There were a lot of nerves when we got into the qualification play-offs. People just don’t realise how much goes into these games for qualifying for a World Cup. So we were very nervous but just stuck to our plans. We’ve always had a plan A and if that didn’t work, we’d try out our plan B. I thought we stuck to those plans today and came out on the right side of things.
Namibia won the toss and batted first, we would have opted to bowl anyway as we were happy to chase. We hadn’t played on this wicket yet, and were unsure of what a good score might me. The wicket played a little tight and a bit slow and low. Our bowlers summed it up quite well early and we went to spin to take some pace off the ball, that alongside some cutters we managed to restrict them to 135, which we thought was probably ten runs short, as 145 might be a par score here.
After losing a wicket straightaway, I think Stephan Myburgh played a great innings there because it is quite tough after the first six overs after the fielders go out, so he really set up the game up for us. I was batting at No. 4 so I was a little nervous myself and you’ll always feel some nerves because if you win, you’ll be playing in a World Cup and that’s every guy’s dream. After all of that I think we can let some of the nerves go and play some carefree cricket that should be a good chance for us.
Peter Borren said to me...just go out there and keep being positive. I had got stuck in a few previous innings on slower wickets, so I tried a few shots I probably wouldn’t have tried. Fortune always favours the brave and sometimes I’m lucky enough to come off and finish the job well at the end. It was a mixture of relief and elation but to book our tickets on the plane to India was the key and the boys are all delighted.
It’s not the job done yet though and we can definitely win the semi-final against Ireland, we wouldn’t be here if we didn’t think we did. We’ve got a good record against Ireland, especially recently. Now that we’ve qualified, we’ll look to play some carefree cricket, so we’ll be going into the semi-final without any fear and when you do that you can be quite a dangerous team and we have our eyes on the silverware which we’re just two wins away from.
The ambitions for the ICC World Twenty20 2016 will be to actually try and qualify for the main draw, as we go into the preliminary groups once we get to India. We were lucky enough to qualify in Bangladesh and the crowds out there were unbelievable. We’ve faced that, we know what it is all about and know what to expect. So all the boys are very excited to qualify for India and we can go there and try to get into the main draw.