Wed. Sep 23rd, 2020

Cricket World Cup: Proteas expecting a fresh challenge in Bangladesh

Quinton de Kock SABC Cricket World CupThe Proteas need to prepare for Bangladesh as a separate match and move on from the mistakes of the England encounter.

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The Proteas feel that Bangladesh will provide a completely different set of challenges to what they faced in their opening match against England.

South Africa lost the World Cup opener by 104 runs but hope that experience of the Oval conditions will give them the edge over the Tigers.

Bangladesh come into the tournament in good touch having gone through a tri-series involving the West Indies and Ireland in early May unbeaten.

Proteas wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock said the team could only learn from their mistakes and prepare for the future.

“We know what is happening with the wicket now, so we should improve,” he said.

“But, saying that, we are against Bangladesh and we know how well they can play. They are a good team also. We will go back and assess from there.

“This is just the beginning. It is not how you start a tournament; it is how you finish it. We started a long time ago.

“We will go back to the drawing board and talk about what we can do better and what we did well.

“England had us under the pump from the start with bowling and batting. They are a good team. Now we must get ready and get back for Bangladesh.”

De Kock lamented the loss of Hashim Amla to a knock to the head early in the Proteas innings which he felt triggered a mini-collapse that left the team chasing the game.

“When Hash retired, it is almost like losing a wicket even though he was not out. That was tough and then we lost Aiden [Markram] quite early,” he said.

“We knew it would be tough for us and then Faf [Du Plessis] also went early. Jofra bowled outstandingly, with good wheels and then at the other end Chris Woakes hit a good length.

“He [Archer] is the type of guy who is always looking to get wickets up front so we were trying to nullify that. Rassie and I were trying to bat through it, we were not worried about the score – we knew we could catch up.

“It is a good wicket and the outfield is fast. We wanted to see how far we can go. We lost wickets at the wrong time and that did not help us.

“We had a good partnership but we just kept losing wickets.”

Bangladesh and South Africa have met twice before in Cricket World Cups. South Africa won the first meeting in 2003 while Bangladesh triumphed when they met in the 2007 World Cup.

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