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Hoggard predicts smooth sailing in second Test

          DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 24 (AFP): Fast bowler Matthew Hoggard believes England will comfortably win the second Test against South Africa which starts here on Sunday.
Michael Vaughan's men clinched the first Test of the five-game series by seven wickets in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday to take their winning sequence to eight Tests.
Now opening bowler Hoggard insists there is more to come from the tourists.
"If we improve by 20%, like I think we will, then we'll be comfortable winners again," Hoggard told the BBC.
"Before the first Test, they said they were going to come at us hard and be in our faces, but we didn't see that."
Despite his optimism, Hoggard still believes England should not underestimate Graeme Smith's South Africans.
"We're not writing them off yet," said Hoggard.
"They're going to make some team changes and come back at us, so they will be tough to beat in Durban.
"It will be interesting to see their selection for the second Test, but we can't worry about what they are going to do, only what we are going to do."
South Africa are set to recall opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs and spinner Nicky Boje for the Durban Test.
South Africa: Graeme Smith (captain), Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Rudolph, Jacques Kallis, Boeta Dippenaar, Hashim Amla, Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, Nicky Boje, AB de Villiers, Thami Tsolekile, Makhaya Ntini, Dale Steyn, Charl Langeveldt
England (probable): Michael Vaughan (captain), Marcus Trescothick, Andrew Strauss, Mark Butcher, Graham Thorpe, Andrew Flintoff, Geraint Jones, Ashley Giles, Matthew Hoggard, Simon Jones, Steve Harmison
Umpires: Darrell Hair and Simon Taufel (both AUS)
Television umpire: Karl Hurter
Match referee: Clive Lloyd (WIS)


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