Cape Town: Former South African star Herschelle Gibbs has said the mental frailties that led to his country being labeled the chokers of world cricket will not stop them from comfortably defeating Australia in next month’s Test series and retaining the No.1 world ranking.
Australia’s chances have improved since the Ashes failure of two years ago, but Gibbs believes Michael Clarke’s team will receive a reality check in the form of a 2-0 defeat.
Gibbs, who made 14 centuries in a 90-Test career before becoming a Twenty20 specialist, said South Africa’s extra experience and recent success in the five-day game would steal them for the upcoming tour.
The Proteas have lost just one of their past 20 series since April 2006, to Australia in early 2009, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
“I`ve said all along South Africa have been a most consistent team home and away in the last three years - they`ve got a very solid Test squad. They should be the favorites to win … they probably should win 2-0,” Gibbs told the Herald.
According to the paper, Gibbs is aware of Australia’s quality of pace bowlers, but the Proteas boast four players in the ICC’s reigning team of the year -- Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn.