Coach Van Zyl doesn`t believe SA have well-balanced attack

Last Updated: Mar 02, 2011, 17:46 PM IST

Mohali: With three spinners and quality pacers at their disposal, South Africa seem to have one of the most well-balanced attacks in this World Cup but coach Corrie van Zyl begs to differ.

The Protea coach feels it is options which make the South African attack a potent force in the ongoing tournament.

"I won`t say it the most-balanced attack. I think we got a lot of options and that`s good to have. I think it`s been long time since the South African team has had these options available. So balance is not the right word but option is," Van Zyl said on the eve of their match against the Netherlands here tomorrow.

The South Africans, who are always known for relying on their pace battery, stunned everyone when they opted to go with three spinners - Imran Tahir, Johan Botha and Robin Peterson -- in their tournament opener against West Indies in New Delhi.

And the spin trio did not disappoint as they played a crucial role in South Africa`s seven-wicket win over the Caribbean side.

High on confidence after a great start, the South Africans are expected to have an easy outing against the minnows here tomorrow but they are not ready to take anything for granted.

"We need to field our strongest combination. You know this is our just second game and we are here for quite a while now so it is important we keep going," said Van Zyl.

"It`s important for us to take this as a whole campaign. We want to take one game at a time and therefore it is important that the guys don`t look a lot further than that. We want to win the game (tomorrow) and that`s very important for us. We want to see our combinations are right going forward," he added.

In fact, Van Zyl made it clear that South Africa cannot afford to under-estimate their opponents tomorrow as it could prove fatal.

"If we under-estimate the Netherlands we might run into trouble. But certainly we are not doing that. We are taking every precaution. We look at the Netherlands exactly the same way we looked at every other team," said the coach.

Pointing out that there are a couple of dangerous players in the Netherlands team, Van Zyl admitted that the Dutchmen are capable of springing up surprises.

"The Netherlands is a team that bowls wicket to wicket. They have a good left-arm spinner in (Pieter) Seelaar. Got some very good batters. Ryan ten Doeschate like has played very good innings against England and is an experienced campaigner. So they are all-round good side," he observed.

South Africa have faced the Netherlands only twice in the ODIs, both at the World Cups and the former had beaten the minnows on both the occasions - by 160 runs in 1996 and then by 221 runs in 2007.

"Hopefully we keep our track record intact," said the Protea coach.

When Van Zyl was asked about injury concerns in the team, he clarified, "Got a few issues to sort out today. Some fitness tests will be there but everybody is on the right track."

Pace spearhead Dale Steyn on Sunday suffered a minor bruise on his right thigh during the team`s training session while Imran Tahir and JP Duminy were given rest due to throat infection and stiff back, respectively.

Always a supporter of associate nations` participation in the ICC World Cup, Van Zyl said smaller teams` presence in the mega-event is important for world cricket.

"The Netherlands are like any other team in the World Cup. The associates need to be here in the World Cup. It`s important for world cricket."

PTI