New Delhi: South Africa’s off spinner Johan Botha said on Monday that his team aims to qualify for the quarter finals in Cricket World Cup 2011.

"I think in 2003 and 2007 we were the favourites. This time there are not a lot of expectations...but still within the team we believe we can go all the way in the tournament. So that's nice. We need to get into the knock out round and if we have a few good games we can end up with the trophy," Botha told reporters after his side's first practice session at the Services ground here.

Just before the World Cup, South Africa defeated India 3-2 in a five-match ODI series back home and Botha said it was a morale-boosting series win for the Proteas.

Botha said so far the team's preparation for the cricketing extravaganza went off well but he expected a low and slow wicket for their tournament opener against West Indies at the Feroze Shah Kotla.

Asked about the type of wickets he was expecting throughout the tournament which is being co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, he said, "In South Africa, obviously, it turns a lot less, so it is hard to ball there.

"But there will be bit more assistance for the spinners and we can play more attacking role. In South Africa we try and keep the game tight and restrict the other team. Here we have more chance to get wickets."