SA expecting tough Test series in Bangladesh

South Africa skipper Graeme Smith is under no illusions how tough it will be for his side to win their Test series in Bangladesh but believes they have the firepower to come home with victory.

The first of the two-match series starts in Dhaka on Friday, and the second will begin on February 29 at Chittagong. The sides will play a three-match, one-day series from March 9.

“We brought our strongest team and I think that probably tells you that it’s just as important for us to perform well here,” said Smith.

“We know how difficult it can be playing in the subcontinent, especially in the Test format. I think in the one-day format we might probably use a lot young guys, give them a chance to gain experience.
But in the Test format we really believe that we have got to put work in and do well.”

Smith said his side had learned a lot from a warm-up match against Bangladesh Cricket Board XI.

“We have got enough notes, enough information and we are analysing those. Hopefully, we can put them to use in the Test match and that’s the key,” he added.

“For me it’s not all about having taken 10 wickets or whatsoever in warm-up match. It was more about practice for our guys and also the realisation that the wicket is pretty slow and low here.” - Reuters

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