Proteas can get well-earned rest
Proteas coach Ottis Gibson could not have asked for a better start to his new job than what his players delivered against Bangladesh over the past month. On Sunday in Potchefstroom, the Proteas powered to another dominant win over Bangladesh in the second and final T20 international to ensure South Africa won all seven internationals across three formats on the tour.
Since the moment Bangladesh arrived in the country, it has been one-way traffic. The Proteas thumped the tourists in both Tests – by 333 runs and an innings and 254 runs. Then, victories by margins of 10 wickets, 104 runs and 200 runs ensured they whitewashed Bangladesh in the one-day internationals, before two convincing wins in the T20s.
So what does it mean for South African cricket? For starters, the series saw the return of AB de Villiers, which is crucial. Most of the batsmen put in good time at the crease, while the depth of the bowling reserves were tested after the withdrawal of a number of frontline players. New players were also exposed to international cricket.
There’s a long break until South Africa host Zimbabwe in a four-day Boxing Day Test. For now, the Proteas can put their feet up after a job well done. They’ll need the rest with tricky home assignments against India and Australia to come.