Adapting to different opponents has been tough – Andile Phehlukwayo

Faf Du Plessis instructs Andile Phehlukwayo of South Africa during the ICC Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and India at the Hampshire Bowl, Southampton on 05 June 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Faf Du Plessis instructs Andile Phehlukwayo of South Africa during the ICC Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and India at the Hampshire Bowl, Southampton on 05 June 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Proteas all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo says adapting to different opponents in every game has been one of the toughest aspects of competing at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

South Africa claimed their second win of the tournament this past weekend, comfortably defeating Sri Lanka, but will be headed home once they complete the group stage with a clash against Australia on Saturday.

“You’ve got to change your game plans and you’ve got to train differently because the opposition is not the same,” said Phehlukwayo after the win over Sri Lanka in Durham.

“It’s been my first World Cup and it was really tough but we’ve got to adjust. Because it’s international cricket, you’ve got to be able to adjust and execute.”

He added, “We’ve just been short at times. We’re are not far off. It’s just in patches that we’ve lost the game and that’s something in international cricket you can’t do or you don’t win games.

“You need to win those patches in important games and if you don’t it becomes really tough and you are chasing the game all the time. And you don’t want to be chasing the game.

“You want to be either on par or ahead of the game. That’s something we haven’t been very consistent in at this tournament. Hopefully, that’s something we will take with us and learn from.”