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Smith says resurgent Proteas can win both England, Oz away series

Johannesburg, Thu, 29 Mar 2012 ANI

Johannesburg, Mar 29(ANI): South African captain Graeme Smith has expressed confidence that his team will win the series against both England and Australia.

"I definitely think we can beat both England and Australia away. We have a lot of the same players who did it in 2008-09, but we have an extra edge now in terms of the way we think about the way we play and train, plus there's the addition of players like Vernon Philander, Marchant de Lange and Lopsy (Lonwabo) Tsotsobe," Sport 24 quoted Smith, as saying.

"But we know those two teams play very well at home and you've got to handle the pressure of big crowds and the media being against you. England will have played a lot of competitive cricket by the time we get there and it's a tough place to win. So it's a very big tour for us, but we've crossed that hurdle before and we know we can do it," he added.

His statement came after South Africa won the T20 and one-day series against New Zealand, and ahead of tough tours of England and Australia.

New coach Gary Kirsten said he was delighted by his team's performances in New Zealand.

"It was nice to be on tour, a long way from home, and to connect well as a team. We have lofty standards as a team and I thought we made great progress. The tour taught us about our strengths and capabilities," Kirsten said.

"I thought the bowling unit was outstanding, they bowled with real intensity and proved that they are a world-class attack. And the batting got better through the tour as well," he added. (ANI)


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