Smith excited for Newlands decider

Proteas Test skipper Graeme Smith is happy Newlands will host the final Test against Australia.

Proteas Test skipper Graeme Smith. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Proteas Test skipper Graeme Smith says his side is happy Newlands is the venue for the Test series decider against Australia, which starts on Saturday.

The Aussies were embarrassingly bowled out for 47 during their most recent game at Newlands, when they were last in South Africa in 2011.

Smith says the Proteas enjoy playing at Newlands, where they have won eight of their last ten Tests (including two wins over Australia).

"There will be new challenges moving to Newlands. It's a ground that we have a lot of confidence at, having performed well there for a very long time. We know how to win there, which is exciting."

Proteas all-rounder JP Duminy, man of the match from the second Test, says the result at St George's Park was the perfect response to those who questioned the Proteas' abilities.

The Proteas were without regular spinner Robin Peterson and lost pace man Wayne Parnell to injury during the second Test. In spite of the reduced bowling options, Duminy says there was no pressure on him to perform as the front line spinner.

"I think there was a little bit more pressure, especially after losing Wayne Parnell. In the fourth innings there is a little bit there for the spinners, so the pressure was on me to produce the goods. But with a bowling line up like ours, my role was just to tie up an end and hopefully take a few wickets."