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Aussie duo ready for SA return: Harris

Australian pair Steve Smith and David Warner are prepared for the volatile crowds upon their return to South Africa, according to former Australian quick Ryan Harris.

The limited overs T20 and ODI tour will be the first time the duo have been back in the country that saw their reputations and careers forerver tarnished, during the 2018 Test series between the nations.

"It's certainly going to be hostile, there's no doubt about that." Harris told Sports Drive on Wednesday.

"The South African crowds always are, but I think the experience of England previous to this tour is definitely going to help, we know they copped it over there and will for years to come, but my understanding is they have been well prepared for this."

"With the amount of cricket they have played since and the way they have performed, the individuals themselves will handle it pretty well. I'm sure Dave and Steve will let their bats do the talking."

South Africa is coming off a T20i series defeat to England, having drawn the ODI series and lost the Test series that began the tour.

Talisman Faf Du Plessis has stood down from the captaincy in all three formats, in a move that surprised the former Australian paceman.

"It's a big decision going in to a World Cup, he's obviously thought about it, he's spoken to CSA officials and handed over to Quinton De Kock." Harris said.

"He's still going to be around to help through that transition phase of what it means and what it takes to be captain of your country."

Harris, who was part of Australia's T20 coaching squad last October said coach Justin Langer would use the T20 series to find it's best XI ahead of this year's World T20, held on home soil.

"I think they would have a fair idea (of their best XI). We've got close to a full array of players to pick from, it's going to be competitive for spots. We've got some guys playing some very good cricket." he said.

"It's going to be tough, South Africa are playing some really good cricket. It's going to be a great series."

The T20 series begins in Johannesberg on Friday.

IMAGE: Daily Telegraph.


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