Cape Town - South Africa A all-rounder, Andile Phehlukwayo believes that
their lack of preparation time in Australia for the first of two four-day
matches against the hosts was not a factor in their opening defeat at Brisbane
earlier this week.
The visitors suffered a heavy 197-run loss at the Allan
Border Field after being bowled out for just 163 on the final day.
Rising young star Phehlukwayo put the defeat down to
“I don’t think a lack of preparation was a factor,” he said.
“I think we were inconsistent, especially with the ball. Our line wasn’t
great and we bowled a bit too wide and I think that’s what cost us in the whole
The South Africans conceded 396 in the first innings and
then 248/7 declared in the second.
They replied with scores of 284 and the poor day four
display, of which Phehlukwayo contributed an impressive 55 from just 79 balls.
“I think I changed my game-plan, I decided to be a bit positive
and take the game to them,” the Sunfoil Dolphins player said in reference to
top-scoring. “There was a lot of mental preparation before and I think that
helped me quite a lot.”
The match was also the South African players’ first taste of
pink ball action and provided them with invaluable experience for the future.
The Standard Bank Proteas will play their first ever Day/Night Test using the
pink ball during their tour to Australia later this year.
Phehlukwayo, admits it was a big adjustment for him.
“The experience with the pink ball on that first day was
pretty hard,” he explained. “It wasn’t easy, definitely with the ball, the seam
gets soft very quickly and I found that difficult because you need the seam to
be hard for control.
“Up front the swing is good, but after 10 overs or so it
gets easier for the batters. Regarding the conditions at night, that will be
quite difficult to tell because we haven’t experienced it.”
The second match of the series begins in Townsville on
Saturday and Phehlukwayo was adamant there will be a reaction from the tourists.
“I definitely think we can level the series,” he added. “I'm
very confident in our team. We just have to start well, we have to be
consistent and we have to be at the highest level. We’ll have to apply
ourselves better with bat and ball and I know we can definitely beat them.”