Charl Langeveldt will be hoping for more discipline from his bowlers in the first Test against England, after two wickets came off no-balls.
The bowlers had spent two days with their feet up as the batsmen made the Lions bowlers toil. After an overnight declaration going into day four, the bowlers were finally able to get some overs in ahead of the first Test against England.
The Proteas bowling coach said that while he was happy with what he saw from the attack, they need to tighten up on their discipline by eradicating no-balls.
‘It was important that we got overs under the belt. Our guys bowled well, besides the no-balls, we got two wickets off no-balls which is a concern. It is something that we will need to correct going forward,’ Langeveldt remarked.
‘It has been a problem in the past, but KG (Rabada) has had a few weeks off, so he will hit his straps on Monday and will be ready for Thursday. As a bowling unit I think we went well. We bowled in good areas, their batsmen batted well,’ he added.
Morne Morkel (1-49) and Chris Morris (1-35) had the best returns on the day for the visitors. Keshav Maharaj, meanwhile, underlined his ability to tie-up one end for the side, conceding just 48 runs in 18 overs.
Langeveldt emphasised the importance of the bowlers staying fresh in a series that sees the Proteas meet England in four Tests.
‘We are playing four Tests, so I want the players to be fresh, but in good rhythm as well. Today was a good day, most of the bowlers bowled about 10 – 15 overs,’ he concluded.
The first Test against England begins at Lord’s on Thursday.