Kagiso Rabada urges South Africa to stop bickering on and on about their batting


South African pacer Kagiso Rabada is hopeful that Proteas will get back their temperament assault within the T20 World Cup after losing their tournament opener against Australia.

South African right-arm pacer Kagiso Rabada insisted on Monday that the ‘bickering’ has to stop as the Proteas look to bounce back from a dreadful beginning to the T20 World Cup.

Proteas plunged to a five-wicket loss to Australia in their super 12 openers on Saturday after putting just 118 runs on the board in their 20 overs.

The only crumb of comfort was that Tuesday’s opponents, defending champions West Indies, had been even worse.

They had been bowled out for a dismissal 55 by England and were beaten by 6 wickets.

“We see (the batting) as a concern. The last thing we need to do is keep bickering on and on about it,”

said Rabada, whose 19 not out against Australia was his team’s second-highest behind Aiden Markram’s 40.

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That was despite Rabada coming in at number nine. One of the primary speaking factors was the weird dismissal of Quinton de Kock.

He was bowled by Josh Hazlewood but only after the ball bounced off him, looped up after which down onto the stumps and the left-hander watched helplessly.

The opener was one of his team’s first three wickets to fall with a score of just 23.

It was a disappointing exit for the de Kock who had scored 5 fifties in his final eight innings within the format.

“Quinton is a top-quality player, and I guess it just didn’t come off,”

said Rabada.

“That’s just how cricket goes. The batters know what they have to do. We know what we have to do as a team. No one is blaming anyone. But the worst thing you can do is just harp on and on and on about it.

“Quinton is a massive player for us. He’s done extremely well for South Africa ever since he started playing. He’s a world-class player, and he needs just to go in and do his thing.”