Proteas coach not concerned about lack of game time for bowlers ahead of T20 World Cup

Proteas coach not concerned about lack of game time for bowlers ahead of T20 World Cup

Proteas head coach Rob Walter is not concerned about the lack of game time of some his players at the Indian Premier League (IPL) as they prepare for the T20 World Cup.

Generally, Walter will be happy with his batting unit ahead of the global tournament that starts on 1 June in the West Indies and United States.

Tristan Stubbs has been the standout South African at the franchise tournament as the batter has played all 14 round-robin games for the Delhi Capitals.

Stubbs has been in sublime form while Heinrich Klaasen has also lit up the competition for the Sunrisers Hyderabad while David Miller and captain Aiden Markram has spent plenty of time in the middle.

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However, spinner Keshav Maharaj has only played three matches for the Rajasthan Royals and seaming all-rounder Marco Jansen has been on the field twice over the last two months in India.

Walter though insists the international experience of Maharaj and Jansen will come to the fore ahead of the Proteas' first match at the T20 World Cup against Sri Lanka on 3 June in New York.

The Proteas coach said: "If I think of the guys who haven't been playing, Kesh (Maharaj) never has an issue with confidence because he bowls 1,000 balls a day.

"Marco is also one of those guys. I feel he doesn't necessarily have to compete to be at his best.

"It's not the same as competing, we appreciate that, but I think he's now been involved in T20 cricket enough to understand what it's all about and to be sharp when the time comes."

This year's IPL has been a nightmare for bowlers and has seen a plenty of batting records been broken, which could be explained by flat pitches and smaller venues.

Walter takes comfort that bowlers are wicket-takers throughout the innings, which he says is key to stopping teams from getting away on the scoreboard.

"Statistically, if you look at our T20 success in the past, itâ™s based on knocking the top four batters out early," Walter said.

"That is our competitive advantage. With that said, it's everyone's challenge worldwide to be able to manage the death (overs) better and weâ™re on that journey as well.

"Our bowling unit, generally, they are wicket-takers. While the economy rates are higher, they are wicket-takers by nature, so we need to keep at that."

The Proteas start a three-match series against the West Indies - minus some players still doing duty in the IPL - in Jamaica from Thursday before heading to New York for the T20 World Cup.

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