EAGER TO LEARN: Proteas’ Aaron Phangiso. CREDIT: Sourced
Proteas spinner Aaron Phangiso wants to take a leaf out of the book of his West Indies counterpart Sunil Narine.

Narine had South Africa in a spin in the Tri-series opener in Guyana last week, bagging six wickets to claim the Man of the Match award as the hosts won the first encounter of the series.

And now Phangiso wants to follow suit when the Proteas face Australia today (7pm).

Aaron says: “He [Narine] is a great bowler. He has had consistent performances in the IPL and for the West Indies over the years so you can always learn from a player like that.

“The way he bowled on Friday showed the skill he has, you could see by the lengths and the strategy that he had in place.”

Of the pitch in Guyana, Phangiso adds: “It was very helpful to the spinners, we saw Narine taking a six-for for the West Indies and our spinners picked up six wickets between us.

“I’m quite pleased with my performance but there is still a lot of improvement to be done.”

After the disappointment of a four-wicket defeat, Phangiso can’t wait to help turn it around for the South Africans and says: “It’s great to play games back-to-back.

“It gives you a lot of confidence going forward, hopefully I can continue to get some game time and keep putting in worthy performances for the Proteas.”

The Proteas spin doctors will have to outdo the Aussies’ Nathan Lyon, young Adam Zampa and part-timer spinner Glenn Maxwell. The trio took 7/58 as they skittled the Windies out for 116 on Sunday.