The Proteas are by no means underestimating the Netherlands, according to wicket-keeper batsman Kyle Verreynne, who admits they respect their opposition and will do everything against them.
The three-game ODI series kicks off at Centurion’s SuperSport Park on Friday morning, with both teams keen to collect the much-needed World Cup Super League points, to give themselves the best chances of qualifying for the flagship event of 2023. .
“With points for the 2023 World Cup up for grabs, I think it’s easy to get in shape no matter who it is against,” said Verreynne.
“But we don’t see the Netherlands as a weak opposition at all. You saw in Ireland (when we filmed there) it was a supposedly weaker team and in the second game they beat us pretty convincingly. So we certainly don’t sit idly by thinking that this will be an easy task. “
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Although the Proteas haven’t faced the Netherlands much before, most of their team have made it to the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and although they haven’t been in the Super 12 division, the Proteas will have had an idea of what to expect seeing them in action.
“I think they’re a similar team to what was at the T20 World Cup, so someone like me who wasn’t there, I watched a lot. I kind of have an idea of what I’m going to run into, ”said Verreynne.
“There are also a few guys that I know like (Brandon) Glover, I played with him at SA U19 level and a guy like Colin Ackermann that I played against at national level, so there are a few faces as well. familiar in the side. “
On Wednesday evening, Cricket South Africa also released a statement saying that after consultations with team captains and team management it had been agreed that the directive to take the knee would continue for the coming season.
“The decision to engage the players in the knee-lifting gesture was not taken lightly and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to engage with the captains and that this is now accepted as a matter of principle “, explained the chairman of the board of directors of the ASC. Lawson Naidoo.
“This gesture is an important position to express an unequivocal determination against discrimination in sport and in society, and a position in which South African athletes should take the lead.”