Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

17 March 2014

South Africa: Cricket - Proteas Need an Antidote for Growing Pains

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As a T20 team, South Africa is still very much growing. They might have some old hands to help them get over bumps, but as a unit, there are still quite a few kinks to iron out. What better way to ease out the growing pains than at a tournament where expectations are very low?

Whenever a South African team heads to an ICC event, there is a certain kind of expectation. Some expect them to choke, others expect them to shed that tag and the rest expect them to finally "come of age". The ICC World T20 which began on Sunday is no different for the Proteas. They might not be weighed down by expectations, but they are expected to perform better than they have in their last few fixtures.

The three-match series against Australia which was supposed to provide some momentum prior to their warm-up games was something of a disaster. The first game was washed out, the second reduced to seven overs a side and the final saw South Africa get completely hammered by the Aussies. Since March 2013, South Africa have played 10 T20s, winning five and losing five.

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