Proteas ‘favourites’ against Ireland, but Bavuma warns against complacency | Sport


Captain Temba Bavuma acknowledges the Proteas will be favourites in their upcoming ODI series against Ireland, which gets underway in Dublin on Sunday. 

The South Africans, who have just completed a successful tour of the West Indies, take on Ireland in three ODIs followed by three T20s. 

The ODI series will form part of the 2023 World Cup qualification Super League, so a positive result is crucial for the Proteas.

Bavuma, though, is more focused on his charges taking another step in the right direction in terms of their culture and playing style. 

Speaking to media on Saturday, he said that the biggest challenge for his players would be adjusting to Irish conditions. 

“There is obviously the danger of us being complacent and expecting things to kind of happen,” said Bavuma.

“I don’t think I’d be overzealous to say or think that we will be seen as favourites going into the series.

“Our focus, to be honest, is away from the result and in us mastering our process.

“We come here to Ireland in different conditions to what we are used to back home and to what we saw in the West Indies, so the challenge for us will be to find a way to dominate and master the conditions.

“If we heavily invest our energy and bring about a certain intensity, then I think we will get the results that we want.”

Bavuma added that the ODI series would also serve as preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the UAE later this year. 

“The style, philosophy and thinking is quite the same and we’d like to carry on that same philosophy and language throughout formats,” he said.

“We’re quite fortunate that we have a number of guys who play both T20 and 50-over cricket, so when you talk about the culture, it allows that to flow

“We want to use this as an opportunity to further build on how we want to go about our cricket.”

Play on Sunday starts at 11:45. 

Proteas ODI squad

Temba Bavuma (captain, Central Gauteng Lions), Quinton de Kock (Northerns), Bjorn Fortuin (Central Gauteng Lions), Beuran Hendricks (Western Province), Reeza Hendricks (Central Gauteng Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Northerns), George Linde (Western Province), Keshav Maharaj (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Janneman Malan (Boland), Aiden Markram (Northerns), David Miller (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Wiaan Mulder (Central Gauteng Lions), Lungi Ngidi (Northerns), Anrich Nortje (Eastern Province), Andile Phehlukwayo (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Kagiso Rabada (Central Gauteng Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Northerns), Rassie van der Dussen (Central Gauteng Lions), Kyle Verreynne (Western Province), Lizaad Williams (Northerns)

South Africa tour to Ireland schedule:

11 July – 1st ODI Ireland v South Africa, Malahide, Dublin

13 July – 2nd ODI Ireland v South Africa, Malahide, Dublin

16 July – 3rd ODI Ireland v South Africa, Malahide, Dublin

20 July – 1st T20I Ireland v South Africa, Malahide, Dublin 

22 July – 2nd T20I Ireland v South Africa, Stormont, Belfast 

24 July – 3rd T20I Ireland v South Africa, Stormont, Belfast

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