SA A end Tour on a High
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Saturday, 15 May 2010
Temperament proved to be the key for South Africa A as they lifted the Tri-Series Trophy with a brilliant five-run win in the Final against West Indies A in Dhaka on Friday. The team peaked at the perfect time, after losing consecutive matches to the West Indies in the round-robin stages.
“We always knew that a big total would be needed in order for us to feel comfortable and the collective effort from the batsmen, led by Rilee’s (Rossouw) brilliant 80 off just 64 balls made it easier for our bowlers to attack. This was the game that mattered after we came short against them in the group stages and I’m delighted by the temperament the players showed to hold on to a tight win and the series win,” said coach Russell Domingo.
The Tri-Series tournament ended a successful tour for the squad, who also won the two unofficial test matches against Bangladesh A. The four weeks have been a stern test of character for the players and the results give a strong indication of the strength in the pool of cricketers below the Proteas.
“Preparation has been tough under extremely hot and humid conditions. It was a big adjustment for players as many of them have never played cricket in weather conditions such as these.
“This experience has certainly helped the younger guys and has been a wonderful learning experience for them, this is a great feather in their cricketing career. I’ve been impressed by how everyone has played. We had a talented squad on tour and they showed a tough attitude under challenging conditions.”
The most encouraging pointers to take from the tour will be the success of the younger batsmen coming through at Franchise level. Colin Ingram, Rilee Rossouw, Stiaan van Zyl and David Miller passed with flying colours on a tour which was for most, their first experience of cricket on the sub-continent. Ingram scored the most runs in the Limited-Overs Series (220) followed by Miller (195) and Van Zyl (189).
Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who was South Africa’s leading wicket-taker with nine wickets received valuable game-time ahead of joining the Proteas in the Caribbean for the Series against the West Indies starting on Wednesday. He was the pick of the South African seamers, in a bowling attack that was depleted by the injuries to Johan van der Wath, Vernon Philander and Quinton Friend. Spinners Paul Harris, Thandi Tshabalala and Dean Elgar excelled in spin-friendly conditions throughout the tour and played well together to form an attacking partnership in South Africa’s bowling line-up which was short of pace upfront.