Smith confident of series comeback

The Proteas face Australia on Thursday for the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

 South Africa's cricketer Graeme Smith, tries to catch out Australia cricketer David Warner on the third day of the first test match between South Africa and Australia at SuperSport Park in Centurion on February 14, 2014. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Proteas Test captain Graeme Smith on Wednesday said South Africa needs to draw on previous successful comebacks to beat Australia.

South Africa head into the Second Test in Port Elizabeth (PE) on Thursday on the back foot after losing to the Aussies by 281 runs at SuperSport Park in Centurion.

Smith says his side have managed to come back from similar situations before.

"Obviously, Australia are playing really well at the moment. They're hot and in form. We went 1-0 down against Pakistan in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and we were able to bounce back. Centurion is done, that surface is behind us now. We need to adapt our minds and hopefully come and play winning cricket on this surface."

Despite his recent struggles at the top of the order, Smith is confident Alviro Petersen will start to find some form soon.

"We go through patches. I thought he had a decent Indian tour on tough wickets. Alviro has been around for quite some time, he knows his game and he's been performing at the top of the order for a long time. I expect him to be able to put things right."

Looking at the wicket at St George's Oval, Smith says it doesn't seem to have too many demons in it.

"One thing I've learned is that when you ask for things, you generally don't get them. So we tend to stay away. We'll be happy with a good Test wicket, but obviously we'd love a result wicket. It's not a ground we come to regularly in the Test format, but it looks like a pretty good PE wicket to me."