Kirsten says SA players ‘well prepared’ to face Aussie chin music

Updated: Oct 29, 2012, 13:28 PM IST

Sydney: South Africa coach Gary Kirsten has said his players are ready for the challenges they would face against a quality Australia team during the Test series that starts on November 9 at the Gabba, Brisbane.

“We wanted to prepare really well, we didn`t want to say too much, we wanted to make our performances count,” a leading Indian daily quoted Kirsten, as saying.

“I think we`ve got a group of guys who are ready to step up to those challenges,” he added.

“That`s really what the Test series is going to boil down to - two quality teams - and it`s about the team that takes the advantage in those situations. I think we did that brilliantly in England, and we would like to continue that momentum in Australia,” he said.

South Africa arrived without opener Alviro Petersen and back-up wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile, who are still on Champions League Twenty20 duty, 12 days before the first Test starts at the Gabba on November 9.

Wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers pronounced himself fit to take his place in the line-up despite a lingering back complaint, and expects to play in their only warm-up game, against Australia A at the SCG from Friday.