Steve Smith throws down sledging gauntlet before South Africa

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Steve Smith has warned the home team against sledging him ahead of Australia’s four-Test series against South Africa beginning in Durban on Thursday.

The Australian cricket team skipper, who is coming off an impressive Ashes series where he scored 687 runs with the help of three hundreds to lead his team to a 4-0 win in the five-match series, said the South Africans can sledge him at their own peril.

“They can go for their lives,” he was quoted as saying by

In the Ashes series, after Smith scored a match-winning hundred in the first Test at Brisbane, England had tried to get under his skin during the second Test at Adelaide. Though Smith could score only 40 and six in Adelaide, Australia went on to win the match by 120 runs.