Donald warning for Proteas
Allan Donald says South Africa must guard against overconfidence during the home Test series against Australia.
Last Updated: 23/02/09 11:49am
Allan Donald believes that South Africa captain Graeme Smith is too strong a leader to let his side get overconfident in the upcoming Tests against Australia.
The series begins on Thursday and former Proteas paceman Donald, writing in his column in Afrikaans newspaper Sondag, is certain that the hosts start as favourites.
Donald sounded a note of caution regarding the level of expectation that the team will have to carry.
"South Africa will shoot themselves in the foot if they are overconfident and arrogant against Australia," Donald wrote.
"I don't think that Smith will allow that of his team.
"The biggest thing that they have to be worried about is the expectations of the South African public.
"The public will start to expect that the Proteas must win in every game. The players will start to feel the pressure and I really hope we won't be too relaxed."
Donald wants South Africa to improve five to 10 percent on their performance Down Under to ensure they follow up the 2-1 series victory in Australia at the turn of the year.
"I really hope we don't play testosterone cricket," he continued.
"The Proteas need to give nothing less than the same intensity and discipline as what they did in Australia. We need to keep our feet on the ground.
"Australia are still looking for answers with the team that they brought to the country.
"They will play positive and try and take control of the game. The fact that they are away from home will also reduce the pressure on them.
"Matthew Hayden was one of the problems in their team but now they have the young Phillip Hughes in his place.
"He will certainly be Dale Steyn's target but the way I know the Aussies, they will relish the challenge."