Well Smithy Seems Quite confident about his chances. Is he just blowing smoke ???? what do you think ?
Bring on England
Posted on 03 December 2004 - 14:22
The South African cricket team can't wait for the England tour to begin, according to captain Graeme Smith.
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Speaking on the team's return from India on Friday, Smith said the players who had been in India were looking forward to playing a home series after a number of overseas tours.
"It's going to be massive," said Smith. "Australia, England, India -these are the big ones, and we're all very excited about it. England are on a high at the moment, and that's the way we want to take them on.
"In our last home series, we hammered the West Indies, and we want to perform well again in front of our home crowds. I think it's crucial that the right guys get out there, and that we get the right mindset.
"We're having a good training camp before we go down to Port Elizabeth and we're looking forward to that."
Team coach, Ray Jennings, said there was an attitude of "I want to play" among the players who had been in India, and he believed this attitude would be brought forward into the series against England.
"There's a definite excitement about the team at the moment. The guys are feeling good about themselves and their cricket. Hopefully this English series will be one of execution of what we believe this team is all about," said Jennings.
"There will be some changes in the squad, because the selectors will be looking selecting a team for different conditions from those in India. "
Jennings hinted that Mark Boucher might return as wicketkeeper, and also suggested that opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs might find it difficult to get back into the squad. "There are no guarantees for anyone."
The England team arrives in South Africa from Zimbabwe on Monday. The first test begins in Port Elizabeth on December 17, and the South African squad will be announced next Tuesday.