Cape Town - The Proteas are
building up for one last fight as they prepare for the fourth Sunfoil Test
against England starting at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.
The squad held
their first practice session on Tuesday afternoon with a few fresh faces and
renewed hunger to finish off the series positively.
One positive to come from the
seven-wicket loss at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium this weekend was Kagiso
Rabada, who claimed his maiden Test five-for with figures of 5/78.
20-year-old continues to make impressive strides on the international scene
with every match he runs out in, and has maturely adopted to take the good
results and the disappointing performances all in his stride.
“There are always going to be
up and downs in cricket and in life,” he said to the media at SuperSport Park
in Centurion on Tuesday.
“The good times will come and we will look back at the
tough times and think ‘look where we were and look where we are now’. It
happens to everyone, unfortunately it is happening to us right now but we have
to stick together as a team and stay positive."
“It’s always nice to try and
help the team, that is all I do,” he said of his five-for.
“It would have been nice
if we had also won the Test match. We are trying to stay positive, that’s the
main thing. We have another match starting here on Friday."
“It was even more special
getting the five-for at my home ground, the Wanderers,” he added.
memorable achievement and milestone. I always just try to do my best and to
help the team, I try to stick to my game plans and the team’s game plans and
luckily it paid off.”
Rabada says the mood in the
camp remains upbeat and determined, despite the disappointing performances on
“There is another game to
play, we have to look to the future,” he said.
“We are trying to stay positive,
there is another match starting on Friday and we are going to rock up and play
hard. We are not going to throw in the towel, it’s unlike us to do that.”