Cape Town - Proteas
fast bowler Kagiso Rabada says the squad will need to maintain a positive
mindset as they prepare for a series-defining performance in the third One-Day International (ODI) against India at Newlands on Wednesday.
Proteas trail India 2-0 in the six-match series, and need nothing less than a
perfect four out of four wins to lift the series trophy next week.
marathon winning streak will need to start at a happy hunting ground in Newlands, a venue where they have only lost five out of 33 matches played.
Rabada says that, although the squad has put in two below-par performances, the
mood and attitude in the camp remains positive and upbeat.
important that we keep speaking the right language in the team environment," he
said to the media at Newlands on Tuesday.
"We have to stay positive, we have
to get as much momentum as we can from this match, we are definitely not out of
wouldn't say that there are a lot problems," he said. "Sometimes when you do
badly it seems like a lot more is going wrong than what is really happening.
Failure is going to happen, hopefully in the next match we bounce back and get
ideal world and an ideal game a lot of players will score the runs and take the
wickets and sometimes you will get individual brilliance, we will take either
or," Rabada said when asked what is needed to win.
"We are experienced enough
to know that sports is a game of ups and downs, anything can happen on the day.
We need to go back, see where we are going wrong, calm down and then do the
business on the field. We are looking to turn the momentum over."
have been setback by the injuries to AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Quinton
de Kock, but will have an earlier than expected look at the potential of the
next tier of batsmen in their absence.
Titans wicket-keeper batsman
Heinrich Klaasen is set to debut behind the stumps, and comes in with
confidence and form after finishing as the third highest runs-scorer - 522 runs
at an average of 52.20 - in the recently concluded One-Day Cup.
give other players a chance," Rabada explained. "We have some players who have
been doing well at franchise cricket for a while. Those three names who have
dropped out of the team, they are irreplaceable at the moment, but this will be
an opportunity to widen the pool and for other players to experience
the match have been sold out. Play is scheduled start at 13:00.