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I do apologise not watching the toss for these games. It is because my Kayo subscription does not show them.
And these happen around 3am for night games & Sunday at 11pm AEDT.
So I will look at through how both Proteas and England go in this T20 series. It is great to have cricket back in SA this term.
England did play at home a while ago that is one advantage despite COVID. Credit to their government on their approval.
And Proteas have not played any cricket since March. Their last game was the 3 x 50-Over Series tour at home v Australia.
The Proteas may have continued to shine with the bat. Got to credit the first pick while England get to bowl/field.
Faf Du Plessis demonstrated plenty of safe and big strikes downtown. Two half tons in three games is not bad. I do not think he will slow down at age 36.
So does the other late bloomer of Rassie Van Der Dussen. He played like it is T20 material. That includes 74 runs off 32 attempts last night during game 3.
And the rest of the XI unfortunately not as consistent. They would have done better to support the earlier partnership. So they can safeguard it long enough with the bat.
It is not just the batting that needs Faf & Rassie’s help. But also the fielding and bowling departments as well.
The spinners looked okay in the first two games. But some of the quicks did not protect the target England need to chase.
They did not know soon enough what the batsman’s weaknesses are. So does giving freebies & targeting wrong areas.
It ultimately dictated the outcome this T20 Series. And the Proteas had to suffer three straight losses on account. They cannot be a half decent side from now on.
I am very content of how England created a style of batting. They read it well to know where the bad balls are. And they used the movement to whack one away.
It just never stops flying around downtown no matter how they chuck at them. That is their mantra of unlocking a good outcome. And guarantee them victories.
You see Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow have a decent left/right combo stand. They use the technical traits that confused the Proteas bowlers all night.
Bairstow and Stokes may have some inconsistency later on in Game 2 & 3. But England does not need to overload them.
Have a look at the English born, SA made Dawid Malan. He scored back to back 50s in game 2 & 3. I wanted Jos Buttler, who also done well last night to give Dawid the best send off. But it ran out of time.
It is still a team achievement though when we extend that to the bowling. It may not be on the same standard as the batting.
But at least they secured these key wickets. And England restricted the Proteas total in exchange of a easy target.
That gave enough information to light those batting tactics up. And disappoint the Proteas right until the end. So congrats to England on not giving up.
The next mission will be the three-match 50-Over Series. It will begin in two days.
Then you have the day game on Sunday for the 2nd leg. And we round off with the 3rd and final game next Wednesday.
All matches will take place within the Cape Town area. The weekday twilight games will be at Newlands. Boland Park in Paarl will have the Sunday AM/Arvo game.
It will be final series between the Proteas and England. Proteas will turn their attention to Sri Lanka after Christmas.
England will get to celebrate Christmas back home. They have a long break before mid next year on home soil.