South Africa coach Gary Kirsten defends player time off amid injuries

Gary Kirsten said that after a long year in which South Africa reached the top ranking with a series win in England the players need time off after last week's drawn Brisbane Test.

updated: November 22, 2012 16:27 IST
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Adelaide: South Africa coach Gary Kirsten on Thursday defended giving his team time off before the second Adelaide Test as injuries struck down three key bowlers on the opening day of the match.

Australia, led by in-form skipper Michael Clarke's unbeaten 224, reached stumps at 482 for five on a day the world number one Proteas will want to forget.

The South Africans lost paceman Vernon Philander with a back problem before the start of play.

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