SA must improve despite Test win against Aussies: Rudolph

Updated: Nov 15, 2011, 13:02 PM IST

Johannesburg: South African Test opener Jacques Rudolph says that the Proteas like the Australians must iron out confidence issues before the second Test in Johannesburg starting on Thursday.

Rudolph said South Africa can`t afford an emphatic victory cover over the obvious flaws in their first innings which resulted in them losing their last nine wickets for 47 runs. The left-hander believes any psychological advantage over the Australians will only be slight.

"Possibly a little bit but was a strange day. How often do you see so many wickets fall in the space of two or three hours," a leading daily quoted Rudolph, as saying.

He added: "Going into this next game, it will be the team who deals with it the best and moves forward from there that will be successful going into The Wanderers Test."

Rudolph said the fact Cape Town was the first Test for the Proteas since January was a contributing factor to their sluggish start and he expects them to improve.

The Australians arrived in Johannesburg on Monday and will begin training at The Wanderers ground on Tuesday.

Fast bowler Pat Cummins is being widely tipped to make his Test debut at the expense of either Mitchell Johnson or Peter Siddle.