The Proteas toyed with their junior bowlers in the recent 5-0 ODI series whitewash of Australia on home soil.
But when Faf du Plessis and his charges travel Down Under for the first of the three-match Test
series next month, they will face the full wrath of the Aussies’
Oz pace ace Mitchell Starc missed the SA tour after having to get 30 stitches to his leg following a training injury last month.
And now he’s uitgehonger to set the record straight.
Starc says: “It [the leg] has been wrapped up like an Eskimo for about five weeks but it’s going well, I’ve been bowling and
running so I’m ready to go for that first Test.”
With Josh Hazlewood being rested for the tour of South Africa, Starc hopes the duo can do some real damage to the South Africans.
He adds: “We’ve played a lot of cricket together over the last 10 years and for Australia in the last few years, and we probably take that role on together.
“Peter Siddle [also] comes back into the squad.”
Meanwhile, after initial fears of playing with the pink ball in the Test, Du Plessis is looking forward to the match – although it will be the final one of the series.
Du Plessis says: “I know some of the guys have pink balls in their kit, especially the bowlers.
“We’ve asked around a little bit and read the stuff other teams have been saying about the pink ball. I’m going in without any experience of it at all.”