South Africa will be tough to beat in Tests, says Hussey

Last Updated: Nov 07, 2011, 14:26 PM IST

Cape Town: Australian batsman Michael Hussey believes that South Africa are an even better side now than they were on their 2008/2009 visit to Australia.

In 2008/2009, the Proteas had clinched their first ever Test series victory on Australia soil when they won 2-1.

The nucleus of their team has not changed much since then, and Hussey says that same skill coupled with more experience, makes the South Africans a more dangerous team heading into the first Test, which starts in Cape Town on Wednesday.

“Personnel wise they are very similar and I’d say some of their players have more experience,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Hussey, as saying.

“Guys like AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla have played a lot more cricket, so they’re probably better in a lot of ways because they’ve been able to keep their personnel together for a while and got more experience.”

“Having those ingredients makes them a tougher team and it’s reflected in the world rankings,” he added.

ANI