Phangiso appreciates alliance with Tahir

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Left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso is eager to develop a burgeoning partnership alongside leg-spinner Imran Tahir across the remainder of South Africa's ODI tri-series against Zimbabwe and Australia.

Left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso is eager to develop a burgeoning partnership alongside leg-spinner Imran Tahir across the remainder of South Africa's ODI tri-series against Zimbabwe and Australia.

Tahir and Phangiso have shared five wickets through this month's tournament. Opportunity to build on this tally will beckon on Tuesday, when the Proteas will clash with the Australians at the Harare Sports Club.

"Tahir and I have come a long way. We played at the Titans and also at the Lions together so we get on well together. We are always planning when training in the nets, talking about what we both want to achieve with our game plans," said Phangiso.

"When we bowl together we work in partnerships and there is a lot of planning when we work together. I know I have been labelled more as a containing bowler and Tahir as more of a wicket-taker. Those are some of the things we discuss, if I can keep it tight at one end he is allowed to capitalise with his variations from the other end."

The Proteas are effectively preparing for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, where a pool lined with staunch opposition – India, West Indies, Pakistan – will present Phangiso and company a tough challenge.

"I hardly think about it, the World Cup. I just want to get game time, which is what most players want. If I play well and put the performances in everything should take care of itself. This is the first lengthy run that I have got with the team so I'm focused on doing well in this series," added Phangiso.

"I have been with the team for a while and have been waiting for chances to play. This is probably the longest run that I have had with the team, so it was important, from a confidence point of view, to do well. It was important to prove to myself that I can handle cricket at this level."

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