Proteas coach Mark Boucher is delighted with the Test series’ victory over the West Indies in the Test series, and says he is now eager to see how his team performs in more challenging situations to judge their progress.
South Africa defeated West Indies by 158 runs in the second Test on the back of spinner Keshav Maharaj’s 5/36, which included a hat-trick, to end the series 2-0 on Monday.
This is South Africa’s first road test victory since March 2017.
“It’s not a relief. A lot of hard work has been done behind the scenes,” Boucher said. ESPNCricinfo.
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“We worked on quite a few technical things and trained our players. We understood the need to act for the Protea badge, and the guys persevered and played as a strong team,” he said. added.
Boucher is considered one of the best batsmen of the wicketkeeper of all time and says the team must be under pressure.
“I look forward to the time we are put under pressure and to seeing how we respond as a unit. This is where we can judge where we really are.” South Africa was once a formidable force, dropping to seventh place on the ICC Test rankings.
After the series’ defeats against England and Pakistan, opening batsman Dean Elgar took over the captaincy of Quinton de Kock.
“The new captain asked some questions about where we are and where we want to go.” Quite a few honest conversations came out there like at night around a South African fire.
‘The guys all really bought into a process he wanted to align his government with. There we all stood back and said we were either in the bus or not in the bus. Luckily, everyone decided they were in the bus. does not only work when you are on the field.
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“A lot of effort has to be put behind closed doors into the way we practice, the way we speak, the language, the confidence. That’s probably where it started. At the fire,” Boucher said.
Before the series, Elgar asked to return to the ‘South African’ way of playing cricket, which is dragged through continuous performances, big centuries and five wickets, and the team obeyed.
“Dean can say it’s boring, we say it’s disciplined cricket. The language he spoke resonates with the players, and it’s so good for him to bring that kind of language,” Boucher said.
“This is what Test cricket is all about – being able to absorb pressure at certain stages and then apply. Guys are getting smarter to pick those moments.” South Africa responded well to the unfamiliar conditions, as none of the players played a series in the Caribbean.
“If you have a young team, it’s the best place to learn to play cricket in strange conditions. It’s how you develop players, in different conditions, and it’s how they learn about their games and the small adjustments they can make. to make world-class players. ” It’s important that we understand that there is a process, a long process that you have to work on, “Boucher said.