Step up or miss out, warns Boucher

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Johannesburg

South African coach Mark Boucher has given a veiled warning to his players that they need to “put their hands up” if they want to be part of the country’s T20 World Cup squad in Australia in October and November.
With his team reeling after a record low score and record defeat in the first T20 international against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday, South Africa need to bounce back almost immediately in the second of three matches in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
The team were travelling on Saturday, which means there isn’t even time for a proper practice before Sunday’s day match at St George’s Park.
South Africa were bowled out for 89 and lost by 107 runs on Friday. It was by nine runs their lowest T20 international total and by 12 their worst defeat by runs.
There was a further blow for the team on Saturday when the International Cricket Council announced that the players had been fined 20 percent of their match fees for a slow over rate.
Apart from having to fetch the ball as the Australians hit 20 fours and six sixes in a total of 196 for six, South Africa effectively bowled two extra overs by sending down 12 wides.
“There are certain places up for grabs and with guys getting opportunities, it’s important that they take them now,” said Boucher.
“A month or so before the World Cup we want to have our minds made up on who we want to take as a 15-man squad.—APP