Cape Town - The Proteas have been
rewarded for their consistency with a four-place jump to No.2 on the ICC T20
rankings following their 2-0 series win over England.
The win also extended the team’s record over the last 12
months to eight wins from nine matches played.
Proteas captain, Faf du
Plessis, says the squad’s consistency is a positive marker ahead of the ICC
World T20 in India next month, which he feels South Africa will enter with a
‘well-balanced’ squad brimming with confidence.
"I honestly don’t feel that
we have a hole in our team," he said after the match on Sunday.
"I don’t feel
that there are any weak areas, I feel that we have a well-balanced squad of 15
players and the 11 that are playing at the moment are doing really well. What
you look for from players as a captain is consistency and our consistency in
T20 cricket over the last two years has been excellent.
"It’s great that we are
winning. We will take a week off to rest, it has been a long series
against England, then we will come back against Australia and still try to
improve and gain some momentum leading up to the World Cup."
The Proteas are hoping to
welcome back Dale Steyn for the three-match series against Australia starting
in Durban on March 4, with the speedster set to play in a club match in Cape
Town on Saturday to test out his shoulder after nearly two months on the side
Du Plessis and the management will be pleased with the efforts from the bowling
attack without Steyn’s experience, with Kyle Abbott and Kagiso Rabada leading
from the front along with the masterful skill of man-of-the-series, Imran
"We learnt the lessons from
the previous game," Du Plessis said of his bowlers.
"We didn’t start well in
the previous game but today we were excellent. In the first three or four overs
we set the tone beautifully with KG (Rabada) and Abbott.
"England played well
along with some bad execution from our part, and to bring it back like we did,
to go for six overs for 30-odd runs along with six wickets is unheard of in T20
"It means a lot for us as a death bowling unit, it’s something that we
have worked hard on and it’s something we pride ourselves on, having great
options at the death.
"For me it’s about trying to
improve as a team. We are getting better with the mistakes that we
make and the areas that we want to get better at, and there is still a lot of
improvement to come as a team."
The Proteas will begin their
preparations for the series against Australia in Durban on March 1.