Khaya Zondo feels that a better all-round performance is needed over drastic change, when South Africa A meet the England Lions in their unofficial Test.
SA A had contrasting fortunes in their two four-day warm-up matches. Against Hampshire the visitors displayed a complete performance, scoring 370 in their first innings highlighted by an unbeaten 200 from Heino Kuhn and 103 from Heinrich Klaasen.
Brilliant performances with the ball from Dane Paterson (7-27) and Beuren Hendricks (5-20), as well as an unbeaten 102 from Aiden Markram saw SA A complete an emphatic 251-run win.
The second match against Sussex was a different story for the tourists, however. The bowlers toiled for the entirety of the Sussex first innings as the hosts posted an imposing 458.
Despite Temba Bavuma’s 63, SA A folded for 185. Having been asked to follow-on, it was equally tough going for the tourists as they slumped to an innings and 50-run defeat.
Zondo believes that in spite of the Sussex loss, wholesale changes are not what’s needed.
‘I think we just have to execute our plans with ball and bat. I don’t think there must be a drastic change,’ Zondo remarked.
Zondo said that the team remains in good spirits and have learnt valuable lessons from their warm-up matches.
‘The dressing room isn’t down at all,’ he explained. ‘The two games versus the counties have been good preparation in my opinion. The players will be wiser on how to go about their business.’
The one-off unofficial Test begins on Wednesday at Canterbury.