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Petersen says Aussie sledging won't work
Steve Larkin
17:03 AEST Tue Nov 20 2012

South African opening batsman Alviro Petersen has dared Australia's mouthy fast bowlers to back up their sledging with action.

But Petersen suspects any Australian verbal attacks will backfire in the second Test in Adelaide starting Thursday.

"Cricket remains a game that will be played on the pitch," Petersen told reporters on Tuesday.

"So you know when you say stuff, you have to back it up on the pitch.

"If that (sledging) is their strategy, then so be it.

"I don't know about being distracted because I didn't see any of our batters distracted in any way (in the first Test).

"But it's nice to get some verbal from the opposition anyway, sometimes it turns you on."

Australia is considering summoning the left-arm pace of Mitchell Starc in Adelaide, who said if selected he would take a quieter approach than his talkative colleagues James Pattinson and Peter Siddle.

"I'm not as verbal as Patto is, I am probably more (about) actions rather than words," Starc told reporters on Tuesday.

"Jimmy's pretty good at it, so I'll let him keep doing that.

"I'm probably not going to have a crack at anyone, hopefully I can do that with the balls."

South African Petersen hasn't faced Starc in a Test match, but dismissed any notion of that being a disadvantage.

"With all the video footages around in world cricket, it's a click of a button and you get to see what guys do," Petersen said.

"We are absolutely comfortable with whoever they select, it's no issue."

Petersen said the tourists were adamant they would improve on their showing in the drawn series opener.

"In Brisbane we had them under pressure but just let them go," he said.

"Hopefully this time we can really squeeze them and break the momentum.

"In the last year or two we have played good cricket, that is why we're the No.1 Test team in the world and that will count for a lot.

"We have played good cricket under pressure, we have played good cricket at home and away.

"And as a unit we really came together and when we play together in a Test match, it's almost like a collective force."


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