IND vs. SA: Australia suits our fast bowlers, but they need to be aggressive, says Mark Boucher

South Africa head coach Mark Boucher thinks places in Australia will suit the Proteas bowlers but they will need to be aggressive to get the results at the T20 World Championship which starts later this month.

The former wicketkeeper also conceded it will be important to keep players physically and mentally fresh after back-to-back tours.

“Australia will suit our fast bowlers much better. We have good pace and momentum in our attack so we need to keep the aggression there.

“I think the last one-day game (against India) we played wasn’t aggressive enough,” Boucher said after his side conceded the three-game ODI streak 2-1 here on Tuesday.

South Africa have been away since July, touring the UK for a full series against England and playing T20Is against Ireland before heading to India for a six-ball game.

“For the T20 stuff to keep the boys fresh. We came straight to India from a long tour of England, a few guys played in the Caribbean league too.

“Keeping the guys fresh mentally and physically will be vital for management and myself to oversee them.” The Proteas lost both the T20I series and ODI series to India despite filling their team with full put up strength. They were ejected in the third ODI for 99, which they lost by seven wickets.

“Surprisingly, India’s bowling attack in the ODIs bowled with a lot more aggression than what we did. We talked about it and the way Anrich Nortje bowled tonight was a positive sign for me, especially in situations where that’s going to be very effective.” “I think we’ve learned some lessons and behind closed doors Doors had good conversations to talk about things where we can get better.

Asked whether South Africa, like India, should have fielded two separate teams for the ODIs and T20Is, Boucher said: “In a perfect world, yes”.

“We saw the benefits of that when the Indian team was fresh, bouncy and rearing up. Ours might have been a little tired.

“But it’s also difficult because we don’t have the depth that India has. We also had pressure to try and win every game. So we decided to stick with the squad that we thought could win games. But in hindsight it could have been a better option.”

Skipper Temba Bavuma has been out of shape since returning from injury and has also missed the last two ODIs due to illness.

“Temba Bavuma would try to get in shape ahead of the World Cup, unfortunately he fell ill. We still have two warm-up games. I think the conditions would suit his hitting style. We’ll try to get him fit for the World Cup.”

The players know what they have to do to qualify for the World Cup

After losing the two ODIs to India, South Africa now risks missing out on direct qualification. They are in a two-way race with Sri Lanka and need to win three of their remaining games against England and the Netherlands.

“It’s not ideal and the reason for that is that we didn’t have continuity in our ODI team and there were different reasons for that – players going to the IPL, COVID etc.” The games against Netherlands will probably come with the IPL collide.

“There were disagreements. In January the lads know what is required against England and the Netherlands and if we don’t know then we just have to accept that we have to play the qualifiers. We understand the situation we’re in,” Boucher said.



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