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Proteas won't be complacent !246 weeks ago
 

Proteas won't be complacent !

South Africa are not resting on their laurels ahead of their Standard Bank Pro20 match against Bangladesh at the Wanderers on Wednesday evening, despite their two-nil drubbing of Kenya over the weekend.

"Bangladesh are one of those teams that can beat the bigger teams," explained captain Johan Botha, who is standing in for Proteas captain Graeme Smith. Smith is still recovering from tennis elbow.

"They've beaten Australia, and they beat South Africa in the World Cup last year. And the shorter the game, the closer the two teams are. So we are preparing for a big game tomorrow."

Botha, who captained South Africa in both matches against Kenya, said he was enjoying the captaincy.

"I've had very good support from the senior players," he said. "Of course, tomorrow it will be different - the only really senior player in the team is Herschelle Gibbs."

He welcomed the return to the team of South Africa's cricketer of the year, Dale Steyn, who has been battling with sinusitis and migraines, which kept him out of action for nearly a month, most of it spent in bed.

"It will be great to have him and Morne (Morkel) opening the bowling with some real fire power," he said. "I'm sure there will also be a role for the three spinners - myself, JP (Duminy) and Justin (Ontong).

I've warned the team that they must all prepared to bowl, even for just one over. One over can change the match."

Steyn said he was delighted to be getting some match time again, after his illness. "I'm feeling much better and my body is feeling fresher than I can ever remember.

"There were all sorts of rumours about my illness - some people even thought I had Ebola Virus - but all it was was sinusitis," he laughed.

"I've battled with it all my life, and I reacted badly to the medication I was given. But it's been sorted out, and I'm just happy to get back on the park. A 20/20 match, with just four overs to bowl, is an ideal way of getting back into action, with some one-day internationals (ODIs) as well, before the two tests against Bangladesh."

He could not say whether he would play in all three ODIs. "We're looking at the bigger picture, which is the test matches in preparation for the tests against Australia. I haven't discussed it with the coaching staff yet, and I don't know what they have in mind.

But there are a number of young bowlers who need to get a run, and it would be silly for me to be injured ahead of the Australian tour."

Botha said South Africa hoped to bat first and set Bangladesh a very challenging target.

"We're looking to score about 160 or more," he said. "We think that would be a winning score here."



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