Gibson calls for Proteas focus

08 March 2018 07:38:08 EST

South Africa coach Ottis Gibson has urged his team to focus on the on-field drama against Australia following the headline-making conclusion to the first Test.

Defeat in Durban turned sour when evidence of a spat in the tunnel between Quinton de Kock and David Warner emerged that saw them both charged by the ICC.

Ahead of the second Test, starting in Port Elizabeth on Friday, Gibson said: "The team morale is very good. We are the Proteas, we back each other up. We are trying to focus on ourselves and to focus on the cricket."

South Africa were routed by left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc in the 118-run defeat at Kingsmead and the conditions at St George's Park may also promote reverse swing.

The last time South Africa played Australia there, Dale Steyn served up a fiery second-innings spell of four wickets with a reversing ball to help the team to a series-levelling 231-run win.

"We will look at what is the best team to play in this match," Gibson said.

"They have Starc. We have seen how Starc has bowled to our tail, he has been very aggressive, but has also pitched the ball up and hit the stumps, he has been a challenge for us.

"We have to find a way to get their tail out, it might not always be with fast bowling, the spinner can come in and try to disrupt the tail that way.

"Everyone is looking forward to the cricket, all the off-field stuff must remain off the field. We want to get back to the cricket."

South Africa are 6/4 to win the second Test, with Australia 6/5 and the draw 4/1.

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