SA will beat Australia at home: Cronje

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2001, 21:56 [IST]
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Johannesburg: Former South African captain Hansie Cronje said that the current team under the leadership of Shaun Pollock can "show the Australians a thing or two" later this year. Cronje appears to be confidently making public statements again after a long silence following his admission a year ago to involvement in match-fixing and his subsequent banning for life by the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA). Cronje said the performance of the South African in their triumph over the West Indies with his successor, they won both the Test and One-day series, was excellent. "But the coming series against Australia in the summer will be the test to see where the team finds itself," Cronje told the Afrikaans daily 'Beeld'. Australia and South Africa are in the top two positions on the new Test championship ranking, with 21 and 20 points respectively. The South Africans are taking a break for the winter, and their first month-long tour will be to neighbouring Zimbabwe in September. Then India will visit South Africa, and by the end of the year the South Africans will leave for Australia for three Tests before the Aussies come here for three more to complete the series. "I believe we will beat them in South Africa," Cronje said, adding that the Australian leg would be determined by the pitch conditions. "It depends what sort of pitches they prepare. If they give spinners an advantage, it's going to be tough, because they have Shane Warne and Stuart McGill. It could be a problem there, but in South Africa we will beat them," Cronje said.

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