleinveldt’s development in the team. “The way he bounced back in Adelaide - Brisbane was a big learning curve for him - but he made some important impacts in Adelaide with the ball that would have given him a lot of confidence.
“I have seen him develop with the confidence at training, he looks assured about what he is doing, he looks like he belongs and hopefully that will go into his performance over the next five days. His performance in PE was solid; he bowled well, created good chances and has some good pace and bounce with the ability to swing the ball both ways.”
Smith is also looking forward to playing at SuperSport Park, a venue where his team are unbeaten in 12 Test matches dating back to England in the year 2000 and a good support base for the Proteas.
Tickets are still available at www.ticketpros.co.za or at your nearest Postnet outlet or at the stadium.
A Short audio clip from the press conferences featuring captains Misbah ul Haq and Graeme Smith can be accessed from the FTP server below.
File Name in folder Misbah ul Haq 21 Feb/ Graeme Smith 21 Feb named “SA v Pak”
Please note, the FTP site MUST be accessed using the browser Windows Internet Explorer
The FTP Address is: ftp://220.127.116.11
The Username: csaftp