No room for complacency

Alvin Reeves

SOUTH Africa head into the start of today’s second cricket test at Axxess St George’s (10.30am) desperately keen to complete a series victory over New Zealand. If the Black Caps’ inept performance at Newlands is anything to go by, then South Africa should not have too much trouble doing just that. But South African captain Graeme Smith says the team will not be sitting around waiting for a win to fall into their laps.

Smith knows complacency has cost his team in home series in recent years. For all their fine form on international soil, South Africa have failed to perform consistently at home. They have won only two test series at home in more than four years, against Sri Lanka last year and Bangladesh in 2008.

In between, they drew and lost against Australia and drew with England and India.

“We haven’t really discussed any of that,” Smith said. “We’ve just gone about our work as we have consistently over the last 12 to 14 months.”

South Africa are 1-0 up in the series after a most comprehensive innings and 27-run victory in the first test at Newlands.

Play starts at 10.30am

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