Chappell reveals mantra of Oz success against formidable Proteas pace battery

Sydney, Nov. 4 (ANI): The result of the thrilling series between Australia and South Africa, which begins with the first Test at the Gabba on November 9, could hinge on the way the home side bats, according to cricket legend Ian Chappell.

In his column in News.com.au, Chappell says that "even without Pat Cummins, Australia have the pace artillery to match the Proteas, but there are potential pitfalls for a batting order still relying heavily on ageing stalwarts Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting."

According to the report, the veteran warns the Aussies saying the Proteas have a dangerous pace attack and two of the three Tests will be played "on surfaces that assist the quickies."

"This will severely test the reflexes of the two oldest Australian batsmen, so it will help both Hussey and Ponting if they come in after a strong start and some shine has been taken off the ball," Chappell wrote.

He also says that he would prefer an 'opening combination' of Shane Watson and David Warner to counter Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, as "they can be rattled by aggressive counter-attacks in the short forms of the game," the report said.

"Watson is a class player of pace bowling and he's the perfect partner for Warner," Chappell concluded. (ANI)