Proteas fast bowler Lungi Ngidi says now that they got results off the field with their new team values at their culture camp in Skukuza, it’s time to win on the field.
The Proteas concluded a camp last week and Ngidi says: “We got straight to the point – we need to win games.
“Obviously, working out a formula on how to do that is always an on-going thing.”
Of the camp, Ngidi, who was the first Proteas star to come out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, says:
“Having left there, I felt we had discussed and reached the objectives of the camp.
“I felt happy leaving as a player, I understood everything a lot better.
“Everyone being on the same page puts us in a good position moving forward. A lot of things have been addressed. These shouldn’t be things that affect our performance on the field.
“Around the discussions surrounding transformation and race around the team environment, it was very uncomfortable in that moment obviously, but it was something that was needed to be done.
“A lot of guys shared their stories and how they felt from the different racial groups.
“You understand how people feel and with transformation, we also understand that it doesn’t come from the players, it comes from the system and that a lot of people needed to understand why it’s in place.
"And having these conversations and helping people understand why certain things are the way that they are, I feel, put a lot more people in a position of understanding.
“We all know that you play for SA on merit and not because of the colour of your skin. I think the greatest thing was helping everyone understand why.
“I feel like sometimes people are scared or embarrassed to ask, so being able to speak out in that environment really cleared up a lot of grey areas for a lot of people.”