Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

SA Warn Their Hosts to Expect Fightback

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

SA Warn Their Hosts to Expect Fightback

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SOUTH Africa are determined to put the pressure back on England after blowing away the cobwebs from their series-opening defeat.

Faf du Plessis admits the tourists - No 1 in the world oneday international rankings - were well short of their best and made "silly mistakes" to go 1-0 down.

But after arriving on the south coast for today's match at the Ageas Bowl, South Africa's number-three batsman expects a significant improvement.

"We were disappointed with the way we played at Leeds - that's probably the most mistakes we've made in a game for a while," said Du Plessis.

"But England put you under a lot of pressure, and you have got to make sure you are on top of your game and transfer the pressure back on to them."

Du Plessis and opener Hashim Amla put South Africa in position to chase England's 339-6. But both then got out, and from 145-1 AB de Villiers' team faltered to 267 all out in 45 overs.

"We've played some really good cricket over the last while, so that last game was a bit of cobwebs," added Du Plessis. …

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