Proteas bowling coach Charl Langeveldt wants to see paceman Kagiso Rabada control his aggression in the T20I series against Australia.
The series gets underway on Friday 21 February at Rabada’s home ground, the Wanderers.
Rabada expected to restore Protea fire
Selectors have backed pace in this series recalling Rabada and Anrich Nortje who were both rested for the T20I series defeat to England.
Rabada last played internationally in the third Test against England where he earned himself a one-match suspension due to an overexuberant celebration.
Langeveldt is confident that Rabada can channel his fire into producing world-class pace bowling performances.
“Kagiso is competitive by nature, he is a wicket-taker. We’ll definitely make him use a few bumpers but it’s also about him controlling the aggression. I back him to find a balance, being aggressive with lines and lengths,” Langeveldt said from the Wanderers as the Proteas put the finishing touches to their series preparations.
Langeveldt is hopeful that some time off will have helped renew Rabada’s focus and eased the pressure on the 24-year-old.
“Renewed focus is a good thing with a bit of a break. A 24-year-old, who’s playing for his country, is always under pressure,’ said Langeveldt.
“Hopefully he brings that pace as it’s always difficult to deal with at the back end of an innings. Hopefully, he’ll bring the energy as well.”
Death bowling failures
Langeveldt was disappointed with the Proteas death bowling in the series against England, especially in the two narrow losses.
“It was disappointing, especially with the scores we had. I thought we could have defended that but in saying that, not a lot of guys get into that position in domestic cricket,” Langeveldt said. “It’s a concern for me. It’s not good enough. In World Cups, you are going to get a lot of games like that. And if I look around the country, domestic cricket, the close games aren’t like it used to be.”
Langeveldt said that the Proteas were working hard in training to make sure their bowlers have the skills they need to win matches but ultimately, it was down to the individual to execute those skills under pressure.
“It’s training. The same way you train bowling length every day, with yorkers you have to train it,” he said.
“It’s when to release the ball.
“The big thing is to land it under pressure. You can execute it in the nets but it’s when you are in the game, you need to be able to.
“It’s sometimes difficult to coach that to a guy because he needs to figure it out for himself, once he is out in the middle. You can give him the tools, it’s what he does with them.”
Watch Rabada’s searing yorker from the 2019 IPL
Rabada has shown in the past that he can execute his skills at the death and his form could be key against Australia.