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Proteas ready for first Test in Perth

South Africa are well prepared for the first Test in Australia, according to one of their experienced batsmen

South Africa have been gifted a perfect preparation for the looming Test series against Australia, Proteas batsman JP Duminy says.

The South Africans open their tour on Saturday and Sunday with a pink-ball fixture against a Cricket Australia XI at Adelaide Oval.

Next week, the tourists play another two-day match in Adelaide before travelling to Perth for the first Test starting on November 3.

Duminy said the two practice games, and net trainings in between, were ideal preparation for the three-Test series.

"It's the best we have had on any tour, to be honest," he said.


"I can't recall this amount of time before a Test match on any tour.

"So I think this is the best preparation we are going to have in terms of the schedule that we have for the season, so we're pretty happy with it."

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The Proteas will face a CA XI featuring players all aged 22 or under.

And Duminy said the callow opposition was largely irrelevant to the Proteas.

"It doesn't matter who the opposition is. For us it's about adapting to the conditions and finding confidence," he said.

"You could be playing against the best opposition in a warm-up game, score runs, but still not be able to score in a Test match, so I'm not reading too much into who we are playing against."

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