Smith is still inspired at how he managed to face up to the Australians with a broken finger in 2008
South Africa captain Graeme Smith has announced that the national team are still inspired by their 2-1 victory in 2008 against Australia in front of their home fans ahead of the upcoming three-Test series, which will see the Proteas’ world number one Test team ranking up for grabs.
South Africa became the number one Test team after beating England 2-0 in a three-Test series over the summer.
“We understand that this is a big challenge for us, coming to Australia again and to win,” Smith said.
Smith earned the respect of many Australian fans after coming out to bat in the third Test in 2008 with a broken finger and elbow injury, and he added that it is these types of incidents that the current team should draw inspiration from.
“To beat Australia in those stadiums and in those environments was something I don’t think South Africans had dreamt of in a very long time, we certainly took a lot out of that. Probably took us a little bit of time for us to recover from those highs. But since that return leg from Australia, we’ve been pretty steady and consistent in our performances and maybe that was the stepping stone to a lot of the success that we’ve had,” Smith said.
However, Smith knows that it is never easy to come into another nation’s backyard and pull off a stunning series victory.
“Obviously winning here four years ago certainly helps in the self-belief factor, knowing that you’ve overcome a hurdle before, winning in someone else’s backyard, it’s a tough thing to do and that challenge is something that excites us,” Smith added.
South Africa coach Gary Kirsten noted that the Australia team had “good experience and quality players”, and said: “We know if we get our processes right in those crucial times in the Test series, we’ll be a difficult team to beat.”