No verbal clashes with India: Graeme Smith

March 22nd, 2008 - 9:46 pm ICT by admin  

Chennai, Mar.22 (ANI): South African cricket captain Graeme Smith on Saturday said that the forthcoming Test and one-day series against India, would seek to avoid the verbal clashes that happened on and off the field between the Indian and Australian teams Down Under.
Talking to reporters soon after the team’s arrival here for the first of the three Tests, Smith said his team would also seek to overcome the controversy surrounding team selection back home. He was referring to the omission of paceman Andre Nel to fulfil the team’s quota of non-white players.
Nel was furious at being dropped, prompting speculation he will quit the international game. Fellow paceman Charl Langeveldt, a mixed-race player chosen in Nel’s place, backed out of the tour as a result of the tension created by his selection.Black fast bowler Monde Zondeki was named as replacement.
“It is a disappointment, but we talked to them.We are a mature team and we’ll overcome the challenge,” Smith said.
Smith said South Africa are looking forward to a close series in India with his team hoping to carry forward the momentum gained from successes in Pakistan last year and Bangladesh recently.
“It is going to be a big challenge,” Smith said. “I know India have come back after a great tour of Australia.”
The first Test in Chennai begins on Wednesday. Ahmedabad and Kanpur will stage the final two Tests. (ANI)

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