Cape Town - Proteas captain Faf du Plessis says that the Australians are the most vocal team in world cricket.
As is always the case when the sides meet, there has been a lot of hype surrounding the upcoming Test series between the Proteas and the Aussies which gets underway at the WACA in Perth on Thursday.
And, as is also always the case, there has been a bit of pre-match banter as Proteas quick Dale Steyn referred to Aussie captain Steve Smith's wicket as the 'head of the snake'.
Du Plessis, who was a part of the side that won the Test series in Australia back in 2012/13, was all smiles on the day before the Test.
Acknowledging though the Aussies are known for being a vocal bunch on the field, the Proteas skipper doubted very much that things would get nasty out on the field of play.
"As a player when you play against them, Australia are probably the most verbal team in the world. That doesn't mean it's bad or good ... it's just their style of play," Du Plessis said.
"I think personality does determine how you play in that kind of space. The kinds of personalities we have in our team now ... we'll just focus on the cricket and hopefully that will take care of itself.
"The leadership in Steve Smith is similar to ours in terms of respecting the opposition and letting the cricket do the talking.
"If it goes away from that, then I don't know how it's going to impact on the series, but I don't think that's the type of personalities we have in the teams."
Play gets underway at 04:30 (SA time) on Thursday morning.