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China vs South Africa Test cricket: Hosts feeling the pinch as Proteas’ confidence soars

Written By: admin - Sep• 14•19

Confident South Africa believe they have landed a psychological blow on an n team that coach Darren Lehmann concedes is feeling the pressure from their long run of poor form.
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The days of South African sides freezing in big moments against appear a distant memory. After smashing Steve Smith’s team in a one-day series last month, the Proteas are now one win away from securing their third consecutive series victory on these shores.

The visitors overcame numerous hurdles – not least the loss of Dale Steyn – to win in Perth, leaving the ns in disarray.

The belief in the Proteas’ dressing room is in stark contrast to the uncertainty in the n camp.

‘s most pressing concern is their batting. Their top six were all back in the shed before the second new ball in each innings in Perth.

The biggest question marks hang over Adam Voges and Mitchell Marsh. Neither player is guaranteed a spot in the second Test at Hobart.

Joe Burns secured a squad recall with a century two weeks ago but is coming off twin failures, while Callum Ferguson is untried at Test level.

The Proteas struggled on day one against David Warner and Shaun Marsh, who is out of the rest of the series, but did little wrong from there – despite being down to two fit fast men.

“That is the big positive for us. We know if we execute our plans well enough we have a good chance against their top order at the moment,” South Africa coach Russell Domingo said.

The Proteas know from experience what impact a belting on the subcontinent can have. They were well-beaten in India 12 months ago then suffered a rare series loss at home, to England – a scenario that now confronts .

“When you have some players with low confidence and one or two top performers not there it makes things very hard,” Domingo said.

“I’m assuming they might be in the same space at the moment. I don’t know what’s going on in their change room, I don’t know what’s happening in their team but I know we were in that type of position a few months ago and it takes some introspection to get out of that particular phase.”

have now lost six in a row in the Test and ODI arenas to the Proteas, who are without injured captain AB de Villiers.

“There is nothing like confidence in cricket. Having won some games of late against it gives us belief we can beat the side,” Domingo said.

“Like most things in life if you’re confident in your ability to do it more times than not you will get it right.

“It’s no different in cricket. There is a lot of improvement that can still take place.”

While the Proteas are coming off what their coach says is their best Test win in three years, the ns have just three more days to regroup in Hobart.

“[We’ll] try to clear their minds … everyone has pressure when they’re not playing well but also as a player you always have pressure to perform at international level,” Lehmann said.

“If you have a few bad performances there is always someone waiting in the wings. And that’s been the case for 100 years, that’s not going to change.

“We try and pick and stick where we possibly can and encourage the guys … we get in trouble when we don’t pick and stick, we get in trouble when we do pick and stick with you guys.”

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