South Africa men’s head coach Mark Boucher is hoping his players will give themselves a good account of themselves in two 50-over warm-up games against the England Lions in Taunton and Worcester before the start of the two-month-long tour. The first One Day International match against England on 19 July.
The Proteas arrived in England over the weekend for their tour and are acclimatizing to the Northern Hemisphere summer at their base in Taunton.
As part of their preparations for that initial leg of the journey, they will play the England Lions in two 50-over practice matches – the first of which will be played later on Tuesday.
Boucher said the practice would be a good place for everyone to lay claim to an opportunity to play matches.
“We have a lot of options and these games that we will play in the next few days, hopefully we will get to understand and know where the players are,” the former cricketer was quoted as saying. Cricket South Africa.
“So we have a pretty good idea except for one or two extra batsmen, who is going to be our front line-up. We’ll just have to see how the form plays out and hopefully, we’ll get the proper headache of scoring everyone’s runs. ,
Boucher also explained what he was hoping to achieve from the two practice matches.
“There are 17 players, so we will try to give everyone as many chances as we can. Unfortunately, it is two games of cricket, in the first one we have chosen a game where we will try to bat all our batsmen and then to bowl all our bowlers. So we don’t know how the game plan will be.
“We’re also training and rehearsing around these two games, where we try to accommodate everyone. It’s hard enough to do that when you have 17 people to care about. The second game will be a List A game, so this Basically 11 is what you pick, and I think it will be what we want to play in the first game (against England).
Boucher said that communication in the camp during the grueling tour will be the key to the team’s success.
“It’s not a new thing for us where we have a big squad of 19 as well,” he said. “I think communication is important and players need to understand that only 11 of your squad can actually go to the park.
“With the little time we’ve got before the first one-day international, we need to look after those 11 players as we get closer to the opening game, so we’ll see what we can do to try and adjust.” Can. Everyone. There will be talks and hopefully everyone will get a chance to present their side.”