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Peterson prepared for Aus

2014-02-09 21:34

Johannesburg - Proteas spinner, Robin Peterson, has prepared for both the best and worst case scenarios ahead of the first Test against Australia starting at SuperSport Park, in Centurion, on Wednesday.

Peterson is aware that the management may opt for an all-seam attack depending on conditions, and said he would make sure he has his game-plans in order if selected to play.

The venue is traditionally a seam friendly ground, but that has not deterred the left-armer.

"When you play in South Africa you get accustomed to the wicket not turning; it's nothing new," said Peterson after the squad's lengthy training session in Centurion, on Sunday.

"You have to set clever fields and try to create pressure with your field placings.

"By doing that, the batters can become frustrated, whether or not the wicket is turning, so you have a chance, that is what I have learnt from playing in South Africa and playing on wickets that aren't too spin friendly."

Peterson's inclusion as the lone spinner in the squad is an indication of the important role he has to play and the value he has to offer, with coach Russell Domingo describing the 34-year-old as one of the mentally toughest cricketers he has worked with.

"I try hard in every game of cricket that I play," said Peterson.

"Whether that is seen as me being mentally tough or rubs the opposition up the wrong way, I like to try my best and challenge myself.

"I just try to enjoy my cricket and to play it hard. That's the way we grew up playing our cricket."

Peterson said he expected the opposition to target him, especially as the often under-rated cog of a Proteas line-up, lauded for its pace.

"When you bowl behind the number one and number two bowlers in the world ... I don't think eyes will light up when Morne Morkel comes on to bowl, it's probably when the poor spinner comes on," said Peterson.

"It's nothing new when playing for South Africa for the opposition to target me.

"I have had reasonable success when people have tried to target me. I have to be smart about the way I go about my things, I can't control what the opposition want to do; it's entirely up to them."

SAPA

Comments
  • Adeeb Saban - 2014-02-09 22:02

    JMSP

      Adeeb Saban - 2014-02-09 22:03

      Klein Po!?es, JMSP!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-02-09 22:54

    Do your country proud boytjie u by far the best spinner in the country!And we all know your value with the bat ass well

      Theunis Giel - 2014-02-10 00:05

      Eish Elsies' finest and brightest nè? "bat ass well".

      David McCallum - 2014-02-10 08:44

      2nd best behind imraan tahir

  • Blou Wetter - 2014-02-10 05:34

    Biff will go for a draw. Future CSA prez. Hahahaha. Cricket comedy. Hahahahaha

      Bennie Schoeman - 2014-02-10 09:00

      Ek stel voor dat jy eerder ballet of sepies kyk en jou kommentaar daar lewer. Dalk, net dalk, kan jy daar 'n positiewe bydra lewer.

      Blou Wetter - 2014-02-10 10:24

      Tussen CSA en Biff is dit 'n tall order. By the way, niks fout met StaatmakerPeterson nie. Altyd fighting fit!

  • Michael Kleber - 2014-02-10 07:25

    Chest guard on , helmet , Johnson bouncing you at 150 k's , its going to be interesting

  • Pap Snoek - 2014-02-10 08:50

    Petersen/son both can be lauded as overachievers. Their mental strength is amazing, but sadly neither can ever be great because their talent is lacking by international standards. Other very talented players are underachievers again because of their lack of application, like Rudolph, Levi, Parnell.

      Baainaar Hofman - 2014-02-10 08:58

      Name 1spinner thats better then Robbie in this country!And please dont say its Quota rulof vdm coz he is useless

      Pap Snoek - 2014-02-10 11:28

      Baainaar, I did not mention anything about quota's, but since you asked, Johan Botha was at the time regarded as the best short form spinner in the world when he was dropped for RP

      Pap Snoek - 2014-02-10 11:31

      And Botha completely outperformed Peterson during a WI test when they both played. Same happened when Abbott wiped the floor with Kleinveld in the Centurion test. Yet look who's in and who's not.

  • Anele Booi - 2014-02-10 09:48

    But this guy always comes to de party be it de bat or crucial wickets so realy don't understand such hate......clearly not a qouta, greame smith is a qouta

  • Nick Collis - 2014-02-10 11:31

    Whilst a big hearted trier and fair all rounder I don't think Robbie P should play at Centurion . The first test should see the proteas back a 4 man pace attack with Duminy and perhaps Elgar ,as you can now play an extra batsman ,providing whatever spin we may need. Depending on the outcome the selectors can reassess for the second test! SA doesn't have a match winning spinner or even a great holding spinner that can tie an end up so don't build a strategy around it for the first test. Back your strengths!

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