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“It will be interesting to see how they are without him”
Australia opening batsman David Warner has announced that South Africa are on the back foot after their veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis retired from Test cricket in order to accomplish his goal of representing the Proteas in the 2015 World Cup.
Warner’s comments come just a month prior to the national team’s tour of South Africa, where they will play three Tests and three Twenty20 Internationals.
“We know a couple of their blokes are probably on the back foot,” Warner said. “We’ve got to work out how to get their players out as well. I know our bowlers are ready to go over there and give it to them.”
Warner also admitted that Australia will sledge the South African batsmen in order to get under their skin.
“Apparently I said some rude things on stump mic that they couldn’t [broadcast during the Ashes], but I don’t recall anything,” he said. “On the field you don’t cross that line. We nudged that line a couple of times but I think we really got into their heads.
“Especially with Johno [Johnson] and the pressure of the other bowlers up the other end.”
Warner added that Kallis’ retirement is a “big loss” for the Proteas.
“It’s a big loss for them,” he said. “They’ve counted on him a couple of times when bowlers have been asked to come back in different spells, so it will be interesting to see how they are without him.”