The first Test match against Australia will kick off at the WACA ground in Perth on Thursday. And, the Proteas are glad they wouldn’t have to tuck their tails between their legs as they face the Australians.
The South Africa national cricket team is leaning on the confidence from their past successes as they prepare for the Thursday game.
Dale Steyn was one of the four players in the current squad who were part of the team that triumphed in Perth in 2008 and 2012. The others are Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, and Morne Morkel.
Steyn related that the venue is comfortable for the Proteas and that they looking forward to the game. He said:
“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, it doesn’t really matter. 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.”
However, Steyn still commenting on the first test match against Australia indicated that the Proteas wouldn’t underestimate the Australians for whatsoever reasons. They are expecting a very competitive game.
He added that Proteas would miss AB de Villiers in the clash. But then, narrated a trend in the Proteas squads where the absence of star players creates an opportunity for a newcomer to make an impact.
“You are always going to have big players coming out of the team through injuries or new guys stepping in” he said, “I remember when we came here eight years ago, Ashwell (Prince) was a major player for us and he broke his finger, JP (Duminy) stepped up and hit the winning runs in Perth and went on to score 170 in Melbourne.
“The culture in the side is that when a new player steps into the side you have them automatically being able to throw out those big scores or put out those big performances with the ball. That is what we are focused on, when you lose a player like AB (De Villiers) it is a massive loss, but that doesn’t matter, we are focused on the culture and how welcome we make players feel when they step into the side so that they can perform at their best,” stated Steyn.