Proteas' batsmen need confidence

Proteas' batsmen need confidence

The Proteas have arrived in Cardiff ahead of their clash against Afghanistan this Saturday.


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It is another big week for the team who have just one point on the board after the washed out game against the West Indies at the Hampshire Bowl on Monday.

A big focus in the days leading up to the match this weekend will be on the batting line-up who have failed to step up.

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Proteas batting coach, Dale Benkenstein said the batting unit have to deal with the pressure which comes with major tournaments.

“The batters have to step up and we have not at the moment,”  Benkenstein said.

The former Hollywoodbets Dolphins captain added, “I feel like we have batted well but we have not batted well enough. We have had opportunities to get hundreds and win two games but we have just got out."

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“I really do feel we are a game away, a hundred away from getting the confidence back. In a World Cup confidence is huge, our history does not help, Benkenstein added.

The Proteas have spent a lot of time in the nets and Benkenstein says he has been impressed by their form during practice but that needs to translate into big runs.

“It is not rocket science, the frustrating thing is that guys are not out of form, we have got ourselves in and got out and that for me is a mental and hunger thing,” he concluded.


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