The players traveled from Bristol to Canterbury over the weekend to begin their red-ball preparations after a hugely successful journey so far.
They drew their rain-hit ODI series 1–1 against the hosts, which they defeated 2–1 in the three-match T20I fixture. Ireland then won the two-match T20I series 2–0.
Speaking ahead of the practice match, Test captain Dean Elgar said that the inclusion of players who were part of those limited overs games was a big positive for the team.
“He has got a lot of confidence to get into the set-up and it is almost like a breath of fresh air,” he told the media on Monday. “Knowing that he has done so well playing here last month, it’s great for us. It gives us good resources, lots of options and information that we can use to best prepare to go into the series.” Huh.”
Many players in the Test team also have strong experience of playing county cricket in England. Elgar believes that this will also greatly benefit South Africa.
“I think those options are fantastic for us,” he said. “I think we are ticking the boxes in the right nature, people are playing country cricket here right now and doing very well in the games that they have played. It is a big deal for us going into this Test series. property. From the point of view of circumstances.”
Elgar also provided an injury update regarding Kagiso Rabada, who missed his most recent white-ball matches due to an ankle problem.
“He (Rabada) has bowled ever since we started our camp in Canterbury. Obviously with regards to the workload, I think the biggest concern is whether he is able to deliver the intensity and quality of a day’s game. Can propel himself through a test match with the amount of overs.
“For now he’s doing all the right things. I can’t say yes or no yet, but there’s still eight or nine days left in the first Test and he’s top of our list to fit him in and we need to do that.” Giving more options for the series.”
While Rabada has been on the mend, the Proteas have been strengthened by the return of Enrique Nortje in the Test squad. The fast bowler played his last match in 12 Test matches against West Indies more than a year ago.
“It’s great to have Ana (Nortje) back,” Elgar said. He said, “In the last one year he has gotten a little worse with his injuries. The way he is bowling in the nets and the way he has bowled in the white ball game is big for us.
“He brings a different aspect of speed to the table and in the UK if you have that type of asset, you need to use them.”
The three-match Test series against England starts on August 17 at Lord’s.
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