Our job is to win the series: Smith

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Chennai, Mar 22 (UNI) ''Our job is to win the series, irrespective of India's formidable reputation,'' captain of South African cricket team Graeme Smith said today.

The Proteas would go into the first Test against India, beginning at the M A Chidambaram stadium here tomorrow, with a spinner, indicating the preference for left armer Paul Harris, who performed well in the Bangladesh tour. ''We will maintain our winning combination on the Bangladesh tour,'' the south paw opener said at a pre-match press conference here.

Smith said the humid and hot weather in Chennai would be bothering the Proteas. ''It's pretty warm here and that's going to bother us a bit,'' he added.

He said India were an experienced team with senior players. ''But we should not worry about reputations. We will play our brand of cricket.'' Smith said ''we have a game plan for each batsman in Team India.'' Asked if the presence of the South African coach Gary Kirsten for India would make any difference for the Proteas, he said ''Gary is a wonderful man. He has been with us. But it is going to be a challenge only for him to adapt to the Indian team.'' It would be a real test for the youngsters in the team who have come to India for the first time. ''They have already proved themselves. In this tour, it is up to them to perform better.'' More UNI VV GD AB DS1526

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