Hall senses confidence returning to South Africa

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Andrew Hall intends to help restore pride and respect to South African cricket as they prepare for their NatWest Series opener with England at The Oval.

Hall admits complacency may have crept into his country's performances, culminating in their early exit from this year's World Cup on home soil.

But the Worcestershire all-rounder senses a new enthusiasm in the squad who will begin their campaign under their new captain, Graeme Smith, against Michael Vaughan's side tomorrow.

Hall believes South Africa are coming to the boil at just the right time after an impressive series of build-up matches - although their bowling is still in need of improvement.

"The guys have really stuck to it and are trying now to build on the base that we have set, of bringing the passion and respect back into the side."

Hall also believes that Smith - who replaced Shaun Pollock as captain after the World Cup - will now be more at ease in the role after his debut tour of Bangladesh. "I am sure you will see the captain come to the fore," he said. "On the first tour he was still finding his feet. He is now a lot more confident in his position, and the guys have really gelled on this tour."