Exciting challenge lies ahead: SA coach

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2001, 20:39 [IST]
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Johannesburg: The South Africans have taken note of India's strength and national coach Graham Ford said he is under no illusions about how tough the coming series is going to be.

"I have great respect for the Indian players. An exciting challenge lies ahead of us," Ford said ahead of the first match of the triangular One-day series scheduled to be played on Friday. "India has some of the finest cricketers in the world. It's not going to be easy." South Africa started its season with an impressive 1-0 Test series win over Zimbabwe, and followed it up with a 3-0 win in the One-day International series. "We got through the Zim series well and it was positive that a few of the players got into top form. It's now a whole new situation," Ford said. "But that's sport nowadays, you clear one hurdle and the next one follows quickly. There is some steep challenge ahead of us." South Africa has a wealth of all-rounders in captain Shaun Pollock, Jacques Kallis, Lance Klusener and Justin Kemp and it has also been well served by openers Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs. The teams: South Africa: Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs, Neil McKenzie, Jonty Rhodes, Shaun Pollock, Lance Klusener, Mark Boucher, Makhaya Ntini, Andre Nel, Justin Kemp and Jacques Kallis. India (from): Saurav Ganguly (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Jacob Martin, Shiv Sunder Das, Deep Dasgupta, Yuvraj Singh, Reetinder Singh Sodhi, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad. Extras:
Youngsters give India options
India's South African Safari

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