Town - Proteas allrounder Andile Phehlukwayo says
there is benefit in playing against Zimbabwe, despite the difference in quality
between the sides.
The Proteas had little trouble in
beating their southern African neighbours 3-0 in the recently-completed ODI
series, while attention this week turns to a three-match T20I series that gets
underway on Tuesday in East London.
With less than a year to go until
the World Cup in England, questions have been raised over how much the Proteas
can really grow from hosting Zimbabwe, who failed to qualify for next year's
But Phehlukwayo says that any
time playing competitive cricket is time well spent for the Proteas.
"The benefit of playing any
team is being on the field," He said.
"It doesn't matter who the
opposition is, the standards do not drop.
"I don't think it really
matters ... it is self-pressure and you have to put in the performance and the
"You pay respect to any team
you play against, because they could come and have a good performance. You
still have to execute your skills on the day.
"T20 is the type of format
where everybody is in the game, and it doesn't matter where you are ranked. You
just need two guys to perform ... it's an exciting format."
Play on Tuesday starts at 18:00.