Proteas eyeing prized away series win


The Proteas have the opportunity to claim another prized series win away from home when they take on Bangladesh in the second T20 International at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Tuesday.

The win will be a big tick for the young squad in tough conditions, and a timely confidence boost ahead of the One-Day International (ODI) series starting on Friday. South Africa leads the two-match series 1-0.

Proteas bowling coach, Charl Langeveldt, says he has been impressed with the attitude and nous of the selected bowlers on tour, and expects them to take valuable lessons from the experiences of playing on the sub-continent.

“I haven’t been working a long time with the boys, it’s also quite new to me,” he admitted. “I’m trying to enhance their skills when they are bowling, so for me it’s about sharing my knowledge from when I played on the sub-continent. Over time and looking ahead to the T20 World Cup the main thing for us will be to improve on our skills, it’s a work in progress. We have a young attack, it’s always nice to work with younger players; they are good listeners and ask good questions.

“Any international game is a hard contest, we always want to win,” he added. “With the T20 World Cup being in India next year we came here with the hope of giving the players a good experience in these conditions. They executed really well yesterday.”

The former Proteas seamer, with 72 ODI caps, stressed the importance of merging game plans to the situation of the match, but still singled out pace and aggression as South Africa’s key strength. He expects the hosts to come back hard following Sunday’s defeat, and also anticipates a 10 percent lift from the Proteas’ game.

“We need to be aggressive,” Langeveldt said. “That’s our game plan, we want to be aggressive against the Bangladeshi batsmen. We don’t bowl that many bouncers, you are only allowed to bowl one, it’s the follow-up ball that our guys executed well. When we come to the sub-continent we try to use our aggression; that is our strength. Yesterday it worked for us, on another day it might not work, we need to adapt in the moment.”