Cape Town - The Proteas will have to adjust accordingly to
the unknown conditions at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom for the second One-Day International (ODI) against New Zealand on Sunday.
last match at Senwes Park was against New Zealand in 2013, where Ryan McLaren
hit a last-ball six to seal a consolation win in their 2-1 series loss.
Proteas will have a training session at the ground on Saturday afternoon, their
only assessment of the conditions ahead of Sunday’s match.
“I haven’t gotten a lot of favour from South African pitches
for the last few years since I started playing cricket, the pitches are flat
everywhere,” leg-spinner Imran Tahir joked.
“This is the first time that we
are playing cricket in South Africa at this time of the year and we have been
playing on good surfaces. For me as a bowler it makes you better, you will end
up going against your plans if you worry too much about the conditions. The
most important thing is to adjust really quickly and to stick to your plans.”
Tahir says the opportunities given to the fringe players
will benefit the system and says he thrives under the pressure to keep his spot
when he is rested for certain series’. He spoke fondly of the Proteas newest
leg-spinner, Eddie Leie, whom he says he has good variations and a long future
“I was very pleased with that, especially coming in after a
break,” he said of his performance on Wednesday evening.
“I was lucky that I
was playing for Nottinghamshire so that helped me keep me in the game in terms
of my cricket. I’m not one of those guys who wants to take a break, I always
like to play cricket, it keeps my game up. It was a great team effort, the
batsmen got us a good score and we bowled well as a team to get the win.
“The coaches know what they are doing, I don’t have any
issues with their plans,” he said.
“There are a lot of youngsters coming
up so it’s a good thing for them to get an opportunity. It’s good for South
African cricket for them to show what they can do.”
Former South African coach, Ray Jennings, hosted an intense
the fielding session with the squad at the Wanderers on Friday morning, a
welcome change-up for a squad that prides themselves on their fielding.
“It was a great session,” Tahir said.
took it very seriously, we are known as a nation as one of the best fielding
sides in the world so it was good for us to sharpen our skills. It’s very
easy to get into a comfort zone with fielding because we have such good fielders
but it a necessary session which helped to wake us up a bit.”