Drop bravado, Smith tells West Indies
"Drop your bravado and show more dedication and determination" is the message from South African cricket captain Graeme Smith to the visiting West Indies.india Updated: Jan 16, 2004 17:16 IST
"Drop your bravado and show more dedication and determination" is the message from South African cricket captain Graeme Smith to the visiting West Indies ahead of their final Test encounter on Saturday.
The hosts are 2-0 up and determined to make a clean sweep of the series.
But Smith stopped short when asked by the Afrikaans daily Beeld here whether he would regard the Windies as a bunch of windbags.
"I wouldn't go so far as to call them that. My assessment of the side is that there is too much bravado and not enough daring among their players."
Smith said he would be spurring his players on to ensure they win the last Test with strategic playing.
West Indian fast bowler Fidel Edwards would come under attack again after being singled out in earlier games.
"We did all in our power to irritate and unsettle him (in earlier games)," Smith admitted.
"With a man like (West Indian captain) Brian Lara, you rather remain quiet and concentrate on getting him out. You don't want to say anything to make him more determined to pile on the runs."
Smith was full of praise for his team, which has reaffirmed the faith of South African fans after the hosts were knocked out of the 2003 World Cup in the first round.
"With every Test that we win, the self-confidence of the team grows and we move closer to our ultimate objective of being the best Test-playing nation in the world," said the captain, who took over after Shaun Pollock was fired in the wake of the World Cup debacle.
Smith said the aim was not just to become a competent competitive side but also to win the World Cup in 2007, which will be played in the West Indies.