Winning formula

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November 18, 2016
Winning formula

PROTEA FIRE: South Africa celebrate in Australia

Zondi: The best represented South Africa, regardless of any target or colour.

Proteas selection boss Linda Zondi believes that the team’s fire is back because the players know what their job is.

South Africa have hit form since their tour of New Zealand, whitewashing Australia 5-0 in their recent ODI series.

And after convincingly beating their hosts Down Under in the first two of three Tests, Zondi is confident that they have the right formula to complete another cleansweep.

He says: “I don’t think we are going to change much.

“That’s one thing from a selection panel that we try to maintain – to make sure we don’t fiddle around with the squad too much.

“It’s important that we maintain the stability of the squad and the structure of the starting XI.”

But he is not getting carried away ahead of the final Test in Adelaide and adds: “One thing I have learned in this position as convener of selectors is that it’s a thankless job.

“You have to understand the position you hold. Either way, there will be issues.

“There will be hard times going forward. I’m happy with the team, the environment, the players and the way they have performed for us.”

Zondi is also impressed with the rise of Kagiso Rabada and Temba Bavuma and the introduction of spinner Keshav Maharaj.

The former KZN wicketkeeper says: “The board makes policy, and our role is to implement those policies.

“When we got to the stage where the policies were passed, we were in the position where the best represented South Africa, regardless of any target or colour.

“All the players deserve to be there and we’ve got young guys that are coming through to add to the senior squad.”

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