Cape Town - Proteas head coach, Ottis Gibson, has praised his squad’s performances
during the limited-overs tour of Australia.
The Proteas won the one-day
international (ODI) series 2-1, and the rain-affected T20 International by
21-runs to close off a successful year of ODI cricket for South Africa.
have won three of the four series’ played in 2018; they beat Sri Lanka and
Australia away, Zimbabwe at home and only lost to India at home earlier this
for this year has been one of exploration and opportunity, with the 16 matches
played used as the platform to try out combinations and players. Gibson admits
his squad is not the finished product, but is satisfied with some of the
questions which have been answered throughout the year.
been an interesting year,” Gibson said following the T20 International against
Australia in Brisbane.
“We have been on this mission of discovery since I
started, we had 16 months to plan for the World Cup. We have played a lot of
different people trying to find different combinations and it feels like we are
finding some good solutions to some of the questions that we have had. All in
all it has been an interesting first couple of months in charge.”
unit - which has operated like a well-oiled machine- has been the highlight,
but it is with certain roles in the batting line-up and with the crucial
batting all-rounder where questions remain unanswered. Gibson says the return
of Hashim Amla and JP Duminy from injury will bolster the batting, an area that
continues to be fine-tuned.
always good to come to Australia and win,” Gibson said in praise.
nature are very competitive. To come here without some of our key men and win
is very rewarding. Around this mission of discovery; when you find some of the
stuff you are looking for, you need to start implementing it. That is what we
have done with the bowling attack, the attack has been outstanding. They did
well in Sri Lanka but to go a step further here was excellent. There are still
one or two questions around the batting that need to be answered but for the
most part the bowling and the fielding this series went up a notch.
bowling led us brilliantly with Dale (Steyn) back to his best bowling quickly,
aggressively and taking wickets. Lungi (Ngidi) and KG (Rabada) also showed some
real maturity, and Imran Tahir has always been our number one, we have left him
out in a couple of series to give Shamsi some experience, but he proved again
on wickets that didn’t necessarily suit him that he can have an impact on the
game. When you start to find your feet and play well you hope there are games
around the corner, but we have to wait until January for white-ball cricket,
but we have learnt quite a lot on this trip.
“A fit and
in-form Hashim will be a huge plus for us,” he added.
“The way JP played in Sri
Lanka was great, he has had his surgery and we are hoping he will be fit again
soon. Those two coming back in will make us even stronger. There are still a
few questions in terms of batting but we know that if we have all of our
batsmen fit those questions will be answered.”
Proteas’ next ODI assignment is a five-match series against Pakistan in January
next year, with the focus shifting to the Mzansi Super League (MSL) and the
first Test match against Pakistan at SuperSport Park on December 26.
“I will be
watching from home in the UK,” he said of the MSL.
“I will be coming in for the
match on the December 12 at Centurion and will also watch the
play-off match and the final. I am looking forward to it, there was a lot of
disappointment when it didn’t happen last year so it is nice to see it get off
the ground. Fingers crossed for it being a huge success.”