Proteas interim Team Director (Head Coach) Enoch Nkwe says that he is pleased with his teams’ fighting spirit in the opening Test albeit all in a losing course as they went down to India by 205 runs.
The former South Africa ‘A’ team coach, Nkwe, who has toured India back in 2015, says he believes that his previous tour to the subcontinent has given him a good base to work from in his new role.
Nkwe says he is confident that his charges will be able to shake off the loss in no time especially with the second Test starting on Thursday at the Punjab Cricket Stadium in Pune.
Having lost the toss, Nkwe emphasised that he is proud of how his charges fought back in the game replying to India’s first innings total of 502, with 431.
The former Lions and Jozi Stars coach says he is also pleased to have seen the match drag to the second last session of the last day.
Despite being in a part-time position, Nkwe says his sole focus at the moment is to instill some courage and tenacity in the team to fight for every victory in every game they play.
The youngest Proteas coach ever, at 37 years-old, Nkwe explains a little bit about his cricketing philosophy. He stresses the importance of playing the game with a high intensity in all aspects of the game and at all times.
The second Test gets underway this Thursday and Nkwe says he is confident that his lads will bounce back in the series with a positive result.
He insists that he believes that right environment for the players to thrive has been set. – Report by Thando Gqamane
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