Fast bowler Anrich Nortje is adamant that the Proteas can make a complete turnaround against the West Indies to win their first T20I series in two years.
South Africa had to come back from a game down to level the five-match T20I series against West Indies this past Sunday, recording a 16-run victory.
Commenting on the win, Nortje, who took one wicket and conceded only 27 runs, said: “It was a great team performance, everyone chipped in and we’re just happy to get over the line after the first game. We started off well with the bat, though we could’ve gotten more runs at the end.”
“Once we picked up some wickets, we got the momentum and I thought George and Shamsi also bowled well.
“They’ve put in a lot of effort and it’s nice to finally get the rewards, they’ve been with the team since the Tests. It’s nice to see their hard work pay off.”
The Proteas have not won their last five T20I series, with their last win in the shortest form of the game coming back in March 2019 against Sri Lanka.
But with three games remaining in the current series, the bowler believes that the side is up to the challenge to get that elusive series win.
“We’re excited for the win, but we still have a lot of homework to do on what can we improve on. I do think we’ve got what it takes,” said Nortje.
“It’s just going to be on how we go about our things and how well we play and execute. It’s a good challenge.”
The third T20I is scheduled for Tuesday at 8pm SA time.
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