OUR TEAM LACKS EXPERIENCE: SA COACH
By: Lucky Khanyile
The South African A Team cricket coach, Vincent Barnes blames inexperience after the team lost to Australia A on Thursday.
The match took place in Darwin where the Australians won by 6 wickets, giving a cricketing lesson to their South African counterparts along the way.
When talking to Journalismiziko, Vincent Barnes admitted that the team lacks experience and loses concentration. He saw this as the reason for the team’s loss.
“We have a young squad and they still have a lot to learn in terms of concentration,” said coach Barnes.
He emphasized that the batting has to be on point throughout as the line-up collapsed in the later stages of the match.
“It is important that we bat well. We have had good starts but collapse in the middle order also,” added the former Proteas’ bowling coach.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bowl first, imposing their seam attack quickly.
The visitors struggled to make partnerships with their biggest partnership score being 35 runs. Aaron Phangiso showed some resistance with a useful 40 runs from 35 balls.
The coach promised to work on building partnerships as he sees the failure to do so as a key reason for their defeat.
“It’s important to build an innings with wickets in hand with one or two big partnerships,” said Barnes.
These youngsters are being groomed for the Proteas in the future and the coach believes they have what it takes to play on the big stage.
“I will not put unnecessary pressure on these young cricketers but 11 cricketers have gone to play for the Proteas in the past two years,” said Barnes.
The SA A team is at the bottom of the table after three games with only 4 points and just one win.