Long-serving head groundsman Kevin Mitchell believes the surface he is preparing at The Gabba will suit South Africa's pace attack and could well help them end Australia's 24-year unbeaten run at the ground.
Mitchell has had perfect conditions to prepare the playing surface and says he's hoping for "a bit of pace and bounce early on and some movement," before "flattening out into a good batting wicket which will then crack up (and assist the spinners) over the last couple of days," Mitchell told AAP.
Australia have not lost a test in Brisbane since 1988 against the West Indies when the great Malcolm Marshall led the bowling attack and Sir Viv Richards headlined the batting - although South Africa have never played there since isolation ended.
Although Shane Warne had a brilliant record at the ground it was the skill and consistency of Australia's pace attack which routinely led them to victory, often with the batting line-ups of both sides struggling for runs.
"If any visiting side is going to handle conditions, they would probably handle it better than others," Mitchell said of Graeme Smith's team.
"Their conditions are similar to ours. They've got similar soils and climate. It will be a fantastic battle."
"Australia has had some very complete and competitive teams over the years with not too many weaknesses, but when you talk about weaknesses, there's not too many in that South African team. Both teams have quality attacks so it's the batters who will tell the tale," Mitchell said.
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