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Smith: McCullum needs to block out 'the noise'

 New Zealand's Brendon McCullum plays a shot against South Africa during a five day test in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Jan 3, 2013. (AP Photo/...

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New Zealand's Brendon McCullum plays a shot against South Africa during a five day test in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Jan 3, 2013. (AP Photo/...

South Africa captain Graeme Smith advises opposite number Brendon McCullum to block out "the noise" surrounding New Zealand cricket.
Approaching his 10th anniversary in charge of South Africa's test team, Smith says on Thursday that McCullum's "strength of character" and ability to ignore criticism will be crucial to their hopes of battling through one of their lowest periods _ which culminated in being bowled out for 45 in an innings loss in the first test.
Two teams at opposite ends of the rankings and their development face off again in the second test in Port Elizabeth starting on Friday.
Smith's settled and top-ranked Proteas are expected to seal a series win over an inexperienced New Zealand recovering from what its coach referred to as a reality check in Cape Town.


Updated : 2021-10-20 07:43 GMT+08:00