Cape Town - The Proteas bowlers will be looking to put in another
clinical performance in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) against New
Zealand taking place at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Wednesday.
skittled New Zealand out for their lowest total against South Africa (112) in
the third ODI in Wellington with a skilful master class of seam bowling.
Proteas fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada, says the current
rotation policy with the bowlers has worked in bringing out the best in the
The bulk of the wickets have been shared between Rabada
(4), Dwaine Pretorius (5), Chris Morris (4), Wayne Parnell (3) and Andile
Phehlukwayo (2), a ‘new era’ of pace bowlers who have stepped up in the absence
of veterans Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.
“I think we have been performing really well as a bowling
unit for some time,” Rabada said in Hamilton on Tuesday. “We are always
confident going into a game but never complacent. We know that the Black Caps
can come and get a victory over us tomorrow. They have all of the necessary
skill and talent to do it, but we are feeling confident. We are going to get
into the game with our minds in the right area, we are looking to put in
another clinical performance.
“It’s a really good thing,” he said of the rotation. “We are
in a good space with this new crop of players coming in. We have the luxury of
a lot all-rounders which gives balance to the team. We have to judge the
conditions on the day, some players will rest if the coaching staff feel that
they need a rest or if the conditions suit.
“They (selectors) don’t just manage on performance but also
give guys rest so that they can come back feeling stronger. With the chopping
and changing around it shows that everyone is capable of fulfilling their
A modest Rabada says he doesn’t see himself as the leader of
the attack, but rather thrives on the responsibility to execute his skills on
the day. He has acknowledged the need to manage his workload ahead of a busy
season, and will put his ego aside for the benefit of the team and country.
“I feel fine,” he said. “I feel like I am the main person
when it comes to judging how I feel, and truthfully as well. Sometimes you play
with niggles and sometimes you feel fresh. Sometimes niggles come and go away,
sometimes they stay a bit longer. The longer that I have played the more I have
learned to manage myself with the help of the medical team who give me advice,
which I take accordingly.”