Cape Town - Proteas all-rounder, Andile Phehlukwayo, says he thrives on the
responsibility given to him at the backend of an innings in the ongoing One-Day
International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka.
The 22-year-old had a slow start
to the series in the opening match, but behind the scenes work with head coach,
Ottis Gibson, led to an improved performance in the
five-wicket win in the second match in Dambulla on Wednesday.
3/45 in a spell highlighted by the clever use of variations – particularly
during the death overs - which helped to restrict Sri Lanka to a meagre score of
I went back to look at the footage with the coach to see if there was anything
I could have gained or improved on from the first match," Phehlukwayo said.
"I tried to
use a lot of variations towards the end, I tried to hit the deck a lot harder.
We had a good practice the day before the match and the guys were positive in
terms of coming hard at the batters. That taught me how to execute my plans
when the batsman is coming hard at me during the game."
big-hitting left-hander was also there at the death with the bat, and along
with fellow all-rounder Wiaan Mulder, held his nerve to take the Proteas across
the line in tricky conditions.
Phehlukwayo has shown he can win matches for the
Proteas under pressure before, notably with an unbeaten 42 in the chase against
Australia in Durban and his heroics under pressure against New Zealand in
Hamilton last year.
"It was my
first time coming out to bat this tour, it was a bit tricky, the first few
balls turned and ripped quite a lot," he explained.
"I got a lot of confidence
after playing the reverse-sweep shot which is one I quite enjoy. There is still
a lot of work that I still need to do on the side, getting used to the
conditions isn’t going to be easy. I really enjoyed it and I thrive on taking
responsibility and wanting to be there at the end. I was lucky enough to be
there at the end which is something I am proud of."