Proteas can get well-earned rest

The Citizen (KZN) - - OPINION -

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.

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