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South Africa in Australia, 2008-09

Wessels concerned at build-up

Cricinfo staff

November 12, 2008

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Kepler Wessels has said he is worried South Africa will be under prepared when they take on Australia next month. After the one-day series against Bangladesh was washed out, South Africa's preparations continue with a two-Test series, but Wessels doesn't think it will be sufficient.

South Africa's home season began with two one-dayers against Kenya and the Australia trip includes just a single warm-up match before the first Test in Perth. In between, some of South Africa's key batsmen will head to India for the Champions League and play in conditions far removed from what they will encounter in Australia.

"Something that really concerns me from a South African point of view is that batsmen like AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla will one moment bat on the low, slow pitches in India and then in Perth on one that generates the most pace and bounce in the world," Wessels told Sport24. "I really don't believe that the national players of the Titans and Dolphins should have been allowed to go to India first," he added. "Australian pitches are some of the most difficult for batsmen to get used to.

"That is why I believe one warm-up game against Western Australia before the first Test is not enough."

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