Proteas batsman David Miller is hoping his experience could be of value to the second-string T20I squad that will take on Pakistan.
The first international gets under way in Lahore on Thursday with Miller the most-capped player in the squad by far.
The Proteas Test squad that recently lost to Pakistan have since returned home to South Africa, meaning a number of key players will be missing.
But, the 31-year-old Miller says it is a good opportunity for a number of the less-experienced and uncapped players to put their hands up.
‘I’m secure in my role and in what I want to do, which bring calmness and clarity to the squad and to players that haven’t been on the international circuit. It can give them reassurance in their role and I am looking to help out with youngsters off the field.
‘And then, on the field, it’s about performance. You need to stick up your hand and perform when the team requires you to. We all need to perform as players but it helps when senior players perform,’ Miller said.
The Proteas have lost all three of their previous T20I series, their recent against England in December ending in a 3-0 whitewash.
With a T20 World Cup on the horizon and a lot to play for in the upcoming three matches, Miller still believes the squad is capable of getting the better of Pakistan.
‘We are representing our country and we are here to win. It would be great to play guys that we are accustomed to, but at the same time it gives us a great opportunity for guys that haven’t played to step up. As a senior player, I would like to step up in a lot of different areas on and off the field,’ he added.
Action gets under way at 12:30pm on Thursday and will be live on SuperSport Grandstand (201) and SuperSport Cricket (212).