Sydney, Oct 29(ANI): South Africa coach Gary Kirsten has said his players are ready for the challenges they would face against a quality Australia team during the Test series that starts on November 9 at the Gabba, Brisbane.
"We wanted to prepare really well, we didn't want to say too much, we wanted to make our performances count," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Kirsten, as saying.
"I think we've got a group of guys who are ready to step up to those challenges," he added.
"That's really what the Test series is going to boil down to - two quality teams - and it's about he team that takes the advantage in those situations. I think we did that brilliantly in England, and we would like to continue that momentum in Australia," he said.
South Africa arrived without opener Alviro Petersen and back-up wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile, who are still on Champions League Twenty20 duty, 12 days before the first Test starts at the Gabba on November 9.
Wicketkeeper-batsman A.B. de Villiers pronounced himself fit to take his place in the line-up despite a lingering back complaint, and expects to play in their only warm-up game, against Australia A at the SCG from Friday. (ANI)