Proteas coach Russell Domingo hopes that a win in the T20 series against Australia will be the start of a successful summer.
The Proteas recently completed a 2-0 ODI series win in New Zealand and now are shifting their focus to the 20 over format where they take on Australia in a three-match T20I series. Following that, a five-match ODI series is scheduled as part of the team’s preparation for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in February.
Domingo said the Proteas were determined to create a winning culture early on their tour of Australia.
‘It’s all about momentum,’ the coach told reporters.
‘If we can get some good results under our belts in the T20 campaign, we can take a lot of confidence into the one-day series.’
Domingo said winning the T20 series was critical because Australia are great front-runners. They are tough to beat once they get on top of their opponents.
‘Australia are always a great team, a great team when they’re ahead, difficult to catch,’ he said.
‘So whatever momentum we can get from the T20 series to carry into the one-day series I think is going to be very important.
‘But also a couple of fringe players in the one-day side haven’t had a lot of game time, guys like Kyle Abbott, Wayne Parnell, Ryan McLaren.
‘It’s important to get some game time before the one-day series starts.’
Captain JP Duminy challenged his young T20 squad to force selectors into a rethink ahead of the one-day series and 2015 World Cup.
‘There’s quite a few new faces around so it’s definitely a great opportunity for guys to put up their hands for the World Cup,’ he said.
‘Yes, it’s a shorter format, but these sort of performances can definitely give players a chance.’
Proteas squad for the T20I series in Australia:
JP Duminy (capt), Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Marchant de Lange, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, David Wiese.