Australia in South Africa 2015-16 March 7, 2016

Death-bowling development pleases Langeveldt


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Despite South Africa's failure to defend a 200-plus score against Australia at the Wanderers, bowling coach Charl Langeveldt believes they have made progress under his watch. He singled out their efforts at the end of innings as the most noticeable change and credited it to have more options at the death.

Rather than just rely on Dale Steyn and the yorker - although Kagiso Rabada is showing great promise in that role - Langeveldt has encouraged other bowlers to experiment with changes in line and pace, especially because he believes that will be challenging to get away on the subcontinent.

"Our skill levels have improved, and that was our main focus in the last year-and-a-half. Everyone can bowl at the death and you don't become predictable," he said. "We try and encourage the guys to think out of the box sometimes. Maybe bowl a wide yorker or a wide slower ball. You don't want to go into the hitting zones in India, where the straight boundaries are a lot shorter."

That may make someone like David Wiese, rather than Steyn, a candidate to bowl at the end. Wiese is known for his ability to take pace off the ball and ask questions with cutters and although Australia targeted him at the Wanderers, he may be able to do a job in India. Kyle Abbott has also shown his ability to hold his nerve at the end and whichever combination South Africa go with, it could free Steyn up to attack through the middle overs along with Imran Tahir.

Kagiso Rabada has continued to impress with the white ball © Associated Press

However, all Langeveldt's praise did not overshadow his disappointment that his attack did not seal the series on Sunday. "If you want to win a World Cup you need to able to defend 200. We didn't pull it through, we had a lot of ifs and buts," he said. "We need to win games like that. If you want to become a champion team you need to adapt - T20 is all about adapting."

After pegging Australia back to 32 for 3, South Africa were in a handsome position to secure the win. But considering that captain Faf du Plessis thought they should probably have lost the first match in Durban and the first T20 against England in Cape Town, there was a likelihood they would be on the wrong end of a result somewhere.

Du Plessis didn't mind too much, because he emphasised that South Africa can take game deep and give themselves more of a chance of overcoming pressure situations than previously and Langeveldt does not mind either. Overall, he is pleased with the fight he sees in the current squad, especially because they are sharing the responsibilities of winning matches for the team.

"We're probably not playing to our full 100% but we're still getting over the line. In the past games like that have probably gone the other way," Langeveldt said. "It used to be the case that an individual would change the game. Now we've got four or five guys who have won games for us with the bat or with the ball. We're stepping up in the big moments and that's key."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  •   Johan Grobler on March 9, 2016, 18:54 GMT

    Sorry to say guys, but this team will not win the world champs. The setup is all wrong. Too many guys that had so many chances and failed, but still in team. Our bowling is below par. The amount of wides and no balls are unacceptable. The intensity in the team is also a bit lackluster. Hope they prove me wrong, but I won't hold my breath.

  • Sheraz on March 9, 2016, 13:26 GMT

    as i said before on a different article... the strongest side would be de kock, amla, faff, ab, miller, wiese, morris, abbott, rabada, steyn, tahir you got 4 really strong bowlers and morris and wiese can split the remaining 4. if someone has a bad day, these 2 could cover the slack. also, if we have a better bowling lineup, we wouldnt need to have to bat down to number fifteen, cos our bowlers would be able to keep the scores lower. for example with the above side tahir - 6 steyn - 6 rabada - 6 - abbott - 6 (p/o) thats 96. if the balance 4 goes for 10 (add 40 to total) thats SA chasing 136 as opposed to 3 bowlers going for 6/over and (72) and the remaining 2 bowlers go for 105 in their 8. (total 177). yes i know tahir was one of those 2 bowlers. i hope SA selectors will open their eyes and go in with this hind of team tonight

  • Neriyan on March 8, 2016, 13:41 GMT

    @Kirstenfan: It is weird you speak of Duminy when he is SA's highest scoring batsman. This is even more impressive considering he bats in the middle order. So no, he had not only done it against Zimbabwe.

  • Malusi on March 8, 2016, 12:06 GMT

    I think our death bowling has been reliable since the England series, Morris, Abbott and Rabada, in the middle overs Tahir has been reliable Sunday the pitch have him nothing along with Wiesa. Langeveld has reason to be content as a bowling coach. We just had one bad day, "AT THE WANDERERS". The middle order and openning slots are still work in progress, Faf is still experimenting. Come the knock outs, Hash n De Kock will be openning with Faf @ 3.

  • Jurie on March 8, 2016, 10:00 GMT

    Seether1 - also important to note that Behardien has never made a 100 (or come close to doing so) and Duminy has only ever done so against Zim - what is the real intention behind your comment? Are you big fans of both of them?

  • Neriyan on March 8, 2016, 8:51 GMT

    @Kirstenfan:I trust you commented the same when Russouw was a passenger before finally being dropped

  • mohd. on March 8, 2016, 7:59 GMT

    Cant't understand why Hashim Amla was left out in both t20s despite he is their 2nd best batsman in All formats after ABD. JP Duminy should be replaced with amla immediately .

  • Jurie on March 8, 2016, 7:23 GMT

    Uncanny - 100% agreed with you - I think we need to face it that we have two passengers in the team. Just think how strong our team would be if we had Hash and Abbott in for Behardien and Duminy. If Behardien and Duminy won't bowl, there's no point in having them there as specialiasts as others are just much better

  • Jurie on March 8, 2016, 7:17 GMT

    Is Langeveldt insane? Is he trying to justify his lack of effective coaching and leadership? That was a shocking bowling display, as no balls (for height!) and wides alone cost SA the game

  • Piyush on March 8, 2016, 6:00 GMT

    how on earth, he can be please with death bowling, way too many full toss and wides, some marginal though, it made a difference of at least 5 runs to the target, which could have been easily the victory margin. As faf said, they need to do basics right, but i am very surprised with faf orthodox captaincy. Two biggest blunder: 1) If you have the momentum with you, why you will opt for bahardien to bat instead of hard hitting wiese or morris. 2) He could have used steyn when he saw the partnership flourishing and incapability of tahir to contain.

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