Cape Town - The Proteas are
motivated to continue with their proud record in pink when they take on England
in the fourth Momentum One-Day International at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium
The Proteas have won the last three ODI’s played at the Wanderers,
which were all played in pink, and will want to continue with that trend as
they look to level the five-match series 2-2.
“We have got a good record
here, not only in pink but in ODI’s in general at the Wanderers,” Proteas fast
bowler, Kyle Abbott said on Thursday.
“We will be looking to start from
scratch tomorrow and build those bases that got us to the big totals in the
past and to winning those games. It’s all a process, it doesn’t happen in one
or two overs, its happens over 50. The guys will be looking to do that and
hopefully we can keep up our record and put pressure on the series, which I
think is building more on them than us.”
The Proteas have set up
scores in excess of 300 in all the pink ODI’s, including the record-breaking
performance against the West Indies last year where AB de Villiers smashed the
fastest ODI century in 31 balls. The conditions this year look set to be just
as conducive, and Abbott insists it will be important to assess and adapt as
quickly as possible.
“It’s a very good pitch,” he
said of the Wanderers.
“The pace is usually quite consistent and we have seen
today there is a short side to the playing area so we will need to manage that
from a bowling and batting side. The altitude is also a factor, the ball
travels a lot further so there are a few things to take into consideration.”
Cricket South Africa and it’s
commercial stakeholders have set their sights on raising a R1 million with
initiatives on the day, with all proceeds going to the The Pink Drive in
support of the brilliant work the charity does around raising breast cancer
“It’s a fantastic cause,”
Abbott said of the match.
“It’s a great initiative that has been running for
the fourth year in a row. There are some targets that have been set, we are
looking to raise over R1 million rand tomorrow which will be fantastic.
“Most people have either been
affected of have people close to them that have been affected by the disease.
To go out there, to play and represent those people is quite an honour. It’s
not only another ODI but something with a bigger picture of life which is
amazing. Hopefully everyone can pull together tomorrow, dig deep into their
pockets, and raise some money.”