Proteas coach Mark Boucher says there’s still a lot of hard work for his players, but they’re hoping to use their win momentum for further success in the Test format.
The Proteas sealed a 2-0 series victory over Sri Lanka on Tuesday with a commanding ten-wicket victory at the Wanderers.
Despite the Sri Lankans probably not providing the greatest of tests for the Proteas, Boucher says it was important for all departments to have an influence on the series outcome.
‘It’s good to get a win. From a batting perspective, it was nice to see quite a few of our batters in the runs, spend a bit of time in the middle. That would’ve given them a lot of confidence going to big series like Pakistan or Australia.
‘If you look at our bowling attack, there is a handful of games between the guys, so we understand that there is a lot of inexperience. I think they learned a lot of lessons and they learned them pretty quickly as well,’ he explained.
A difficult tour to Pakistan, however, awaits the Proteas in the red-ball format before Australia travels to South Africa for four Test matches.
The two series will undoubtedly push the depth and quality of this Proteas outfit and provide Boucher and his men with an opportunity to show their growth in the longer format.
‘It is a group of individuals that is growing and as long as we see growth then we are happy. A couple of individual performances that we are happy about, so we’ll take a bit of confidence from this with understanding that there’s quite a few differences that we have to make in our techniques when we go to Pakistan.
‘There is still a lot of hard work that needs to be done and the guys understand that as well. We are going to make mistakes along the way, as long as we keep learning from our mistakes then we are heading in the right direction,’ Boucher added.