Cape Town - South
Africa 'A' coach Shukri Conrad admits they are not dwelling on their
One-Day Triangular series final loss to India 'A' earlier this week and
focussed on the two four-day games starting at the Tuks Oval in
Pretoria on Saturday.
hosts suffered a seven-wicket loss in the final, which came after a
solid overall campaign and the vastly changed side are now looking to
bounce back against the
starters, there is a new captain in the form of Aiden Markram, who has
just returned from his maiden Proteas tour, while the
squad also features
David Miller, Duanne Olivier, Dane Paterson and Andile Phehlukwayo, who
all played some role for the national side over the past few months in
Conrad says they are looking forward and not backwards.
had a really good one-day series despite us being beaten
comprehensively in the final," he said. "I thought the toss had a lot to
do with that, but overall I was
have a lot of new faces, a lot of fresh energy. There's a lot of
experience here around this four-day group, and if the recent training
sessions have been anything
to go by, then it's going to be a good couple of weeks."
also believes that the fresh faces were not the only thing that could
reinvigorate his squad. He believes that attitude is also key.
from the players mentioned, there are also other veterans determined to
do well in the series.
Players such as Stephen Cook and Dane Piedt are
also in the mix
and the coach says that all of them are determined to make an impact.
added: "I'm not sure if it's about the personnel necessarily, all you
ever want is hungry players, players that want to be here and players
that want to perform.
wanting to single anyone out, but for example if you take a David
Miller, who is a must-have anywhere in the world in any T20 side and
this is where he's chosen
to be. That says a lot about who David is at the moment and what he's
wanting to achieve going forward. I'm sure the rest of the guys will rub
off from that as well."
The first of the four-day games was moved from Willowmoore in Benoni to Pretoria earlier this week.
South Africa 'A' four-day team:
Aiden Markram (Titans, capt), Stephen Cook (Highveld
Lions), Junior Dala (Titans), Beuran Hendricks
(Highveld Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Titans), David
Miller (Knights), Duanne Olivier (Knights), Dane Paterson (Cape Cobras), Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), Dane Piedt
(Cape Cobras), Omphile Ramela (Highveld
Lions), Rudi Second (Knights), Jason Smith (Cape Cobras), Shaun
von Berg (Titans), Khaya Zondo (Dolphins).