Rabada hopeful Proteas can turn their fortunes around
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Rabada hopeful Proteas can turn their fortunes around

It is make or break for the Proteas who take on the West Indies at the Hampshire Bowl on Monday.

Kagiso Rabada / Myron Naicker
Kagiso Rabada / Myron Naicker

With their hopes of reaching the semi-finals hanging by a thread, the Proteas must find a way to get over the line against Jason Holder’s men.

Proteas fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada admits that it's been challenging having to deal with a range of, ‘off-field’ issues like the AB De Villiers saga but says the fighting spirit in the team remains strong.

“India, we took it right to the death, but I think that's just in our DNA as South Africans. The way we play our cricket, you know, we are always there. If you look at how we play, we never give up,” Rabada said.

“So, we need a few things to click and we are working our way around it and so we are looking to turn it around tomorrow,” he added.

The Proteas are expected to make a few changes with Aiden Markram likely to replace JP Duminy who has battled to find form while Beuran Hendricks could make his tournament debut.

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“Beuran is a really good bowler. I rate him a lot,” Rabada said.

If Hendricks does come in then he will have to be on the money especially against big hitters like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Nicolas Pooran.

Rabada is confident he will be able to handle the pressure.

“Coming in as a lefty as well, it's variety. And I think he's got a lot of skill and he's played international cricket before, so he knows what it is about,” Rabada said.

“I've played with him, ever since I started playing professional cricket and against him as well. So I have seen enough for me to say that I'm really confident with him being in the team,” Rabada concluded.

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