Blow ’em over



June 24, 2016
Blow ’em over

Proteas speedster Rabada. CREDIT: Sourced

Coach Langes believes speedsters will book Proteas’ place in final.

Proteas assistant coach Charl Langeveldt believes pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada and company can bowl South Africa to the final of the tri-series in the Caribbean.

South Africa cross swords with hosts the West Indies tonight (7pm) in what is effectively a semifinal in Barbados, with Australia already through to the decider.

And Langeveldt, who took over from Allan Donald as bowling coach of the national team last year, says his department has the confidence to get the Proteas over the line.

Langes explains: “From a bowling point of view we are confident as an attack, especially the seamers.

“We have had the odd blip with the no-balls but that’s cricket, you are going to get that.

“The wides and no-balls have been a big improvement from the T20 World Cup where we were sloppy.”

Explaining what he did to bolster the bowling unit’s confidence, the former swing bowler says: “When I arrived I made it a conscious effort to uplift our skills, especially in ODI and T20 cricket.

“It has come up in leaps and bounds but it still remains a work in progress.

“In the nets I try to encourage the players to work on their various sets of skills.

“Hopefully in a few months we will get to a point where everyone has a different slower ball, everyone can bowl a slower ball bouncer, that is the ultimate.”

Having had two days off to prepare for the clash against the Windies, Langes says the team is energised and ready to take the field against the islanders.

He adds: “The two days off have given us a breather, conditions are warm here so if you practice every day you will get dehydrated and your energy will be low.

“Our big thing is to keep the energy levels high…”

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