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Proteas will do well against Aussies

Batsman Jacques Kallis is confident his team will come out on top ahead of their first test against Australia.

The South African team celebrates with their trophies after winning the third Test against England and securing the Test series 2-0 at Lord's cricket ground in London on August 20, 2012. South Africa replaced England as the world's number one Test side with a 51-run win in the third Test at Lord's. Picture: AFP.
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CAPE TOWN - Proteas batsman Jacques Kallis believes the wicket at the Gabba will be a good one. 

South Africa gets their tour of down under on the go on Friday in the first test. 

Kallis said the wicket looks balanced.

“It looks like it’s going to be a good cricket wicket which is usually what you get here in Australia and it’s going to be a good surface to play on for the bowlers as well. I think we can get some runs in as well.”

He said there could be something in it on day one.

“Good test match cricket is a little in it on the first morning, that’s something we’ve come to expect of test match cricket and that’s what you want. It just gets better and better as the match goes on. We may take a bit of a return on day four and five which is ideal.”

Kallis is heaping praise on his team’s batsmen ahead of their first test. 

South Africa will be hoping they can continue with some good form with the bat that saw them get to the top of the test rankings. 

He said the boys are ready to do it again.

“The guys have performed nicely, especially in the UK. The guys put up some big scores in some tough conditions and put the pressure in England. It comes down to the guys wanting it, wanting to perform and getting it down as a group.”

Meanwhile, Charl Langerveldt believes the Proteas have the team to do well in Australia. 

Langerveldt said there is pressure on the team but they can do the job.

“There’s more pressure now, with the media, with us being the number one country in the world now and Australia having not done so well over the last few years. There is more pressure on the guys, but I think we have a good balance and experience.”

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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