Smith confident against Indian spinners

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

South African captain Graeme Smith acknowledged the prowess of India's spinners and the difficulty posed by low-bounce pitches.

Mumbai:

South African captain Graeme Smith acknowledged the prowess of India's spinners and the difficulty posed by low-bounce pitches, but said his batsmen were up for the challenge during the upcoming limited-overs series. "Indian spinners are a challenge, but we have the players who can handle them,'' Smith said Saturday as the South African cricketers arrived in India to play five one-dayers starting with Wednesday's limited-overs international in the southern city of Hyderabad. "We see our Indian visit as a massive opportunity. We've come here on the back of a good run,'' Smith told reporters in Mumbai. "The Indian side now has a bunch of talented youngsters.'' South Africa has not been beaten in 19 one-dayers, which feature 16 victories and one tied match. Two games were abandoned without a result. Smith said he was not bothered by India's resurgence, which resulted in a 6-1 victory against Sri Lanka in the one-day series that concluded Saturday. "The Indians played well against Sri Lanka, but we are a very confident team at the moment,'' Smith said. His team needed to adapt to the conditions in India, including its low-bounce pitches, he said. India defeated South Africa 1-0 in a two-test series last year. The busy schedule of these two teams forced the one-dayers to be played separately after a year's gap. (AP)

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