Proteas prepared for War!
After taking a 2-1 lead against the Proteas at Lords on Sunday, the Proteas will be keen on regaining their top performances once again following a poor display in their last match which saw most of the senior’s fail to deliver anything close to substantial!
Aside from the top order batsmen, nobody else would be more motivated than paceman Dale Steyn, especially after being hit for a six by former South African Craig Kieswetter in the last over of the match.
Fellow South African paceman, Wayne Parnell said no bowler takes kindly such insult, especially one regarded as the world’s best, :
“He (Steyn) obviously wasn’t happy with that. No fast bowler likes to be hit, but Dale’s a competitor – and he’ll be back in the last match.” said Parnell.
But South Africa’s biggest problem in losing back-to-back matches in London at The Oval and Lord’s has been a lack of runs, not wickets with England easing past scores of 211 and 220 for eight respectively.
By contrast, England fell well short of the 287 for five South Africa made in the second one-dayer at Southampton, where Hashim Amla compiled a brilliant 150.
“We just didn’t score enough runs,” said Parnell. “Whatever it might be, if England have bowled well or we have batted poorly, is up for debate … it’s probably a bit of both,” he added.
“But we have a pretty quality batting line-up, and I expect us to do better tomorrow.”
South Africa are currently without the outstanding Jacques Kallis, currently being rested after helping the Proteas to a 2-0 test series win over England.
One of the world’s leading batsman and a fine fast bowler, Kallis leaves a big whole to fill but Parnell insisted South Africa could win in the absence of the all-rounder.
“It’s up for debate,” he said. “If he were here and we were 2-1 down, what would people be saying?
“Now he’s not, people are questioning whether he should be here or not.”
Winning this game will ensure SA finishes at the top of the ODI rankings.