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Pressure will be on Faf: Peter Siddle

AAP logoAAP 31/10/2016 Rob Forsaith and Justin Chadwick

Peter Siddle can't wait to resume his running battle with Faf du Plessis, declaring South Africa could crumble at the WACA if their stand-in skipper fails to fire.

AB de Villiers' elbow injury means du Plessis will lead the Proteas on Thursday, when the three-Test series starts in Perth.

Du Plessis averages 63.37 with the bat against Australia in Tests, including a memorable 110 not out on debut at Adelaide Oval in 2012.

Du Plessis successfully secured a draw on that occasion - much to the chagrin of Siddle, who had delivered a total of 63.5 overs in the match.

But this time it's going to be different according to the veteran paceman, who is licking his lips at the Proteas' inexperienced batting order.

"That's something we can exploit and really get stuck into," Siddle said.

"If we can apply the pressure to those senior guys, it's going to put a lot of pressure on their inexperienced ones.

"There's going to be a lot of pressure on him (du Plessis), trying to control their team ... it's hard as a young captain and no doubt he's going to feel that.

"That's something we've done well over the years ... target the captain. Get on top of them and the rest sort of crumble. It will be no different this series."

Proteas spearhead Dale Steyn made somewhat similar comments regarding Australia's batting order on the weekend.

"The bonus we have is that some of our inexperienced guys in the Test arena, they have played a lot of (first-class) cricket," Siddle said.

"They're going to apply a lot of pressure with their bowling. We know they love to talk about it, to talk it up. It's about us being switched on to counter that."

Siddle is the most experienced member of Australia's current squad and has played 12 Tests against South Africa.

The 31-year-old is desperate to make amends for the Proteas' previous two Test tours of Australia.

"The South African series, it's a very close rival to the Ashes for us," Siddle said.

"The fact we've lost the last two series on our home soil against them is something we want to change.

"Even though we go over there and beat them, it's not the same."

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