THREE TO GO: BARNES
By: Lucky Khanyile
South African A team has won the first of their four-day unofficial Test match at Townsville against Australia.
The SA A team recorded their greatest victory over their Australian counterpart on 10 August. They won this test by a resounding eight wickets to claim a 1-0 lead of the series.
Coach, Vincent Barnes was thrilled that their plan worked wonders at the end of the day.
“Our strategy was simple as we wanted to apply pressure on Australia from ball one and this confused them which is why they were battling,” Barnes said.
The batting of the visitors seemed to be on point and well polished after they struggled in the Quadrangular one-day international. The hosts were trailing by 180 runs heading to the last day of the test match.
The former Proteas assistant bowlers coach laments their bowling as he feels it is a bit scrappy.
“We still got to be a bit more disciplined with our bowling especially when there’s not enough help from the deck,” said Barnes.
The team is without Mthokozisi Shezi who got a call up in the Proteas currently participating in Zimbabwe tour. The coach is proud of the player and wishes him luck and advised that he maintains his style.
“Keep it simple, back your skills and games plans,” he said.
The fast bowler of the SA A team Kagiso Rabada, was thrilled by his performance and acknowledged his teammates for his great game.
The 19-year-old took two wickets same as Marchant de Lange which is a great showing and promising play.
“It is obviously a nice achievement and credit must go to my teammates also for playing as a unit and sticking to the game plan of the coach,” he said.
“My main goal is to play for the Proteas as playing cricket is on top of my list and I am confident that will happen as it is every player’s dream to play for the first team,” said Rabada.
The second leg will take place from 14-17 of August in the same venue.