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Proteas have to hit the ground running in Jamaica

───   MORGAN PIEK 08:36 Fri, 17 May 2024

Proteas have to hit the ground running in Jamaica | News Article
JP Duminy - Gallo

“You know, as South Africans, we know, we are a resilient country, but when you think about a short turnaround in a three -match series within four days, you're going to have to make sure that you arrive and put in a good performance from game one.”

The Proteas will be targeting a fast and strong start to their three-match T20 International series against the West Indies in Jamaica next week.

The Proteas as well as the Windies will use the series to fine-tune for next month’s ICC T20 World Cup that will be played in the Caribbean as well as the USA.

The Proteas will face the Windies in three matches within a four-day period and that leaves little or no time to prepare, and all of that will have to be done while they are still in Pretoria.

The Proteas batting coach, JP Duminy, said they will have to be on song from ball one and preparing beforehand will be key to success in Kingston.

“Yeah, it's an interesting one. You know, when you think about Jamaica, it can vary in terms of conditions, but from a tactical point of view, spin is obviously a big player in terms of how it impacts the game, particularly in power play.

“So that's something, particularly as a batting group, that we're talking about and talking about options and how we're going to counter that. It is generally a field that, from a dimensions point of view, is shorter and straight.

“So how do we capitalize on that? So tactically, I think it's going to be a nice little battle for us with bat and ball. How do we throw the first punches? It’s always something that we talk about.

“You know, as South Africans, we know, we are a resilient country, but when you think about a short turnaround in a three -match series within four days, you're going to have to make sure that you arrive and put in a good performance from game one.

“So, this is a beautiful camp now that we're really just gearing up for that and making sure that it's not necessarily about preparation there. We've got to get onto that plane this weekend knowing that we are ready to play from game one.”

The Proteas will depart for the West Indies on the weekend and the first T20 International at Sabina Park will be played on Thursday.

Morgan Piek OFM Sport

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