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South Africa wary of suffering Pakistan fate

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2007, 5:46 [IST]
 
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Basseterre (St Kitts&Nevis):South Africa captain Graeme Smith has warned his team not to slip-up against Scotland in the same way that Pakistan were humiliated by Ireland.

Ireland's three-wicket win over Pakistan on Saturday sent the 1992 champions crashing out of the World Cup. On the same day, Bangladesh confidently defeated India.

"The upsets in the other groups have kept everyone on their toes," said Smith whose team take on Scotland in their latest Group A match at Warner Park here on Tuesday.

"It just shows that if you're not up for it and don't perform to your levels you can put yourself under pressure.

"We will certainly be on our toes and the way we performed against Holland is the way we want to perform on Tuesday."

South Africa defeated the Netherlands by a huge 221 runs in their first match last week.

"It's important to always get the basics right against a team like Scotland, who are a bit of an unknown to us and if we can get those basics right, we hope we can close the game off and move on to Australia from there."

South Africa, the world number one, face two-time defending champions Australia in the final group game on Saturday with the winners taking a vital two extra points into the Super Eights.

Smith added that he wanted his team to put up a confident performance against the Scots in honour of Bob Woolmer, the former South African coach who died on Sunday.

"We were all very shocked. All of us had known Bob pretty well and a lot have played under him so it's important that we can put in a performance of pride for Bob," said the captain.

"Bob had such a big role to play in South African cricket."

The 58-year-old Woolmer, a former England Test batsman, coached South Africa between 1994-99 before taking over the Pakistan team in 2004.

He died on Sunday after found unconscious in his hotel room in Jamaica.

"We sent our condolances to his family, and I know a lot of the guys have been in contact with his wife. A lot of us had a close relationship with Bob over the last few months, especially having played against Pakistan recently.

"All of us socialised with him over a period of time. We all have very fond memories of Bob - which is very important. The guys just hope his family can get things sorted out, and that is what is on most of the guys' minds at the moment.

"He coached for a number of years and has been a part of the system for so long. We hope on Tuesday that we can represent him well."

Scotsman Nel set to take on his pin-up: Scotland fast bowler Dewald Nel has posters of South Africa's Shaun Pollock on his bedroom wall at home in Glasgow.

On Tuesday, he hopes to play against Pollock when the teams clash in a Group A match at Warner Park.

Until then, South African-born Nel is content to admire Pollock from afar in the hotel being shared by all four World Cup squads who are based in St Kitts.

"I have spoken to him (Pollock) but only to say hello," Nel told reporters on Sunday. "I've broken the ice. Maybe on Tuesday I'll slip in a few comments.

"Maybe I'll have a chat if (South African) Andrew Lawson, our assistant coach, who knows Shaun well, goes over to talk to him on Tuesday."

Nel was born in East London and raised in Klerksdorp. Now 26, his family left South Africa for Scotland when he was 17.

"I've dreamt of playing for South Africa in a World Cup but never playing against them in a World Cup," Nel said. "To get the chance to play against the guys you worshipped growing up is something special."

Scotland fast bowler Dewald Nel has posters of South Africa's Shaun Pollock on his bedroom wall at home in Glasgow.

On Tuesday, he hopes to play against Pollock when the teams clash in a Group A match at Warner Park.

Until then, South African-born Nel is content to admire Pollock from afar in the hotel being shared by all four World Cup squads who are based in St Kitts.

"I have spoken to him (Pollock) but only to say hello," Nel told reporters on Sunday. "I've broken the ice. Maybe on Tuesday I'll slip in a few comments.

"Maybe I'll have a chat if (South African) Andrew Lawson, our assistant coach, who knows Shaun well, goes over to talk to him on Tuesday."

Nel was born in East London and raised in Klerksdorp. Now 26, his family left South Africa for Scotland when he was 17.

"I've dreamt of playing for South Africa in a World Cup but never playing against them in a World Cup," Nel said. "To get the chance to play against the guys you worshipped growing up is something special."

Teams:

South Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), Jacques Kallis (vice-capt), Loots Bosman, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Justin Kemp, Charl Langeveldt, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Robin Peterson, Shaun Pollock, Ashwell Prince and Roger Telemachus.

Scotland: Craig Wright (capt), John Blain, Dougie Brown, Gavin Hamilton, Majid Haq, Paul Hoffmann, Douglas Lockhart, Ross Lyons, Neil McCallum, Dewald Nel, Navdeep Poonia, Glenn Rogers, Colin Smith, Ryan Watson and Fraser Watts.

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