Arthur vows South Africa will bounce back in ODIsJanuary 14th, 2009 - 5:34 pm ICT by IANS
Melbourne, Jan 14 (IANS) South African cricket coach Mickey Arthur said his side will put behind their Twenty20 defeats and bounce back in the One-day series against Australia.Arthur acknowledged Australia’s wins in the two Twenty20 matches had wrested back the momentum this summer after the Proteas won the Test series 2-1.
The five-match ODI series begins here Friday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Arthur expected his players to respond to this challenge despite having acknowledged the gap between the two sides was greater in limited-overs cricket than it was in Tests.
“Even though we are building for the future, I am expecting our guys to come out firing,” Arthur was quoted as saying in The Australian wednesday.
“I am expecting our guys to not stand back at all and I am expecting our guys to be hugely competitive through the one-day series.”
South Africa expect to have a full-strength squad to pick from Friday, as batsman A.B. de Villiers is likely to be available from the bruised hip he suffered in the first Twenty20 match Sunday.
Meanwhile, Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke’s thumb injury will be assessed at training Thursday.
Clarke underwent scans on the ligament damage he suffered while fielding in the first Test against South Africa in Perth.
His New South Wales teammate David Warner, who starred in the first Twenty20 match on Sunday, is on standby with the squad in case Clarke is ruled out of the first match.
Clarke sat out in both Twenty20 matches.