Sydney, Oct 30(ANI): Australia vice-captain Shane Watson has refused to talk cheap before the first Test match against South Africa, which starts on November 9 at The Gabba, in Brisbane, and added that actions on the field would decide the course of the Test series.
Watson also challenged the Proteas to walk the walk after a former South African assistant coach lit the fuse for an explosive Test series for cricket's No.1 ranking.
Vincent Barnes, South Africa's bowling coach and Mickey Arthur's right-hand man during the Proteas' 2008-09 series victory in Australia, on Monday fired the first salvo the hosts' way when he questioned the strength of Michael Clarke's ageing top order.
But Watson while not surprised by the sledge said he had full faith in Australia's batsmen.
"In the end, it doesn't matter what's said leading into the first Test," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Watson, as saying.
"All that matters is the action on the field. All that matters is actually what comes together throughout the Test series,' he added.
However, Watson conceded Australia's top order was under pressure to stand up to the deadliest pace trio in world cricket in Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander.
"There is no doubt for us to have success that we're going to have to score some big runs," Watson said.
"And that's going to be a huge challenge against the calibre of bowlers that the South Africans do have. It's going to be a brilliant series. The competition between bat and ball on both sides is going to be something very special to watch," he added. (ANI)