South Africa, having won the first Test at Kennington Oval, and drew the second Test at Leeds. They now need a draw at Lord’s to seal the series against England but coach Gary Kirsten indicated that Protease will look to out to seal the series with a victory.
“We like to believe if we get our stuff right and we get our preparation right and we execute in the right way, we are a difficult team to beat,” he said.
“We need to be humble every hour of the Test match to make sure we set a strong foundation to give us a good chance of getting the success we want in the Test match.
“We will go out there and play our brand of aggressive cricket because we believe that is key to our success.”
The Lord’s outfield has been scarred by the recent Olympic archery tournament that was held at the home of cricket, with large sections of the turf having been relaid but the former India World Cup winning coach said the best teams adopt to all conditions.
“If you want to be the best cricket team in the world you have to adapt to all conditions,” Kirsten said.
“Whatever is out there we have got to deal with, we have got to handle it. No excuses.”
The former opener said, South Africa are keen to become the best cricket team in the world in all forms of the game.
“Way back in August last year we put a peg in the ground and said we wanted to become the best cricket team in the world in all forms of the game,” Kirsten said.
“Some people say we are not sure about the rankings, does it hold any water? But deep down every team aspires to it. They like to know they are number one in those rankings. We certainly take it with importance.”
Kirsten said England’s decision to include the inexperienced Jonny Bairstow ahead of Pietersen, who scored a brilliant 149 in the Headingley Test, would not change South Africa’s approach.
“We will focus on our preparation and the work that we do. We always respect the opposition,” Kirsten said.
“We understand we are playing against quality opposition. We will never under-estimate any team, we will never go into any Test match complacent and arrive thinking the job is done.
“We will do the preparation necessary to look at the opposition and what they have got in their team and how we can exploit certain areas.
“We don’t focus heavily on individuals, we look at their team make-up and we look at ways we can exploit. It is no different to what we would do in a normal Test match,” Kirsten was quoted saying by Telegraph.co.uk