Proteas stick to basics ahead of crunch semi-final
Posted by: CSA on Monday, 17 June 2013

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The Proteas will be sticking to their tried and test methods as they prepare for their semi-final match  at the ICC Champions Trophy on Wednesday. The Proteas are in the dark as to who their opponents will be, and are awaiting the outcome of the last group A match between Australia and Sri Lanka on Monday.


The squad has had two low-key training sessions at Dulwich College since arriving in London on Saturday, and have been focusing on improving their skills in preparation for the unexpected.


Proteas seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe said on Monday that the team was “minding its own business” as they continued to put in the final touches leading into the match.  


“It doesn’t feel any different,” Tsotsobe said of the mood in the camp. “We know it’s a semi-final and it’s the big stage, but the boys are still in the same mindset that they had during the group matches. Every match there was a big game so nothing has changed.”


The absence of Dale Steyn in the first two matches of the tournament gave Tsotsobe the extra responsibility as the frontline bowler of the attack, and as the tournament has progressed he has shown that he can thrive under the added pressure.


“I think it’s always a good thing to have responsibility on your shoulders,” he explained. “You know that there are people looking out for you, people who are backing you to lead and I think it was a good move for me.”  


Tsotsobe says he has had to change his game plan for the unusually drier conditions in the UK, one aspect being a packed bag of variations.


“I think my greatest weapon is my slower ball and my bouncer,” he said of his artillery. “I have worked harder on my slower balls but I have tried another type recently so that my game plan doesn’t become too predictable.”


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