Cricket

Warner: Proteas on back foot

2014-01-07 10:21
David Warner (AP Photo)
Sydney - Australia plan to use the same intimidatory tactics that unravelled England in next month's tour of South Africa, opening batsman David Warner said on Tuesday.

Warner claims members of South Africa's top-ranked team are "on the back foot as players" and will miss newly-retired Jacques Kallis in the three-Test tour in the republic.

He said a combination of sledging and thunderbolts from express paceman Mitchell Johnson unhinged England's experienced batsmen in the Ashes, with Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen all averaging under 30 in the 5-0 series annihilation.

Even though the Proteas feature some of the most established and successful run-scorers in cricket, Warner believes the South Africans are ripe for the picking.

"We know a couple of their blokes are probably on the back foot," Warner told reporters at a reception for Australia's Ashes team at Sydney's Opera House.

"We've got to work out how to get their players out as well. I know our bowlers are ready to go over there and give it to them."

He added that sledging would play a part in their approach, but the team would not go too far.

"Apparently I said some rude things on stump mic (microphone) that they couldn't (broadcast during the Ashes), but I don't recall anything," he said.

"On the field you don't cross that line. We nudged that line a couple of times but I think we really got into their heads.

"Especially with Johno (Johnson) and the pressure of the other bowlers up the other end."

South Africa are fresh from a 1-0 home victory over world number two India, in a two-match series where Hashim Amla (average 14) was the only star batsman to consistently struggle.

However, Australia sense a vulnerability in the South African ranks following the retirement of all-rounder Kallis.

"It's a big loss for them," said Warner. "They've counted on him a couple of times when bowlers have been asked to come back in different spells, so it will be interesting to see how they are without him."

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