The Junior Proteas are looking to leave no stone unturned in their quest to secure a win against their neighbours. Wicket-keeper-batsman, Kyle Verrynne believes that the side has recovered from its defeat and is ready to continue with the job of defending the World Cup.
“We didn’t have the best start in this tournament, but I think our strategies and plans don’t really change,” he said. “There were a lot of things that we did well in the opening game but there were a few key moments that didn’t go our way. For tomorrow’s game, we will stick to our basics and I’m sure that that will get us a positive result.”
When asked whether they fancy their chances more because they are playing Namibia, Verreynne emphatically stated that it would not be in the team’s best interests to take anyone or any other side for granted.
“In a World Cup campaign, you can’t take any match for granted. Namibia come from a very good win against Scotland and they are on a high, whereas we are coming off a loss. It looks like it will be a very good game.
“We’ve worked on getting back our confidence in the last couple of days. We were obviously very upset by our loss against Bangladesh, but everyone is in a good space at the moment,” he concluded.
Bowling coach, Victor Mpitsang is satisfied with the preparation that has taken place building up to the second match.
“From a bowling perspective, I’m very happy with how the guys have trained,” he commented. “I’m happy with the areas that they have hit and I think their focus is much clearer. In the Bangladesh game, I was very happy with the way we bowled, there are of course certain areas that have been worked on looking towards tomorrow’s game.
“I think it’s also really important to not just look at the negatives, but applaud the positives as well. I think Smithy (Liam Smith) batted superbly for his hundred and if we can rotate the strike a little more, show a little more intent in the batting department we will go far.”
Mpitsang also strongly believes in respecting the opposition, no matter who it is. When asked if he believes that they have a sure win against Namibia is said:
“I don’t think there’s such a thing as an easy game in a World Cup. We’ve already seen Nepal beat New Zealand and New Zealand are known to be a pretty strong side. Every single game is important for us as a team, we need to build momentum going into the quarter finals so every game counts. We need to win this next one and then take it from there.”
South Africa’s match will start at 09:00 (local time). There is not broadcast of the match, but regular updates will be provided through CSA’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/cricketsouthafrica ) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/officialcsa) pages as well as the ICC U19 World Cup event pagehere.