South Africa impressed by defeating a formidable England 2–1 in T20Is, which came on the back of a 1–1 scoreline in the rain-hit ODI series.
Now they will be hoping to build on that success against Ireland at the Seat Unique Stadium in Bristol, who have put in a stellar performance despite not having a result in their favour.
“I think it will be a new and exciting challenge for us. We played them in Ireland recently and we saw what they can do and they are definitely a team that is improving series by series.”
Markram said before the match, “We recently saw India (when Ireland played) against India and of course they are a team that you can’t take lightly.”
Markham further elaborated on what it will take for South Africa to continue their impressive run in T20Is.
“I think it’s just about us working on our plans, trusting the plans that we’ve got now and those that are working for us.
“We know that if we take care of our positions and play at the right intensity, with the right plans, hopefully that is enough to get us back on the line against Ireland.”
Due to the stellar form of some of his teammates, Markram made an appearance in only one of the three T20Is against England. Riley Rossouw, Reeza Hendrix and Tristan Stubbs were in excellent form, meaning they had to set aside their time.
When his chance finally came, he hit a decent half-century to show the strength the Proteas currently possessed.
“The form we saw from Riley, Riza and Tristan is exciting for us as a team and it creates some good competition between the team which is definitely something healthy for us.
“If I come after them I will play as the situation requires me, if they start well with good intensity it will mean coming in and matching that intensity and if not then adding more intensity.”
Markram concluded, “It’s great to have those guys in front of me in good form, guys getting their hands on different sports and that’s exciting for us as a team.”
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