Friday, 27 December 2019

South Africa under-19s assistant and batting coach, Siya Sibiya, emphasised the importance of building partnerships in all facets of play as they prepared to take on India under-19s in the second Youth One-Day International in East London on Saturday. 

The SA U19s went down by nine wickets in the first clash at the Buffalo Park Stadium on Thursday following impressive half-centuries from Divyaansh Saxena (86*) and Tilak Varma (59) as India successfully chased down South Africa’s score of 187 all out. 

When quizzed about what the team will need to improve on to turn the result around in the second Youth ODI, Sibiya focused on the importance of combining moments of excellent performances for a longer period, with the bat and ball. 

Speaking ahead during the training session on Friday, he said: “It’s all about partnerships, partnerships, partnerships. As cliché as it may be, we have got to build partnerships with the bat and the ball. We bowled well on one side, bowling a maiden but, on the other side, the over went for six. It means we’re not stringing together good things for a long enough time.

“I’d like us to string partnerships with bat and ball and have an understanding that we are playing in coastal conditions, where it is a little bit slower and more subcontinent-like,” the coach added. 

“You’ve got to keep batting, stretch it out and I am hopeful the boys can do that and still take a lot of enjoyment into the game, as well as the learnings from the previous game, which was a disappointment for us. 

“No one wants to lose and disappoint the country but as long as we grow as a group, we keep moving forward and keep building towards that victory, and hopefully that comes tomorrow,” Sibiya continued. 

Despite being winless in eight 50-over matches, with the last victory coming against Afghanistan in Thiruvananthapuram, India earlier this year, Sibiya stresses the main aim of their preparation has been trying to get the processes and basics right to take the players to the next level, which will result in the victories.

“(Winning) is important, no doubt about that and losing can also become a habit and you don’t want that but it’s about stringing a performance together that is going to warrant their worth as a team.

“I wouldn’t want to look at it (winning) as a focal point because there’s a process and we are starting to feel like things are coming together, players who were young in India and were wet behind the ears are now the performers. Guys like Jack Lees, who has come in the last three months and set the world alight for the team. Luke Beaufort is standing up as a senior player for the team now, while there are a couple of players who are trying to find their feet and get to grips with what is required.

“Winning is important, we are trying to win games of cricket but we need to get our processes and the basics so in tune as we are playing against highly-skilled individuals that are playing First-Class cricket in their country. 

“We’ve tried to bridge that gap and now we want to bring it all together and take us to the next level where we can execute that victory for the team,” Sibiya concluded.

The second Youth ODI gets underway at Buffalo Park on Saturday, 28 December from 10h00, as South Africa look to level the series one-all.

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SA under-19 Youth ODI series against India Squad:

Bryce Parsons (Central Gauteng, capt), Khanya Cotani (North West, vice-capt), Luke Beaufort (Eastern Province), Jonathan Bird (Western Province), Merrick Brett (Northerns), Achille Cloete (Boland), Gerald Coetzee (Free State), Tyrese Karelse (South Western Districts), Mondli Khumalo (KwaZulu-Natal), Jack Lees (Central Gauteng), Andrew Louw (Northern Cape), Levert Manje (Central Gauteng), Odirile Modimokoane (North West), Pheko Moletsane (Free State), Siya Plaatjie (Western Province), Ruan Terblanche (Boland), Tiaan van Vuuren (Eastern Province).

SA U19 Youth ODI series against India U19 in East London

December 2019

Sat 28  – 2nd Youth ODI          South Africa U19 vs India U19 (Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium)

Mon 30 – 3rd Youth ODI         South Africa U19 vs India U19 (Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium)