South Africa have more bowling options at the death and no longer rely on one bowler anymore to do that job.
That is the belief of bowling coach Charl Langeveldt, who said that the Proteas have improved their bowling in the death overs of T20 cricket while he has been bowling coach.
While Dale Steyn was always the ‘go-to’ man, they now have Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Abbott, Chris Morris and even David Wiese who can help fill that role.
‘Our skill levels have improved, and that was our main focus in the last year-and-a-half,’ Langeveldt said.
‘Everyone can bowl at the death and you don’t become predictable. We try to encourage the guys to think out of the box sometimes. Maybe bowl a wide yorker or a wide slower ball. You don’t want to go into the hitting zones in India, where the straight boundaries are a lot shorter.’
He admitted that they needed to defend 200 in the second T20 international against Australia at the Wanderers, where the bowlers lost the plot in the middle overs and bowled too many full tosses and wides.
South Africa had Australia in trouble on 32-3, but allowed them to get away as they successfully chased 205 for victory to level the series.
‘If you want to win a World Cup you need to able to defend 200,’ Langeveldt said. ‘We didn’t pull it through, we had a lot of ifs and buts. We need to win games like that. If you want to become a champion team you need to adapt – T20 is all about adapting.’