Australia may be the hosts when they face the Proteas at the Waca in the first Test on Thursday, but it’s Dale Steyn and his teammates who will enter the match knowing they have won the last two Tests at the ground.
Entering the match in Perth, Steyn, who has beaten the Aussies in 2008 and again in 2012, says: “Eight years ago we won here, a couple of years ago we won here again.
“It’s nice to come here with that feeling that you have done well here before, regardless of the pitch, whether it will be flying through or hitting the ankles.
“To walk into a venue where you feel comfortable is always exciting so we are really looking forward to it. I think the guys who are on their first Test tour of Australia are coming here with a good feeling because the other guys who have come here before have done well.
“It’s not that feeling where in the past when we came here we had our tails between our legs, we are coming here with good history.
“The boys are comfortable and ready to go, we have been here for two weeks and are ready for the match to start.”
With the Proteas missing their star batsman AB de Villiers, Steyn says someone will step up.
He adds: “Eight years ago, Ashwell [Prince got injured and] JP [Duminy] stepped up… in Perth.”