Anrich Nordje. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
- Proteas pacemaker Anrich Nortje said the reduction in Covid-19 blisters should result in more rest periods between tours.
- Nortje, who played a key role in SA’s 62-run win in Tuesday’s first ODI against England, is expected to do the same in Friday’s second ODI.
- SA will win their first ODI series in England since 1998 should they beat England in Manchester.
With the retirement of Ben Stokes from ODI Cricket, calls for better player management have grown from all quarters.
Proteas pacesetter Anrich Nortje has also joined this chorus but sees it from a different perspective when it comes to playing more Test cricket as the Covid-19 bubbles fade from traveling cricket life.
Nortje, who is slowly moving back to his normal pace confused England in the second half of Tuesday’s first ODI, which SA won by 62 runs in Chester-le-Street, said fewer Covid-19-related blisters would make their gaming life easier.
Nortje, who is expected to play another vital bowling role in Friday’s second ODI against England at Old Trafford in Manchester, missed most of SA’s summer through injury.
“I’d like to play a little more Test cricket but overall we’re busy and playing most of the time,” Nortje said
“Luckily Bubbles are done for now and that may give us some free time when we’re away from home for a long time.
“As we were away from home for a long time, cricket was also limited for the time we were away.
“I hope that with fewer blisters we can stay home a little longer and get straight into cricket without having to prepare as much as we have.”
South African cricket could still be at a particular high following the announcement of the six Indian Premier League T20 franchises that have had successful bids submitted the South African teams for the forthcoming and T20 tournament to be announced, but the Proteas have yet to win an ODI series.
England, who faltered in a 333 chase, need to find a replacement for Stokes, but SA, who lost a 2-0 lead to India in the tie T20 series, also need the art of completing series learn new.
Win the streak
This current one may not have ICC ODI Super League points at stake, but it is also SA’s first opportunity to win an ODI series in England since 1998.
Nortje, who has played in the four completed games of this India T20 series, said England will crack down on them after slipping against India.
“We mentioned that the third game in India would be our final. We didn’t get to win and then the next one became the final,” said Nortje.
“We’ve learned some lessons from that and you have to realize that the side you’re playing against is going to come at you hard.
“We’ve only won one game now, but every time we come close we want to get through. We are aware of that and we want to go through with it to win the series.”
While cricket cries out for player management, Anrich Nortje wants more Test cricket
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