Johannesburg: South Africa coach Gary Kirsten has urged his players to stay focused ahead of their first one-day international against Pakistan at Chevrolet Park in Bloemfontein on Sunday, which marks the start of an important period of play for the Proteas fifty-over squad.
With less than seven matches to go until their opening fixture against India at the ICC Champions Trophy in Britain, the squad is motivated to create some winning momentum, Sport24 reports.
Kirsten said they have 20 games on the trot before they play another Test match so they are able to have a good focus on our one-day team, adding this is an important period for the ODI team.
Kirsten added he thinks what is important for them is that they know that they can create some momentum in this team.
The former Indian coach said they know that with the players that they have got they are able to win games in difficult situations and that is what it ultimately boils down to, adding they are all looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead in the next six months or so.
Kirsten said the Proteas management needs to be comfortable with resting the senior players because of the demands of professional cricket, but is equally confident the players coming in can fulfill the same objective.