'Proteas need good start against England'

Former Proteas spinner Paul Adams says the Proteas need to focus on winning their first Test against England.

The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras named Paul Adams as their new coach on 26 June 2012. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Former Proteas spinner Paul Adams on Wednesday said the Proteas needed to focus on winning their first Test against England at the Oval.

The Oval has been a happy hunting ground for England with the likes of swing bowler James Anderson picking up 25 wickets at the venue so far.

South Africa's batsmen have failed to get big scores at the ground.

Adams said the bowling attacks were key.

He said a good start will be important for the rest of the series.

"Winning the first Test is very important. South Africa has struggled at the Oval but they need to change that."

The game starts at 12pm on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Proteas former wicket keeper Mark Boucher underwent a second operation on his serious eye injury in Cape Town on Thursday morning.

Boucher sustained the injury while playing in a warmup match for the Proteas against Somerset in England and underwent emergency surgery after the accident.