WI vs SA Check collection
South Africa created 14 catching possibilities within the first Check towards West Indies and took 13 of them
Notably, ten of the 13 profitable grabs have been behind the stumps: seven within the slips, two by the wicketkeeper, and one at gully. That is the area wherein South Africa dropped seven catches collectively towards Sri Lanka final yr and Pakistan earlier this yr – 5 within the slips and two by the wicketkeeper.
He put South Africa’s earlier lapses right down to altering personnel within the cordon after the retirements of high-profile regulars. “We have misplaced the likes of Faf (du Plessis) and Hashim (Amla), and so they performed an enormous half,” Ontong defined.
“You need to attempt to get your finest slip fielders in positions two and three. That was a key space for us. Aiden and Wiaan have been distinctive on this Check. It was a matter of getting them in the fitting locations”
Mulder reacted rapidly to pouch the prospect off Kyle Mayers’ edge, off Anrich Nortje, which needed to be taken low down at third slip, which he has probably cemented as his spot. “You need to attempt to get your finest slip fielders in positions two and three. That was a key space for us,” Ontong mentioned. “Aiden and Wiaan have been distinctive on this Check. It was a matter of getting them in the fitting locations.”
Ontong mentioned the teaching workers recognized Markram and Mulder as members of the cordon as a result of, “usually good batsmen are good slip fielders, they’ve good eyes and good reflexes”. They then did specialised work to organize them for the duty: “It is good to have Mark Boucher (as a coach) who has performed plenty of Assessments and stood behind the stumps. There’s some nice enter from him. We do plenty of one-handed stuff, reflex work to sharpen the blokes up and to this point the blokes have responded properly.”
So properly, that Ontong could not establish any areas that want bettering forward of the second Check on Friday and mentioned South Africa would work to keep up the bar they’ve set. “It is troublesome to comply with a Check match like the primary one. We have been good in all three departments,” he mentioned. “There’s going to be more durable work behind the scenes to verify we do not drop requirements.”
Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent