Attack inexperienced players to beat Oz: Kirsten to SA

Updated: 06 December 2008 12:36 IST

Kirsten said in the absence of players like Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist and Justin Langer the Australian team could be beaten even at home.

Attack inexperienced players to beat Oz: Kirsten to SA

Durban:

The South African players should attack the young and inexperienced lot of the Australian cricket team if they want to beat the formidable hosts in the upcoming Test series, India coach Gary Kirsten has suggested. Kirsten said in the absence of players like Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist and Justin Langer the Australian team could be beaten even at home.

"If the South Africans can put enough pressure on these players, their lack of experience will eventually make the difference," Kirsten said.

The former South Africa opener felt Australia were struggling to get replacements of their retired star players and it gives the South Africans the best opportunity to beat them.

"The Aussies are a difficult team to beat in their own backyard, (but) I believe that the Proteas have their best chance ever to win a series there. Without (the retired greats) the Aussies are forced to include a lot of young, inexperienced players who have not yet made their mark at Test level.

The first match of the three-Test series begins on December 17 in Perth.

Kirsten, who closely watched Australian players when India beat them recently, said India's recipe to win against the world champions was to put the team's interest first.

"The main thing is to build a happy team and an environment in which everyone can trust each other. Our preparations for the Aussies were exceptional and we could weave a well-bonded team, each member focused on what we wanted to achieve, rather than on individual goals," Kirsten told Afrikaans weekly 'Rapport'.

Topics : Cricket Gary Kirsten
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