South Africa Previous Wicket Keeper Mark Boucher Feels South Africa’s Performance Against England and Australia Was Quite Disappointing

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South Africa's ODI arrangement triumph over Australia was the "promising finish to the present course of action" for lead trainer Mark Boucher, who stays hopeful about remaking a solid Proteas side regardless of an extreme summer.

The previous wicket keeper-batsman took over in mid-December in front of the England visit which saw South Africa lose a Test and T20 arrangement while drawing a downpour influenced ODI arrangement.

The Proteas at that point endured a home T20 arrangement destruction to Australia before a youthful Quinton de-Kock-drove side enlisted a 3-0 win over Aaron Finch's men in the ODIs.

"If I look back over the summer and reflect on the team's performances and progress, especially against England and Australia, I think it was quite disappointing to be honest," Boucher told 'Cricket South Africa'.

"Especially against England, we didn't perform like we wanted to perform. In saying that I think we, as a new coaching staff, asked some questions and I think we got some answers. Some were good and some were bad."

The 43-year-old is pleased with the group's exhibition in the shorter organizations of the game yet figures the Test side needs modifying.

"The nice thing for me about the whole summer was the light at the end of tunnel, especially in our short formats. I think we have a lot of work to do with our Test cricket still, there's probably a lot of rebuilding in that respect."

With wounds tormenting the side, South Africa saw newcomers like Janneman Malan, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-Jon Smuts, Anrich Nortje and Kyle Verreyne ascend to the event.

"We had a couple of injuries as well which didn't help the cause, but I think the exciting thing for me was more the white-ball cricket and to see the guys grow a bit."

"We gave a bit of opportunity to a couple of youngsters and they really started to gel together as a team and not just rely on one particular guy to carry them through."

Boucher said it was part of the new coaching unit's plan to give opportunities to youngsters, increasing the team's bench strength.

"I was pleasantly surprised, which left us in a situation towards the back end of the season that was a nice situation to be in when a lot of guys were in good form. There was a lot of confidence.

"Our selecting was effectively coming from a pool of 20 odd players, which was a lot better than going into a side where you just go, 'okay, well, these are eleven players that we're definitely going to play.'

"Now we have quite a few options and that is good for South African cricket," he concluded.


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