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Peaking at right time will be key to S. Africa winning Cup: Smith

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South African cricketers during the practice session at MAC Stadium, in Chennai on February 10, 2011 ahead of their February 12 ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up match against Zimbabwe.
South African cricketers during the practice session at MAC Stadium, in Chennai on February 10, 2011 ahead of their February 12 ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up match against Zimbabwe.

It's now or never for Graeme Smith in his last series as ODI captain and the Proteas skipper is keen to achieve what none of his predecessors has done by winning the coveted World Cup, which is to be held in India , Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from February 19 to April 2.

With an experience of 165 ODIs and a little over 6,000 runs with a strike rate of 82.70, Smith said peaking at the right time in the tournament would be the key to his team winning the Cup.

Talking to reporters after a practice session ahead of South Africa's first warm-up contest against Zimbabwe at the M A Chidambaram stadium here on February 12, Smith said the World Cup would be a "very tense and exciting" tournament.

"It's going to be a tense and exciting tournament. If we keep the confidence going and peak at the right time, we are capable of being successful," he said, exuding confidence of a good showing from his team.

Definitely, not winning any ICC event weighs heavily on his mind. Going by his own admission, he said keeping this in mind, the team has come with a lot of energy and preparation.

"There are many young players...a lot of fresh faces. The youngsters in the team are excited about the opportunity," he added.

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