The Standard Bank Proteas T20 squad have challenged themselves to continue with the same dominant performances from the Test and ODI series when they take on Bangladesh in the first KFC T20 International in Bloemfontein on Thursday. The squad has a new look and feel with a number of fresh faces, who will all be hoping to make an impression on new coach, Ottis Gibson.
JP Duminy comes in to lead the side in the absence of Faf du Plessis, after last captaining the side in a 2-1 series defeat to Australia in 2014. Duminy made clear the squad’s goals and objectives ahead of the first match at the Mangaung Oval, which will introduce the newly installed LED lights for the first time on Thursday evening.
Duminy says although Bangladesh have struggled to match up to the Proteas in all of the matches on the tour so far, they will have a stronger case in the shorter explosive format.
“ The shorter the format the closer teams come together,” Duminy said to the media on Wednesday. “ Bangladesh are a formidable T20 team, we expect a fierce competition in these two matches. The goal for us, as it would have been in the Test and the one-day series, is to win the series 2-0, that will be our main focus.
“ There are two ways to look at it,” he said of the visitors’ approach. “It can be a dangerous thing because they have nothing to lose. Or they could have one foot on the plane ready to go home. Tomorrow will determine that. The main focus for us as a team is on what we want to get out of this series.”
Hollywood Bets Dolphins all-rounder, Robbie Frylinck, is the only debutant in the squad, which features a host of players looking to breakthrough in the limited-overs format. The selectors look set to continue with the same trend of giving players opportunities, which has successfully unearthed a new crop of players for the future this past month.
“It’s a great opportunity for him if he gets the go ahead,” he said of Frylinck. “It doesn’t matter at what age you come in, he has come in with a lot of experience and has played many games for his franchise. The experience is there, the key for him is to execute those skills under this type of pressure.
“ This is the platform where we all get tested,” he added. “ This is the highest platform where players want to play, if you can test your skills here and come out on top, this is the place where you want to play.”
The match is scheduled to start at 18h00 local time. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketpros.co.za
Standard Bank T20 International squad: Hashim Amla (WSB Cape Cobras), Farhaan Behardien (Multiply Titans), Quinton de Kock (bizhub Highveld Lions), AB de Villiers (Multiply Titans), JP Duminy (WSB Cape Cobras, capt), Robbie Frylinck (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Beuran Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), David Miller (VKB Knights), Mangaliso Mosehle (bizhub Highveld Lions), Dane Paterson (WSB Cape Cobras), Aaron Phangiso (bizhub Highveld Lions), Dwaine Pretorius (bizhub Hughveld Lions), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans).