South African captain Graeme Smith happy with favourites tag ahead of first Test vs Australia

South Africa have not been beaten in a series since Australia defeated them in South Africa in 2008/09 and have built up a formidable record to open a sizeable gap at the top of the International Cricket Council Test rankings.

updated: February 11, 2014 20:33 IST
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Centurion, South Africa: South African captain Graeme Smith said his team were happy to be regarded as favourites ahead of the first Test against Australia which starts at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.

"If you are the number one team in the world you have to be favourites," Smith said on Tuesday.

"It's something we have become accustomed to and we feel very comfortable with it. We've been number one for a period of time and we've travelled to some tough places to get it and to defend it."

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