Smith insists Proteas won't go 'headhunting' during Oz Test series

Sydney, Oct 29(ANI): South Africa captain Graeme Smith has said they won't be targeting individuals during their Test series against Australia, and added, that each Oz player will provide a quality test for his team.

Smith's comments came after startling statistics depicted veteran Mike Hussey's failure against the Proteas fast bowling trio of Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander.

In 14 Tests against South Africa, Hussey's batting average is a modest 33.87, which well below his overall mean of 50.07, and his one and only century against the recently installed world No.1 Test nation came seven years ago.

On the Proteas' previous visit to Australia four years ago, Hussey compiled only 85 runs at 17 across three Tests. They then held him to just 60 runs at 15 during the drawn two-Test series in Cape Town and Johannesburg 12 months ago.

Steyn, Morkel and, latterly, Philander, have dismissed the old warhorse 11 times in Tests, at the same time conceding only 106 runs from his bat, and that has resulted is Hussey averaging only 9.64 against the world's first, second and ninth-ranked bowlers on the ICC ratings.

South Africa is aware of their hold over Hussey, but as they departed Johannesburg, there was no identifying of Australian vulnerabilities, and Smith said there would be no headhunting.

"I don't really want to be pinpointing anyone out and say 'this is a weakness, that's a weakness'," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Smith, as saying.

"We need to prove that over the next three Test matches. We're not going headhunting and looking to target anybody," he added.

"Each Australian batter will provide quality and we need to make sure we produce to all of them," he said. (ANI)


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