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Proteas aim to keep it simple

2012-09-24 10:42

Cape Town - Proteas speedster Dale Steyn expects the bowlers to follow the same approach as they head into the Super Eight’s of the ICC World Twent20 starting in Colombo this week.

The conditions are expected to be different compared to those experienced in Hambantota, however Steyn backs the Proteas’ firepower and their ability to adapt.

“After playing in England on the slow decks I think we adjusted our game quite nicely there (England),” Steyn said.  “So if we go to Colombo it won’t hit us as a train smash.

“My game is not going to change, I’m still going to bowl 145 (km/h) or 150, whatever I can get it up to, whether it’s a slow deck or not, it’s still going to be tough.”

Steyn boasts one of the best economy rates of the tournament thus far, and has given away only 19 runs in the six overs he has bowled. His most impressive performance was against Zimbabwe, returning 1/9 in his four over spell. He is placed at an unusual 20th on the ICC T20 bowling rankings, only because he doesn’t play many International T20’s, a decision he feels will benefit the next tier of bowlers.

“One of the main reasons I don’t play a lot of International T20 cricket is purely because of the amount of other cricket that I play; one day cricket and Test cricket,” Steyn said.

“The other thing is that I’m really committed to the Proteas doing well. If I had to go and play International T20’s too you’d find guys like Parney  (Parnell) and maybe Lopsy (Tsotsobe), players that don’t play as much IPL cricket like I do, missing out.”  

The Proteas are enjoying two days off at the holiday town of Bentota in the south of Sri Lanka  and will return to Colombo on Tuesday to begin preparations ahead of Friday’s match.

“I think it’s highly important that you find time to get away from this game,” Steyn added.

“Gary (Kirsten) and Paddy (Upton) and everyone from the management are doing a fantastic job of finding time for us to get away from the game, especially when you have been away from home for close to 90 days.

“A few extra days of training is definitely not going to make us a better team after we have been playing since July.”

The Proteas have regained the No.1 T20 ranking following their successive victories in the Group matches and England’s loss to India.

Sport24

Comments
  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-09-24 10:51

    Go Dale!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Proteas!!!!!!!!

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-24 11:00

    Lovely.Looking forward to it very much.We a class outfit allround the park.Come on Proteas bring back the much needed silverware.

  • Jacques - 2012-09-24 11:15

    Makes sense...forever Proteas!

      Gloria Barlow - 2012-09-24 23:44

      Proteas !!!!!!! Flower Power !!!!!

  • richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-24 11:43

    “The other thing is that I’m really committed to the Proteas doing well. If I had to go and play International T20’s too you’d find guys like Parney (Parnell) and maybe Lopsy (Tsotsobe), players that don’t play as much IPL cricket like I do, missing out.” Well, that's one way of looking at it. Maybe KP should have argued that way - "Eng should let me play for the national side and do IPL as well. It gives the other Eng players a chance to do well when I'm not there. So, by playing IPL, I'm just showing my commitment to England doing well..."

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-24 12:34

      England fans that were interviewed after their team's "horror show" against India last night has conflicting opinions on the KP situation.There are those that are having a real go at the ECB for not including Pietersen in the World T20,a match winning player at that,and there were those who said that he underminded his team mates doing what he did with the texts that he sent out and all that and therefore should never be allowed back into the England set up again because of it regardless of what happens to England in this tournament. Some say him not playing last night has nothing to do with their dismal and dreary performance against India.Nobody plays as bad as that against spin bowling.It was terrible to watch.KP would've made a difference had he been picked to play or them I reckon.

      Granville Paulse - 2012-09-24 15:17

      Richard all i can say is, thank you very much Clive Rice for convincing this d005 to go over to England. Great contribution to SA cricket.

      UNITY - 2012-09-25 07:32

      Spin will rule the end of the tournament.. SA need to play it well under pressure.. See how england choked wihtout KP...all depends on what the wicket can offer\r\nOn the day!!!!

  • david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-09-24 13:38

    I am feeling good about this tournament. England and New Zealand have shown that they don't have the quality to consistently win to go all the way. I am still not convinced by India, they are prone to have bad games and all it takes is one in knockout games. Australia are not that great a side, they rely too much on Watson. West Indies are still a dark horse, they have a few match winners in their squad and all it take is one of them to fire. Not my bet but they can surprise. Only SA, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are real contenders in my opinion. Go Protea's!!

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-09-24 14:24

    Lets hope Steyn is not too confident. A win against either India or Pakistan will give them a real good chance to qualify. A few days rest is a good idea by Gazza

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-09-24 16:50

    Between Dale, AB, Hash and Vern SA will be the flagship team for years to come!!!!!!!!! Forever Proteas!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • marc.grondein - 2012-09-25 08:11

    This is the best team we have ever had,with a bit of luck we can go all the way.

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