South Africa A coach Shukri Conrad feels his side have a lot to consider ahead of their four-day matches on the UK Tour.
Conrad’s side are coming off a disappointing ODI series against the Lions, in which they went down by nine wickets and 144 runs respectively, before the final clash was washed out.
‘After our build-up, then you run into an England Lions side that’s very high on confidence,’ Conrad explained.
‘They play a really attacking brand of cricket and we were found wanting, so full marks to them. It has certainly given us a few things more to consider, to ponder and to look at the way we play, both at this level and possibly even domestically,’ he continued.
Conrad also expressed the hope that the preparations for the unofficial Test would not be hampered by rain, as the ODI warm-up matches were.
‘Hopefully we can prepare well without any interruptions due to rain,’ Conrad added.
‘We have new fresh faces that have come in and we’re all looking forward to the next part of the tour.’
He also explained that four-day matches provide more of an opportunity to bounce back from early setbacks, whereas in ODIs an early setback may lead to defeat.
‘At least with the four-day matches, it gives you a bit more time to get back into games. Whatever’s happened so far is all a learning curve for a lot of these guys and hopefully those learnings take place sooner rather than later,’ he concluded.
South Africa A’s first warm-up match is against Hampshire on Wednesday.