Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe, has praised the Proteas ODI side after they sealed an away series win against Sri Lanka.
South Africa wrapped up the series thanks to a 78-run victory in Pallekele, taking an unassailable 3-0 lead.
With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 under a year away, the Chief Executive of CSA believes the side are heading in the right direction.
“Congratulations to captain Faf du Plessis, head coach Ottis Gibson and all the players and support staff,” said Moroe.
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“This performance is one that augurs extremely well for our chances at next year’s ICC World Cup and shows that our preparation and planning is right on target.
“The margins of victory have been extremely convincing and have been the result of good all-round performances with both bat and ball.”
Moroe highlighted the blend of ages in the South Africa system as key to their success.
“We have an excellent mix of youth and experience in the squad and the fact that our bowling attack has little and in some cases no experience of playing on the sub-continent and have still dominated the Sri Lankan batting throughout the series has been most impressive.”
Star of the show in the third ODI was debutant Reeza Hendricks, who struck a century on his first appearance for the Proteas.
Despite playing in the Under-19 World Cup back in 2008, Hendricks had to wait more than ten years to make his ODI debut for the senior side. With 102 off 89 balls, he has put his name in the hat for a spot at the World Cup next summer.
“A special word of congratulations is due to Reeza Hendricks who today became the third South African after Colin Ingram and Temba Bavuma to score a century on ODI debut,” added Moroe. “It is encouraging to see a newcomer grabbing the opportunity offered.”
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