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Our fans are more civilised: Smith

A day after the Australian team's arrival, SA skipper said he expected the home fans to be more civilised than their Aussie counterparts.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 17:37 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

A day after the Australian cricket team's arrival, South African skipper Graeme Smith said he expected the fans in his country to be more civilised than their Aussie counterparts.

Smith was referring to suggestions that the fans in South Africa might seek revenge for the racial abuse their players were allegedly subjected to during their tour of Australia.

The skipper said the spectators might shout a remark or two in the Australians' direction but that was it.

"I hope they (Australians) won't start moaning about every single little incident. We were upset only about the racist remarks hurled at us. We expected the other incidents."

Meanwhile, Shane Warne said he was "shocked" by Mark Boucher's statement that he had lost respect for some of the Australian players after his team's tour of that country.

However, the world's highest wicket-taker said he was not expecting any problems during their six-week tour.

"We believe that there will be no problems both on and off the field in South Africa," he said.

Skipper Ricky Ponting declined to comment on Boucher's remark, but said his players could expect a frosty reception from South African spectators.

Ponting said his main strike bowler Glenn McGrath would miss the one-day internationals because he wanted to spend time at home with his sick wife.

"Although it's hard to replace McGrath, I am happy to see a new breed of fast bowlers emerging," he said at a press conference in Johannesburg.

The Aussies will play their first match, a Twenty20 tie, in Johannesburg on Friday.

First Published: Feb 22, 2006 17:37 IST