Proteas in England

Headingley record favours SA

2012-08-01 09:02
Jacques Rudolph (Gallo)
Cape Town - Proteas batsman Jacques Rudolph believes South Africa will take confidence from their good record at Headingley Carnegie, ahead of the second Investec Test match starting in Leeds on Thursday. The ground has been one of the Proteas’  most successful in England since 1994, with two wins and a draw in four matches.

“The last time we played here AB (de Villiers) and Ashwell (Prince) did really well,” said Rudolph. “So from a team point of view we can take quite a lot of confidence from the way we have played here in the past.” AB  de Villiers (149) and man-of-the-match Ashwell Prince (174) shared a 212-run fifth-wicket partnership to give the Proteas a commanding first innings score, after bowling England out for 203. 

Records count for nothing once the Test match is underway, and nothing but a strong England comeback is expected by the players.

“They are the No 1 team in the world and we expect quite a strong fight back from them. They have done really well in their own conditions over the last couple of years and last couple series they have played over here, we are prepared about what we are going to face on Thursday.”

The series took a week-long break with the Proteas playing a two-day warm-up match against Worcestershire County Cricket Club, and spending some “downtime” away from the game.

“You have to find ways to keep yourself fresh in-between Test matches,” added Rudolph. “ Gary (Kirsten) is quite strong about being aware of your own space, if you feel that you want to get away from cricket and that will work for you that is what you do.”

Rudolph is also making a return to the former home ground where he spent five years playing for Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

‘I had five very good years here,” he said about his stint with Yorkshire as a Kolpak player.  “I have fond memories of playing cricket with some really good people and I have made great friendships, it’s great to be back.”



Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Most Read


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

As it happened: New Zealand 47-9 Tonga
Fourie: Boks can't be in a better position
All Blacks' deficiencies in the spotlight
All Blacks batter brave Tonga
11 October 2015
India v South Africa, Kanpur 05:30
14 October 2015
India v South Africa, Indore 10:00
18 October 2015
India v South Africa, Rajkot 10:00
Previous Results

Date Match Result

The Proteas' three-Test tour of Australia is:

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Take a photographical trip down memory lane and remind yourself of how the Springboks fared in their five previous Rugby World Cup campaigns. In addition, pick your all-time Springbok Rugby World Cup Dream Team and you could win R3 000!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.