Blue Label Telecoms Proteas captain, JP Duminy, has admitted that his side was “blown away” in their seven-wicket defeat to Australia in the second T20 International at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. The Proteas failed to follow on from Wednesday’s dominant performance, and were outplayed by a determined Australian outfit.
“I think first and foremost we were blown away in our batting performance,” Duminy admitted after the match. “Wickets are always going to slow the rate down and we kept losing them at crucial stages; every time we tried to build a partnership or at a stage where we wanted to take on a little bit more. If you are only scoring 100 runs it’s never going to be enough. We have a lot to think about and to chat about ahead of the final match.
“In some ways I’m happy that we experienced this,” he added. “It was all bells and whistles after the first game, everyone was on a high so it’s good to experience this, especially as a young side. We need to come back stronger on Sunday.”
Duminy was hesitant of forecasting team changes for Sunday’s match at the Stadium Australia in Sydney, and insists the selected XI will have a valuable opportunity to test their skills under the pressures of a series-decider.
“I’m not too sure right now,” he said of changes for Sunday’s match. “We definitely need to look at which direction we want to go. Even though it’s at one-all, it’s still a great opportunity for guys to play under that pressure, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we have to make changes. One game doesn’t determine a guy’s fortune in terms of playing for South Africa. We will look at what combination is going to be best suited for Sunday.”
The skipper was impressed by Australia’s stars with the ball, Cameron Boyce (2/15 in four) and Pat Cummins (1/11 in four), and says the team will need to come up with ways to counter the pair in Sunday’s clash.
“The wicket had a lot of carry and pace in it,” he said. “He (Cummins) was always going to be an X-factor bowler for them on this wicket. He did exceptionally well, yes he didn’t take a lot of wickets but he kept it tight and made it difficult to score off him. He is a skilful bowler, he has been around for a while and has been hampered by injuries but he is coming back stronger.”