De Kock: Proteas must get better at fighting back

29 Février, 2020, 12:40 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Steve Smith

Australia thrashed the hosts South Africa in the series-decider T20I at Cape Town on Wednesday (26th February) night and won the three-match T20I series by the 2-1 margin.

On the face of it, De Kock, 27, has been handed an nearly impossible task.

Jhye Richardson could make his first global appearance in 11 months this weekend but the paceman has missed selection in Australia's one-day squad for its home series against New Zealand in March.

"I was still calm the whole way", he said, citing confidence in the knowledge his players understood if they stuck to the basics they could prevail in a tight finish.

While the victory may not completely erase memories of the ball-tampering scandal, it might soften them for Warner and former captain Steve Smith, another man involved in the drama two years ago and who also made his return to Newlands on Wednesday.

Watch the QANTAS Tour of South Africa LIVE & On-Demand with no ad-breaks during play on Kayo. Jhye has earned his place after the hard work he has done to get back into his best form after serious injury.

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And Finch praised both his improving touch game and his meticulous planning, suggesting that his attention to detail is "as good as anyone I've played with".

Among the Australian bowlers, the left-arm spinner Ashton Agar (3/16) and the left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc (3/23) bagged three wickets each. "Of course, the ODI World Cup is still far away, I think when we start rebuilding our ODI team there has to be time and we have to start somewhere", said de Kock. "We have every confidence in their capabilities and potential, which is why we have backed them to take on the task of playing this formidable Australian side".

Returning to the scene of their sandpaper nightmare, Warner (57 off 37 balls) and Smith (30no off 15) starred with the bat before Australia bowled out the lacklustre Proteas for 96 in response to their 193-5.

Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Janneman Malan, JJ Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Verreynne, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje, Lutho Sipamla, Keshav Maharaj.

The heavyweight combination of Warner and Finch at the top of the order is a key reason why Australia are starting to look ominous ahead of the World Cup.

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