JOHANNESBURG: Momentum Proteas coach Hilton Moreeng has dubbed South Africa’s tour to England as “very disappointing” after his side flattered to deceive in the seven international matches they played against the hosts and New Zealand.
The tourists had begun the trip with a whole lot of promise after beating their English counterparts by seven wickets in the opening One-Day International to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
It was their only success though, as they went on to lose the next two games, and with it the series 2-1.
They then participated in a historic Tri-Series that also involved New Zealand. The South Africans conceded world record scores on the opening day of competition as they lost both games on the double-header occasion.
They bounced back with victory over England in the next match, but it proved to be their only win as another loss to the White Ferns followed.
“I think overall it was a very disappointing tour,” Moreeng reflected. “Firstly because of the quality we have in the side and the way we started the series. We set it up very well, the players played well and being 1-0 up in the first game with two to go, it required for us to just have that consistency that we always talk about, which we lacked as a team. Again, it showed in the second and third games where we played good cricket in patches. We just couldn’t finish off and that would have won us the series.
“I think what was very disappointing for us as a team was just to make sure that we identify those key moments in matches and we start playing them better as a team especially against teams of this nature, when you give them an opportunity, they tend to be able to come back in the game. We offered them that opportunity once or twice and it ended up costing us the series. It was very disappointing and we’ll need to learn from it quickly.”
South Africa won the first match by seven wickets, then lost by 69 runs and seven wickets in the next two. In the T20s, they conceded 216 and then 250 on the first day, the second match resulting in a massive 121-run loss.
Moreeng however, was much more optimistic about their showings in the shortest format.
“It was a great experience for us to play in matches of that intensity against two of the best teams in world cricket on the same day,” he continued. “It was mentally very challenging for the players but was still a great experience. It was a first for us to play in a double header but as for the games, the bowling and the fielding weren’t up to scratch, hence the records we saw.”