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Proteas to target Clarke, Hussey
Ben Horne
18:13 AEST Tue Nov 27 2012

South Africa's fast bowlers will spend the next three days desperately formulating 'Operation Clarke and Hussey', as the Proteas fight to hold onto their No.1 Test ranking.

It's easier said than done, but South Africa know if they can send the dynamic duo packing cheaply in the second Test starting on Friday, they'll be well on their way to victory.

Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey are in raging-hot form, but aside from openers Ed Cowan and David Warner taking it in turns to score tons, Australia's top four have been shaky this series and the skipper batting at No.5 has found himself at the crease early in the innings.

Confirmed on Monday as the No.1 batsman in Test cricket, Clarke has made back-to-back double tons to start the series.

And Hussey (No.12 in the world) has been right there with him, combining for consecutive double century partnerships with Clarke, and posting two fine hundreds of his own.

Rookie South African quick Rory Kleinveldt hinted at plenty of time being spent with bowling coach Allan Donald this week to perfect tactics.

"We have to look at plans to get Clarke and Hussey out early," said Kleinveldt.

"They've been a massive thorn in our side. If we can come up with a plan and get them out early, we'll have a massive chance of winning."

Kleinveldt said Australia would be "deflated" after South Africa secured a remarkable draw on day five of the second Test in Adelaide.

After taking four wickets in Adelaide, Kleinveldt is hoping to retain his place in the attack and get a chance to explode on the fiery WACA wicket.

He could form part of a four-man pace attack like he did on debut in Brisbane, with Vernon Philander - expected to return from back spasms - Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel certain starters.

Jacques Kallis (hamstring) is being monitored during the week to see whether he can play as a batsman in Perth.


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