Lehmann feels it be hard to beat South Africa this time
By Aditya Pratap - Feb 27, 2018 3:14 pm
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Darren Lehmann says Australia’s upcoming four-Test tour of South Africa has “a little bit of extra feel” in it because of the possibility it could be the last time Proteas’ greats AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn take on the Kangaroos.

AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn

The trio, all 34-years-old, has helped make the South Africans a formidable prospect in the Test arena for the past decade, and Lehmann knows that even in their twilight they’ll be difficult to beat.

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Speaking to shortly after his arrival in Durban, Lehmann praised the star-studded South African line-up and said it was a good chance for Australia to prove their mettle against opponents who just beat a touring India side in a three-Test series.

“Those players [de Villers, Steyn and Amla] are world-class players, we’ll have to keep them quiet to have a really good result on this tour,” Lehmann said. “They’re special players. This (series) has a little bit of an extra feel I suppose because de Villiers, Amla and those guys might not go around again and we might not see them. We’ve got a lot to prove as a young side and keep playing well following on from our summer.”

Steyn will definitely miss the first two Tests through injury but hopes to be fit for the last two. South Africa is the second-ranked Test nation with Australia third. India is ranked No.1.

Australia warmed up for the series by beating South Africa A by five wickets in a tour match in Benoni.

Mitchell Starc took five wickets across the match including four in the second innings while Pat Cummins – who made his famous Test debut in South Africa in 2011 – took four wickets in the first innings.

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Cummins also top-scored for Australia across the two innings with 59no in the first dig, while opener Cameron Bancroft made 45 in the first innings.

David Warner sat out the match, with Usman Khawaja opening the batting in his place. Peter Handscomb – dropped after the second Ashes Test – batted at first drop in place of Khawaja. The first Test will be played at Kingsmead in Durban from 1st March.