Both the Proteas and Bangladesh cricket teams have arrived in East London for the third and final one-day international which will be played at Buffalo Park here Wednesday.
Both teams decided to forego practice sessions which were booked at the Buffalo Park nets Monday. On Tuesday the South Africans will practice from 9.30am to 12.30pm and the Bangladesh team from 2pm to 4.40pm.
Proteas coach Mickey Arthur was confident his team would take the series 3-0 with a good win Wednesday. He admitted the giving away of wides in the two previous matches was a problem needing immediate addressing.
“Yes, our bowlers need to work on their direction and I’m positive it won’t be a problem on Wednesday,” he said, shortly after the team landed at East London Airport.
Arthur added Hashim Amla had slotted in nicely as an opener and fully deserved his maiden century which he scored on Sunday at Benoni. Three Proteas – J-P Duminy, Justin Ontong and Monde Zondeki – had a late afternoon net session at Buffalo Park with the Proteas’ assistant-coach, Vinny Barnes.
Zondeki, who had been suffering from a slight groin strain, looked sharp and bowled with pace throughout and seemed unhampered by his injury. He is likely to replace Johann Louw in the starting team Wednesday.