Imran Tahir said the Proteas have analysed the batting errors they made against England, and have worked hard to rectify their mistakes.
The Proteas bowlers did well to restrict England to 311-8. Considered that they are best batting side in the world, the Proteas bowlers should feel proud about how they recovered after England’s dominant start.
Their batting, however, received a lot of criticism. They lost wickets cheaply and as a result lost by an embarrassing 104 runs.
Tahir reassured the media that the Proteas have worked hard to avoid the same errors from being made.
‘Yeah, definitely, I think they did notice that [they batted poorly] and as a team, we did,’ said Tahir.
‘I think we rushed a bit because for us as a team if you think about the last game, I think we were most of the time on top of the game but we just didn’t have wickets in hand.
‘There was the learning we needed to do before we go into the next game and I’m pretty sure the batsman realised that and they are going to come back strongly.’
Everyone expects the Proteas to bounce back from the defeat, but in a manner that shows that they have learnt from their shortcomings in the previous match.
‘Look, it’s obviously not rocket science. We just need to learn from our mistakes and what we did wrong in the first game,’ said Tahir.
‘I think we need to bat 50 overs and bowl how we bowled in the last game, then I think we will be fine.’
There will undoubtedly be pressure on the Proteas to bounce back, especially against a lower-ranked Bangladesh team, but Tahir believes the pressure will help them prevail.
‘Look, there is always pressure if you play every game and especially when you are representing your country,’ he said.
‘But I think it’s about how you take the pressure; whether you take the pressure positively or negatively.
‘We are very positive. We have been beaten by a very good England team who has been dominating world cricket.
‘So it’s just that they played very well on that day, and I still think we [did well] to restrict them to 310, which was a great effort from us.
‘We are going to learn from our mistakes. There will be pressure, but we will look forward to the challenge and the pressure tomorrow.’
Tahir will play in his 100th ODI when the Proteas take on Bangladesh on Sunday.
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