England in SA

England aim for consistency

2009-11-04 17:22
Luke Wright (AFP)
Bloemfontein - England must improve their consistency to have a realistic chance of beating South Africa in their five match one-day international (ODI) series, all-rounder Luke Wright said.

"I think consistency has been the problem with our one-day cricket for a while now. We have the ability to beat anyone on any given day but we have not always backed that up," Wright told reporters in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.

"It's something that (coach) Andy Flower and (captain) Andrew Strauss have spoken about and addressed, in the way we prepare, to try and get the consistency right. Hopefully this squad can start to do that."

England lost six out of seven one-day internationals to Australia following the Ashes test series but Wright said England could take heart from their performances in the Champions Trophy in South Africa during September and October.

England beat Sri Lanka and then South Africa in the group stage to knock the hosts out of the tournament, before losing their semi-final against eventual champions Australia.

"The challenge of playing South Africa is certainly up there. They are a good team and they have showed that over a long period now," Wright said.

"They haven't got too many weaknesses but as we showed during the Champions Trophy, if we play to our strengths, then we can compete with them. As a team there were a lot of positive things we could take away from the tournament but there is still a lot of work for us to do."

Wright said the unity in the England squad was one of the touring side's major strengths.

"We are a very close unit as a team and everyone is working very hard. If we prepare right I am sure we have got a fantastic chance of doing well in the series."

England's tour gets underway proper on Friday in Bloemfontein when they take on local franchise side the Eagles in a one-day warm-up match.

England will face the host nation for the first time on the tour, in a Twenty20 international, on Nov. 13 at the Wanderers in Johannesburg with the first ODI set for Nov. 20 at the same venue.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
Vote

Of the four South African born players in the English cricket side, who would you most like to have a beer with at the end of the series?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.