South Africa had been “complacent” heading into this Sri Lanka collection. This isn’t the opinion of reporters, followers, or commentators, however that of the group’s personal batting coach Dale Benkenstein, after he watched his group collapse to 128 all out on the second day in Port Elizabeth.
Proper by the collection, South Africa have been modest with the bat, recording a highest-score of 259 throughout 4 accomplished innings. No South Africa batsman has hit 100, and solely Faf du Plessis, Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock have managed half-centuries.
“We got here in just a little bit complacent,” Benkenstain mentioned. “We addressed that, but it surely’s nonetheless crucial to have the precise perspective coming right into a collection. We are saying all the precise issues, however whenever you go in considering we’ll in all probability have sufficient to beat the Sri Lankan aspect, I feel it is a harmful place to be. We had two days in between collection. It is a full-on summer time so you do not have time to arrange. You’ll be able to’t change what is de facto inside you.”
Benkenstein praised the Sri Lanka assault, whom he mentioned had bowled with talent, and whom South Africa have repeatedly mentioned they’ve been shocked by. However though Benkenstein thought a few of South Africa’s dismissals had been the results of good opposition bowling, there have been a lot that weren’t he mentioned.
“We’ve not been at our greatest – after a fairly disappointing first recreation as properly – in opposition to a aspect that we didn’t know rather a lot about. There wasn’t loads of footage with which to analyse them. You must give credit score to the Sri Lankan bowlers. They’ve proven good talent, however we have given them smooth wickets at essential instances. I hold considering that it is going to be sorted out within the subsequent innings.
“We have been fairly sturdy mentally, we got here up in opposition to some excellent bowling assaults and we scored sufficient runs to win these collection. So I can not actually put my finger on what’s gone flawed now, but it surely’s been an extended, full-on summer time and the blokes are solely human, there could also be a slight lack of power.”
On what’s going to nearly actually be the ultimate day of the collection, on Saturday, South Africa are actually ready the place they have to take eight wickets (presumably solely seven, if the injured Lasith Embuldeniya doesn’t bat). They haver 137 runs to defend.
“The sport remains to be on the road and if we are able to have a great hour very first thing tomorrow morning (Saturday) then we might make it onerous for them to get the runs. There’s just a little bit nonetheless there within the pitch and we now have good bowlers. Sri Lanka have fought onerous and put us underneath stress, however general the cricket has not been good, particularly the batting – from each groups.”