NEW DELHI: South Africa head coach Mark Boucher said on Tuesday his bowlers needed to be more aggressive in the T20 World Cup in Australia on grounds that will suit their crimpers.
The touring South Africans suffered a crushing seven-wicket defeat to India in the third matchday international in New Delhi as they lost 2-1.
India beat South Africa for 99 in the deciding series but it was the bowlers’ performance in the second match that bothered Boucher after they failed to defend 278 and lost an advantage 1-0 in the three-game series.
“Australia will suit our fast bowlers much better,” Boucher, who will step down as national coach after the showpiece T20 event, told reporters.
“We have good pace, good rebound in our attack, so we have to keep the aggression there. I think the last one-day game we played there wasn’t aggressive enough.”
Fast bowlers including Kagiso RabadaAnrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi and Wayne Parnell shared seven wickets between them in the three-game T20 series, which South Africa lost 2-1.
Rabada, who rested for the final ODI, and Ngidi took seven between them in the 50 overs matches while Nortje returned numbers of 0-15 in his five overs in New Delhi.
But it was a melon to the rhythm of India mohamed siraj who stood out with his four wickets in the last two games and was named man of the series.
“Amazingly, India’s attack in the ODIs was way more aggressive than what we did,” Boucher said.
“We discussed it and the way Anrich Nortje played tonight was a positive sign for me, especially in conditions where it will be quite effective.”
Boucher, a former wicket-beater keeper who played 147 Tests and 295 ODIs during a stellar career that ended in 2012, said the team will learn from defeat in the big tournament in Australia .
“I think we’ve taken lessons and had good discussions behind closed doors to talk about things we can improve on,” Boucher, 45, said.
“It will be very useful for us going to Australia where the conditions are completely different. It’s disappointing to lose, but we have huge competition ahead of us and that’s what we’re preparing for.
“Keeping the guys mentally and physically fresh is going to be vital for management and myself to watch.”
South Africa, led by Temba Bavuma who missed the last two ODIs after falling ill, will open their World Cup campaign against a qualifying side on October 24, two days after the start of the Super 12 stage.

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