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Australia are coming off a 1-0 Test series win in Sri Lanka and a 2-1 limited overs series triumph against South Africa and have pinpointed their hosts’ lack of long-format cricket as a potential weakness. 

South Africa have not played a Test series in 10 months since they drew 1-1 at home to India in January.

“The reality is that, to be fair, Australia are better prepared than us and we have to find a way to be able to compete with them from day one,” Smith said.

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