Pro­teas need a new plan – Polly

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Ken Bor­land

Cricket South Africa are fever­ishly cel­e­brat­ing the Mzansi Su­per League at the mo­ment but England ar­rive in less than a month for their Test se­ries and that is go­ing to make the Pro­teas wake up and smell the cof­fee very quickly.

But for­mer cap­tain Shaun Pol­lock be­lieves there are some things the be­lea­guered na­tional team can do to give them­selves a chance against the third-ranked Test team.

Pol­lock said the Pro­teas need to take on England on good bat­ting pitches and they need to fo­cus on their own strengths and do­ing the basics well.

“In the last cou­ple of years we’ve seen some iffy sur­faces here and the plan def­i­nitely needs to be for good sur­faces.

“The Pro­teas need to plan around the strength of their team, and Ver­non Phi­lan­der, Kag­iso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi are our strength. With no AB de Vil­liers nor Hashim Amla, the bat­ting is very in­ex­pe­ri­enced and you need to give the weaker part of your team the op­por­tu­nity to per­form.

“Good sur­faces that don’t do too much will al­low the bats­men to build con­fi­dence to sur­vive.

When I took over as cap­tain, the pub­lic had also lost faith in the team but we at least had the same per­son­nel and work-ethic.

“So we con­cen­trated on our strengths – be­ing the best field­ing side, our work ethic, fit­ness and stick­ing to the game-plan we came up with as a team,” Pol­lock said yesterday at the Gary Player In­vi­ta­tional at Sun City, where he is one of the celebrity par­tic­i­pants in the char­ity golf event.

“It’s about how the new team is up-skilling and they need help to step up in terms of good game­plans and pick­ing wisely. Soon there’ll be a di­rec­tor of cricket, even though we don’t re­ally know how that will work, but they need to be in the role quickly.” he said.

Pic­ture: Back­PagePix

BACK TO BASICS. Shaun Pol­lock looks for­ward to the up­com­ing Test se­ries against England and hopes the South African squad can get its house in or­der quickly.

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