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Proteas take a moment to reflect on Black Caps’ defeat

After a dismal performance in the first Test against New Zealand, with the Proteas destroyed by an innings and 276 runs, the team will take a few days off to refresh and reflect before attempting to come back stronger come.

The second Test starts on Friday at the same ground and South Africa will have to put on a vastly improved show if they are to stand a chance of undoing their massive defeat to level the two-match streak.

“I think everyone is very disappointed. We have two days off for the boys to do a little self-reflection and as coaches we will do the same,” said Proteas consultant Justin Sammons.

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“So hopefully we’ll meet again and come back with good energy and a good attitude to turn things around. We can definitely use these two days to our advantage so we can come back refreshed and excited.”

Coach Mark Boucher and captain Dean Elgar cited poor energy in the group as a major cause of their appalling performance and Sammons reiterated the need to improve for the next game.

“I don’t think anyone can point out the reasons (of the lack of energy) – it’s hard to say – but in the end you can’t look for excuses. We didn’t show up and we weren’t good enough, it’s as simple as that,” he said.

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“They outsmarted us and that’s the bottom line, but it’s only one test match and we’ve had a great couple of months so I think we should refer to that as much as possible.

“So it’s three bad days, it doesn’t mean that all of a sudden we’re a bad team and the players aren’t good enough, so we have to refer to the experiences we’ve had in recent months where we’ve done well.”

The Proteas will attach great importance to sticking to their game plan in the upcoming Test, after it went out the window after a brutal attack from the Black Caps bowlers and batters in the first game.

Proteas batting coach Justin Sammons
Proteas batter Justin Sammons addresses the media during a virtual press conference. Image: Gallo Images

They’ll need to improve in all three divisions after their batting, bowling and fielding was found to be unsatisfactory, and be a much sharper unit if they want to upset the home favourites.

“I think it’s going to be really important to stick to our game plan and have freedom within those plans,” said Sammons.

“So the guys will take the lessons from the first test and hopefully come back and work our way through to sign the series.”

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