South Africa all set to dethrone England as No.1 side: Donald

London, Aug 1 (ANI): Proteas bowling coach Allan Donald has said South Africa is all set to dethrone England as the No.1 side by beating the hosts at Headingley in the second Test starting on Thursday.

The Proteas beat England by an innings and 12 runs in the first test at The Oval last week to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

"There's no way we are going to sit back and wait for things to happen. We know what's coming our way and, we know England will throw everything at us. We take nothing for granted. We've won a Test match but we haven't won the series," Donald said.

South Africa vice captain AB de Villiers echoed Donald's sentiments, The Telegraph reports.

"We know they are going to come out harder. We sometimes put too much emphasis on it, it's a matter of just going out and playing the same kind of cricket that we played in the first Test match," De Villiers said.

England spinner Graeme Swann acknowledged his side's poor recent form.

"I can't deny the fact that since we've been No1 we've got a dismal record. Whether that goes hand in hand with being No1 I don't really know, you need someone more qualified with the workings of the human mind," he said.

"We're not doing anything differently. Perhaps that's it, perhaps we're not evolving quickly enough. Perhaps teams are hunting us down more, seeing us as a real threat now rather than maybe underestimating us before, I don't know," Swann added. (ANI)


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