Mark Boucher says Australian conditions will suit South Africa’s fast bowlers at the T20 World Cup.
The Proteas travelled Down Under on Thursday after suffering 2-1 series defeats by India in both white-ball formats. The latter series featured a second-string India team as their T20 squad was already in Australia.
Temba Bavuma’s men will be based in Brisbane before their opening match of the T20 World Cup against a yet-to-be-determined qualifier in Group 2 on 24 October.
Boucher said it had been a challenging few months for his team and that it was important to get the guys in the right frame of mind.
“We’re coming off a long tour to England, then on to India and a couple of the guys were in the Caribbean Premier League as well. We don’t want to get into a situation where you’re rocking up for every game and it sort of seems like a league game.
“So, I think keeping the guys mentally and physically fresh is going to be vital for us management and myself to monitor. Then I think we’ll get the best results for our guys being really up for the World Cup games.
“Also, we’re going to Australia now where I think it will suit our fast bowlers a lot better,” he Boucher added. “We’ve got some good pace, we got some good bounce in our attack, so we need to keep the pressure there.
“There wasn’t enough aggression in the last one-day game [against India]. What surprised me was India’s bowling attack ,in the one-dayers, bowled with far more aggression than ours.
“But we did chat about it and the way that Anrich [Nortje] bowled in the last game is a positive sign for me especially going into conditions where he can be quite effective.”