Smith backs South Africa to adapt
July 24, 2012 07:56:57 UK
Graeme Smith is confident that his South Africa side can adapt to different conditions for the second Test against at Headingley, following a stunning victory at The Oval.
The Proteas totally outplayed their hosts in the first of a three-match series, winning by an innings and 12 runs to move a step closer to usurping England as the number one-ranked Test side.
We believe we've got the players who can adapt.Graeme Smith
South Africa are now 1.28 to win the series, while Smith's side are 3.10 to triumph at Headingley, with the second Test due to start on Thursday 2nd August.
Smith said after a dominant display at The Oval: "We've got a batting unit that's been around for a period of time now, been successful in conditions around the world.
"We know we're going to Headingley and the conditions are going to be different. The team is very motivated to prepare as well for that Test match and understand it will be different at Headingley and that we'll need to play a slightly different game.
"We believe we've got the players who can adapt and mentally we've got a lot of experience of what we need to do to be successful there."
Hasim Amla, who recorded his country's first-ever Test triple-century in the first Test victory, is 3.75 to be his side's top batsman in their first innings at Headingley, with Smith 5.00 and Jacques Kallis 4.50.
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